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My self-summary
Born in Chicago, grew up in Rogers Park and the suburbs. Went to college downstate, worked for a nonprofit for a few years, then moved to Dallas for a promotion and to get my MBA. Now I'm back in Chicago and happy to be closer to my family.

I'm funny, smart, in shape, and mature. I like pets, charity, working out and people who can have fun, meaningless conversations.
What I’m doing with my life
Career stuff
- Project management for a bank, moonlighting as a PM for a friend's software company
- Helping a friend write a business plan for a non-profit
- Trying to learn R, Python and a few other programming languages on a remedial level

Personal life
- Working out a lot. A friend introduced me to kettlebell training, and I was shocked at how bad I was at it. Personal challenge.
-Reading. I feel I have to make some use of this iPad I got
- Getting back into wrestling (MMA style, but professional if I can find a good costume obviously). Looking to get my purple belt in BJJ by end of next year
- Adopting a new dog. I'm glad I didn't bring Minnie up for this winter, she couldn't stand the light snow dustings in Dallas, so she never would have forgiven me for this.
-Giving. It's a lot like volunteering for an organization, except different. I end up at about one charity event every other month, uncomfortably bothering the staff and trying to not look too immature eating hors d'oeuvres

Stuff on the back-back-back burner
-Continue traveling/writing. I was in Saigon about a year back as my first serious international trip, and I feel guilty I haven't taken more in my life.
-Learn to dance. I feel like every adult should be able to do this. I can't.
-Surf? Does everyone say something like this? I guess...
I’m really good at
I wrote a travel blog article for a friend that got 500,000 visitors. I mostly just used curse words so I guess that's what sold it to people? I guess I'm a good writer/blogger/funny guy.

(If you want to check it out.......
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Reading a translation of Jorge Borges' short fictions as a sort of literary challenge - to see if I can actually figure out all the meaning of Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote. To balance that out, my light train-ride reading is the Karla trilogy by John LaCarre. Generally I like short story collections because I tend to get pulled away from longer reads. Lost in the City, How We are Hungry, etc.

Other readings:
- Gawker: good to stay up on what Taylor Swift is doing
- Ken Jenning's twitter: stealing all his jokes
- mobile Wikipedia pages so I can be certain of things like whether the Quakers and Shakers are different groups

Movie taste is all over the map, but generally low brow. Usually if I'm watching a movie it's because I'm out with people or it's in the background while I'm doing something else. Michael Bay, Will Farrell comedies... all that. I liked Hugo and The Kings Speech and other Oscar-bait stuff as well, but I'll admit to not being a Criterion Collection guy.

The Wire, Deadwood, Community, Fargo, New Girl, Arrow, Unsupervised, Discovery Channel shows on giant snakes. I'm on a big Hulu/Amazon Prime kick right now.

Music? You might say I'm a bit of a music snob. Frankly, if you don't know who Kanye West, Taylor Swift or Katy Perry are then maybe you need to get to my level, scrub.
Six things I could never do without
- peaty scotch
- a book on statistics
- youtube videos of dogs
- Amazon prime/instant
- A Derrick Rose jersey someone important gave me
- ......
I spend a lot of time thinking about

Interesting little bits of literature. The concept of a self. Perception. Investment plans.

I like to stumble on long weird articles online I guess. Like this about bringing cheerleading to India:
On a typical Friday night I am
Not much usually. I try to do a hard workout Saturdays, so drinking a bunch Friday nights ends up being a bad idea. Sometimes I'll try to see friends who like to do a Friday night karaoke thing...
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