34Fort Collins, United States
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My self-summary
I just succeeded in one of my lifelong dreams of moving from the bubble of my hometown-ish of the DC metro area (from a small suburb in Northern Virginia) to Colorado! The only thing is I know absolutely no one here in Fort Collins. My profile is a work in progress but below is my "DC Profile". Help me learn my new city!


Ughhhhh.... I hate trying to describe myself to complete strangers. How do you do it?

I could go with the default and tell you I'm a native of the Northern VA area and I'm a software developer but that's how all the other profiles read and no one wants to read about another generic profile. I have to grab your attention!

Hmmmm... maybe I should say something about what I do or my other hobbies. Like the fact that I'm a software developer or that I like shows like Game of Thrones and Daredevil and I watch everyone one of the Marvel movies in theaters. Nah, not that, don't want to come off too dorky. I could say that I love the outdoors!! Hiking, camping, snowboarding, climbing, backpacking... yah I'm in! Hmmmm... everyone says that too. Seems too generic. Scratch that idea.

But then again I feel if I say some things I end up sounding cocky and people will think I'm bragging. Like if I told you I'm runner and list accomplishments like marathons and obstacle course races like Tough Mudders and racing in the Spartan World Championshihp course or that I play soccer and hockey when I'm not in the gym and training for races. Nope, definitely don't want to come off like a braggart jerk.

Or maybe I should say something about loving the food scene in DC. Yah that might work. Tell them that I love all the Jose Andres restaurants and all the new places to eat on 14th street or Rose's Luxury or Bad Saint. Or stopping by Birch and Barely or some other restaurant for an awesome-obscure beer or enjoying a PBR and delicious food truck treats at Yards Park. Crap, that definitely reads douchey hipster. Definitely don't want to go there.

Well I can't figure this out so here goes my best effort:

Hi my name is Joe! Message me if you want to know more!
What I’m doing with my life
Having fun! Looking for the next adventure or challenge whether they be the small ones like trying that taco place down the road (Go to Taco Bamba! It's delicious) and the nagging programming puzzles at work or the big ones like planning that next big trip overseas or trying to finish another marathon or tackling an ultra.
The first things people usually notice about me
My energy. I'm always at the gym or being active or planning a trip or a dinner or a party. And I can't sit still for long... literally. I have a standing desk at work and in the process of getting rid of my sitting desk in my room... yah I'm one of those people
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books --
Fiction -- Hitchker's Guide to the Galaxy series, anything by Neil Gaiman
NonFiction -- Outliers, Freakonomics

Movies -- Big Fish, Spaceballs, Eternal Sunshine for the Spotless Mind, Zombieland, Shawshank Redemption, Cabin in the Woods, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Inception, Requiem for a Dream, Strangers on a Train or really anything Hitchcock

Shows -- Mr. Robot, Game of Thrones, Person of Interest, Sherlock, Community, Top Chef

Music -- Twenty One Pilots, Imagine Dragons, Flogging Molly, Dirty Heads, Shiny Toy Guns, old GreenDay and The Offspring

Food -- I'm an equal opportunist. If it's good I'll eat it. If it's really good I'll eat it again and again and again. It doesn't matter if it comes from a five star restaurant, a food cart or truck on the side of the road, or my mom's kitchen. Well this is true about everything except shellfish and tree nuts. They don't like me so I don't like them (read: allergic)
Six things I could never do without
1. Running shoes -- if they were acceptable in every situation I wouldn't have another pair of shoes
2. Snowboard -- my passion!
3. Friends and family -- I need snowboarding and running buddies!

And you know what I think I can do without everything else
On a typical Friday night I am
There is nothing typical about me and definitely nothing typical about my Friday night
You should message me if
... you want to train for a race with me.
... hunting down new exotic food and washing it down with a beer or three is your idea of a good time.
... you know of an awesome hiking spot or snowboarding mountain that is more secluded than most places around here.
... you made it to the end and think we'd hit it off!
The two of us