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rise_above

28 M Baltimore, MD

I’m looking for

  • Guys who like guys
  • Ages 25–30
  • Near me
  • For new friends, short-term dating

My Details

Last Online
Today – 1:51pm
Orientation
Gay
Ethnicity
White
Height
5′ 9″ (1.75m)
Body Type
Diet
Vegan
Smokes
No
Drinks
Socially
Drugs
Religion
Sign
Gemini, but it doesn’t matter
Education
Working on Ph.D program
Job
Student
Income
Relationship Status
Single
Relationship Type
Offspring
Pets
Likes dogs and dislikes cats
Speaks
English (Fluently), Ancient Greek (Poorly)

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My self-summary
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I was born in eastern Washington State, educated near Dallas, TX, and I'm currently feeling at home in Baltimore, MD. I am a fairly simple guy. I like to feel feelings. I laugh easily, and most at very goofy things. I often go in for sentimentality. I enjoy adventures.
What I’m doing with my life
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I am, as the details say, working on a PhD.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Books: My New Year's resolution for the last several years has been to "make more time for fiction." This mostly has not happened. But a few non-academic books I could always reread are: A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth, Beloved, Lord Jim, L'Assommoir, Fun Home/Are You My Mother?, The Missing Piece Meets the Big O/The Giving Tree.

Movies: I really love almost all movies by Quentin Tarantino, Pedro Almodovar, Coen Brothers, Lars von Trier, and Pixar. Woody Allen has made many excellent movies but I'm quite convinced he's an awful person. I know Ghost World, Paris is Burning, Hedwig, and Mean Girls more or less by heart. And when I don't know what else to watch I usually default to horror.

TV: Girls, Mad Men, Drag Race, Parks and Rec. My TV Canon includes Party Down, Clone High, 30 Rock, Arrested Development, West Wing, Buffy, Angel, and The Wire.

Music: My music tastes are broad enough to alienate most everyone at some time. Coming up, some of the most important bands/artist to me were: NIN, Belle and Sebastian, Bjork, Radiohead, Pavement, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Le Tigre, Dolly Parton, Missy Elliott, Magnetic Fields, Mountain Goats, Jonathan Richman, Kanye West, Jay Z, and LCD Soundsystem. The band I'm currently least likely to skip if it comes up on shuffle is Future Islands. Lately I'm listening to lots of slow jams, Italo, and post-Beatles McCartney.

Food: If I had to eat one dish for the rest of my life it would probably be panang curry. I really love pasta and soup in all their forms, enough that I semi-regularly have them for breakfast.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Yo why do you call your family and friends "things"?

Anyway, here are six things I practically consider friends:

1. Coffee (Something delicious that makes you feel awesome that you're allowed -- often encouraged! -- to drink at your job? It must be number one.)

2. The breeze (I think Wordsworth wrote this just for me: "Oh, there is blessing in this gentle breeze,/That blows from the green fields and from the clouds/And from the sky; it beats against my cheek,/And seems half conscious of the joy it gives.")

3. The opening minute or so of "Have You Seen Her" by The Chi-Lites (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVYxKRXDT2I -- This is sort of a stand in for cool music, or even just cool stuff, in general. And, really, the whole song is perfect, not just the beginning. But for me that opening guitar line is the definition of cool, and exciting every time I hear it. Also I don't know why songs stopped having narration.)

4. iPhone

5. Wikipedia (I mean how else would I know about http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prostitution_among_animals?)

6. Mason jars (You can store stuff in them! You can blend stuff in them, a la http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/use-a-mason-jar-as-a-mini-blen-114977! You can use them to drink a big, refreshing glass of ice water! You can preserve stuff in them! You can put cute shit in them and use them decoratively! I mean I've never even done those last two! But they look sweet and rustic! They are tough and hard to break even if you have my goat-like fine motor skills! There is literally nothing not to love!)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
A few of my recent preoccupations, roughly ranked from most to least enduring:

1. My friends and family, because I love them;
2. Foods, because I love them;
3. Money, unfortunately;
4. Dudes, for the most part unfortunately (I'm sure you're cool, though);
5. Music;
6. Eve Sedgwick, specifically how she was right about most everything, how I can model her acuity and big-heartedness, and how it sucks she died;
7. Walt Whitman (He's not exactly what I'd like to spend a first date talking about, but I do spend most of my time thinking him, at the moment, and about stuff like that, in general, so if that seems super boring or super bullshit-y, we might not be a good match!);
8. "Is 'activity partners' a sex thing?"
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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I think Lauryn Hill Unplugged is a pretty good album.
You should message me if
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You are candid, uncynical, and funny, and/or enjoy people who aspire to be. You exhibit or are working to cultivate tenderness, ingenuity, bravery, and nard-kicking ability. You have something to say beyond than "Hi, what's up?", because I just said a bunch of stuff and it only seems fair that you give it a shot. You could, for example, say something about a thing we both like, or a question we both answered.