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My self-summary
I’m Chris. I am a morning swimmer, sometime photographer, and intermittent runner.

We can also add "wannabe adult" to that list. I spend quite a bit of time worrying that somebody is going to notice that I have infiltrated the institution of adulthood, and that they’re going to kick me out and rescind my privileges.
What I’m doing with my life
Working towards the considerable aspiration of never having to wear the same pair of socks more than once.

More seriously, I'm a mechanical engineer. I enjoy it, because I get to solve interesting problems. It pays for holidays, books, beer and the occasional thingammy from Amazon. This year I'm hoping to see Ireland, Cuba, Iceland, and climb Scafell Pike.
I’m really good at
Pulling faces in photographs,
Rolling up my sleeves,
Losing things that I put in a specific place (so that I wouldn't lose them),
Accidentally waving at people who weren't waving at me;
And saying goodbye to people and then awkwardly having to walk to the same station with them afterwards.

I also make a really great squash or badminton partner/opponent, because I never win. We should play a game sometime.
The first things people usually notice about me
The first thing people notice about me is my dishevelled appearance. I have been trying to smarten myself up, but I still find ironing shirts to be the most cruel torture. I'm managing to cut a sharper silhouette than I ever did in the past, but am still a little bedraggled.

I have also been told I smell nice, on more than one occasion; though since I started swimming every morning, I've noticed the smell of chlorine getting into everything I own.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
A favourite book is difficult, as I read quite a lot, but two books I can describe as having enjoyed are “Things the Grandchildren should know” by Mark Oliver Everett, and “Slightly Out of Focus” which is the autobiography of one of my favourite photographers, Robert Capa. Recently, I have been working my way through the penguin modern classics list, but that is on pause whilst I read Amy Poehler's autobiography "Yes Please".

Movies is much easier, though by choosing a Kubrick film as my favourite, I may be walking into some tragic cliche. Dr Strangelove is my clear favourite because it’s superb in every way. It’s funny, dark, features stellar acting, and is still super relevant/relatable.

TV shows I watch(ed) – The Americans, Parks and Rec, Peep Show, Spaced, Flight Of The Conchords, Dr Who, Sherlock, and at least for the first season, Girls on HBO.

Music is another easy one, as I enjoy nearly everything and have very few favourites. However, I’m very strongly attached to the favourites I have. As far as I am concerned, EELS are the best band ever for consistently exciting musical output, and The Magnetic Fields “69 Love Songs” is the best album ever, because it’s just so diverse, and yet so complete. Honourable mentions go to Public Enemy, Kanye, and Snow Patrol.

Finally, food – Chicken & Rice, with a Honey & Mustard sauce, is impossibly delicious. I am also a big fan of Mexican food, and Indian curries, preferably each as authentic as possible. Basically, rice is a big part of my diet. Carbs are why I run.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Food, politics, sports, food again.
You should message me if
You think you're effing funny
You have a personal library I'd be envious of (recommend something!)
You run or swim regularly
You want to go walking on the Downs (I've just bought new boots that'll need wearing in).