Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
I am a native New Yorker, born and raised in one of the cooler
neighborhoods in Brooklyn back before it – or even Brooklyn for
that matter – was remotely hip. Now I live in Park Slope and
couldn’t be happier with my neighborhood. My family means the world
to me and I have dinner with my parents (still together after 45
years) at least once a week. If we’re lucky, one or both of my
younger brothers will be in town and they’ll join. I’ve followed a
type A career path dating as far back as junior high, but in my
heart of hearts I have always been a writer and I’m pleased to say
that I’ve recently become much more serious about pursuing that
particular passion. (Apparently, I have also become a big fan of
alliteration – not to mention parenthetical comments – along the
way.) All in all, I'm pretty happy with life these days; all that's
missing is the right partner to share the journey.
I am also: equal parts nerd (another thing that I could claim long
before it was remotely hip) and sports-loving boy; an English major
(can’t you tell by my username?) who got my MBA right out of
undergrad; and a cynical, sarcastic city boy who can’t watch
certain sitcoms because I feel too much empathy with the
Politically I lean left, but half my friends are dyed-in-the-wool
Wall St. Republican types.
For years, I thought of myself as Catholic due to my roots, but one
of my brothers came out ten years back – and if the church isn't
down with him, I’m not down with it. "Agnosticism" it is!
Perhaps most importantly, I like to think that over the years I’ve
learned to focus more on the journey and less on the destination. I
find life’s a lot more fun that way. (Who’da thunk it?)
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
It's been an interesting journey so far. I started out as one of
four white kids in a Brooklyn public elementary school, then rode
the subway for an hour each way to a magnet school on the UES,
completed an Ivy League English degree, got my MBA right out of
undergrad, doggedly worked my way into I-banking and... hated it. I
mean feel-your-soul-oozing-out-your-pores hated it. So, I left to
join the NY startup scene back before it was the cool thing to do
(I'm starting to think being a few years early is a trend with
me...) and worked on two different ventures before leaving late
last year to hang up my shingle as an independent consultant to
early-stage businesses. Recently, one of my clients asked me to
join as CFO on a part-time basis and things couldn't be better - I
spend half my time working with an exciting team at a fast-rising
company (that also happens to be making a real difference in the
world) and split the remainder between a few other projects,
including my writing. I think it may just be my ideal mix.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Writing, listening, providing sarcastic commentary to other
drivers/players on the teams I root for when they do something
infuriating (much more cathartic than yelling), problem solving,
giving tours, kissing (I would offer to provide references, but
that would be creepy), Scrabble, quirking one eyebrow, noticing
things, parallel parking.
The first things people usually notice about me
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
Hmmm. Well, I don't make it a habit to survey everyone I meet, but
those who have chosen to share generally mention my broad shoulders
or my blue eyes.
Then again, my most recent girlfriend thought my eyes were green (I
mean they change depending on the light and what I'm wearing, but
not THAT much) until about three months into the relationship, so
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
Books (well, really authors): Dickens, Austen, Carr, Pearl,
Tolkien, Rowling, Jordan.
Movies: Pride & Prejudice (both the Garson/Olivier and the
Ehle/Firth versions - NOT the Knightly version), I Know Where I'm
Going, The Shop Around the Corner, Goodbye Mr. Chips, 12 Angry Men,
North by Northwest, The In-Laws (Falk/Arkin version, NOT the
Douglas/Brooks version), Raiders of the Lost Ark, Swingers, The Big
Lebowski, Old School, Wedding Crashers, the Lord of the Rings
trilogy and of course the Harry Potter films - they're cinematic
TV: Masterpiece Mystery!, Downton Abbey, The Wire, The Daily Show,
the Colbert Report, Law & Order reruns, the Big Bang Theory.
Honestly, I tend to watch more movies and sports than "regular"
Music: a surprisingly wide range from classical to big band to 80s
pop to hard rock to electronica.
Food: not a big fan of most seafood (although I do like tuna and
scallops) or squash, but other than that I'm not too picky.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Since this section would be pretty boring if we all simply repeated
the truly important things like family, friends, oxygen, water,
food, shelter, etc., I'll go with:
- My white noise machine. I am a very light sleeper.
- All things Apple. After years of shaking my head at the
self-important hipster fanboys who worshipped at the iAltar, my
brothers eventually convinced me to switch. God help me, I even use
Excel on a Mac now.
- Wash & fold. It's not even that I mind doing the washing;
it's the folding that gets me. I don't know what it is, but
something about that particular repetitive task drives me up the
- Sunblock. It's pretty bad - I may be part vampire.
- Good food and drink. Hey, this counts - GOOD food and drink is
different than the basic sustenance I was describing above.
- A gym membership. Keeps me sane. (Also allows for more frequent
enjoyment of good food and drink.)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Work and my writing (after years of saying "I'll do it when I have
time" I'm now actually working on it - I'm up over 200 pages on
something I really like).
UPDATE: five years, 38 chapters, 474 pages and 149,700 words later,
I finally finished the book! Now begins the hard part - the slog to
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Having drinks with my old finance buddies. Meeting my former
business partner for dinner. On Metro North headed upstate to my
parents' country place. Out on a date. At home sprawled on my couch
recovering from my week. Hunched over my laptop jamming away on my
book, because I'm on a roll. (Thought I'd list a sampling of the
possibilities rather than go with the clichéd "there is no typical
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
I'm pretty open - you can ask me just about anything and I'll
likely give you an honest answer.
You should message me if
Offer a few tips to help matches win you over.
You are: smart, sweet, sarcastic, and occasionally silly (I did
warn you about the alliteration!); kind, loyal, and driven in your
chosen field (whatever it may be); and, because at the end of the
day none of this matters if there's no physical attraction, fit,
reasonably active and cute as a whole sewing basket full of buttons
(to me anyway).
I should also probably add that if you don’t want kids, are a
religious fanatic, practice an extreme diet, vote Tea Party or have
lied about anything in your profile/posted deceptive photos, we
probably aren’t a good match – and if that’s the case, I absolutely
wish you the best of luck finding someone who is a good fit for
you! (For the record, my age, height and everything else are all
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