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spartantom

27 M Rochester, NY

My Details

Last Online
Apr 26
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
White
Height
5′ 8″ (1.73m)
Body Type
A little extra
Diet
Strictly anything
Smokes
No
Drinks
Socially
Drugs
Never
Religion
Catholicism, and laughing about it
Sign
Aquarius, but it doesn’t matter
Education
Working on masters program
Job
Politics / Government
Income
$40,000–$50,000
Relationship Status
Single
Relationship Type
Offspring
Doesn’t have kids, but might want them
Pets
Likes dogs
Speaks
English (Fluently), Italian (Poorly), C++ (Okay)

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My self-summary
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Hi! My name's Tom and I'm a native Buffalonian and fairly recent transplant to Rochester. I work in local government.

I live in the city in a little converted attic apartment that I really love, never want to move out of, and really should tidy up more often than I do.

I've spent significant amounts of time abroad, including a six month stretch where I visited friends in Pakistan, India and Israel. I would love to one day have a job that enabled me to travel abroad regularly. (I took the State Department's Foreign Officer test, and did very well, but wasn't invited for an interview after they looked over essays that were supposed to convey my experience and management potential -- I'd like to try again once I'm a bit more experienced.)

I have a B.A. in Journalism from MSU and am all-but-thesis for my M.S. in Journalism from Ohio University -- taking the local government job put my thesis on hold, but I plan to change to a professional project and take some time to finish it off in the late fall of 2014 after election day.

I love local history and learning more about the architecture and ethnography of the places I've lived. I'd say my strongest passion and deepest knowledge is still for and of Buffalo, but I'm getting there with Rochester! My favorite building in Buffalo is the Central Terminal, and in Rochester the Broad Street Aqueduct. I really want to go for a tour of the old subway tunnels once the weather's nice again!

I really love college sports (especially Michigan State University, my alma mater!), finding new places to eat (I'm kind of a "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" kind of guy, although I love international cuisine as well.)

I'm not really sure what else to say! If you have any questions, just ask. I'd love to talk!
What I’m doing with my life
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I've just moved to Rochester and am really relieved to finally be using my degree in journalism professionally. I work in communications for a local government official who was elected to the state government in November. My boss is a great guy who is in politics for all of the right reasons and I'm excited to be part of his team.

I have a lot to learn about Rochester, government, and press relations, but I'm finding that my previous experiences have prepared me better for it than I expected before taking the position.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
ice skating, oddly enough! Although that's not as impressive in Western New York as it has been when I've lived other places. I'm pretty proud of my ability to learn about and live within different cultures. I'm a decent cook thanks to my late Grandma's tutelage.

I also used to act and sing in chorus in high school. Although I haven't done it in a formal group setting in years, I still remain well within the top 1% of karaokers.
The first things people usually notice about me
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I have a loud speaking voice, very few filters on what I say or do, and I am intensely passionate about the things I find important.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Books:
Detroit City is the Place to Be, by Mark Binelli, Shantaram, by Gregory David Roberts, A Case of Exploding Mangoes, by Mohammed Hanif, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, by Mohsin Hamid, In Other Rooms, Other Wonders, by Daniyal Mueenuddin, Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein, The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole, The Stand, by Stephen King, 100 Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Márquez, Heft, by Liz Moore.

In nonfiction, I tend to read a lot about politics, international relations, South Asia, and history.

Movies:
OSS 117 - Cairo, Nest of Spies, the original Star Wars trilogy, Sholay, This is Spinal Tap, Inglourious Basterds, Monty Python's Life of Brian, Shaun of the Dead, The Lives of Others, 3 Idiots

Shows:
Arrested Development, Parks and Recreation, Eastbound and Down, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, Bored to Death (RIP), and Lost's early seasons, before the train wreck in the writer's room or whatever happened to that show.

Music:
Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Boston, the Beach Boys, Electric Light Orchestra, Coldplay, Chicago, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Alice Cooper, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Billy Joel, David Bowie. Primarily oldies and classic rock, with a little dash of just about everything else thrown in.

Food:
Cuisines: Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern
Specific foods: Really rare steak, eggplant, pomodoro sauce by grandma's recipe

I'm not a big gamer anymore, but there are still a couple of games that I really enjoy. I've played all of the Fallout RPGs and loved them. I also really love playing old Super Nintendo games.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
1.) My laptop and a decent internet connection. It's a window to other worlds, places and people. It both helps me figure out exciting new things to see and do, and helps me keep in touch with all the friends I've made in places near and far.

2.) A well-stocked kitchen. I love cooking so much, and I find preparing and eating food is a really cathartic experience.

3.) My family. They mean a great deal to me, and although we don't always agree on everything, I know that they have my back and are there to help me get back on my feet if I stumble. And vice-versa!

4.) Education. I think learning is a lifelong process. I would really want to live in a city with a good public university once I'm settled down, because I want to always have an opportunity to take an occasional class, attend guest lectures, etc.

5.) My friends. I have an amazing network of friends that I've made throughout the world. They give me a very real connection to events happening all over the planet, and enrich my life so much by sharing things that are unique about their own.

6.) My memories. Many are happy, some are painful, but each of those life experiences has taught me some valuable lesson.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
where my life is going and how I'm going to get there. I'm a worrier, but I'm getting better at focusing on the many things I have to be excited about and grateful for.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Going out to the pub with friends, having a couple of beers and talking about the week. I tend to prefer "old man bars." I prefer a place where I can sit down and hear what my friends have to say and have a great discussion over a club.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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Sometimes a tear comes to my eye when I hear the Michigan State University Alma Mater, especially the second verse that only hardcore fanboys know.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 20–30
  • Near me
  • Who are single
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating
You should message me if
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you are a genuine person with strong interests of any kind in any subject. Or if you really like geeky stuff. Or if you're going on some whirlwind international adventure and want a travel buddy!

Or if you just want to say hello!