50 Valley Village, United States
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My self-summary
I'm a really supersweet guy with a great sense of humor. I'm originally from Rockford, Illinois, “The Screw Capitol of The World” (Sure, it was due to the city having several machining factories manufacturing fasteners, …but as a guy, it’s still fun to say).

I’ve lived in LA since '99 and I love the mountains, the ocean, and the great weather. I hike, bike and camp whenever I get the chance.
What I’m doing with my life
I work in the film permitting industry. Location managers hire me to work with the cities and neighborhoods to acquire the necessary permits and deal with whatever red tape need be dealt with. As a field rep, I drive all over Los Angeles and the surrounding counties facilitating filming of commercials, films and TV shows. As a result, whenever I watch anything, my mind very quietly keeps saying, “I know where that is!"

I dabble in the performing arts, the film arts, the fire arts, and the arts arts. Last year, I volunteered my time and skills on Inspireality Palace, a huge art project designed especially for Burning Man 2015. I cut every single black shingle you see here. https://www.facebook.com/InspirealityPalace I learned how to weld while working on that project, and am now welding a stand alone sculpture that doubles as a gas street lamp, that can also shoot a ball of fire 30 feet into the air at the push of a button. I've been teaching several of my friends how to mig and tig weld so they can join in the fun process of creating art.

I’ve gone to Burning Man five times, volunteering to go out to the desert a few days early to help the setup of our theme camp, as well as stay a couple days after to break down camp, pack it, and go over the ground with a fine tooth comb, making sure that all things, a bit of paper here, a small bolt there, is picked up and disposed of properly, to ensure we're 'leaving no trace.' I enjoy extending my time out there as long as possible.
I’m really good at
-Solving problems and fixing broken things (anything from putting a shim in a hinge so a door can properly close to taking apart an alarm clock to make the digital display look like a bomb for a gag gift to a friend).

-Packing a moving truck (it's life size Tetris!).

-Giving massages (I took 800 hours of training to become a massage therapist. I no longer practice professionally, but still like to help out friends when I can).

-Hugs (The simple key to a good hug is a firm embrace with every inch of your arms, and hold to it for at least two breath cycles, at which point the brain releases a dose of oxytocin and a smile. I promise not to hug you like this unless you ask for it).
The first things people usually notice about me
-My Hair. It’s salt and peppery; sometimes straight, sometimes curly, but even when it’s just messy, it's still really kinda awesome.

-My Eyes. I’m told I have friendly eyes and I’d have to agree, because every time I look in the mirror at them they’re always right there looking back at me.

-Spirit. I love getting involved with others to accomplish a goal.

-Lots of energy. (I’ll elaborate on this more after my nap.)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
-Podcasts: This American Life, Doug Loves Movies, Radiolab, WTF, Invisibilia, The Moth. I really like storytelling podcasts. My favorite is Risk; their tag line is “People telling true stories they never thought they’d dare to share."

-Books: Jitterbug Perfume, Skinny Legs and All, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy four book trilogy. I especially enjoy David Sedaris' works as audio books because it feels like he’s on a road trip with you, dishing out the crazy times of his life and family as you travel on your adventure to some far off exotic land like South Pasadena.

-TV: Schitt's Creek and Big Time in Hollywood, FL, are a couple of great shows that went under the radar this year. Other greats of course, are Breaking Bad, Louie, Arrested Development, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Spaced, Mad Men, Family Guy, and I absolutely LOVED Strangers with Candy (you can probably gather from that list that I like irreverence).

-Music: The Black Keys, The White Stripes (for rock solid dirty guitar and drumming), Tom Waits (for something gritty and weird), The Pixies, Talking Heads, The Flaming Lips, Ween (to rock out alt style), The Stone Roses, Blur, The Fratellis (for some UK fun), Pink Floyd (on a mellow or overcast fall day), and I can’t help but hit repeat on the song Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space by Spiritualized (it is such a beautiful love song. I dare you to go listen to it right now!

-Movies: My favorite movie of all time, by far, that I have seen easily into the triple digits is The Blues Brothers. Simply stated, it is perfection. It has everything: comedy, action, violence, love, betrayal, vengeance, an overall quest to do good that takes us on a musical journey, leaving a trail of destruction.

-Food: Pizza. Steak. Sushi. And all the Cheeseburgers I can haz.
The six things I could never do without
Witty repartee - Word play is fun. I love to banter and joust with puns and quips.

My iPhone - If you think about it, it actually IS the Hitchhikers Guide to our "galaxy"; it’ll answer almost any question and help you get around.

A cup of coffee in the morning - because it makes me happy and tells me it’ll be ok even though I didn’t want to get up so early.

Friends - Because they are friendly.

Burning Man - Beautiful art, wonderful people, amazing experiences, and incredible transformations of paradigms regarding social interactivity & responsibility for the newbies; and a spiritual recharging for the returner burner.

Chapstick - life kinda sucks when you need it and you ain’t got it.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Burning Man, it really truly is amazing and will haunt your thoughts (but in a good way). It’s a hard, challenging adventure to get there. But the fun, the art, the freedom and camaraderie are well worth it.
On a typical Friday night I am
Therefore I think.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I’m contemplating becoming a Buddhist, because you know, what the heck, YOLO!
You should message me if
You got that last joke.

You're the type of person who hears about a themed costume/dress up night somewhere and eagerly wants to go. You like to be stunning and elegant one moment and silly and goofy the next. You like to go on a fun or challenging exploration from time to time. You want to see or experience amazing new things you didn’t know about. You want to show me things I’ve never seen before, and take great pleasure in watching my mind get blown as I discover it.

You should message me if it’s time for you and me to connect and giggle uncontrollably like we’re teenagers again and our cheeks hurt from smiling too much.