Choco786
30 Chicago, United States
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My self-summary
Basically, just trying to be the best me I can be.
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Kind. Loyal. Intelligent. Educated. Hard-working. Caring. Realist. Considerate. Literal. Straight-forward. Discreet. Unassuming. Inquisitive. I hate to say "feminist" because I'm not just about equality for women, but that too. Women, you have a difficult time in this world. I completely acknowledge that (won't say I "understand" it because I'm not a woman, but I definitely see it). Sites like ByeFelipe only drive that point home. I'm sorry you have to deal with that.

Also, INTJ apparently. I help make up only 2% of the population but I'm in good company: Thomas Jefferson, JFK, Augustus Caesar, Gandolf, Walter White, Gregory House, Moriarty... oh wait... Ok, maybe not everyone will agree with those last three. haha

In Ravenswood. Looking to explore the area a bit more when the weather permits. Biking is a plus, though I'll have to get used to biking in the city.
What I’m doing with my life
Wondering. Learning. Experiencing. Growing. Enjoying. Researching. Gaming. Tinkering. Fixing.

Eventually, I'd love to add "traveling" to that list, but all in due time. The only place I've ever been outside of the US is Canada, and that doesn't really count. haha Apparently I've gone to Mexico too, but I was a baby (maybe a year old) so I don't remember anything about it. Until I can travel though, I'll settle for road-trips. :) I'd love to do a cross-country road-trip over the course of a month or two. Just drive, listen to music, and hit the hot spots around the country.
I’m really good at
Listening. I love to lend an ear to a person in need. If you need someone to bounce ideas off of, someone to vent to, someone to help you see things a bit more clearly, I'm your man.

Talking. As you can probably tell, I can have a lot to say though I probably come off as quiet initially.

Being too logical/literal. I tend to take things at face value far too often. I guess I feel that God gave man a brain in order to think with it, so I'm just wasting a gift if I'm not using it. The flip-side of that is that I'm not often very emotional. I will admit I have my moments when I break down and cry for a few mins, but the stuff that affects me in that fashion is usually the stuff that I don't understand or stuff that just doesn't make sense to me. Also, I'm not super-religious. I share Albert Einstein's perspective on the topic: "The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge." "My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind." Couldn't have said it better myself.

Understanding. I have a strange need to understand things as fully as possible. My life seems to be an eternal quest for knowledge, which I'm all for since that means I'll never cease growing as a person. It only becomes an issue when attempting to convey my understanding to another person. I have an issue with being overly verbose, though I've been trying to work on my concision. If you couldn't tell by my profile so far, concision is still a work in progress. haha

Laughing at myself. I'm silly. I come from a family of silly people that like to crack jokes and poke fun at one another. But it's always in good fun. As a result, I will often do something silly to get a smile or laugh out of someone. I'll randomly break into a goofy dance, or start singing an old song, or even re-enacting a scene from a favorite movie. Depends on my mood.
The first things people usually notice about me
My hair. I have dreads and they're starting to get fairly long. People comment on them a lot more frequently now.

My smile. I'm often smiling when people see me. I guess I generally wear my emotions on my sleeve and I'm usually in a good mood. Doesn't hurt that I have nice teeth. :)

My physique. When I have time, I like to work out. On top of having a nice build naturally, working out gives me nice tone and I've been told I look pretty good.

My butt. hahaha Baby got back. Nuff said. :D
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: I tend to read more for information than strictly entertainment (though learning is entertaining for me), so my list of favorite books would be a myriad of computer-related books. Here are my last four reads: Clean Code, Object-Oriented Analysis & Design, Headfirst JavaScript, and Headfirst SQL. Currently reading through all the Walking Dead comics (gotta have *some* entertainment), about to start working on "Learning AngularJS" just in time for it to be sunset by Angular 2, and "The Art of Unit Testing."

Movies: Shutter Island, Inception (of course), The Prestige, Memento, Deus Ex--movies that make you think, The Martian, Django Unchained, The Fifth Element, Friday, Tucker & Dale vs Evil, Thank You for Smoking, Blue Streak, Bad Boys II, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Children of Men, 28 Days/Weeks Later, Searching for Bobby Fischer, The Matrix, Resident Evil (the first one), and many others I can't name off the top of my head.

Shows: The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones (OMGoT :), The Expanse, Into the Badlands, Archer, Sherlock, Bob's Burgers, Parks & Recreation, OITNB, Narcos, The Wire, The Boondocks, House, Californication, True Blood, Fringe, Breaking Bad, The Office, Outsourced, Top Gear [UK]. I usually download only a few shows to watch per season. I also love a lot of the stuff on Nat Geo, Discovery, the History channel, Food Network and HGTV whenever I do actually watch cable TV.

Music:
Genres -- A lot of stuff. Mostly ambient/electronica (shoegaze as well), Soul/R&B (more soul than modern R&B), Hip-Hop, Trip-Hop, and some rock as well. Lately, I've been feeling trap music a bit more.
Artists -- Ulrich Schnauss, The Last Atlant, Boards of Canada, Fat Jon, Nujabes, Bonobo (The North Borders always makes the feels ^_^), Maxwell, Anthony Hamilton, Raheem DeVaughn, Erykah Badu, James Brown, Outkast, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Lupe Fiasco, MF DOOM, Carbon Based Lifeforms, FlyLo, Clams Casino, mc chris, edIT, PANTyRAiD, C2C, Nosaj Thing, Aesop Rock, Blockhead, RJD2, Queens of the Stone Age, Gorillaz, Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Deadmau5, dj GT, ATB, Enigma, Trifonic, Eskmo, Daughter Darling, some Tiesto, some Coheed and Cambria, some Roots, some Hieroglyphics, some Little Brother, some De La Soul, and lots of random old-school stuff from the 90s.

Food: Soul, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, Korean. I'm open to a lot of different foods and I like trying new cuisine when I get the chance. Never know what you'll like until you give it a shot. :)

Games: GTA:SA, GTAIV (GTAV was better story-wise, but IV had much better ambiance IMO), Counter-Strike 1.6, SimCity, Forza [Horizon], Metroid Prime 1 and 2, Donkey Kong Country 2, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Sonic 3 & Knuckles (probably my favorite game of all time; I count it as one since it was designed as one game but limited by hardware), loved the concept of Watch Dogs, and the XCOM/Enemy Unknown franchise has been pretty awesome. Still making my way through Dying Light. And can't forget about the Last of Us (only game to ever make me cry) and Walking Dead Season 1 (almost made me cry).
The six things I could never do without
1. Companionship
2. Family and Friends (I guess that's fairly related to #1).
3. Communication
4. Purpose
5. Growth
6. Faith (not specifically in the religious sense, but that too)

Of course, that's neglecting the obvious things like water, oxygen, food, shelter, clothing, friction, gravity, sunlight, etc.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Ways to bridge the gap between where I am now and where I want to be. That usually leads to work and school.

Ways to bring a smile to at least one person's face.

Ways to squeeze even more stuff into my already over-packed day.
On a typical Friday night I am
...doing the same thing we do every night, Pinky: Try to take over the world!

Usually a low-key night for me. Generally I'm either relaxing or continuing work from earlier in the day. I try not to put things off if I can finish them in one sitting. Terrible thing to do because a lot of the things I do are very time consuming, but it's hard to break me away when I'm in the zone and making good progress.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I was 27 before I ever experienced my first sunburn. I thought it was just a mysterious headache until I started peeling a couple days later. hehe Thank you, Austin, TX. :)
You should message me if
-- You've managed to make it through this extremely lengthy profile and still want to know more.

-- You think I might be interesting to talk to.

-- You're looking for someone to hang with and maybe do stuff like biking, lunch/dinner, movie, go-karting (K1Speed anyone?), bowling, evening in (video games? :), etc.

-- You've clicked the "Like" button on my profile. I don't pay so I can't see a Like. If you really "Like" me, talk with me!

-- You've found some grammatical error in my profile that you'd like to correct.

-- You don't discriminate against those who aren't proficient in the correct usage of common heterographs. Intelligence comes in many forms, not just literary.
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