45St. Louis, United States
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My self-summary
I'm the kind of guy that complete strangers spill their deepest, darkest secrets to within hours of meeting me. Not exactly sure why. I'm curious, passionate and have perhaps too many things that I "care" about, if that's possible.

Since nothing in life is static, I think you must ultimately just learn to change and grow to deal with it. I agree with Charles Schultz, "I think I've discovered the secret of life - you just hang around until you get used to it." I think you can have the best laid plans for your life, but until you learn that it's not going to go the way you want and enjoy the life you are leading, it's not going to mean much.

I think my friends and colleagues would say I'm fiercely intelligent, an incredibly hard worker, funny and diplomatic with a bit of an edge. I'm very good at calming upset people and great in the clutch - when there's a crisis, I'm usually pretty calm. That is, of course, because I've been through a few myself.

I'm fascinated by pop culture and whatever is the current zeitgeist not only in the United States, but around the world. I get obsessed with different cultures. I don't necessarily follow trends, but I love knowing what's trending. I genuinely care about the state of affairs in the world and can't help but worry a little occasionally if I think too much about it. I'm not sure that any truly sentient person can be 100% happy all the time, however, I maintain an optimistic approach to life and try to say "yes" as much as possible. If you're happy too much, you're probably either supremely enlightened or just an idiot.
What I’m doing with my life
Right now, I manage a division of a small, budding company in St. Louis. A lot of people rely on me and I'm very good at my job which makes me feel fulfilled in some way.

I enjoy my life but I still have a few unaccomplished missions. I have a couple of ideas for companies I would like to start, I have a few book ideas, some essays that need to be written and a screenplay rolling around in my head.

I also have lots of places I want to go to, but having traveled a ton for work, by myself, I know it always means so much more to be able to share that experience with someone else.
I’m really good at
...writing, trivia, diplomacy, water polo, swimming, taking tests, problem solving, listening, giving advice, vacuuming (I kind of like it), spatial reasoning...
The first things people usually notice about me
That I'm actually a lot taller than I first appear. Then I'm sure the glasses are a close second.

When I tell them my age, people usually freak out. I've always looked young for my age. I used to hate it when I was getting carded for cigarettes still, even into my early thirties because of my "baby face"... now I guess I'm happy about it, at least when it comes to dating. However, I still have to work harder than most, especially in management of any sort, because even people my own age treat me like I am much younger and much less experienced, especially other men.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Some favorite authors: Joseph Campbell, John Irving, Chuck Klosterman, Brett Easton Ellis, David Sedaris, Malcolm Gladwell, Billy Collins, Chuck Palahniuk, Hunter S. Thompson, Charles Bukowski, Cecil Adams ("The Straight Dope" series... the original Google).

Some great books: Ready Player One, The Tipping Point, Paradise Lost, Freakonomics, Everything You Know Is Wrong, Catch 22, The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, On the Road, Howl, The Sun Also Rises, The World is Flat.

Some of my many favorite movies: James Bond movies (what I truly wanted to be when I was a kid was a secret agent), The Royal Tennenbaums, The Big Lebowski, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Godfather, The Usual Suspects, Dazed and Confused, Caddyshack, Anchorman, documentaries of all sorts, and many others ranging from the sublime to completely idiotic.

Music: Nirvana, Wiz Khalifa, Jenny Lewis, Arcade Fire, The National, John Vanderslice, David Bowie, The XX, The Whitest Boy Alive, The Beastie Boys, The Gaslight Anthem, Fiona Apple, Ben Folds, Morphine, Bright Eyes, A Tribe Called Quest, NWA, CCR, Cake, The Police, Toots & the Maytals, Mos Def, Dead Prez, Dan the Automator and about 3,000 more.

TV/Intraweb: Breaking Bad, House of Cards, Reddit, Between Two Ferns, Funny or Die, Modern Family, It's Always Sunny, Flight of the Conchords, Arrested Development, Workaholics, Hannibal, Sons of Anarchy, almost everything on NatGeo, the Eric Andre Show, Tim and Eric's Awesome Show Great Job!, Kitchen Nightmares, Impractical Jokers, Wilfred, Portlandia.
Six things I could never do without
Coffee, hoodies (I try to stay out of Florida), jeans, pizza, Chuck Taylors, a messenger bag/backpack/manpurse (I like my life portable).
I spend a lot of time thinking about
...my place in the world, my purpose in life, how I'm going to make a "ripple".
On a typical Friday night I am
I don't have a typical Friday night, just depends on the weekend. Rarely nothing and if I'm at home, by myself, I usually have a project of some sort. Lately it's been fixing up my house.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm usually honest to a fault when you get to know me about my own life, not yours. But I do love to find out other people's foibles. I find that what makes people the most interesting and unique are often their faults, their quirks, their bad habits. Perfect people are usually fairly boring to me and I've found they often need a good dose of humility.
You should message me if
...you like to eat food or drink liquids. I have strict criteria - obviously.
The two of us