GrabMySpatula
34Aliso Viejo, United States
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My self-summary
I'm an east-coaster who moved to California seven years ago on a whim. I still don't feel like I fit in, but I'll never go back.

I have a passion for art, particularly story-telling; while it isn't what I do for a living (yet) I'm a writer and I enjoy crafting stories in any medium, be it film, television, or literature.

I also love food and cooking. I grew up in the kitchen and worked as a cook for years, and I love creating meals for others more than I enjoy creating them for myself.

I'm on Ohio State alum (Go Bucks!) so if you like Buckeye Football, bonus points!

I find solace in the outdoors; a goal for this year is to get back to hiking and camping.

I communicate almost entirely through jokes, many of them exceptionally stupid. Some people are into that (I hope).
What I’m doing with my life
I currently work as a web developer, a job that combines my creativity with my obsession for numbers and organization. I focus on web application design, and other nerdy things that you can't possibly still be reading about right now. Right now I work as the senior developer on my team, and I hope to expand that role (and that team) in the coming years.

I'm also a writer. I wrote a novel, and currently I'm working on a screenplay and a few more book ideas.

I've started to take fitness very seriously, and in addition to running and lifting weights, I'd like to be outdoors more doing things like hiking, camping, biking, kayaking and generally exploiting the Southern California environment.

I'm currently kind of obsessed with being productive, so I spent almost all of my time working on something, be it my full time job, self-improvement (primarily fitness) freelance design gigs, or writing ideas and projects.

I tend to straddle the line between introvert and extrovert - I like my alone time, but I need social contact as well. I really like cooking for folks and generally being a host, so I have gaming nights every week.
I’m really good at
I'm an unrepentant foodie (I worked as a chef in college), I play a number of instruments, I write a lot, and I spend my nights as a costumed avenger ridding the world of criminal scum. Ahem.

Seriously though, I'll cook almost anything. I've been in the kitchen for most of my life.

I can snap with any pair of fingers on either hand, and I can wiggle my ears. That's pretty cool.
The first things people usually notice about me
I have a lot to say. About everything. As I get older, I'm learning that I don't always have to say it all.

It's a work in progress.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
You know, once upon a time I would have listed all of this stuff, but my tastes are so eclectic that it seems futile. I'm really into artistic expression, so I have a fascination for anything to do with movies, music, literature and food... It'd take me a year to list everything that inspires me.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The triceratops wasn't a real dinosaur. It's actually just a juvenile torosaurus. What the hell is that?

Interesting things I want to cook.

Interesting things I want to eat.

Hats.

Penguins. (Seriously, how great are penguins? Penguining around everywhere. Awesome.)

Languages I'd like to learn and places I'd like to go.

Bourbon. And Scotch.

Nerdy shit.
On a typical Friday night I am
Now and then I'll go camping or hiking or to a movie or something, but I spend a lot of nights reading, writing or cooking. If I'm home I do what every red-blooded American male my age does and I watch television or play video games.

I love trying new restaurants, or going on late-night hikes on the beach.

I often spend my spare time plundering lost tombs for treasure, all while wearing a vintage leather jacket and fedora.

I also tend to mistake my life for the life of fictional movie adventurers.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
If we meet, I guarantee I will count every letter in the vicinity multiple times to see if the total number is divisible by 4. I have OCD and the list of quirks is very long.
You should message me if
You live in Southern California and want to get to know a funny guy with a lot to say.

I value honesty and intelligence very highly, so I'd love to chat with anyone who has something worthwhile to say.

Adding this in light of recent political events - if you voted for Trump, please move on.

When I was a kid I read a book about this guy who travels to another time, presumably the stone age, and has to live in a cave and learn to hunt and shaves with a knife and lives a rustic life with other cave people. The twist at the end is that he finds out he's actually many years in the future, not the past. If you know the name of this book, please message me and let me know. Holy shit, it's driving me crazy.
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