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My self-summary
I am a legal assistant at a large firm and tend to pursue many other interests. Previously I had done a number of professional/semi-professional theater and opera performances around Chicago and actually got good reviews in the Tribune, Sun-Times, On-Stage Magazine and several suburban papers (so I know I wasn't crazy to try in the first place), but grew tired of being poor and hopping from job to job. I have degrees in music and theater and a Jeopardy-level of knowledge on a number of diverse subjects. I homebrew, scuba dive, rock climb, while also dabbling in photography. I'm also a big film buff ... and, for some reason, I have a pilot's license (not current).
What I’m doing with my life
I work so that I can explore. I'm overqualified from my job, but I'm able to leave it at the end of the day and go do other more artistic or adventurous things - scuba diving, rock climbing, hiking, caving, camping, photography. I don't rule out getting back on the stage, but it's just not a current pursuit.
I’m really good at
Apparently, I'm good at writing humorous Facebook status updates. My friends enjoyed these, I hope you do too:

"This afternoon, I got onto an elevator already occupied by a stranger and, after seeing the button for the floor I wanted lit, proceeded to press the button a second time. I don't know why I did that. Perhaps I did it to assure the stranger that I had a legitimate reason to be there and was not, in fact, there to murder him."

"My sister-in-law asked for beer infused with angel's tears for Christmas. I think I've got a line on some angel's tears, but does anyone know where I can get some beer?"

"You know you live in Chicago when you'd go out and take a train to the grocery store in 9 degree weather rather than lose your great parking spot ..."

"I saw a woman I somewhat know from the rock climbing gym while riding home on the 'L' this evening. Before exiting the train after our very brief conversation, she remarked, 'I didn't recognize you at first without your harness on.' I don't think she realized how that may have sounded to our fellow passengers ..."

"I had to stop into Target to pick up a small bathroom wastebasket. After picking up said basket, I wandered to several different departments to check for other household nicknacks, including a new knife block set to replace my rapidly failing cutlery system. A few minutes later a security guard was in that same spot securing all the knives in their boxes. I've convinced myself that a call went out to security about a crazy guy cradling a wastebasket wandering around the store and that they should make sure all the knives are still there."

"This morning I exited my apartment through the back stairwell as I had to take out some trash to the dumpster in the alley. As I closed the door, I heard some shuffling on the ground floor beneath me and catch a glimpse of a teenage boy pulling out a smart phone, popping the buds in his ears and striking a casual pose. I hear there is second guy down there. Whatever they were up to, I didn't want it on my back stairwell. I put on my "stern face", walk down the stairs, look at the kid and say "How's it goin'." He mumbles "ok". As I turn the corner to get a look at the other guy, it turns out to be a teenage girl who smiles sweetly and gives out drawn out "hiiii." I haven't stopped an early morning drug deal; I've interrupted a before-school liaison! I'm a monster!"
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm tall? I once was answering a telephonic survey on health and happiness in the U.S. The interviewer asked "Are you afraid to walk in your neighborhood alone at night?" "No." Several questions later ... "Height?" "6'4"" "Weight?" "About 215." "No wonder you're not afraid to walk alone at night."
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books that rocked my world: "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay", "Guns, Germs & Steel", "Gulag"
Books that I've enjoyed, but didn't necessarily rock my world: anything by Terry Pratchett (fantasy funny man), anything by Iain M. Banks (sci-fi). anything I've read by Vernor Vinge, I'm a big sci-fi and non-fiction fan
Currently reading: "Musashi" by Eiji Yoshikawa - a Japanese epic often compared as the Japanese "Gone with the Wind"
Movies: Lawrence of Arabia, In The Mood For Love, Oldboy, Amelie, anything by Wes Anderson, P.T. Anderson, the Coen brothers, Ang Lee, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Chan-wook Park
Television: Can they make any more "Breaking Bad"?, for ongoing series, I try to wait until the season is done and then binge, I'm not always (usually) successful
Current Bands: Joanna Newsom, Sufjan Stevens, The Decemberists, Deb Talan ("Show me a girl with a guitar who's had her heart broken and I'll listen." - Matthew Perry)
Food: Thai, sushi, pub food
Six things I could never do without
Books ("The trouble with buying books is that you think you are buying the time to read them." - Jean-Jacques Rousseau)
Movies (foreign and domestic)
Peanut M&M's
Travel/Exploration/Adventure (My travel is usually based around exploration or adventure.)
Family (This list isn't in order of importance.)
I'll have to contemplate the last one.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The places I would go if I won the lottery and never had to work again. I wouldn't even have to go first-class. I don't mind "roughing it", but, time's short, let's explore this world!

Oh, yeah, and ethics and what it means to be human. Hence, the sci-fi bent.
On a typical Friday night I am
A group of close friends have a weekly Friday Night Dinner wherein we either go out to a restaurant or meet at someone's home to cook dinner. We meet more often than not and have been doing so for almost ten years.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm not actually 6'4" ... I'm 6'3.75" ... I know ... embarrassing ... it's just that 6'4" is quicker to write and say. I'm lazy that way.
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