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My self-summary

My name is Steve, and I'm a pretty happy guy. I've had some amazing experiences in my life and look forward to many amazing ones in the future. Right now, the main thing missing from my life is an incredible person to share those experiences with!

I am a huge fan of storytelling. I'm an avid reader, though unfortunately less consistently than when I was younger (life always seems too busy now!). I really enjoy aural storytelling. I'm a bit of an NPR nerd, and This American Life and Snap Judgement are two of my favorite series. I'm a big fan of movies and TV shows that feature unique, interesting stories rather than cheap laughs or big explosions - though those things can be fun on occasion as well ;-).

Music is a constant companion in my life. Anytime I'm not listening to someone speak, I've probably got music playing. I enjoy a pretty diverse range of music. Though my collection is primarily focused on indie rock/pop, it varies from the quiet, contemplative stuff of Nick Drake, Iron & Wine, and Explosions in the Sky to some poppier stuff like Architecture in Helsinki, She & Him, or Belle & Sebastian to some punk like Face to Face, No Use for a Name, or MxPx. I've taught myself a little guitar, but haven't worked at it enough to play more than fractions of several songs. lol

I am a runner, and now that I live so close to great paths, I've gotten back into the best shape I've been since college, which I'm really excited about. I hope to work my way up to a marathon sometime next year though I still have a ways to go!

I am a gamer as well and love games that allow me to create something. I am currently playing a pen & paper RPG with some college buddies online because we now live spread all over the country. It's a great way to stay in touch, and I love the collaborative storytelling element of it. We've been playing the same campaign for over two years now and there is quite a history with the characters we've created. I'm also a big fan of building games like Minecraft. It's a fun and simple way to do a little bit of design, and it's amazing see the things other people create.

Finally, I love experiencing new things and new cultures. I love to travel. There is nothing like seeing the diversity of life throughout the world to open your eyes.

I am not necessarily looking for someone who shares ALL of my interests and passions, but someone who has passions of their own and can at least tolerate mine. :-P
What I’m doing with my life
I am passionate about design. It is the root of all of my other interests and hobbies. I love the beauty of things natural and man-made. My love of design lead me to study architecture. Unfortunately, I had the misfortune to come out of school at exactly the wrong time. With the collapse of the housing market and building in general, it has been extremely difficult to find work in the field which has lead me to a career in IT. Though I am not as passionate about it, I do enjoy my job, and instead pour my passion into my hobbies.
I’m really good at
I am really good at most things. I know that sounds a bit conceited, but it is kind of true! When I find something I like, I work hard to be good at it - I'm competitive that way. I'm kind of a jack-of-all-trades, master of none.

I am really good at games. I love competition of all kinds - sports, board games, card games, video games, racing from the restaurant to the car, breath holding competitions, thumb wrestling, and especially staring competitions. :-) Some say "everything isn't a competition". I beg to differ, but I am also a good sport - gracious in defeat and humble in victory. I enjoy the competition, but the results aren't what's important to me.

I am a very good listener. I do really enjoy listening to what people have to say. I love figuring someone out, understanding what makes them tick, and where they're coming from. I think I am very good at understanding other people's perspective most of the time.

I also believe I have exceptional taste. I see beauty in many things, but the things I truly love are amazing. Friends and family trust my taste in music, movies, art, design, and writing. I recognize that not everyone likes the same things, and can generally find the portions of the things I like that I can share with a particular person, the things they will also like.
The first things people usually notice about me
People usually notice my eyes. They are very blue.

The other thing people typically remark about is how skinny I am.

The final thing people most often comment on is how quiet I am. When I first meet someone, particularly in a group setting, I am typically relatively quiet. Like I wrote above, I am a good listener and I like to observe. I don't speak just to say something. I wait until I actually do have something to say. I like to get to know someone new, and I find the best way to do that is to listen. Also, I hate to interrupt. I am much more open and talkative in one on one conversations.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
J. D. Salinger - The Catcher in the Rye
Orson Scott Card - Ender's Game
Tom Robbins - Jitterbug Perfume
Cervantes - Don Quixote
George Orwell - 1984
Aldous Huxley - Brave New World
Jon Krakauer - Into the Wild
George R. R. Martin - A Song of Ice and Fire series

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Lost in Translation
The Life Aquatic
Star Wars
Back to the Future
Boondock Saints
The Science of Sleep
The Matrix
Match Point

The West Wing
Arrested Development
Sports Night
The Newsroom
Friday Night Lights (Just finished it on Netflix)
Breaking Bad
Game of Thrones

Alabama Shakes
The Appleseed Cast
Belle & Sebastian
Built to Spill
Death Cab for Cutie
Denison Witmer
Elliot Smith
Explosions in the Sky (listening to right now)
Guided by Voices
Iron & Wine
Modest Mouse
She & Him
The Shins
Sufjan Stevens
Tom Waits

I am willing to try anything and like most things.
Some of my favorites:
Pizza (Chicago Style thin crust, deep dish, or stuffed - Anything else can hardly be considered good)
Pasta of any kind
A recent favorite has been peanut butter, nutellla, and banana sandwiches on toast - so good!
Six things I could never do without
Something beautiful to hear
Something beautiful to see
My computer / the internet
Positive Thinking
Hope for the future
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I spend a lot of time thinking about what's going on in the world around me. I think about how the things that happen affect me, how I truly feel about what's going on, and what I might be able to do to improve it.
On a typical Friday night I am
Lately it seems my Friday nights are taken up by weddings. When there isn't one of those, I've been going to a movie, watching something on Netflix, or playing games/chatting with friends online.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I think to this point my profile has revealed plenty of private things! If you'd like to know more, you should message me!
You should message me if
You should message me if you're looking for a caring, respectful man who will listen to and care for you. Also, I'm fun - not as boring as that last sentence made me sound!
The two of us