39 Chicago, United States
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My self-summary
After nearly six years in Philadelphia, and a brief layover in Ohio where I'm from originally, I've relocated to Chicago to begin a new professional chapter. I fell in love with that toddlin' town while visiting friends over the years, and I'm excited by the new adventures that lie ahead. Looking for quality, meaningful friendship and dating that could grow into more. Open-minded, professional, passionate, quick-witted guy; tennis fanatic. Non-smoker (& prefer the same).
What I’m doing with my life
Former public-school instrumental music teacher now working in arts administration, currently for a university. I've had the chance to develop and use a number of skills in many endeavors, and I'm looking forward to how the next chapter will unfold. "There is no such thing as luck. Luck is preparation meeting the moment of opportunity." (Thanks, Oprah.)
The first things people usually notice about me
At 6 foot 5 inches tall, I imagine that other people are looking up at my sparkling blue eyes. But, you can decide for yourself what you'd notice first.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Currently reading Hillary Clinton's "Hard Choices." Annual readings of the "Tales of the City" series by Armistead Maupin, autobiographies: "Bossypants," "Yes Please," "Patti LuPone: A Memoir"; Clue, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Chicago, Little Miss Sunshine, Waiting for Guffman; Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock, The West Wing, Ugly Betty; Special place in my heart for showtunes, disco, 90s pop, and classical art music; And, I've been known to be less adventurous with food, but I'm working to expand my experiences.
The six things I could never do without
As every contestant in Wheel of Fortune chose "R S T L N and E" for years/decades to solve the final puzzle, the show's producers finally got wise and asked contestants to pick other letters. A similar approach might be helpful with this question as well, with many OKCupid-ers professing their love for "friends, family, love, computer, smartphone, and a pet."

So, six other things that enhance my experience of life: Tennis, Diet Coke, music (in all forms), import beers, musical theater, sarcastic comedy fare. Love to share these interests (well, except perhaps my Diet Coke) and enjoy learning more about the interests and passions of others.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How awesome it would be to see Allison Janney, Lauren Graham, Amy Poehler, and Tina Fey in the same sit-com, written by Aaron Sorkin.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I dream of being a world-class tennis chair umpire, and you may stumble upon me practicing my 'official' voice and pronunciation with repeated utterings of, "Advantage, Pavlyuchenkova."
You should message me if
...you're well-adjusted, quick-witted, and interested in exploring a more-meaningful connection that could lead to a relationship. Or, a festive beverage. Both have their benefits.