Chiaficionado
49Chicago, United States
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My self-summary
I'm an entrepreneur who's on his third adtech company. It requires a lot of my time and effort. While I work hard, I'm very social and have so many great friendships that I truly value. They are a big part of who I am and an amazing network. They've been responsible for so many truly memorable moments personally and professionally. I've had the good fortune to experience a lot through travel, education, and generous mentors. It has afforded me the ability to connect with almost anyone and start from a shared interest. I'm very outgoing and love people.

When I take up a pursuit I can be pretty passionate about it. As I've gotten older and hopefully wiser, I've learned to curb those passions to moderation. The good news is that they're varied. My alma mater, the Iowa Hawkeyes (I wrestled there), is high on the list. My fall season is filled with college football Saturdays. I moved to the midwest because I love the culture and its people (Born in Aspen, lived in Mexico and grew up in Hawaii). After 23 years I consider Chicago my real home. It has so much to offer and I take full advantage of it.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm a people person and very approachable. It can bother the person I'm with sometimes. Making friends comes naturally, but it's not an act. I just like people.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Mainly non-fiction these days. Steve Jobs, Team of Rivals, The Power of Habit, Unfamiliar Fishes, Game Change, Animals Make Us Human, The Big Short, Keith Richard's Life, In Defense of Food. Fiction. I love John Irving, Raymond Carver, Dylan Thomas, David Sedaris, As Simple as Snow, The Sportswriter, Dear Life (Alice Munro). Classics: Catcher and the Rye (never gets old), Shoeless Joe Jackson, Bang the Drum Slowly, And the Band Played On, The Right Stuff..

Movies: Lincoln, The Godfather, Cinema Paradiso, Broadcast News, Living in this Skin (most Pedro Almodovar flicks), The Last Waltz, Lost In Translation, Moonrise Kingdom, Crazy Heart, Seabiscuit, The Kings Speech, The Fighter, Fahrenheit 9/11, The Descendants, A River Runs Through It, The Verdict, Goodfella's, Raging Bull, Goodnight and Good luck, Do the Right Thing...

Shows: Treme, The Wire, Better Call Saul, Deadwood, Californication, 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, House of Lies, Shameless, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Workaholics, Daily Show, Letterman, Colbert, Girls, Boss, Morning Joe, Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Music: The Band, Wilco, The Felice Brothers, Alabama Shakes, Arcade Fire, The Head and the Heart, Dawes, John Coltrane, Roy Hargrove, Nina Simone, Johnny Cash, The Avett Brothers, Emmylou Harris, First Aid Kit, The Highwaymen, Bod Dylan, Neko Case, Ryan Adams, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Billy Holiday...

Food: Everything. Mario Batali, Rick Bayless, All the Brandon Sodikoff restaurants in Chitown (Maude's Liquor Bar, Bavette's, Gilt Bar, Au Chavel), Sunda, Arami, 9 Muses, RL, Heaven on Seven, Francesca's on Taylor, Davanti, Chicago Cut, but best of all my kitchen.
On a typical Friday night I am
Either meeting friends for dinner or home beat up from the week.
You should message me if
I think we are all looking for the same things. We all have an ideal and hopefully we can eventually find that match. I'm not sure I have a certain type, but I think some close to me might disagree. I am at a point in my life that maturity and shared interests/experiences seem to make things a lot easier. Other than that, it's the obvious things that make two people compatible. I am happy now and am only looking to add to it, not detract.
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