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My self-summary
Reading, running, studying, second guessing myself. I've never held an opinion I am not willing to change or reconsider. Also, I sincerely apologize for the mirror self shots. I don't speak German, I just like the way Verzeihen sounds. If you play piano, you had me at hello.

Okcupid should have a place for FB style status updates. Since they don't, consider what is below the line in this self summary section as a current status update subject to change.... enjoy. or don't. i don't care.
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This is a bit meta but: I really think OkCupid is missing an opportunity by not turning the site into a more fluid update friendly website ala FB-esque wall and status. Unrelated: the founders sold OKcupid for 50 Million in 2011. If you have ever visited their old blog oktrends you know they probably had a good understanding of their numbers and valuations but that seems like a really really low price to me in a world where snapchat turned down a 3 Billion offer and whatsapp sold for 16 BILLION.
What I’m doing with my life
I worked in finance right out of college for three years. Then I decided I needed debt in my life and enrolled in Law School. (Update.. I'm a lawyer now. Havnt really updated the profile in a few years). I run a lot (every day) but mainly indoors (judge away weekend warrior 5ker hot chocolate shuffle 'ers) . My goal in life is to spend my days doing something I enjoy and doing it well.
I’m really good at
fantasy football (currently building a dynasty). What I lack in intelligence, I like to think I make up for in curiousity. Also, being 5' 10 1/2". OKCupid robbed me of that half inch.
The first things people usually notice about me
I can be frustratingly forgiving & indecisive because I tend to see the world in shades of grey(gray?), not black/white. Also, I like that I have blue eyes, but not really sure if anyone else does.... I'd notice them at least.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Favorite movies: A single Man, Legend of 1900, American Beauty, Malcolm X, Charlie Wilson's War, The Informant, A Beautiful Mind, Billy Elliot, Superbad

Favorite Books: I read way too much non fiction. I am always reading at least one biography (albeit slowly). I have a thing for President bios for some reason. Only dead presidents, though, as the current stuff is usually just campaign literature with a longer format. My favorite fiction: i Never Promised You a Rose Garden or Everything is illuminated. I like character driven novels. If you want to know me, you can probably get a decent composite from what i read. A random selection:

Dark Pools -Scott Patterson (kinda blew my mind)
What Lincoln Believed - Michael Lind
savage inequalities - Jonathan Kozol
Ralph Waldo Emerson (just generally. essays etc...)
Into the Wild - Jon Krakauer
Naked Economics- Charles Wheelan
The power of habit (really amazing "self help" type book. It isnt really billed as a self help book but it is one nonetheless. I am in the process of trying to apply it to my life semi successfully).
The End of Poverty - Jeffrey Sachs
Prozac Nation - Elizabeth Wurtzel
The Things They Carried - Tim O'Brien
Hatchet-Gary Paulsen
Democracy's Discontent- Sandel (was forced to read but loved it)
The shipping news - Annie Proulx
Free to Choose-Friedman
The White Man's Burden-Easterly
Den of Thieves- James B Stewart (nothing has changed)
A child Called it - Dave Pelzer
Friday Night Lights - H.G Bissinger
The Only Alien on the Planet - Kristin Randle (this is a Youth version of I never promised you a rose garden kinda. It is a great book. It helped sparked my love of reading very early on in grade school. One of those books where you remember the characters years later. I owe my love affair with reading to Randle and Paulsen.)

Tv Shows: The Wire, The Boss, West Wing, Curb your enthusiasm, Homeland, Louie, the league, The Americans.

Music: I like a lot of individual songs by different artists which probably makes me the opposite of a music snob, I guess. For instance, The Scientist by coldplay is one of my favorite songs but I can only tell you one other song by the band; Green Eyes (and I'm not 100% positive that is a Coldplay song). The overarching theme of my favorite music is a piano being involved at some point.

Anything by the Lumineers

Dave Van Ronk
Say Something -A Great Big World
Sort of - Ingrid Michaelson
Broken Chair - Chris & Thomas
Won't back down- Matt Kearney
La Wally - Miriam Gauci
The show - Lenka
comptine d'un autre été - Yann Tiersan
I don't feel like dancin - Scissor sisters
Young folks - Peter Bjorn & John
Have a Little Faith in Me- John Hiatt
Hallelujah - cover by Jeff Buckley

My running stuff is totally different. Mainly rap on pandora. Anything with a beat & also randomly the theme to the movie Rudy. On long runs, I go through a lot of books from audible.com.

Favorite Speeches: RFK Speech on Mlk's death. JFK inauguration. MLK Jr Mountaintop speech. Gandhi's combined speeches. President Obama's Nobel acceptance speech. And the preamble to the constitution (not a speech i know).

Makers Mark, just generally speaking.
The six things I could never do without
In no particular order:

Kindle
student discount subscriptions (NYTimes, Economist, spotify)
a very cheap gym
Family
Friends
curiosity
I spend a lot of time thinking about
economics. In another life I should have been an economist. My minor from undergrad is in economics, but I know I dont have the patience or focus to be an actual economist (ie spending months writing a paper about the effect of the dung beetle on labor mobility in Zimbabwe is something I don't have the discipline or focus to stay interested in). With that said I love finance, economics, and law. Those all intersect in public policy (not politics!) so I could see myself ending up loosely in that area.
On a typical Friday night I am
trying to figure out if this TWA Flight 800 documentary on Netflix will be worth the investment of time.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I struggle with commitment. I have some strong insecurities. I am jealous of brilliant people. I will never learn to spell the word "restaurant" correctly on the first try. I like country music, and I am not proud of it, but i am pretty sure it's genetic and I can't shake it. My favorite quote by far: "In most cases, people, even the most vicious, are much more naive and simple-minded than we assume them to be. And this is true of ourselves too." -Dostoevsky
You should message me if
you don't have it all figured out, because I don't either.
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