I'm continuing my mantra of the previous four 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.
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 and not so much during the frigid winters), or trying to figure out where to hang the stray pictures in my not-so-new apartment.
I'd fancy myself a good writer, but eh, I'm often my harshest critic.
I'm passionate about helping friends through times both good and bad.
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.
Kurt Vonnegut has a writing style that pulses with a very intelligent, conversational, sarcastic wit. I've recently discovered Harvey Pekar, Daniel Clowes, and Joann Sfar (a big fan of The Rabbi's Cat)
Do the Right Thing, The Meaning of Life, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, Bridesmaids, The Big Lebowski, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Big Fish, O Brother, Where Art Thou, A Serious Man
Community, Arrested Development, Masters of None, Firefly, Orange is the New Black, Battlestar Galactica, Fringe.
I believe the Chicago Shakespeare Theater can do little wrong, and I go at least once a year to a performance at The Theater School at DePaul.
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/tUNe-yArDs, Courtney Barnett, Rihanna, Fleet Foxes, Noah and the Whale, Beastie Boys, Decemberists, Blondie.
2. Good, intelligent conversation
3. A decent cup of coffee (The Grind has my heart now. Sorry, Asado)
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
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.
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.
Saturdays tend to be a bit more interesting. I try to explore the culture that Chicago has to offer.
It was epic.
...you have a recommendation for a good restaurant or coffee shop.
...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 friends. :)