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My self-summary
So...I was trying to be obvious with my inner nerdom with my username, but I've realized with much horror that GandAlf has an A and not an O. So now I'm Beardolf Hitler. Great.

The most important lesson I've learned while working in Special Ed, and generally, from people, is this: Any act, any intention–clear or otherwise–any shouting or yelling or crying or hitting with all the summoned hatred that a person can have–directed or indirect (or wild, wild fear)–if it’s mean or nice or you don’t know what to make of it–any eye contact (or lack of it) or a quick glance away–any pointing or spitting or falling to the floor or refusal or quick smile–any thing that is done is an attempt to communicate a need. Pause.

Pause is important, now stop: hammer time.

Huge Giants fan. Love running. Love boardgames. And, yeah, I like hiking and traveling, too. Duuuuuuuuh.

Also, I can get lower than you on the dance floor.
What I’m doing with my life
I help run the behavior management department at a rehabilitation and therapy center in San Francisco. I'm currently in grad school, and hope to be a behaviorist one day.

Also in a band and am a serious writer of Poetry. If I just turned you on, I'm not sorry.
I’m really good at
doing bad impersonations of foreign people.
The first things people usually notice about me
The beard? My tight, tight ass cheeks? My sparkling eyes? The entirety of my glorious being? Probably the latter, or it's my horrible jokes.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I'll do the right-nows...

Books: NueroTribes. Read it. It's about autism.

Movies: The Right Stuff (I don't know why, but this 80s movie about the Apollo program is my favorite movie of all-time), Moon, and of course Star Wars, duh, duh, duh.

TV Show: Game of Thrones and Cosmos!

Music: anything sexy

Food: Can I has cheeseburger?
The six things I could never do without
My Students
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Let's get all deep and shit:

I have great love for all people, great respect, and I will do anything I can if I know someone needs help. There is no exception. I have no secret motives, the only motive I have is that it’s the right thing to do and I can only hope that those who care about me do not see my actions as putting my priorities on strictly others or elsewhere, but rather that I put my faith in the goodness and needs of people. I am not looking out—I am looking all around—and I’m sorry, but love is something that has to be shared or else who are we? It has to be given out in all directions in great big giant circles. Man, it’s so unfair to say, “See this? This is only for you—only you will be treated this way.” Such beliefs remove us from the world, from ourselves—isolate us—for when we give with selfish intent, we take with selfish intent.
On a typical Friday night I am
in a dark, dark corner of some dark, nasty, swanky bar happily and drunkenly dancing by myself.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I am Hard of Hearing. Genetic, just because people are strange and ask "Aw, what happened?" Whole family can barely hear. Also: I know, "You play music, though!" Mostly from memory. Anyway, not everyone has the patience to be with someone who needs a little extra help figuring out what's going on around them. I understand this. I accept it. Don't feel bad for knowing what you want and what you can handle!
You should message me if
you want a piece of this action. But honestly: I know who I am, what I want, what I'm looking for; I am centered and comfortable in my skin, and I am free and open. I'm looking for someone of the same mindset and spirit because, yeah, baby: I'm willing to treat this whole thing seriously with a strong commitment to respect and laughter. And kissing. Mmmm. And groping. Yeeeaaaaah. And....ok, I'll stop. Getting weird.