30The Bronx, United States
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My self-summary
I'm a big believer in thin slicing (if you know what that is- hot).

I'm from California originally. Seems like a really long time ago, now...

I am a person of extremes. Sometimes it catches people off guard.

I went to culinary school and am a cook. On my better days people call me a chef.

I have a cat. He is a stray that sat in my back yard meowing for nine months. I took him to the pound. I felt bad. Now he is my cat. His name is Fat Charlie (yeah, named after that one).

I do a lot of creative stuff. I like making things, especially with my hands. I like my hands. They are disproportionately large and callused and have about a million scars on them. They have personality, and they can do amazing things.

Some people told me I was pretty smart, but it sure doesn't feel like it most days. My life was crazy, from about 0 to 24, and it left some marks. Last couple years? More stable. Planning on keeping that way.
What I’m doing with my life
Working line at a restaurant in Brooklyn. Commuting back and forth to the South Bronx.

Occasionally shaving my head into mohawks. Changing my piercings.

Scooping cat shit out of a shallow box. Dumping cat food into a shallow bowl.

Continuing to learn Spanish solely by talking to people in Spanish (Yo practico me espanol en todos los oportunidades, necesito aprendar mas...)

Thinking about what I want to do
I’m really good at
Pretty much anything I really set my mind to (except setting my mind to things)

Also, video games
The first things people usually notice about me
Deep voice, beanpole
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I like books that tell good stories, or reveal important truths (or even better, both of those things). Hitchhiker's Guide, all of Vonnegut and Mark Twain, To Kill a Mockingbird, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, all of Philip K. Dick's shorts that I've read so far... those are probably some of the more high-brow things I have truly enjoyed. I like to read letters and correspondence from famous or noteworthy people as well (as an aside, if you have never been to Letters of Note, you should go there now!), because interesting. The account of Aldous Huxley's death, written by his wife in a letter to her... sister(??) was one of the most heartbreaking and beautiful things I've ever read, it literally moved me to tears. Kurt Vonnegut's letter to his family that he wrote immediately after living the events that inspired Slaughterhouse 5 is every bit as powerful as the work that followed it. But mostly I read much less impressive stuff, a lot of crappy-to-mid-range fantasy and sci-fi, and a fair amount of comics (I like artwork).

Music, there are a couple genres I know I don't like, some flavors of punk and metal and other "wall of noise" stuff that I just don't seem to have the right ear for. I listen to a lot of pop, rock, rap, and electronic stuff I suppose. As far as favorite artists... Kid Cudi, Kanye West, The Beatles, Outkast, Imogen Heap, Brad Sucks, Weezer (like their first three albums), Radiohead, Infected Mushroom, Deadmau5, a lot of stuff that David Guetta has made or produced (the man makes a slick beat, alright?), Pink Floyd, Daft Punk... Also Johnny Cash, Bill Withers, some Jimi every now and then. I can dig some classical.

I could write as much about food as I have in this box already. Short version: I am mostly a texture eater, I like foods that are crunchy or melt in your mouth, or that have interesting contrasts in their textures (the crispy shell on a good croissant that gives way to soft, wispy inner parts is basically heaven). I could probably never get tired of good plain cheese pizza (and hey maybe throw some fresh basil on there after it comes out of the oven, yeah? Also some Frank's Red Hot (chefs can have trashy tastes, too)).
Six things I could never do without
Spending a little too much money buying nice ingredients to make myself dinner on a day off.
Smoking doobs on rooftops while I watch the sunrise/sunset (or, even better, fireworks).
The knife I got in culinary school (Mercer 10", classic french w/ keel. THERE ARE MANY OTHERS LIKE IT, BUT THIS ONE IS MINE).
Morning cappuccinos before a work shift.
Sleep (believe me, I've tried).
Drop off laundry
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Color palettes and pictures. How to make whatever I'm plating look damn good. What I want to get tattooed next. What time I should set my first alarm for, in order to make sure I get out of bed at around the right time three or four hits on the snooze button later.
On a typical Friday night I am
Obviously doing something fun and awesome
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
The answer to the previous question is actually much more likely to be "working" (it isn't often fun OR awesome, unfortunately). Either that or, if it's a bit later in the evening, "sitting at home smoking weed and either drawing for a couple hours or playing some video games or something before I get like five hours of sleep and go back to work."
You should message me if
You think I am cool. You want to talk to me about something or hang out. You can deal with a crazy schedule that doesn't leave me a lot of time off.
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