Before that I was an editor and critic writing movie reviews, entertainment news briefs and more. Prior to common belief, as a movie critic, I actually don't hate most things.
I go see a lot of concerts, I'm a Bulls, Cubs, Bears and Blackhawks fan, I play fantasy football and baseball, I exercise, I eat out and go to bars and restaurants new and old with friends and family, I'm learning to play the guitar and have been playing for three years. I love Settlers of Catan. Somewhat less often, I read, play video games, I ski, run, golf, bike and kayak, and I even dabble on piano.
Having good grammar
Hating my writing after re-reading it
Trying new beers
Monopoly and Settlers of Catan
Driving stick shift
Wasting time on social media
Quoting The Simpsons and Jerry Seinfeld routines
Music: The Beatles, U2, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Simon and Garfunkel, Arcade Fire, Radiohead, Green Day, St. Vincent, ask me how many more
TV: The Simpsons, Breaking Bad, House of Cards, Seinfeld, 30 Rock, Daily Show and Colbert, Parks and Rec, Arrested Development, Boardwalk Empire, Louie, True Detective, Girls, actually not that many more
Recently read books: Ready Player One, Inherent Vice, Gone Girl, Life of Pi, Life Itself, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, 12 Years a Slave, The Wes Anderson Collection
Food: Anything Italian, anything Mexican, most seafood, most Chinese food, classic cheeseburgers with all the 'fixins, barbecue ribs, pizza and dogs from Chicago and nowhere else, ice cream, anything with chocolate, peanut butter banana smoothies, pancakes and waffles, bacon, foods I haven't tried yet
2. A notebook for watching new movies
3. Evernote, probably the most useful app I've ever downloaded
4. Contacts and glasses
6. List making
I promise we can have a better conversation in person than I can muster in cliche pleasantries and ice breakers over OkCupid's chat.
So please don't be afraid to reach out even if you shrug and think a few more figurative swipes to the left could find you someone better. Hopefully we can have an intelligent conversation, have some fun, try some new things and at least try to have a connection.