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My self-summary
Hi, I'm Jeff. I always find that these profiles are hard on the reader; either they're kind of like a resume, or they're just a pretty samey seeming list of interests. So here's my promise to you: I'm not going to talk about what I do for a living, and you can take it for granted that I like the following: laughing, having fun, my family, and my friends. With that out of the way, in the interests of getting you to continue reading (and in order to have a bit of fun myself) I'm going to see how many of the fourteen punctuation marks in English grammar I can use. Can you find them all? I'm at seven so far!

OK so obviously I'm a nerd. A good-smelling well-dressed nerd.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm slowly shaking off the doldrums brought about by the dreary winter we've just endured. I'm reeeeeeally looking forward to being able to ride my bike again (I can handle biking in the rain or in the cold; but not both).

Beyond that? I enjoy trying to expose myself to new experiences and activities. I've recently taken up rock climbing (I know, so Seattle!), and I'm looking to try out ballroom dancing. Once the weather warms up just a bit paddle boarding looms on the horizon.
The first things people usually notice about me
This question is fascinating to me. Partially it (the question) is an exercise in projective self-assessment, viz, an opportunity to demonstrate to potential matches that I possess the realistic yet healthy self-image that's such a desirable quality in a potential romantic partner. Also it's a form of projection; a way to advertise traits that I think members of the opposite sex would find attractive. And also it's a sort of nudge, mental seed-planting, in that the answer is with high probability going to both be something a potential mate is inclined to verify upon in-person meeting and also perhaps be inclined to agree with. Like I said. Fascinating.

I have a nice butt.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I'm not going to list favorites; they're far too numerous to enumerate in a useful manner. Rather, I'll give you some "last few" lists:

The last few books I've read are:
* Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution by Eric Foner
* Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky
* Strangers in Their Own Land by Arlie Hochschild

The last few movies I watched are:
* Arrival
* John Wick
* Captain America: Civil War

The only TV show I'm really following right now is The Americans. I just binged the third season when it landed on Amazon, and now I'm watching the fourth season live. It's sooooooo good!

The last five artists I listened to on Spotify are:
* Belle and Sebastian
* Lucius
* The Hamilton cast
* Bon Iver
* Blood Orange

As far as food goes? I'm a sorcerer with a skillet; getting into what I like in terms of food is like its own whole conversation. Hint hint.
Six things I could never do without
* Parenthesis. I write in parentheticals. I think in parentheticals. Sometimes I speak in parentheticals.

* Books. I am a lifelong reader. Few pleasures to me are as sublime as settling in with a good book for a long
afternoon or evening of reading.

* A well-equipped kitchen. Like I said, I'm a magician with a mixer. I love to cook. And bake. In fact while this doesn't really warrant its own bullet point, I'll mention here that I keep homemade cookie dough in the fridge more or less at all times. Because being able to have a fresh baked cookie for dessert on any night of the week is one of those things that you don't come back from.

* Breakfast. I am a breakfast person. You'll almost never find me skipping breakfast. Usually it's a hot breakfast. In fact even if I have somewhere to be in the morning, I'll get up extra early just to have the time to make a hot breakfast.

* Dogs. I'm a dog person. But for a few years here and there I've had a dog with my for my entire life, and I intend to have a dog with me for the rest of it.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Policy. I'm one of Those Guys; I have Opinions. I'm quite liberal, and I come to my liberalism by way of a belief that well-crafted public policy can be a powerful tool for solving social problems.
On a typical Friday night I am
I could be at a local brewery having a few beers and listening to the lectures Astronomy on Tap has lined up. Perhaps I'm at a favorite bar enjoying a cocktail. Or maybe I'm preparing a meal for some friends before we settle in with a board game or two.
You should message me if
Real talk: I value compassion, kindness, integrity, curiosity, and open-mindedness. I try to embody these virtues, and I want a partner who does the same.

I'm not looking for someone to complete me, or to fill some empty part in me. Nor am I looking to do the same. I'd like to find a complete person who wants to be around me because they like me, and vice versa!

I'm looking for a long-term relationship, but I believe those sorts of things grow organically with time, one doesn't just jump into them. So maybe we start with a nice conversation over drinks and snacks?
The two of us