pjb89
27 Houston, TX
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My self-summary
Hey! I'm an analyst/journalist and write about the oil industry (like everyone in this town).

I love all things sports (especially baseball), music, movies, any sort of board, video, card games, running, peanut butter, and have a deep-seated hatred of word misappropriations (I'm looking at you, people who actually write pre-Madonna).
What I’m doing with my life
Writing is my passion. I do it every day for work, and it gives me something to look forward to on a daily basis. It's exciting, and my job gives me an opportunity to make a living doing something I truly love. There's something about starting with nothing, doing research, coming up with a story you've found on your own, and putting it out there for the world to see.
I’m really good at
I've always excelled at writing my thoughts down on paper, whether it be for my work in journalism, or just venting on a personal blog. Some of my work was referenced in Chuck Klosterman's new book, so I've got to be doing something right.

My line of work also requires good listening skills, and it's something that's become of great use in my life, especially for someone who enjoys helping others. You'd be shocked how many problems you can solve by just listening to someone and offering advice from a different perspective.

I've always been good at solving conflict and knowing when someone's mood is different from normal. I hate lingering conflict, so I have often been called in to act as a peacemaker when situations spiral out of control.
The first things people usually notice about me
"Whoa, you're really tall. Did you play [insert sport here] when you were a kid?"
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books:

Man, I need to get back on the wagon. I read daily, but much of my reading has shifted from books to magazines and websites. There's so much good content everywhere, it's hard not to get overwhelmed at the volume of options. I love websites like Salon, Slate, Gawker among on a daily basis.

Some favorite books of mine in the past have been Slaughterhouse Five, Breakfast of Champions, And Then There Were None, Moneyball, The Corrections, Holes, Super Sad True Love Story

Movies:

Almost anything David Fincher. Zodiac, The Social Network, Fight Club, and Se7en stand out for me. Some other favorites: The Incredibles, The Sixth Sense, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Iron Giant, Drive, and The Usual Suspects.

Shows:

Breaking Bad, True Detective, House of Cards, Top of the Lake, Justified, Rangers games.

Music:

The Strokes, Chromatics, Outkast, Mos Def, Blackalicous, Sleigh Bells, DeerPeople, RJD2, Kavinsky, The Black Keys, The Beatles, Weezer (Blue Album & Pinkerton), and any sort of classic rock. I'll listen to anything really, with the exception of country music. I know, I'm a horrible Texan.

There's a bunch more I listen to, but I'm pretty sure you'd rather do something else than read what music a complete stranger is in to. I'm pretty sure you'd rather do something else than read what music a complete stranger is in to.
The six things I could never do without
Pen and paper
My laptop
The Rangers
My iPhone (how original)
My parents
The internet
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I try to make it a point to not spend a lot of time thinking about one thing. It's good to have goals, and to work hard to achieve them. At the same time, letting them consume your every waking moment doesn't sound so hot either. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I spend a lot of time thinking about not thinking about things.

But to truly answer the question, I think probably too much about baseball.
On a typical Friday night I am
Either working out, or out with friends.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
A few years back, I decided to make a lifestyle change and truly get into shape. Since 2009, I've lost 140 pounds, and am currently classified as "normal" according to BMI. I'm currently 6-4, 190, and loving it. It's a constant reminder that I can truly do anything if I'm willing to put in the effort. Being skinny is so much fun.
You should message me if
you are looking for someone with their life together, but isn't above making a fool of himself for a few laughs.
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