32 Waltham, MA
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My self-summary
August 2014 update: I moved to the Boston area from Washington, DC. Definitely still learning my way around, so let me know if you know any great local spots! Especially in Waltham, Somerville, or Cambridge.


I speak German, have been to Transylvania, and talk about world politics one minute and the absurdity of 80's music the next. I've had a lot of different interesting experiences and enjoy talking about almost anything under the sun.

I taught English in Germany for a year and had a lot of fun with that. Although my German was almost fluent, I still occasionally made some pretty funny mistakes, and my kids would ask some pretty hilarious questions.

I am passionate, intellectual, and quirky. ESTJ, if you put any stock in that.

I'm GGG (as in Dan Savage) and seek the same.

****Note: I currently have a "chin beard"...decided to shave off the "Abe Lincoln beard." :-)
What I’m doing with my life
I'm in a PhD program in Public Policy and do research for an academic research institute. My focus is on labor and economic inequality.

I'm definitely a "work to live" not "live to work" type, so I spend a lot of time engaging in activism, going to concerts, etc. Friends and family are paramount, so I spend a lot of time with them. I'm very involved in progressive politics.
I’m really good at
speaking German, hiking, discussing - from the mundane to the profound, planning trips, using maps/navigating, remembering things (especially if fairly random), organizing
The first things people usually notice about me
My facial hair.

A fair number of strangers have commented on my deep, booming voice, which projects really well. Apparently I should "go into broadcasting," "do voice-overs," or "join a choir," according to a few strangers. I'll take those as compliments. *As of May 2012, I have actually done a voice-over!

People often notice that I talk a lot. I'm pretty opinionated but often rather whimsical once you get to know me better.

I have a goofy, quirky side that shows itself after a while, and I'm rarely boring.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Lord of the Rings-Tolkien, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Freedom by Jonathan Franzen, 1984, The Onion - Our Dumb World
Lots of non-fiction stuff on history, politics, etc.
Some fiction, mainly the classics

Movies: Donnie Darko, Secretary, Waking Life, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Wet Hot American Summer, Dazed and Confused, Amelie, Good-Bye Lenin, Big Lebowski, The Room, Office Space, lots of German movies

Music: Pink Floyd, Tool, Black Sabbath, Opeth, Broken Social Scene, Arcade Fire, Defiance, Ohio, Ra Ra Rasputin, alternative, various classic rock, 80's, indie rock, German hip-hop.

Food: German, Italian, and Mexican.

TV: Game of Thrones, Louie, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Wire, Mad Men, Simpsons, Seinfeld, The Office. Sports sometimes (Phillies and Eagles).

***General likes/dislikes***
Likes: public transportation, nature, coffee shops, book stores, good conversation over food or beer, museums, naps, documentaries
Dislikes: traffic, long lines, materialism, reality TV, homophobia, racism, sexism, etc.
The six things I could never do without
1. Family and friends
2. Books
3. My passport
4. My music collection
5. Sense of humor
6. Social justice and politics
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How to make the world a better place, where I would like to travel next, the roots of economic inequality, good places to eat, lots more...just ask me. I'm a highly inquisitive person.
On a typical Friday night I am
At a laid-back bar drinking some good beer with friends, or maybe a house party. It really depends on my mood/what is going on that weekend, but you usually will NOT find me in clubs and other places where it's too loud to have a good conversation.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
That I find women in tights or leggings very sexy, yet I didn't really understand the difference between them until a few years ago...

Actually that's not all that private. I'm a pretty open book :-)
You should message me if
One or more of these describe you:
You are very progressive and politically active
You enjoy the outdoors
You like to travel
You speak a foreign language (or several!) well
You like independent music

You are ok with dating an omnivore/meat-eater.