Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
I'm staunch feminist, although actions speak louder than words. I
came to Chicago via indirection, and I'm damn proud to have the
privilege to be living in this city.
I'm continuing my mantra of the previous two years by trying to
live by the following phrases:
Do good. Do well.
Live. Love. Learn.
So far, it's been mostly good. :)
An engineer by education, a software engineer by trade, and a
writer by heart. I am passionate about being well-informed, social
justice causes, cycling, and the City of Chicago.
A jack-of-many-trades, but master of few.
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
I code, engineer, and design software for online stores (e-commerce
FTW). I used to be one of those traveling tech consultants (think
George Clooney in Up in the Air
), but I missed
connecting and collaborating with coworkers.
When not in the office, I'm typically volunteering at one of a few
non-profits, cycling (albeit much more carefully after my bike
accident), or trying to figure out where to hang the stray pictures
in my new apartment.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Knowing a lot of random knowledge, especially trains (CTA, woot
woot), automobiles, and Chicago landmarks. Some factoids has been
proven to be useful at trivia. Others have not. Oh well.
I'd fancy myself a good writer, but eh, I'm often my harshest
I'm passionate about helping friends through times both good and
The first things people usually notice about me
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
My nose. It has its own ZIP code. And the post office still can't
figure out where it is...
Depending on the context, some people observe that I appear to be a
serious, intense, focused person. Other times, I might come across
as less engaging and more observational.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
The first steps to recovery are to admit that you have a problem.
I'm addicted to NPR
podcasts.. I'm a fan of This American Life
, APM Marketplace
, Death, Sex, and Money
, Snap Judgement
, The Moth
, and The TED Radio Hour
I'm definitely into most books by Kurt Vonnegut
. His writing style
pulses with a very intelligent, conversational, sarcastic wit which
I see very few other authors.
, The Meaning of Life
, The Big Lebowski
, Fantastic Mr.
, Big Fish, O Brother, Where Art
, Orange is the New Black,
Battlestar Galactica, Fringe. Trying to get into Bob's
I believe the Shakes (Chicago Shakespeare Theater) can do little
wrong, and I have much confidence in The Theater School at
I'm into many different genres and artists. I feel that each type
has its place and time, depending on mood and situation. I'll
listen to: Merrill Garbus
, Fleet Foxes
, Noah and the Whale
, Beastie Boys
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
1. Community through friends, family, and companionship
2. Good, intelligent conversation
3. A decent cup of coffee (The Grind has my heart now. Sorry,
4. Chicago Reader
5. A sense of purpose, a sense of passion, and self-motivation
(Three items, similar scope, hard to summarize)
6. A working bicycle
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
The meaning of life. The answer isn't 42. More of an existential
examination of our very existence.
When that's not on the mind, I'm definitely motivated to think
about the direction in which I'm headed both professionally,
personally, and spiritually.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Typically out and about. If I'm not hanging with my crew, I might
be catching drinks with a few coworkers or trying to explore the
nightlife that Chicago has to offer (I've only just scraped the
edges of the bar scene).
Otherwise, I'm at home, resting up from a busy week and preparing
for a farmer's market, a morning bike ride, or a group run on
Saturday. Maybe I'm doing all of the above.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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I crashed my bicycle in the middle of Boystown while wearing a
Mexican wresting mask and high-fiving someone on the
It was epic.
You should message me if
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...you enjoy exploring the city!
...you have a recommendation for a good restaurant or coffee
...you are sympathetic to social justice causes.
...you'd eventually like to explore the city in person! Yes, I know
it can be intimidating (who is this person?), but realize that
(often) we meet new people through the course of our lives. High
hopes and absolutely no expectations! If it goes poorly, if there
is no connection, at least you'll have a story to tell your
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