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My self-summary
The map is not the territory.

In an open relationship with a beautiful bisexual woman.

Autodidact explorer searching for the meaning of life.

INTJ: but the J is a lower percentage as I get older.

A little OCD, a little ADD.

US Navy veteran.

Chef extraordinaire. That means I'm a sexy beast!

I grew up in southwest Michigan on a small farm. We were using organic and sustainable methods decades before those catch phrases buzzed through general usage. I left the farm and the Midwest when I joined the Navy to see the world. And what did I see? I saw the sea.

I spent six years and a day in the Navy working on shipboard anti-air missile systems. I did travel and see a lot of cool and interesting things. I've got a plethora of "sea stories & no shitters" from that time in my life that would make a great graphic novel some day. Bedsides much of the typical young American sailor traveling abroad hi jinks, I also explored the local food culture everywhere I went. I often avoided the bars the where other squids would congregate and looked for the local dining and drinking establishments. Some very memorable meals were had.

After years of working in the restaurant industry while going to school for something else I realized where my 10,000 hours are and embrace my profession with more enthusiasm and passion than ever before.
What I’m doing with my life
I run a corporate kitchen in Long Island.
I’m really good at
All things hospitality related. I cook, pair wines, mix and create cocktails, and organize events so that it all seems effortless to the uninitiated.

Understanding the historical context of world events and seeing connections between seemingly disparate events.

Big picture thinking and creative problem solving.

Recognizing talent and building great teams.
The first things people usually notice about me
I get a lot compliments on my hat, my glasses, and my beard.

I'm very aware of current and world events and am often able to put them into their historical and social context. I'm a font of useless, and not-so-useless knowledge.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress- Robert Heinlein
The King Killer Chronicles- Patrick Rothfus
The Dresden Files series- Jim Butcher
The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings Trilogy - JRR Tolkein
Everything I Want to Do is Illegal & Family Friendly Farming- Joel Salatin
Blink, Tipping Point, Outliers- Malcolm Gladwell

Pretty much anything that's has artistic merit and passion. Mostly listen to artists like- Ali Farka Toure, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, The Buena Vista Social Club

Guy Ritchie films.
The Princess Bride
Big Trouble in Little China
Apocalypse Now

My ranking of Asian cuisine
Vietnamese- it blends French techniques and local flavors. Pho is one of my all time favorite dishes.
Korean- I think Korean cuisine is the most similar to the American palate. The use of garlic, heat, and sweet are easily access able to most Americans.
Japanese- I was stationed in Japan when I was in the Navy and have worked as a sushi chef. I have recently found wonderful Udon in Williamsburg. Still looking for good sushi.
Chinese- I love dim sum. Haven't been to a good place in a long time. Also been looking for good soup dumplings.
Filipino- garlic rice, pancit, lumpia, lechon. Need I say more?
Malaysian/Indonesian- best satays and dipping sauces.
Thai- I enjoy a good pad thai, and the fresh sea food and rices dishes I ate when in Pataya Beach, but I have to be careful with the curries. I like them, but they don't always sit comfortably with me.
Indian- many dishes I enjoy and one of my favorite to prepare, but still have to beware of the spice blends.
The six things I could never do without
1. iPhone: it's the only connected device I own. It's my primary mode of communication.
2. My knife kit. These are the tools of my craft. With my knives I am always easily employable.
3. My debit card. I am terrible at balancing check books. A debit card and bank app have kept me fiscally solvent and responsible.
4. My CPAP. It allows me to sleep without snoring. Good for me. Good for my bed partner.
5. Farmers markets. I support local food ways as a chef and consumer. I grew up eating food I raised.
6. Books. I am a voracious reader. I would probably go mad if I were deprived to something to read for a long period of time.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Opening a restaurant and catering business dedicated to all things slow cooked pig, lamb, and brisket. And oysters. I've recently decided there needs to be a variety of oysters.

Can I build a deep fryer for commercially preparing deep fried turkeys outside along the principles that Alton Brown discussed on his episode devoted to turkey frying.

How I'd like to organize a fundraiser for my pet charities.

What are the seven words that can make a woman love me?
On a typical Friday night I am
Enjoying cocktails at my favorite bar in Bushwick and planning for dinner some place else.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
My belly button is a font of lint.
You should message me if
You are warm and affectionate.
You are emotionally available.
You are intellectually stimulating.
You are passionate about something.