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My self-summary
[Yes, my profile is a bit out-of-date. Please feel free to suggest edits!]

I'm just your average bar manager / tea-blender who loves cutting-edge and classic cocktails, dark-ambient and tribal-industrial music, and late-night walks in the woods.

I am looking for someone to share my LOVES: tea, strong black coffee, rare steak, wine, cocktails, upscale dining and gourmet cooking. I also have a thing for short, skinny guys and really tall, skinny guys. (But I'm not hung up on it or anything... so if you're not that, don't let it get in the way of saying hi! Just don't be surprised if you catch me lookin'!)

I swim on my days off to combat asthma (without using pharmaceuticals) and to try to stay in shape. I've also discovered that I have an intolerance to gluten (wheat, barley, rye...) and hae been gluten-free since about 2007. Going GF has really screwed around with my next two loves: cooking and eating in unusual restaurants. (ChurchBrew in Pgh used to be one of my fav's. These days, I tend to visit Soba when I visit the 'Burgh.) My favourite music is/are industrial, dark-ambient and experimental electonic: FLINT GLASS, EMPUSAE, SPK, REMAIN SILENT, COIL, DATACH'I, AH CAMA-SOTZ, LAIBACH... hit up my friends list on myspace if you wanna hear some samples. I've also been getting into 20s jazz, 40s blues, 50s lounge, downtempo electronic fusion (think electro-swing such as Caravan Palace, triphop such as Portishead or Hooverphonic and ethno-ambient, such as r.roo) as well as the recent post-punk revival.

What else should I mention so I that I don't weird you out later? Uh, I tend to eschew "modern" medical practice, in favour of a post-modern holistic approach. (There is no ibuprofen in the house, so don't ask.) I resonate most closely with the Gnostic faith, though I don't like established religious groups.

I'm almost always up late and mostly just pass the time info-glutting online. My favourite visual diversions are the obtusely surreal and macabre works of artists like David Lynch, Rod Serling & animator/musician David Firth. On the rare occasion you catch me watching tv, it'll either be something sci-fi (such as DOCTOR WHO and TORCHWOOD) or Netflix Mad Men somehow caught my fancy. Lately, my Netflix queue hovers around 165 or so. (Also, food geeks like Alton Brown are pretty hot in my book)!

Lycra,UnderArmour,Fetish Fashion, and Apocalyptic gear are great fashion topics to explore. I also love wearing fedoras and vintage hats.


Sorry, guys, but I have asthma... so NON-SMOKERS ONLY!. Also, since I'm gluten-intolerant, if you have a penchant for baking... then it might not work out. Otherwise, HIT ME UP!


ps. (Oh yeah... I don't deal too well with mainstream American pop-entertainment culture. So if you're "all about" that, then just... don't.)

I am enthusiastic, opinionated, and exacting... except when I'm not.
What I’m doing with my life
After working as bar manager and cocktail enthusiast for 8 years at Fuji & Jade Garden in State College, PA, I took the helm as bar manager at the new Happy Valley Brewing Co. but was thoroughly un-impressed. So, I'm back at Fuji-Jade! I also blend tea for two local café-type establishments. In the future, I'd maybe like to apprentice at a top-shelf cocktail bar... or, perhaps, get back into the coffee business as a barista. My biggest fear as a bartender is that I'll never be in a position to work alongside an accomplished master craftsman: I really want that kind of challenge in my life. In the meantime, I guess I'll just keep reading, shaking/stirring... and drinking. (Care to join?)
I’m really good at
...blending tea.
...shaking (or stirring) fun and unusual cocktails.
...being a shoo-in for president of the Int'l Pessimist Society (who meet monthly at Denny's--but I never go, because I question the integrity of the meal).
The first things people usually notice about me
• My steam-punk-ish spectacles or whatever hat I'm wearing.
• That I'm (typically) good at and (therefore) love my job.
• That I don't typically mince words.
• That I hardly ever relax--maybe you could help with that...?
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
This could take forever. Lately, I've been re-discovering my cd collection--now that I have a 500+ disc shelf to store them all. Diggin' on the dark brit-pop band White Lies. I'd also suggest you check out my other pages for further insight. (Don't worry: it's all free!)
The six things I could never do without
In no particular order: music, wine, liquor, coffee, tea, internets, cutting-edge cuisine and companionship. You said 8, right? Oh... okay, lose the companionship, then. ({O.o}) *sigh*
I spend a lot of time thinking about google search words for the things that turn people on.
...why I can't find men with crazy-awesome dye-jobs. (No, hair-color does NOT change who you are as a person, BUT it also does not change how well you do perform in your chosen vocation... so let's spice it up a bit, eh?! =)
On a typical Friday night I am
...working until midnight (or later)... then, headed home to make dinner--possibly with a pit-stop to grab a tasty beverage on the way. (Care to join???)
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
There are few things hotter than a toned, speedo-clad swimmer... or a rivethead guy with lots of piercings and skinny jeans!

Okay, another thing: guys who wear Chuck Taylors always seem to catch my attention... and usually WAY before I can actually SEE what kind of shoes they're wearing! (Something in the way they walk, perhaps?)

Now, if only they'd come up and introduce themselves....
You should message me if have a post-graduate comprehension of the English language.'re the kind of person to actually meet someone in person.'re in another country, but still think we'd be a great team. (In that case, drop me a line. I can't say I have tons of funds to spend on travel, but...)
...your name is David Firth and are from Doncaster, UK. =)

No matter where you are, message me if you want to chat and eventually hang out. And if you match any of my afore-mentioned turn-ons, then for godsake say hello!!! =D