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My self-summary
The previous version of this profile began with a long-winded, earnest self-introduction but one thing I've learned after a year in DC is that nobody here has time to read that kind of thing. If you are interested I'll send it to you, but for now I'll give you the short version in resume-style bullet points:

-Independent, adventurous, deeply curious power nerd who takes life seriously (but not too seriously)
-Loves children, nature, and animals
-Lives to travel
-Values experiences over possessions
-Cherishes friends and family
-Laughs easily (given the caliber of joke I've been known to enjoy, some would say too easily)
-Believer in working to improve society on the whole, not just my own place in it
-An introvert who can pass for an extravert when necessary
-Pretty tired of dating around and definitely looking for someone who will make me want to delete this account
What I’m doing with my life
The travel bug bit me early and hard and I spent the first decade of my adult life succumbing to a bad case of wanderlust, living in three different countries and traveling to close to thirty others (lifetime goal: 100+ countries and all seven continents). I would like to be continuing to seek out untraveled places all the time but sadly unless you're Anthony Bourdain exploring the world doesn't pay the bills. :)

Job-wise I have worn many hats, including teacher, editor, magazine writer, actor, and professional translator. None of them quite fit, so I went to graduate school and got a Master's Degree in International Business at UC San Diego. I now work as a market research analyst in Arlington.
I’m really good at
-Cooking brunch, Italian, and Japanese food
-Amateur photography
-Changing light bulbs and getting things off the top shelf
-Killing cockroaches without fear or hesitation
-Parallel parking
-Useless trivia
-Massacring 80s and classic soul tunes in a musically unsophisticated but entertaining way when I go to karaoke
The first things people usually notice about me
Probably my size, as I still look like the football player I used to be. The fact that I've absent-mindedly put my sweater on inside-out is probably second only because I'm always tall but I only wear sweaters about six months out of the year.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
-BOOKS: As a recovering English major I could go on all day about the books I love. Suffice it to say I am a huge reader of fiction (literary and genre), nonfiction, and poetry alike. I'll save the details for a first date conversation. :)

MOVIES: Too many to list them all. Some that have a special place in my heart are "Seven Samurai", "Lost in Translation", "This Is Spinal Tap", "Star Wars", "Groundhog Day", "Blade Runner", "Goodfellas", "Rashomon", "Fargo", "Amelie", "The Godfather", "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind", "The Princess Bride", "Network", "Pan's Labyrinth", "WALL-E", and "City of God".

TV: I'm not a huge TV watcher, but some of my favorite all-time shows are "Breaking Bad", "Mad Men", "Game of Thrones", "How I Met Your Mother", "Seinfeld", "Black Mirror", "Friday Night Lights" and "The Wire".

MUSIC: Came up as an indie/alternative kid but have since worked my way into an appreciation of all sorts of older music (jazz, blues, bluegrass, classical, etc.). Some favorite groups/artists are the White Stripes, The Beatles, The Kinks, New Pornographers, Howlin' Wolf, Otis Redding, B.B. King, U2, The Magnetic Fields, Outkast, Muse, Blonde Redhead, Pogues, Roy Orbison, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Miles Davis, Talking Heads, Adele, Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Wilson Pickett, Son House, The Clash, Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Hives, The Killers, The Black Keys.

FOOD: Favorite cuisines are Italian, Mexican, Vietnamese, Korean, Indian... but I'll try anything once, an approach which has resulted in gustatory encounters with stewed jellyfish, steamed silkworms, and raw cod testicles, among other delights. I also like to cook and to invent my own recipes, several of which have proven to be edible.
Six things I could never do without
(In no particular order):

-A decent wifi connection
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Human behavior, politics, economics, energy efficiency, the nature of reality, how to live an ethical life, how to cook the perfect pasta sauce, Doug Pederson's future as an NFL head coach, the fractured state of American democracy.
On a typical Friday night I am
Probably chilling out at home. I'm a "go out one night a week" kind of guy and it's more likely to be Saturday.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I am a huge fan of cheesy 80s pop songs.
You should message me if
You are looking to meet guys with questionable fashion sense, an eclectic assortment of nerdy interests, and an inordinate fondness for corny puns.

Those with the stereotypical DC type-A "career-and-status above all" attitude need not apply. I don't hate my job but there are lots of things in life I enjoy more than it and I'd rather build a relationship with someone I share those interests with.
The two of us