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My self-summary
An agnostic/atheist type that gave up alcohol and chocolate for Lent and who volunteers on Sundays. And still finds weird rituals to try out for the hell of it.
What I’m doing with my life
Currently, I'm trying to chase the high that had I watching
the trailer for Trainspotting 2 everyday (until it came out). It's been the only sequel I've ever been excited about. And I'm aware the theme seems to be about the dangers of nostalgia.

Just bought a townhouse, so I don't have to do shit for home improvements (although, I've done plenty in the past).

I'm a project manager for a market research firm. No, it's not like Mad Men. I'll never understand why I thought the field would be shamanistic. Blame the advertising?

Trying to figure out that whole work/life balance thing. I just ran a 10k and did the MS 150 last month (and am doing Questival in August, the Great Race in September). I'm not in great shape--just enough to push myself.

Pondering if self-improvement is the goal of life, or merely a cultural fetish.
I’m really good at
Having a sense of beer snobbery that goes down smooth.
*I think italics are super classy.

Developing an eccentric and quirky passion for odd things, like esoteric Catholic trivia, racy comics and odd foods and beverages.
The first things people usually notice about me
I often have little to no sense of shame for an introvert.

I'm starting to get a crinkle in my eyes whenever I smile. I'm kind of smitten with it.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Affectatious Coffee Table Books. I tend to be reading a few books at time; including trashy pulp novels (comics and New Wave sci-fi), creative nonfiction and then what ever is getting buzz (Saunders, Knausgaard). David Shields, Dave Foster Wallace, Mark Danielewski, etc.

*As of January 2017, I'm working on reading books by anyone but white males . Please give me suggestions! *6/6/2017--So far, my favorite author has been Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie* I've also dug Susan Sontag, Elena Ferrante, Ann Casron, Angela Carter, Doris Lessing, Joanna Russ, and Jessa Crispin (among others).

Movies: Films about the sort of sadness of pleasure, achievement and entertainment and the sort of emptiness of what we thought was going on. So basically Edgar Wright and Tartovsky films. Also, Miyazaki.

TV: Now that the Golden Age of tv is over...I guess "Rick and Morty", "Community", "Transparent", "Bored to Death", "Wilfred", "The Knick", "Bojack Horseman", "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" and "Blunt Talk". I'll stop pretending, my favorite show is Killer Karoake

Music: The Nick Cave concert last month was the best show I'd ever seen (prior to that was Patti Smith). Recently it's been HEALTH, Bon Iver, Florence + Machine, The Mekons, some occasional metal and Klezmer, etc.

HEALTH? My holy triumvirate is Nick Cave, David Bowie
Food: I cycle through asceticism to hedonism. During the week, I eat almost strictly Soylent, legumes and tuna. On Friday/Saturday I try and got to one of Pittsburgh's Top 30 restaurants and get a trappist or an incredibly hoppy beer that most Europeans would call abortions.

I also try to cook one new meal a week as well (before Twin Peaks airs)
Six things I could never do without
1. Wednesdays having new comics and $5 sushi at Giant Eagle

That's most it. But if cornered, it'd also be
2. A sense of connectedness
3. Postmodernism is a hard drug to shake
4. Stimulation outside of a routine
5. Access to a good library system
6. The will to meaning.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
When the next Death Cafe is. Or trying to find something that will get me as jazzed as Trundle Manor did.

How long I can sustain this level of "Happyish".

What's the best way to meet new people and get out of my comfort zone.
On a typical Friday night I am
Worried about how monoculture is ruining it for everyone.

Then realizing that I loved "Everybody Wants Some", "The Nice Guys", "The Lobsters", "The Neon Demon", "Moonlight" and "Swiss Army Man" and that I should just shut up.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I've been included in the acknowledgements of two books that friends have written. I've also been the subject of a song by an ex-girlfriend. I won't reveal if it's a flattering portrayl or not.

My family has the worst family crest imaginable.

I kind of actually liked "Anthem" by Ayn Rand.
You should message me if
You want new friends. I love new ideas, and exploring new places.

Or if you want to watch The Ornithologist, The Love Witch, Tampopo, Black Moon, Raw, or Kenneth Anger films. I need buddies who will watch these with me without judgement.
The two of us