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My self-summary
Summary: aspiring intellectual seeks brainiac partner for board games and world conquest. Inquire within!

My name is Jeff. Hi!

I think these things always end up reading like a cross between a resume and the world's most generic listicle, don't you? So let's get this out of the way: you can take it for granted that I like laughing, fun, my friends, my family, puppies, pictures of kittens... Pretty much just like everyone else! Having dispensed with our likely commonalities, I will now focus on what makes me stand out from the pack. And to keep you interested, I'm going to try to use as many of English grammar's fourteen punctuation marks. By the way I'm at nine so far. Oops! Number ten was in that last sentence!

So Jeff's history In brief: grew up in NJ. Moved to Seattle (well, the East Side) at age nineteen to work at Microsoft. Back to Jersey twelve years later to do my undergrad, and now I'm back in Seattle pursuing a Ph.D. I've got a bit of a boomerang thing going, don't I? I'm settled in Fremont now and I am absolutely loving it here.

My values: honestly, compassion, and kindness.

Obligatory inspiring quote: "We can't expect our country to change unless we are willing to change. We can't expect to see more kindness in the world unless we're willing to be more kind. We can't expect to see more civility in the world unless we become better agents of civility, and we definitely can't expect the world to be more united if we don't do more to be united ourselves."
What I’m doing with my life
After five years away, I am determined to enjoy all that Seattle has to offer in the summer. I've got a bicycle and I'm enjoying exploring the trails. I've taken up rock climbing (only in a gym so far), and I'd like to try out yoga. Paddleboarding is a new thing to me, but I'm enjoying it. Oh plus hiking; I try to get out to the mountains at least once every couple of weeks. It's really peaceful up on a peak.

By day I'm a Ph.D. student at the University of Washington. I'm studying economics. Why? Because I think it's a useful tool for examining the world, and I think it gives me a perspective to affect the kind of change I'm passionate about.
I’m really good at
Cooking: I got into cooking when I like twenty and realized I was spending way too much money on restaurants. The first thing I really learned how to make was proper tomato sauce, and it turns out that cooking is something I really really love! I think of myself as a talented home cook; I have pretty reasonable technical skills and I can follow a recipe well, but I don't have the kind of intuitive sense for flavor that makes one a true chef. I've taken to posting pictures of my various creations to my Instagram account, which is linked in my pics. Have a look! Plus also I am now the owner of a Kitchenaid Professional 600 mixer, so I can finally get my bake on.

Skating: I played ice hockey when I was a kid. I was a defenseman and a pretty good one. These days I'm much slower and less coordinated; mostly I just glide around the ice and flail at the puck with my stick. But it's still fun!

Politics. I'm a politics junky. So naturally right about now is my season. I am ready for Hillary!

Kissing: Gotta admit, I've got some game.
The first things people usually notice about me
What a fascinating question! Partially this is an exercise in projective self-assessment, viz, an opportunity to demonstrate to my potential matches that I possess a realistic yet healthy self-image. It's also in part a form of projection, a way to advertise traits that I think members of the opposite sex would find attractive. I wonder how much of this answer can be used to nudge the perceptions of people who end up meeting me. E.g., if I say the first thing people notice is my broad shoulders, does that make it more likely that in person I'm perceived as broad shouldered?

... I just overthought this one, didn't I? Dang.

Actual answer: I have a nice butt.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Rather than favorites (which are multitude), here's some recent stuff I've enjoyed:

Books: I'm currently reading Empire of Cotton, which traces the history of modern capitalism by way of the history of the cotton industry circa 17th through 20th centuries. It is way way more fascinating than my capsule summary there just made it sound. I am also re-reading Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace.

Movies: Can I tell you something? Between just you and me? I'm bad at watching movies. Like really really bad. Like it took me almost a month to see the new Star Wars bad despite the terminal wound that delay inflicted upon geek credibility. OK but the last two movies I have seen in theaters were Star Trek Beyond and The Nice Guys.

TV Shows: Like all good graduate students, Netflix and Amazon Video provide the bulk of my distraction from work. Lately I have been enjoying re-watching The Wire, catching up on the latest season of The Americans, and trying out Bojack Horseman.

Music: I'm pretty much an indie and alt rock guy. Plus also musical theater soundtracks. But really I am the worst at music; for the most part these days I just alternate between the Hamilton cast recording and whatever Spotify's got on its indie rock playlists.

Food: I live to eat. All the things.
The six things I could never do without
Dogs. I've had dogs my entire life, except for maybe one three year window. Currently I've got an American Eskimo named Turner. He's not good for much except shedding and being exceedingly happy, but I love him anyway.

Wikipedia. I love learning, and I like pissing away time on the internet. Two great tastes that go great together!

Coffee: Because, like, duh.

My friends: never a finer group of people has there been. They keep me grounded, while reminding me that I am on occasion as awesome as I consider myself to be.

My sense of humor. Because sometimes you just have to laugh.

Parentheticals: As if you haven't noticed! I couldn't possibly write or think without them.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
- Schoolwork. Comes with the territory.
- Public policy: see above.
- Things I should put on this section of my OKCupid profile.
- Metatextual analysis of my OKCupid profile.
- Women. Duh.
On a typical Friday night I am
Typically? Riding the Burke Gilman home from the university and then stopping at Fremont Brewery. After that? Who knows. It could be making dinner for myself and a couple of friends. Beers at Brouwers. Dinner at Restaurant Roux. Board games at a friend's house.

Real talk: sometimes my Friday nights involve realizing there's a midnight homework submission deadline followed by a mad scramble to put something together for said deadline.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
President Bartlet of TV's The West Wing is, in no small part, my inspiration for the whole economist thing.

I have a strong preference for Otis elevators.
You should message me if
MLK once said of his romantic aspirations-and I'm paraphrasing here-that he wanted a woman of character, intelligence, and beauty. I think that's a pretty good way to go about it!

More specifically: you're looking for a guy who has his shit together, you've got your shit together, and you're not going to judge me if I go a teensy bit overboard when cooking you dinner.