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My self-summary
Easy-going lawyer, curious intellectual, and unabashed nerd. I read widely, listen to NPR, write, enjoy sharing my take on life and hearing the stories of others. I'm somewhat quiet and introverted, but animated around those I like. I'm generally upbeat and even keeled. I'm reliable, responsible, and stable, but not unadventurous, old-fasioned, or boring. I've had a blast at Burning Man and related events. I hike, bike, swim, work out, and generally enjoy the outdoors. I do not watch sports on TV or hang out in bars, though I like to play sports and appreciate a good drink. I grew up mostly on Cape Cod, lived in Boston for five years, and moved to Springfield fourteen years ago. I have family and fun friends in the area.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a lawyer for indigent parents and children, which is crazy at times but exactly the type of work I wanted to do, especially after growing up in poverty. Other than work, I live a greatly expanded version of my self-summary.
I’m really good at
I can click my fingers like nobody's business. I hear that's called a fillip. I like to think of myself as a good lawyer, a decent writer and badminton player. A kid once called me "the bestest, most wonderful go-play-baller in the whole world" but generally I'm content to live without superlatives.
The first things people usually notice about me
Physically, I'm the guy in the pictures. I'm tall, lanky, and nonthreatening. I could hang out in the most rundown parts of Springfield everyday and never be offered drugs or hassled by cops, which works out just peachy since I'm not looking for either.

When I start talking, and I'm not being too darn quiet, people are likely to describe me as smart, intellectual, thoughtful, observant, funny, and "different".
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Some of my favorite books: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (Oliver Sacks), Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, David Sedaris, Jon Krakauer, Mary Roach, a fair share of Marxist books, and some comic books.

I alternate between books like Science in History, The Making of the English Working Class, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Studies in English Prudery, and Enrique's Journey (a true story about a boy who rides the rails across Mexico to find his mother in America)... and humorous, lighter books like The Men Who Stare at Goats (Jon Ronson), I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil (and I Want to Be Your Class President), John Green, and Bossypants (Tina Fey). I recently read The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami, because why wouldn't I want to read a 607 page novel about a low-key unemployed lawyer whose cat goes missing?

Movies: Lord of the Rings, The Matrix, Office Space, The Big Lebowski, Star Wars, Amelie, Army of Darkness, The Princess Bride, O Lucky Man, most things by Kevin Smith. I watch a lot of movies, usually only once, ranging from documentaries, to the surreal madness of Jodorowsky, to blockbusters.

TV: Battlestar Gallactica, Lost, Firefly, Mythbusters, Nova ScienceNow, Daily Show, Colbert, South Park, Adult Swim, Archer, Adventure Time, Rick and Morty, Simpsons, Louie, Master of None, The Office, Trailer Park Boys, Star Trek: the Next Generation, Gallivant, The Walking Dead, Wilfred, Sherlock, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul. In 2016, I loved Fargo, Stranger Things, Making A Murderer, The Fall, The OA. Guilty pleasures include Penny Dreadful, Chronicles of Shannara, The Magicians.

I have over 16000 songs on my iTunes but some of my favorites are: The Beatles, Beck, Cake, Cowboy Mouth, Death Cab for Cutie, The Decemberists, Jethro Tull, A Perfect Circle, Pink Floyd, Queen, Rilo Kiley, They Might Be Giants, Tool, and The Who.

In the last ten years: The Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, Beats Antique, Blind Pilot, The Black Keys, The Dodos, First Aid Kit, Fleet Foxes, Grouplove, Nicole Atkins, My Morning Jacket, Band of Horses, The Head and the Heart, Agnes Obel, Rodrigo y Gabriella, The Lumineers, Vampire Weekend, and Winterpills.

Podcasts: This American Life, Radiolab, Serial, S-Town, StartUp, Savage Love, Skeptoid, 99% Invisible, The Allusionist, The Hilarious World of Depression, Criminal, CrimeTown, Homecoming, ReplyAll, Planet Money.

I enjoy Scrabble, Magic: the Gathering, occasional video games, Dixit, Cards Against Humanity, Apples to Apples, and more.

I am a lifelong vegetarian because my mom was a hippie when I was growing up and now I don't like the taste of meat. I don't have a problem with others eating meat. I like fruit, vegetables, beans and rice, pasta, tofu, chocolate, ice cream - lots of stuff, generally healthy, but no meat. I enjoy cooking, trying new food and recipes.
Six things I could never do without
Meaningful human contact, a good book, my iMac with fast internet, a career with purpose and effect, some way to not get lost, time to enjoy life.
You should message me if
you find me interesting and live within 20 miles of Springfield.

Feel free to say hello if you think we might click on some level and enjoy each other's company. I'm always amazed by the different ways people can connect, and I welcome messages from anyone who is interested, but for those I let in close and on a continuing basis, I really need emotional and mental stability, someone comfortable with who they are, kindness and trustworthiness, and likely many other things and not others.
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