Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
Me? Fairly caffeinated. Fairly socially conscious. Fairly
idealistic, despite mounting evidence to be otherwise. Wry as a
Brit, but with better teeth. A non-Greenpeace greenie who’s been
known to fill his coat pockets with plastic coffee-tops until he
can recycle them. Strangely gifted at whispering dogs and small
children. Inordinately proud of still having youth’s hair but not
adulthood’s belly. Like cities, but get dizzy if I go too long
without seeing an uncluttered horizon. Lived in Europe, and
continue to travel: Korea. Sarajevo. Chehalis. Italy. Strangers
tell me I am serious, friends tell me my stories make them howl,
and someone once told me I have handsome thighs. I liked her.
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
I'm a journalist/essayist/environmental- and travel writer who gets
around a fair bit for a pretty choice job.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Skiing. Cooking. Attracting the crazy lady on the subway platform.
Reading aloud. Charming your mother.
The first things people usually notice about me
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
My height. My frequent references to cabbies as "sir." (That's what
happens when you're raised by a military officer.)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
ah, boy -- how about this week's list? Currently teetering on the
nightstand: Best American Science Writing 2014. David Quammen's
"Spillover." "The Complete Patrick Melrose Novels" (amazing stuff.)
Just re-read "To Kill a Mockingbird," to remind myself how great
the original was. An under-read book on being a part-time vegan,
atop a book of cocktails. What I gravitate to: Most anything
written by Michael Chabon or George Saunders. $3 Vietnamese banh mi
frothing with cilantro. Wilco's less precious stuff. Lyle's older
stuff. Any music you want to thrust into my hands and say, "Trust
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Coffee strong enough to float a horseshoe. A copy of John Graves'
"Goodbye to a River." My sister's 12-year-old triplets. Winter's
oyster light in snowy mountains. SmartWool socks. Sunday with the
Times, and time.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Food. Writing. Books. Current events in places I'll likely not
visit anytime soon. (Did I mention food?)
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
With luck, sniffing around on some adventure in or around the city
-- or perhaps out in the mountains.
You should message me if
Offer a few tips to help matches win you over.
You're athletic enough – or at least game enough – to try
cross-country skiing come winter, and hiking among the smiling
wildflowers come summer. Have a ravenous mind. Force good books
upon others. If caught reading People magazine or InStyle, at least
feel a smidge of guilt. Eye your television warily. Know the value
of banter; think that good talk, more than flowers or oysters or
money, is the best aphrodisiac – whether it’s talking about why the
films of Almodovar are so great, or why the latest Ted Cruz
foaming-at-the mouth is not-so-great, or why your crush on the guy
from Radio Lab has replaced your crush on Ira Glass. Read the
newspaper, or some simulacrum. Are a good speller. Are pretty
certain you've only got enough baggage to fit in the overhead
compartment. Inspire ferocious loyalty among your friends. Enjoy
irony, and paradox, and other high-falutin’ things, but still like
"Last Week Tonight" because the things John Olive says makes beer
come out your nose.
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