I was born in Heidelberg and grew up in New Jersey, making me a dual citizen and a decisive driver.
My german bloodline sports a family crest and the motto "Comes Vertitus Invidia". This can be loosely translated as "haters gonna hate". Wisdom for the ages.
I enjoy shenanigans. If you accidentally send me an email intended for someone else, I will pretend to be the intended recipient and try make that person seem as crazy as possible.
When booking a hotel room, I came across the "special instructions" section and wrote: "Treat me like an international man of mystery". The staff thought it was funny and upgraded my room.
I'm good to people and easy to be with. I'm kind without being a pushover and honest without being an asshole about it.
I spent years in love with Parkour but it didn't love me back (more specifically, my shoulder), and I have since adopted athletic polytheism. Depending on the month I can be found at temples devoted to climbing, capoeira, circus arts, and most recently crossfit. Yeah this is one of the less thrifty areas of my life...
Right now I work on crowdsourced delivery and I get to do tons of predictive modeling, which I find really exciting. I promise not to rant too long about it (unless you want me to).
Prior to grad school, I was a nonprofiteer for several years, and then went and worked for a year as a teacher in Pakistan. It was glorious and grueling and left me with an intensified love of bacon and some nice tailored suits.
I also learned that if you're idly snacking on a bag of chips, you're much more likely to get through police/military checkpoints without being questioned.
Singing paul simon
Comforting friends/editing their cover letters
Jumping over/climbing up things
Talking to the mentally ill (King County Crisis Line)
Cooking brussel sprouts
Excel modeling (I know I should use R but I'm lazy)
Composing letters to people I care about
A laundry list of bands doesn’t seem like it’d communicate much about me. My favorites songs are always wrapped up in memories, so I’ll give you some of those:
-New Slang by the Shins was searching for breakfast, newly alone on a bright blue Munich morning.
-Green Eyes by Coldplay was not knowing how to comfort a lover in Bologna.
-Machinehead was that god awful band I was flattered into joining for about 3 weeks.
-The District Sleeps Alone Tonight was leaving Montana with a lump in my throat
-Vampire Weekend soothed my pedagogical panic in Pakistan (and drowned out the adultery next door).
-Jamie Liddel got everyone grinding on a party bus ride through the blistering Michigan night.
...and on life goes! (Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da)
Food: I can't eat wheat or dairy, which makes things a bit complicated for me. But it also means that I generally have a very healthy diet, can cook rather well, and am pretty much guaranteed never to be overweight. I do really miss wheat beer though. :(
I’ve been listening to Dan Savage for years and while I don’t agree with him about everything, his wisdom has rendered me GGG, if that means anything to you. Seattle Bonus: sometimes at the gym I get to listen to the Lovecast while working out next to the man himself!
A vast, deeply problematic international supply chain that feeds, clothes, and provisions me and everyone I love.
The best way to scale barb wire fences.
how to be a good bayesian
the politics, the economics, the wars, the climate change
Outlandish entrepreneurial schemes involving genetically modified pets.
Edit: My female friends tell me I should be more specific about what I'm looking for. Which is difficult, because so much of what matters to me in a connection is simpatico, alchemy, je ne sais quoi--nothing that can be factored down to attributes.
Still, I have noticed that I fall for compassionate women who like banter.
2nd Edit: If you're currently living in the Philippines, can you please message me and tell my why I regularly get visitors/likes from ladies in Cebu City and other Filipino locales? It's quite mystifying to me.