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My self-summary
I'm a college graduate with a B.A. in Psychology and some Masters coursework in Counseling. I work a full-time overnight job at a group home for at-risk youth, which makes my schedule somewhat unique and a little difficult.

I feel like my username kind of makes me sound younger than I am, but I can't change it and would rather not start an account from scratch. In my defense, I was much younger when I set up the account with the intent to take online quizzes. I guess it still describes me, as I am a short guy named Joe.

I always find it difficult to describe myself. I don't want to sound too full-of-myself, but I want to do myself justice at the same time. It's one of those things where I think it's easiest for people to get to know me by spending time with me.

I like to describe myself as a realist. I know what I'd like the world to become and what I would like people around me to be like, but I don't get my hopes up very often. I've experienced a little too much in my life and worked with too many people that have experienced horrible things to ever see the world through the eyes of an idealist.

With that said, I try to keep a very strong moral compass. I expect myself to be a model of how I want others to act. I realized early on that I can't expect anything of others that I wouldn't expect out of myself. I also grew up on comic books and have an ingrained sense of what I feel like "good" should be.

I took the ideal state quiz for where I'd find the best matches. Idaho seems to be at the top of the list. I was also informed that Wisconsin is one of the worst states for me. No kidding. :p

I am wise, blunt, and realistic
What I’m doing with my life
Working! I plan on moving to Madison or Chicago in the future, but I spend my days working from 12:30 am to 8:30 am and sleeping from 5:00 pm to 11:45 pm. I spend my time between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm relaxing or hanging out with anyone I know that isn't at work or school that day.

I tend to watch a lot of TV shows and movies and play a lot of video games. I try to read a few books a year, especially when my favorite authors release something new. I also spend a lot of time online keeping up with current events and the people that mean the most to me.
I’m really good at
Lots of things. I'm kind of like a jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none. I'm a great listener, especially to those that have shown that they can listen in return.
The first things people usually notice about me
Depending on the context, it's either my height, my eyes, or my laugh.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Anything written by David Sedaris, The Stand by Stephen King, PostSecret books, The Twilight series (I read each book after I see the movie), Geography Club and Russel Middlebrook series, and The Looking Glass Wars trilogy (a retelling of Alice in Wonderland). I also keep up with a variety of comic books (mostly X-Men and Buffy-related).

Movies: Brokeback Mountain, Pan's Labyrinth, Pitch Perfect, Cloverfield, Children of Men, Frozen, Scream Trilogy, X2, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, 50/50, The Help, Hairspray, United 93, The Sweetest Thing, Empire Records, Can't Hardly Wait, Geography Club, The Orphanage, Wall-E, Thor, Iron Man, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, Gamer, The Rocker, The Crazies, Paranormal Activity, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Easy A, Cabin in the Woods, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Inception, Going The Distance, Twilight saga, Into the Woods, Short Term 12, Inside Out

Music: Sarah McLachlan, Garbage, SHeDAISY, Dixie Chicks, Michelle Branch, Lifehouse, Jack's Mannequin, Something Corporate, Dashboard Confessional, Fall Out Boy, Secondhand Serenade, Quietdrive, Kate Voegele, Vanessa Carlton, Christina Aguilera, Marie Digby, Marianas Trench, Simple Plan, Amber Pacific, Augustana, Brenda Weiler, Cartel, Evanescence, Mandy Moore, Sugarland. The Wreckers, OneRepublic, Lady Gaga, Lady Antebellum

TV Shows: Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Ally McBeal, Veronica Mars, Glee, Revenge, Happy Endings, Once Upon a Time, Scandal, Grimm, American Horror Story, So You Think You Can Dance, Heroes, Chuck, Gossip Girl, Covert Affairs, Being Human, Six Feet Under, Reno 911, How I Met Your Mother, Better Off Ted, LOST, Greek, White Collar, Falling Skies, Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Supernatural, Smallville, The Vampire Diaries, Dexter, Dollhouse, Fringe, Bones, Weeds, The United States of Tara, True Blood, Carnivale, Everwood, Dead Like Me, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Bleach, The Walking Dead, Shameless, Game of Thrones, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Drop Dead Diva, Teen Wolf, The Following, Sleepy Hollow, Castle, Face Off, Warehouse 13, Haven, Rookie Blue, The Strain, The Flash, How to Get Away with Murder, iZombie, 12 Monkeys, Daredevil, and many many others.

Video Games: The Resident Evil series (RE4 is my favorite game of all time), the Kingdom Hearts series, the X-Men Legends/Marvel Ultimate Alliance series, Pokemon (main series, Ranger, Rumble, and some other spin-offs), the Mario Kart series, the Super Smash Bros series, the Animal Crossing series, the God of War series, various Lego games (Star Wars, Batman, Harry Potter), the Disney Infinity series, the House of the Dead series, and so many more. I'm currently focusing on Disney Infinity 3.0, Destiny, Yoshi's Wooly World, Game of Thrones, Mortal Kombat X, Resident Evil: Revelations 2, Pokemon ORAS, Smash Bros (3DS/WiiU), Shadow of Mordor, Diablo III (PS4), Mario Kart 8, Young Justice, andMarvel Heroes (PC). I recently earned platinum trophies in Tales of the Borderlands, Lego Jurassic World, and Lego Batman 3. I just finished the story of Arkham Knight and am about 96% finished with the entire game. To put things into perspective, I am level 16 on PSN.

Food: Mexican, Chinese, Burgers, Pizza, Chocolate
The six things I could never do without

Computer with internet so that I can keep in touch with the people that mean the most to me. My phone tends to serve this purpose often.

A video game console so that I always have a game to play.

iPod so that I can take my music when I walk (to work or around town).

TiVo to record the shows that I miss while I'm sleeping before work.

tarot makes me feel connected and gives me a sense of guidance when looking toward the future.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I think a lot about work. There are multiple aspects to my job, and I tend to focus a lot on how to be more effective in creating change and how to best serve my residents. It's tricky, and I know that I can never figure out the perfect way to do my job, but I do like to make the best effort I can.

I think about my family. I've moved across the state from them, so I don't get to see them as much as I'd like. I can't really help much with their day-to-day problems. I can't be as big of a support as I'd like to. And I'm not always kept as much in the loop as I would like.

I think about my friends. I still have a few close friends from high school and many close friends from college. I don't get to see any of them on a regular basis, and most of us rarely get a chance to talk. But we still keep in touch, and I try to visit when I can. Luckily, the internet makes it a bit easier. I also have some friends from the town I live in and the place I work. However, many of them have graduated from the college in town and have moved on. This is another case where I try to stay in touch the best I can. And a lot of the things I think about when it comes to the friends that are spread out around the country are similar to the things I think about when it comes to my family. After all, my friends really are an extension of family to me.

Working by myself in the middle of the night, I have a lot of time to think. So I also think about a lot of trivial things. I've thought up a treatment for a television series that will probably never see the light of day. I think about video games that I'm playing and how best to progress in each one. I think about TV shows that I'm watching, where I think they're going, and where I would like to see them go. I think about the things I have to do for the day, and often jot them down in a list. I think about my future and the things I think I could do to help make it the future I want it to be. I think about love and whether there is anyone in my life that could be the person that I will still be in love with when I'm 75 years old or if I have yet to encounter this person. I think about the things that make me happy. I think about the things that piss me off. I think about how much I've changed from childhood to high school to college to now, how much I miss actively being an activist, and how I could become an activist again. I think about what I can do to make the people around me happy. Like I said, I have a lot of time to think.
On a typical Friday night I am
Asleep, sadly. Seeing as I have to wake up at midnight on weekdays, I also have to keep a relatively similar schedule on the weekends.

Back when I used to have Friday nights, I loved to go out with friends. We'd either catch a movie or go to a bar for some drinking and dancing. Or I'd have people over for a casual movie or game night.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I believe in that fairytale kind of love. When I fall in love, I give my heart fully and unconditionally. But when my heart is broken, it shatters like glass.

I hate talking on the phone. I'm fine with e-mail, IM, text (the majority of my communication), or talking in person...but I just don't like the phone for some reason (well, probably because my first two jobs involved answering phones at a nursing home and a law office).

I am also very afraid of clowns.

And I cough every time I clean my left ear with a q-tip, but only my left ear.
You should message me if
Your interest is piqued and you want to know more! Or if you want to chat about shows or trade tips on games.

Seriously, if you managed to read through all of that, you probably deserve a medal.