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My self-summary
Hi, I'm Erik. Raccoons and cephalopods freak me out.

I should probably mention right off the bat that I live in Philadelphia, and if my location says otherwise, it's because I'm currently there as part of my job. Right now, I'm rotating between Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis, Madison/Milwaukee, Detroit, and Indianapolis on a weekly basis.

I've been living in the Philadelphia area for six years now, but I still feel kind of new to the area. I spent almost two years trapped in the purgatory of northwestern suburbia, and then a year in a very undesirable part of South Philly. Now I'm in Roxborough and appreciating the quiet, which probably means that I'm old as hell.

Also, I'm seeing someone. It's not exclusive (we're open, not poly), but I am really, definitely, absolutely not looking for a girl to join my girlfriend and me in bed. Mostly, I'm looking for people to hang out and have a few beers with either in Philly or while I'm on the road, since I travel a lot for work (I totally welcome messages from guys, by the way!). That said, if we do hit it off and hook up, the girlfriend will know about it.

So yeah, if you can show me a good bar in a city that I'm not familiar with, we'll get along really well!
What I’m doing with my life
Spending a lot of time on airplanes. I'm on a first-name basis with a distressing number of employees at the Philadelphia airport.

I work for a big clinical research consulting company that's based in Massachusetts. The job keeps me on the road about four days a week on average, and I work from home when I'm not traveling. It's pretty great.

When I'm at home, I spend a lot of time on the Wissahickon Creek trail, at my local dog park, and at local breweries. Dogs and beer are my favorites.
I’m really good at
Utilizing outside-the-box thinking to shift paradigms and formulate proactive action plans, thereby tapping into the synergistic energy of a dynamic market space. But seriously, my day to day life involves an unbelievable number of buzzwords and TLAs. This is why I drink.

I'm also a fair cook, although my knife skills could use a *lot* of work.
The first things people usually notice about me
I have three Y chromosomes, six Adam's apples, pecs on my abs, and fists for nipples.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I tend to skip over this section when I read profiles. I don't really care if we have similar taste in music and books, and it's very unlikely that I'll judge you based on what you're into. Although if Ayn Rand is a favorite of yours, we may run into some issues that relate to more than literature.

Also, an we add a section for radio shows and podcasts here? Give me Alice Isn't Dead, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me, Sawbones, Girl on Guy, and The Black Tapes/Tanis.
Six things I could never do without
wtf, omg, omfg, lol, rofl, and very strong liquor.


Okay, so maybe a semi-serious answer would be good.

1. NPR (specifically Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, Ask Me Another, and Morning Edition.)
2. My infuriating, troublesome, entirely-too-clever, idiot dog
3. A whole god damn lot of black coffee
4. Google chat (Hangouts, or whatever they're calling it these days), which is the only chat client I can use at work
5. Gadgets, in their many wondrous and questionably-useful forms. Seriously, I read blogs about mobile operating systems on a regular basis. It's embarrassing.
6. Post-It notes. I go through about two pads a week.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Hypnotoad vs. Glow Cloud.

I think about science a lot. Specifically, I'm really interested in the way that public perception of science and the scientific method affects awareness of and attitudes toward everything from medical research to health care to general public policy. This generally results in fist-clenching and raised blood pressure.
On a typical Friday night I am
I usually don't get back to Philly until six or seven on Fridays, so Friday plans usually involve late dinner and a movie at home. Let's do something on Saturday night instead.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I am weirdly attracted to left-handed people. I have no idea why this is.

A quick note, by the way. This prompt is not ironic. If you think that it is, then you don't understand either the question or the meaning of irony.
You should message me if
Do you like beer and whiskey and bad movies and spontaneously finding places in Philly that you've never been before? Let's do one or more of those things.

Also, do you have a dog who might like to run around and wrestle with a mouthy, stupid pit bull? Let's hang out while our idiot animals gleefully maul each other.

March 2017 update: You know, I thought that this probably went without saying, but based on some of the messages I've gotten this year, apparently not. I'm a progressive, liberal, gives-a-shit-about-social-justice-issues type, and if you're not, I'm probably not interested in you in pretty much any context. So, Republicans and libertarians... nah.
The two of us