32 New Orleans, LA
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My self-summary
When I was little, I thought the only way you met your significant other was to accidentally bump in to them while busily doing something else, like in a Mentos commercial. I'm still not sure if that is more or less plausible than meeting someone online.

I am definitely an extrovert, and I love being around people. I really enjoy good conversation, especially if you get to mix in intellectual topics, like the myth of post-racial America, with other stuff like whether or not the Saints can win another Super Bowl (si se puede!). I love to read and currently have a literary and actual crush on Jesmyn Ward. I engage in the same typical types of activities as other young urban transplants i.e. chilling with friends, museums, independent films blah blah blah it's almost as boring writing it as it is to read it.

I am attracted to intelligent, ambitious women. I have a pretty healthy self-confidence, so I'm not intimidated by women who are intellectual badasses in their own right.

In closing, the thing you should know is that I'm a fucking great dude...that's about it.
What I’m doing with my life
Putting your local tax dollars to work.
I’m really good at
Enthusiastically playing the role of the token minority at weddings. Making conversation with randos. Cooking Creole food. Yelling at sporting events. Drinking bourbon. Dancing at bars. Explaining boring health care policy. Quizzo. Public speaking.
The first things people usually notice about me
Picture the man your parents warned you about, and then picture the exact opposite of that dude. Especially when I am rocking the beard, I am essentially a young, black Santa Claus.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Confederacy of Dunces, Invisible Man, a fair amount of Faulkner and Dostoyevsky. George Higgins, Elmore Leonard, Dennis Lehane and George Pelecanos when I'm not taking myself too seriously. Recently, I have become a big fan of Junot Diaz and Paul Beatty. The Sellout is the funniest book that I have ever read.

Movies: Cohen brothers movies, Wes Anderson movies, 8 1/2/ most of Fellini's stuff, The Grand Illusion, The Great Escape, Dr. Strangelove, 40 year old Virgin, Woody Allen's earlier, funnier moves, Ghandi and the occasional acid flashback.

Shows: Louie, The League, Game of Thrones, Treme, Archer, essentially most of the tv shows on FX and HBO.

Music: So for my 30th birthday party I put together a mix of music for a Dirty South Dance Party (you should have been there it was epic). This experience helped to rekindle my love of the really hood Dirty South music of my youth. On the other side of the music spectrum, I just got back from visiting a buddy in Austin, and now I'm on a pretty big outlaw country kick. Not sure if that is going to pass, but Obama is president, so I can listen to country music without feeling weird about it. By the way, "because Obama is president," is my favorite go to for a racial non sequitur. When not bumping Master P or Willie Nelson at obnoxious levels in my Focus ('cause i'm a baller), I love Soul, Blues, and Hip Hop. Growing up as a kid, Ray Charles was my favorite, that and my parents' Big Chill soundtrack. Then I bought a best of album at a House if Blues and it kind of changed my life. Blues got me in to Soul and Hip Hop kind of came on its own. I also like jazz, but only the stuff they play on NPR on Sundays or the stuff I can hear in New Orleans.

Food: Creole (see above)
The six things I could never do without
My gumbo pot, a television during football season, bourbon, ice for my bourbon, access to a library or book store, and the Wonkblog. Wonkblog is a daily collection of blog posts regarding policy news and analysis, many of them about health care. I did mention I'm a geek right?
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Affordable housing policy, gentrification/ displacement, politics, LSU and Saints football, the human condition, the limits of rational thought, race in the 21st century, you know, fun stuff.
On a typical Friday night I am
I'm an either or kind of guy when it comes to bars, meaning I prefer something nice or something divey. In the nice category I like Tonique, Treo, and Cure and in the dive category I like Verretts or 12 mile (if you can call it a dive bar). Most Fridays I'm either at one of those places with friends or at home reading or catching up on Netflix.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I grew up in a single parent household. This probably makes me a bit more fucked up and a bit more awesome than I would have been otherwise.
You should message me if
You've never taken a picture of yourself doing the duckface.