29Pittsburgh, United States
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My self-summary
The first thing you should know about me is that I hate writing self-summaries. It just feels way too much like boasting for my taste. If I absolutely had to summarize myself in a single word though, it would be: unique. I've have many people tell me they're never met anyone like me and people never seem to forget me (which is ironic, because I have trouble remembering the people that I've met). I also consider myself a 'nice guy', because I do things that I believe a nice guy should. I strive to be honest, kind, compassionate and respectful. I make a point of not being rude or offensive. I do my best to help others when I can. I passionately love my friends and family and value them above everything else. I work to be humble (I'll have to make an exception here) and true to myself. I hold a number of outdated notions, like chivalry and being true to one's word. I keep my mind open and do my best to reserve judgement. I respect all life as much as I can and avoid violence whenever possible (though I would fight in an instant to protect those that I love).
That's not to say that I don't have my faults. I have a tendency to be a little odd and quirky at times, though that's probably one of the reason's I'm so memorable. I can be a bit overbearing for some people, though I personally feel like I'm usually fairly reserved. I'm a little more forward with my emotions then most guys, but only because I freely admit to having them and don't try to keep them locked up in some deep, dark corner of my heart. I am definitely too honest for my own good. Oh, and I have this habit of being too wordy. But you've probably caught onto that by now. :)
What I’m doing with my life
Right now, I'm a graduate student in the Molecular Virology and Microbiology program at the University of Pittsburgh. I've finished classes, so I spend most of my time working in the lab. Its nerdy, I know, but what can I say; I watched Bill Nye religiously when I was a kid. Besides, our lab does HIV research, so I really feel like I'm getting to do something worthwhile and what could be more important than that?
I’m really good at
I consider myself to be a very good conversationalist. That is, of course, if I've got someone to talk to and not just talk at. I am also a exceptionally good listener. When someone is talking to me, there is nothing more important at that moment to me than what they are saying. Except, perhaps, if for some odd reason I happened to be on fire; then, that would probably be more important. I'm also really good at exploring! Since moving to Pittsburgh a few years ago, I've managed to cover quite a bit of the city. In particular, I know most of the local parks like the back of my hand. That doesn't mean I don't still get lost though. Oh, and I'm pretty good at growing houseplants. I think the last time I actually counted, I had about 100 in my apartment. Its little different, I know. But, everyone needs a hobby. I like to think of it as collecting living works of art!
The first things people usually notice about me
People have told me I have very commanding eyebrows....okay, so nobody has ever actually told me that, but I'd like to think so. I have been told I have pretty eyes and long eyelashes. This, in retrospect, may not be the most manly of compliments, but I'll take what I can get. I imagine people also probably notice my beard, seeing as how its kind of hanging out there on my face. If you happen to suffer from pogonophobia or simply aren't fond of beards, don't let that deter you from contacting me. Beards, like politicians, are removable with a little time and effort.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I must say I haven't watched many movies that I haven't liked. As long as it has a good story, explosions or (preferably) both, I''ll probably like it. To just name a few of my personal favorites: Jaws, Silence of the Lambs, Alien, Aliens, Terminator 2, Little Shop of Horrors, Saw (only the original), any of the Pixar films (especially UP and WALL-E), Schindler's List, Forrest Gump, Castaway, any of the Kubrick films, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (the old Disney version), Fantasia and Fantasia 2000, the new Star Trek, the ORIGINAL Star Wars trilogy, Batman, Batman Begins and the Dark Knight, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Big Fish, Edward Scissorhands, LOTR, Sin City and 300, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Dead Poets Society, What Dreams May Come, The Diving Bell & The Butterfly.

For me, books are essential. Like air or a sense of humor. I just couldn't live without them. But, I do have some that like more than others. A couple of my all time favorites books and authors include: The Things They Carried, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, all of the Harry Potter series, The Naked Ape, Les Miserables, East of Eden, Frankenstein, Dracula, A Brave New World, A Clockwork Orange, Shōgun: A Novel of Japan, Silence of the Lambs, What Dreams May Come, The Forest Unseen, Hannibal, Confessions of an Economic Hitman, Ender's Game, Lord of the Flies, The Jungle, and anything by Ray Bradbury, Issac Asimov, Mark Twain/Samuel Clemens, Edgar Allen Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Kurt Vonnegut, Bill Bryson or Stephen King.

When it comes to food, I definitely don't have a picky palette. With the notable exception of brussel sprouts and very spicy food, I enjoy eating almost anything and, let's be honest, who really likes brussel sprouts? I also love trying new food; the more exotic, the better, within reason (I draw the line at Rocky Mountain oysters). I am also a total geek for sushi and never miss the opportunity to go out for it.

As far as my taste in music goes, it can be defined in one word: eclectic. This is reflected by the disorganized mess that I call my iTunes library. If you were to randomly pick a song from it, you'd have as much chance of getting Beethoven as Ozzy Osborn, or John Lennon as Miles David. I really can't name all the different musicians and types of music that I like. Pretty much the only music that I usually don't enjoy listening to is country and rap. That doesn't mean I won't listen to it though; only that I don't actively seek it out. My policy with music is the same as with food, books, movies and pretty much everything: the only way to know if you like it is to try it at least once. But, if I really had to name a few favorites musicians, I'd probably go with The Beetles, Bill Evans, Stan Getz, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, the Seatbelts, Philip Glass, Daft Punk, Eric Clapton, Simon & Garfunkel, Neil Diamond, the Blue Man Group, the Decemberists, the Eagles, Bon Jovi and Frank Sinatra.
Six things I could never do without
(In order of importance)
1) My family
2) My friends
3) My health
4) My work
5) My dog
6) Gravity
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Everything and nothing. Well, I try to think about nothing, but its actually quite difficult to do. I feel like I'm getting better at it though.
On a typical Friday night I am
Working, studying, relaxing, hanging out with friends, or visiting my family back in Michigan.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have an inordinate fondness for tabletop novelties (i.e. lava lamps, plasma balls, those holographic clocks with the arm that goes back and forth really fast, Newton's cradles, etc.)
You should message me if
~ you want to go out for sushi (seriously, nobody I know around here likes sushi!)
~ you enjoy words that end in "-ology"
~ if the phrase "Iä! Iä! Cthulhu Fhtagn!" has any significance to you
~ you need a hiking buddy to fend off mountain lions or rabid squirrels
~ you have an interest in mediation, Taoism, Buddhism and any form of Eastern philosophy
~ you want to get lost while exploring the city
~ you collect plants as a hobby (somebody out there has to besides me)
~ you want to talk about anything or nothing, your choice
~ you feel like it
The two of us