Grew up in Oklahoma but have lived in DC since college. I love it here, but go back and forth on whether or not I’m a lifer. I have a political communications-type job that keeps me busy and interested … rooted firmly in DC but travel for work off and on.
My favorite weather is shorts and a sweatshirt, I don’t trust people who won’t wave from boats, and I have no idea what your Meyers Briggs type says about you. I own a tuxedo but spend more time trying to keep my wine rack full. I take excellent travel photos, believe “Terrapin Station” lasts the perfect amount of time it takes to make a good roux, reclining your seat in coach is inconsiderate, and guacamole should have a little garlic.
And of course I’m not perfect. My biggest personal failings include an inability to passably speak a foreign language, read music, drive stick shift, or water ski. I’ve never been entirely sure how to use semi-colons, and I talk out loud to my Tivo when it butts in with a horrible suggestion.
There’s a lot of talk around here about “living every day to the fullest” – you should know up front that for me some days the “fullest” is just going to be a bottle of wine I shouldn’t afford and some good conversation. Or maybe a TV marathon. These aren’t low standards, they’re small pleasures.
Like most people, I have my contradictions: I’m ok with 4 stars or Five Guys; I despise emoticons but am coming around to the idea that emojis may possess comic utility; celebrity culture is ridiculous but if I’m getting on a plane I’m buying US Weekly; and Martha Stewart gets a pass but Gwyneth Paltrow is a lifestyle tyrant in need of a comeuppance.
I would rather cook than do the dishes, but I hate the word “foodie.” I consider myself well-travelled but consider anyone who says that about themselves a little obnoxious. Related, I’m not against an occasional calculated risk.
I love adventures. Anything from a new restaurant to an overseas destination to meeting a crazy family. Paradoxically, while I’m really good at enjoying and recognizing adventures, I’m not so good at planning them. (bright side: this leads to more adventures) I’ll travel anywhere once, and most places more than that (bad news if you’re dying to go to Bratislava). While I’ve had some amazing solo adventures it’s become clear to me that I’d rather have someone to travel with: you have to have people to talk to at the end of the day.
I'm interested in anyone that finds meaning in small things, needs to find humor in sad and scary ones, and would prefer to deal with it all glass in hand.
More immediately, I’m concerned that somewhere in this profile I've mixed up my they're/their/there's.
I’ve come to realize that I prefer to be challenged by art, not entertainment. For me, movies/books/TV are for entertainment – unplugging my brain.
So generally speaking, I prefer movies to films (“Armageddon” over “American Beauty”, and I tear up every time I watch “A Knight’s Tale”), have a soft spot for TNT/USA programming, and the last book I read was some borderline ridiculous piece of historical fiction that reaffirmed my belief that should I ever forget my Kindle, I can take 5 minutes in an airport bookstore and find something to read on a plane for under $15.
I suppose it’s important to note I’m not actively avoiding art as entertainment – always up for something heavier than the usual – just putting it out there that it’s not my default setting.
Music: my plan was to just check “most played” in my iTunes, but that was straight up embarrassing. Default selections for albums will always be the Dead, Springsteen, and Paul Simon. Beyond that, I’m a “playlist” guy … my iTunes is filled with playlists like ‘Campfire,’ ‘Cooking,’ ‘Jersey Shore,’ ‘NOLA,’ and ‘Workout.’ I’m tremendously proud of my work with 80s pop, and weighing whether or not I want to get into vinyl.
I love all food, but it's more about the company. (oh, this is important: a meal of tapas/small plates should be limited to groups of 4 or less – I hate competing with my dinner companions)
My portable battery pack charger
The remote control (seriously, life before these really sucked)
And I always take sparkling water to bed.