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My self-summary
Hello there. I'm just a poor boy, from a poor family, Scaramouche. Now that I've been reasonably non-serious with myself, I believe I can better engage in writing a summary. I have a hard time breaking the ice, but once it's done, I am a more than capable conversational partner.

I would go so far as to say that I err on the side of goofy when it comes to personal interaction, if only because fun seems to be such a precious commodity that it would be a shame not to indulge in it. I am reasonably intelligent, so hopefully I get some bonus points there, and I like to think that I can hold my own in any conversation not requiring a degree to follow through.

Insofar as interests go, I will admit to a wide variety, though with (of course) narrower preferences. I am not an overly active sort- I enjoy swimming, hiking, and cycling as much as the next person (and am unlikely to turn down a good invitation), but I will confess that I would prefer to spend a quiet day reading, or go hang out with friends and engage in a more social activity. Since it isn't an interest specifically addressed by one of the other areas of this profile, I feel that it's relevant to mention here that I am an avid gamer as well, and frequently spend my time either with electronic or tabletop roleplaying games. Intellectual, social, and very much on the nerdy end of the spectrum would be a decent summary.

Emotionally speaking, it takes me some time to form a more than casual attachment, but... A: It is my goal, so do not think that I am not aiming to become emotionally involved. I am definitely a one-man man, and ideally looking to settle down at some point in the not-so-distant future. And B: Once I have developed an emotional attachment, you will occupy a large space in my heart that is not going to be easily dislodged. I am not a wanderer.

Hopefully this (combined with the other tidbits in my profile) will give you a fair idea of whether or not you ought to contact me, and we shall see what happens from there.
What I’m doing with my life
About time to update this section. I have found what appears to be a solid and enjoyable career, and am more or less content with my current financial/employment situation. Beyond that, what I'm doing with my life isn't anything too greatly noble, or ambitious. Just enjoying it as much as I can, and looking for someone to share that with.

But that only addresses what I thought this question was about. The little text beneath the edit window for it has different connotations, and so... What I do on a day-to-day basis is- Hm. Hang out with friends, work, read/game/be lazy. That's my "usual." I enjoy it.
I’m really good at
Reading, writing and arithmetic. Or some such. I'm a decent writer, although I frequently end up feeling that the end result is more clinical and less emotionally profound. I'm very good with personal accounting (although I frequently choose to be a little more liberal with my funds than is strictly necessary). I am excellent with strategy, at least in the confines of gaming environments (though I do not always exercise it, depending on all given parameters). I have a good amount of experience and knowledge when it comes to computers, and at one point was heavily involved in computer programming- I fear I am not as current as could be now, however. I'm excellent with anything bureaucratic. Yay me?
The first things people usually notice about me
I've always felt that "the first thing people notice about me is..." sort of queries are silly. What is really meant is "the thing I think people first notice about me is..." As to what people actually notice first about me- why don't you tell me? The only way I can accrue accurate data is by asking, after all.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Ooh, this could be a lengthy segment if I am not careful. I have a fairly wide array of books, authors, and genres that I prefer when it comes to literature. I greatly enjoy all the various works of John Dickson Carr. I am a fan of the Fu Manchu novels by Sax Rohmer. The Keys to the Kingdom series by Garth Nix definitely ranks among my favorite young adult fiction lines. 1984 by George Orwell is a classic and very moving bit of prose. I enjoy the works of Christopher Rice, Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, and Mary Renault. To anyone looking for a good dramatic story, I would highly recommend The Coming Storm by Paul Russell. Perry Moore wins my eternal admiration for doing a fantastic job at combining my twin loves of gay fiction and superhero fiction.

To move along before my "favorite books" section becomes a novel in and of itself, we'll talk visual media. I watch a meager amount of television (none of it, as far as I can think, is current), some anime, and always enjoy a good movie. As to anime: I like various Gundam series, silly things like Ouran High School Host Club, Sailor Moon, Outlaw Star... Various and sundry. As regards television proper, I am currently (finally) working my way through Buffy: The Vampire Slayer and enjoying the ride. I loved The New Normal, and so of course it got cancelled (there's my one current contribution). I am an enormous fan of Absolutely Fabulous, I loved Reaper, Dead Like Me, and Pushing Daisies. I appear to have a good fixation with comedy from the UK, as Green Wing, Black Books, and Misfits also rank high on my list.

Time to offer a taste of my musical fare. I am again fairly widespread here, to the point that it is easier to list what I will absolutely never touch than what I prefer and adore. I don't think any earthly powers can ever convince me to enjoy rap or R&B of any sort, and I would rather gouge out my own eardrums than listen to a country playlist. There, I said it. Give me some Sarah Brightman, some David Bowie, Eartha Kitt, Florence and the Machine, Adele, Gregorian (a terribly interesting group that performs covers of popular music in the style of Gregorian chant), Shirley Bassey...

Hm. Food. I like food. I can be considered very picky for narrowing the potential choices to at least half of what they could be, or I can be considered reasonably open and amenable due to the fact that my disinclination can be simply stated as "I detest seafood of all sorts." I do, however, love any well-prepared Indian cuisine, I love good Italian (but who doesn't?), I enjoy Americanized Asian food of various types (provided I steer clear of the sushi)... I'm reasonably open.
Six things I could never do without
Ooh, this should be easy enough. Six things I could never do without (and although the prompt does not dictate it, I will tell you why as well).

1. My phone. I am not a huge fan of watches, and I am always paranoid about being timely, so that alone would be enough reason to my way of thinking. I also am terrible at keeping hard copies of data and remembering where I keep them, so were I to lose my phone, I wouldn't have the slightest idea how to get ahold of any of my friends short of showing up at their doorstep.

2. Internet. Wi-fi if I'm not allowed to bundle a computer together with this choice, because at least then I can utilize my phone for the purpose. I am a man with many questions, and sometimes Google is the only immediately accessible place with the answers. It is also handy in helping to keep contact with friends who are in different time zones, or the like. I am a relatively technologically dependent person, I suppose.

3. Shoes. Not that I require an extensive amount of shoes, or particularly attractive shoes, or to be fair any particular sort of shoes at all. I just have this little quirk; I'm not alright with my feet touching the floor. Showers are, of course, an exception. Otherwise it's either socks, or shoes. Shoes seem like a handier choice given that it tends to be very hot and rocky (and sometimes prickly) in Arizona.

4. A knife. I am not certain into what strange, perhaps apocalyptic scenario I have been thrust that I am down to only six items in my possession, but a knife is multi-purpose enough that it would be silly not to have one. One could open cans, cut twigs and branches to build a fire, slice meat, cheese, bread, butter, and what have you. In short, I'd like to have at least one utilitarian item on my person.

5. Lubricant. I don't think I need to elaborate, really. It's a necessity.

6. At least one dodecahedron. What would a gamer be without a die or two?
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I'm afraid I'm not going to answer the "I spend a lot of time thinking about" section. If you're really that interested in knowing what occupies the majority of my thinking time, you may ask, and I will answer. It's just not something I'd like to throw about for anyone to see.
On a typical Friday night I am
Tsk tsk, OK Cupid. Putting me on the spot like this. Well, since lying is never a good option, I'm afraid I'm going to have to say that on a typical Friday night I am at home, curled up in bed either playing around with my Nintendo 3DS, or going through my (somehow ever-growing) pile of unfinished books. I do spend a fair amount of Friday nights, however, going out on the town, occasionally just walking about, sometimes going to a bar, sometimes shopping and/or window shopping... I'm not always an introvert.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Oho, well. Ask me and I shall tell. I'm an open book, I promise; I'm just not always blatant about it, whipping out my innermost thoughts on public forums.
You should message me if
If you are remotely interested in anything I have said thus far, or what I might say if given an opportunity, you should message me. I do my best to be polite and approachable, I promise.
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