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My self-summary
Hi, I'm Rafa! If you are interested in having coffee with a man who is both passionate about addressing education inequity and who teaches elementary students how to be comfortable with themselves and have the confidence to work hard - say what's up. I work in Harlem, but commute from New Jersey.

I love cooking so don't be too surprised when a good number of my books in my library are cookbooks from all over. I have taken a shining to cooking Indian food lately. I brew beer and wine for fun, crochet when it gets colder, and think of new hobbies to tackle between the three. Have you ever made a loaf of bread? I bake bread from scratch and it is amazing - except for my dark rye. I don't want to talk about that.

I'd say more now, but I'd rather be talking across the table or on a picnic blanket.
What I’m doing with my life
Getting ready for the next school year. Marching and protesting for a better nation for my kids. I'm also trying to get out camping before it gets too cold for the year. Also, I am currently debating if the train is more financially feasible or if I should just get the motorcycle because they are "rad." I have a list of some things I want to do:

* Hiking nearby
* Going to Boston
* Going to Coney Island
* Deciding between a motorcycle trip of the United States or a foreign vacation
* Deciding to get a dog, cat, or bird
* Looking for an open mic for funsies.
I’m really good at
Reading for an audience, cooking delicious meats (especially over an open flame), telling stories, talking to strangers, drinking rum and beer, making breakfast and coffee, taking candid photos, giving advice, not listening to my own advice, trying new things, learning new languages, and tutoring.
The first things people usually notice about me
My smile and eyes. Both are big and generous.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Perdido Street Station, The Scar, Starship Troopers, Fahrenheit 451, The Odyssey, Beowulf, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, Damned, In Search of Respect

Movies: Chronicles of Riddick, Love Actually, Starship Troopers, Alien(s), Her, 12 Years a Slave, Terminator, Horse Boy, Rabbit Proof Fence, Edge of Tomorrow

Shows: All of the Star Treks, Misfits, Downton Abbey, The IT Crowd, Black Books, Quantum Leap, Game of Thrones

Music: Stevie Ray Vaughan, Gogol Bordello, Cancerslug, Adele, Ellie Goulding, Ferry Corsten, Armin Van Buuren, Del the Funky Homo Sapien

Food: Indian, meats, Spanish, Soul, Korean, Japanese/Sushi, Chinese, Brunch, Halal, non-meats.
The six things I could never do without
1. People, mostly my friends and family.

2. Books, mostly real ones but I am content with eBooks. Really, anything I can read would make me happy.

3. Camping, I haven't been in ages but I have a new tent and I can't wait to break it out in front of a fire!

4. Food, mostly the cooking and eating of - I am a decent cook and a fantastic eater. As much as I love these things, I MUCH prefer to do them with company.

5. Talking, mostly the talking with other people. Though, I am moving towards listening more.

6. Stories, mostly the exchanging thereof. I think storytelling is one of the best things ever. There is nothing like being around another person or persons and launching into a story. Related, getting into situations that result in stories, no matter how big or small.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
History, politics, tacos, spirituality, animal thought processes, languages... my brain tends to bring these up in about the same order when it decides to talk about them out loud.
On a typical Friday night I am
Since I moved to New York, I've been a semi-regular at the Tuesday night Reddit meetup. Otherwise, I'm usually cooking something new while hunting for something fun to watch which is how I ended up watching Sharknado and Titanic 2. But hey, I'm game for anything! Let's catch a show, take a walk on the High-line, or unironically visit some New York City landmark.
You should message me if
* Feel free to weigh in on the pet decision. I'll also take recommendations.
* You want to discuss the absurdities present in children's literature.
* You are willing to experience Titanic 2.