Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
My life philosophy is that there are two kinds of people in the
world: Elton John people, and Billy Joel people.
Usually, when I tell people about this life philosophy, they say
some iteration of "Nuh-uh! I like BOTH of them!"
But that's not what I mean. Imagine the following scenario:
A mad scientist-- hellbent on taking over the world-- puts a laser
gun to your head and says: "I am going to kill either Elton John or
Billy Joel. You get to pick one of them to save."
Not only will the artist that you picked to be killed die, but with
him, all of his music and past accomplishments will be wiped from
the annals of history, as well. You literally have to live in a
world where either Elton John or Billy Joel never even
The mad scientist is not trying to double-cross you, and you cannot
play the martyr card and go "Spare them both! Take me instead!"
because either a.) if you do, he will kill them both, so it will be
counterproductive, or b.) if you do not pick, he is going to keep
asking people until somebody does. And somebody eventually
So, given those circumstances, who do you pick to survive? Elton
John, or Billy Joel?
Got your answer? Did you have to hesitate before you answered? No?
Of course not. Nobody ever hesitates.
There are two kinds of people in the world: Elton John people, and
Billy Joel people.
I also have a life philosophy about cheap, Chinese buffets, but it
is a bit too complicated to explain here...
I am a Twin Cities native, working full-time for a nonprofit in the
city. I manage a youth program, and absolutely love my job and love
working with the students.
I lived in Pittsburgh for 3 years where I received my MFA in
Now, I'm back home, hopefully for good.
I write, read, cook, love to travel and try new things (especially
cheap, hole-in-the-wall restaurants). I like live music-- any band,
any venue, any time. I also play ultimate frisbee on rare occasion
(played in college) and do stand-up comedy once in a while.
Recently, I've gotten really into MPR. If you are also really into
MPR, message me about how you're really into MPR, and we can talk
about all the cool things we've heard recently on MPR!!!
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
I manage an afterschool program for a Nonprofit agency in
It is fun, challenging, and at times, stressful. But it is-- so
far-- probably the best job I have ever had.
Since I have my MFA, I scour the deep recesses of the internet for
places to publish. Sometimes I am successful in this, other times,
not so much.
Other than that, I watch a lot of TV and drink a lot of craft beer.
Also, distilleries. Distilleries are the 2015 version of craft
breweries. If you also like distilleries, message me about how you
like distilleries, and we can talk about all the things we like
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
I'm a good conversationalist. I'm pretty level headed, but also
really steadfast in my views and values. I like learning about what
other people think and how they see the world and why they do the
things that they do.
That may seem a bit vague and impractical, but really....what kind
of a person spends a lot of time thinking about what they are
"really good at"?
I'm sure I'm really good at plenty of things. I'm also sure that
I'm pretty not so good at plenty of things. I like learning new
things, even though I am usually not very good at them...
I think of myself as a pretty good cook, and am always looking for
new recipes to try.
The first things people usually notice about me
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
My seasonally-appropriate sweaters.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
Books: Junot Diaz, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Denis Johnson, Flannery
O'Connor, Charles Baxter, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and lots of
Movies: anything National Lampoon, Coen Bros, or Monty Python.
Patton, The Right Stuff, Twelve Angry Men, and Dr.
Music: any alternative, folk-alternative, rock, or some hip-hop
(particularly Rhymesayers). I like old folk and country from Woodie
Guthrie to Harry Chapin and John Denver. Indy Rock, pretty much
anything I hear on the Current... Also, traditional Irish music:
Clancy Bros and anything by The Pogues.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Any kind of art
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Depends. Sometimes out at the bars, sometimes staying in.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
I'm not admitting anything private to strangers on a dating
Take me to a distillery and pick my brain. Then the secrets will
You should message me if
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If you think we have something in common that you would like to
If you are up for it, please indicate in your message whether you
are a Claire, Phil, Haley, Alex, Luke, Jay, Gloria, Manny,
Mitchell, Cam, or Lily. Know that I do not expect you to do this,
nor would your answer influence my opinion of you in any way. It's
just that if you know what you are off the top of your head, it may
be a good conversation starter!
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