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My self-summary
I am a strong personality. Not the type of strong personality that yells the loudest to have his thoughts heard. But I have opinions and I will happily share them. Even so, I am not easily offended and I welcome constructive criticism and conflicting opinions. I often play devil's advocate, even against my own strongly held convictions. Keeps me on my toes. I am attracted to strong personalities, too -- you know what you like and you're not afraid to say it, but you're not a jerk about it either. I will definitely do something I don't want to do simply because I like/love the person I'll be doing it with. Hopefully, that is a mutual trait. Ok, what else ...

Here is my favorite autocorrect. I tried to type, "I'm home. G'night!" What I actually sent was "I'm home. Gunfight!"

Let's see... I like taking walks just to take walks, sometimes very long ones, even in the dead of winter. I respect people with strong opinions who will let them be challenged. One of my dreams in life is to have a frisbee dog. I bought something called a "knork" in part as protest to all the times I was scolded for cutting food with the side of my fork growing up. I think bicycles are beautiful. I have read the Vonnegut book Galapagos while in the Galapagos. I attended French Camp (aka Cool Kids Camp). I have belayed down the side of a cliff, anchored by trees to look at 400-million-year-old fossils. I have helped people from five continents with immigration issues. (Why only five? It's like I always yell while picketing at the border, "Go back to Antarctica! And/or Australia!" Just kidding, who doesn't love Australians?) I once completed a NY Times Sunday crossword but am way out of practice now. I remember a time when I usually wished I was doing something else, but now I would rather be doing what I'm doing.
What I’m doing with my life
Working and learning everyday on the job.

I am reacquainting myself with Milwaukee after many years in Minnesota, Pennsylvania, New Zealand/Jersey. Suggestions for fun things to do, interesting events to check out, cool places to bike, etc., are more than welcome!

Also, I play lots of bar and beach volleyball throughout the year but especially in the summer. If you are a vball player and need a sub or are looking for a pickup game at Bradford this summer, let me know. And I just ran my first half marathon in Brooklyn. Picked up the running thing pretty late and it's pretty alright.
I’m really good at
Fixing my parents' and co-workers' computer problems using Google

Parallel parking

Tetris - It's been a long time, though. I may be past my peak, which was probably around 9 years old.

Scrabble - I can even define such useful words as "aa" and "cwm."

Growing a beard - Though it is a rare look for me ... maybe next winter?

The first things people usually notice about me
People who have only just met me can often recognize me by my laugh.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Recently read Freedom Evolves by Daniel Dennett, American Gods by Neil Gaiman, Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon, and The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. All-time favorites include Foucault's Pendulum, House of Leaves, Infinite Jest, Kavalier and Clay, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Midnight's Children, Everything Is Illuminated, The Elegant Universe, The Omnivore's Dilemma, Consilience by E.O. Wilson.... I will occasionally read a book at a bar. Is that weird? For awhile, I would read a book while walking 5 miles home from work. That, I believe, is even weirder.

Movies: Brazil, The Big Lebowski, The Princess Bride, There Will Be Blood, 12 Monkeys, Primer, Memento, Usual Suspects, The Prestige, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Being John Malkovich, Lost Highway, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, Dr. Strangelove, Fifth Element, Pan's Labyrinth.

The Smiths, Arcade Fire, Okkervil River, Neutral Milk Hotel, Andrew Bird, OutKast, Regina Spektor, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, Mountain Goats, Talking Heads, TV on the Radio, Band of Horses, Shins, Beirut, Neil Young, Of Montreal, Busdriver, Decemberists, Fleet Foxes, Janelle Monáe , Pert Near Sandstone, The National, David Bowie, Dark Dark Dark, Sylvan Esso, Hello Death, Said the Whale, pretty much any classic Motown, many many more .... Please suggest something new and/or local to me.

Twin Peaks, Arrested Development, The Wire, Community, Battlestar Galactica, Portlandia, Luther, That Mitchell & Webb Look, Peep Show, Louie, Parks & Recreation, Daily Show, Lost, Fishing with John. Happily, I don't spend too much time on TV these days.

Art Style / Medium:
I'm a sucker for modern (and post-, post-post-, etc., -modern) art as well as the old oils. I am constantly eyeing and internally (or externally) debating all kinds of architectural choices.

I like tasty local food and local beer when I can get it. I also enjoy the occasional Mexican goodness, Vietnamese noodles or soup, Thai curries or pad Thai or rad na, sushi, Ethiopian, some good Montreal poutine, brunch in general, almost anything really.
The six things I could never do without
Live dancin' music
Puppy love
Comedy gold
Sunshine - I was recently asked if I'd rather have it always be day or always be night; fair question, but I am pretty sure there is only one right answer.
Public radio
Comfy shoes - Whatever you do, take care of your shoes.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What makes a city great? What makes a neighborhood great? What are the cheapest and simplest ways to improve a neighborhood? (Should I have been an urban planner? Can I still?)

What if everybody on Earth jumped at the same time?

How have sloths survived? And how does it feel to have your entire species be named after a human deadly sin? Which other sins would make the coolest species? Is "human" a deadly sin for sloths?
On a typical Friday night I am
A drink and a conversation with a friend. Or maybe a raucous game night / dance party at someone's home. Or driving out of town for a camping trip or a quick vacation in Minneapolis or Chicago, etc.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I still have my tonsils ... and my appendix ... and my wisdom teeth ... and my ... coccyx? I'm pretty much intact, vestigially speaking. Those things are pretty private, too. Not just anyone makes it to tonsil base with me.
You should message me if
If that's the kind of thing that you think you might be into.

You're passionate about something, maybe with two or three sub-passions. It's cliche, but it's really kind of the main thing. If you have a passion for fashion and I know nothing about fashion, I will still probably think it's pretty cool and want to know more. If you have a passion for taxidermy, you will be the first taxidermist I know and I will definitely want to know more.

You will make sure that this video gets played at my funeral.

Holy crap that's a long profile. Hopefully you skipped ahead to this part. You can probably find the important bits quickly enough.

Let's grab a beer or a coffee, catch a live show, go to a museum or a bookstore.

If you have read my profile and think you know me through and through, you are wrong. Likewise, I will not assume after reading your profile that I know you.

Watch this when the world is pissing you off:
DFW - This Is Water