34 Chicago, United States
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My self-summary
I'm a Southern boy. Mom raised me to open doors and pull out chairs and give up my seat on the bus, but also taught me to cook and clean and do my own laundry.

I love music. My tastes are pretty broad, and I tend to keep music on throughout my commute and workday. I don't care what I'm supposed to like or not supposed to like...I just like what I like...

I'm a nerd, plain and simple. I love nerd movies. I love video games. I could leave this info out, but you'd find out soon enough. I also love sports. College football reigns supreme (go Dawgs!), but love all sports. I still cheer for Atlanta teams, where available, so the Blackhawks are really my one Chicago team (I'll still cheer for the home time any time they aren't playing one of mine, of course!). I also like culture-y things, like theater and the symphony. I don't really have anyone to do these things with right now (sadface), so...

I love visiting new cities and exploring, generally without a real plan. I haven't gotten to do this as much as I'd like recently, but it's always fun to just kinda dump yourself off in the middle of the city and go from there. You never know where the day/night will lead!

My biggest pet peeve is people being inconsiderate. Is it hard to look behind you before letting the door shut in someone's face? Or to not block an intersection?

Really, though, just be a decent person and I'll probably like you just fine.

I also have a dog. He's as weird as he is adorable.
What I’m doing with my life
Living it. It may have taken me longer than it should have to realize that I'll never be "cool," but after 30 years I've realized that the least cool thing in the world is trying to be someone you aren't. So now I'm finally at the point where I can say (not sheepishly admit) that I love Battlestar Galactica and yes, I still play video games. If you don't like me for it, that's perfectly ok with me...no hard feelings.

I'm also writing a book. It's a rather daunting task, and one I've shied away from repeatedly over the years, but I'm finally doing it. I hope it turns out well (I feel like it's off to a really good start), and that I continue to enjoy the experience and don't stop at just one. Does that make me an aspiring writer? Maybe I'll try that on for a bit... :-)

I've semi-recently discovered that I actually like exercising. It's a shame it took me until this late in my life to come to the realization that all that work is not only worth it, but that I also actually have grown to enjoy it. No one would ever confuse me for an athlete, but working out has become a huge part of my life. It's kind of sad, but at 33 I'm in the best shape of my life.

(PS - I do have a job, but it's definitely more of a work-to-live kind of thing with me. I prefer to keep my passions and professions separate).
I’m really good at
Just going with the flow. Sometimes things don't go your way, but being angry about it doesn't change what's already happened. Learning to channel my frustration into something positive, or simply brush it aside, has put me in a much better place. With the right attitude, we can put a positive spin on anything.
The first things people usually notice about me
I tend to be pretty quiet up front. It's not you, it's me...most likely.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
BOOKS: Brave New World, Catcher in the Rye, The Dark Tower, A Song of Ice and Fire, His Dark Materials, Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, and Harry Potter.

MOVIES: Amelie, American Beauty, Star Wars (the original 3), The Princess Bride, Stardust, Dumb & Dumber, Super Troopers, Zoolander, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.

TV SHOWS: Arrested Development, Battlestar Galactica, Chuck, Castle, Game of Thrones, Better Off Ted, Scrubs, and holy crap DareDevil on Netflix was amazing.

MUSIC: Muse, Avenged Sevenfold, The Shins, Guster, Vivaldi, Ben Folds, Sister Hazel, Chopin, Better Than Ezra, Lidsey Stirling...Taylor Swift and anything else I should probably be embarrassed by....

FOOD: Almost anything. I LOVE a good burger, wings, and pizza, but I definitely enjoy branching out a bit, too.
The six things I could never do without
1. Music
2. Spring
3. Thunderstorms
4. Sports
6. Simple pleasures
bonus - my dog! He's ridiculous and brightens my days.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
My book. I've got this whole world and growing and growing in my mind.

Also, when's the next time I can have pizza, and why is it not tonight?
On a typical Friday night I am
At home playing video games, at a bar, at a restaurant, at a friend's place. Whatever happens, happens.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm not the real Dread Pirate Roberts...
You should message me if
You've read the rest of this profile and aren't scared away. You're a kind person capable of both intelligent and silly conversation. You have an open mind. You take at least *decent* care of yourself and stay somewhat active.

I have a lot of interests that I'm totally ok with being only mine...I'm a nerd, so I'm kind of used to the people around me not liking a lot of the same things as me. Don't freak out and worry that I'm going to force you to watch sci-fi with me, make you play video games, or drag you camping against your will.