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My self-summary
Welcome to the latest incarnation of my profile! I have removed all the old lame jokes and prepared all new lame jokes.

Israel is very important to me and Zionism has really shaped my path in life. From interning with AIPAC in college to years working in the Jewish media to now focusing on the Middle East. I also really like shwarma.

You can usually find me catching a movie, playing skeeball or mini golf, playing board games, or cooking something new and delicious. I'm an avid foodie and enjoy experimenting in the kitchen and hosting (typically Shabbat) dinners. Some of my specialty dishes include spicy Italian sausage with broccoli rabe, harissa chicken, sushi, and peanut noodles. Spicy food is one of life's greatest pleasures.

I also like to have adventures and try new things, whether new restaurants/foods or activities. Fortunately, living right by New York affords such opportunities. Granted, my adventure list includes some touristy stuff, such as taking a Duck Tour (one of those land/sea combos), going to the wax museum (been to the one in London, not in New York), and dropping a penny from the top of the Empire State Building and seeing what actually happens to the pavement (OK, I know this is not legal and highly unlikely to actually happen, but I can dream, can't I?).

I'm a sci-fi buff and some would say geek. You might be able to tell from my screen name but I used to be very into anime (not so much anymore but OKCupid won't let me change it). And yes, I once took a chess set into a night club and played with a couple of friends. After the DJ made fun of us the manager gave us all free shots because we were so awesome. So there's my geek cred right there.

I am eccentric, entertaining, and ready for adventure. So let's see where the yellow brick road (or the 1 train) will take us.
What I’m doing with my life
By training I'm a journalist and I've spent years writing about politics, foreign affairs, and the Jewish community. But journalism doesn't pay the bills quite like it used to, so I decided to try my hand at something new. I'm a research analyst focusing on counter extremism, primarily in the Middle East. Yes, I spend my days researching ISIS, Hamas, and other fun people you probably don't want to invite to a barbecue.
I’m really good at
Writing, cooking, chess, dancing the Hora, scrabble, skeeball
The first things people usually notice about me
"You're quite tall."
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Stranger in a Strange Land, Exodus, Snow in August, books about the history of Israel, Slan, the AP Stylebook

Movies: Inglourious Basterds, Superman, Iron Man, Star Wars, Kill Bill, Clerks, Mallrats, Dogma, Star Trek II, Star Trek IV, Star Trek VI, Star Trek VIII (Do you notice a pattern yet?), Searching for Bobby Fisher, Batman (1989), Batman Begins, The Producers (Original), Spaceballs. I have a large DVD collection, do I really have to narrow it down to just a few favorites?

Shows (TV): Big Bang Theory, Doctor Who, Throwdown With Bobby Flay, Kitchen Nightmares, Hell's Kitchen, Iron Chef (original).

Shows (theater): The Toxic Avenger, The Producers, Les Mis, Avenue Q, Jewtopia, The Book of Mormon, and there are a few other good ones I've seen too.

Music: Early Matisyahu stuff, Beach Boys, Weird Al, They Might be Giants, Arrogant Worms, Moxy Fruvous, a lot of Israeli stuff.

Food: malai kofte, galub jamun, sushi, nachos, white pizza, a juicy steak, all blended into one energy drink (OK, not really because that would be very not kosher and also disgusting). Indian, Japanese, Mexican are my favorite cuisines, but I also love a good shwarma - extra tahina, and don't forget the chips!
Six things I could never do without
Oxygen, food, water, my AP Stylebook, human contact, the written word (save the newspaper industry!)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The future. Jack Napier said to think about it right before he shot Carl Grissom in the 1989 Batman movie, so it must be good advice because he turned into the Joker, right?
On a typical Friday night I am
Having a relaxing (I can try at least) Shabbat dinner with close friends. Sometimes hosting a meal depending on my schedule that week.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have a birthmark on my calf in the shape of South America.
You should message me if
I sound at all interesting and you are an interesting person. I want to meet fascinating people who can spin exciting yarns of their adventures.
I'm sorry, but I only date Jews. If you're not Jewish, we can still be friends but nothing more than that.
Also, if you use "u" instead of "you" or "r" instead of "are" in your profile, we might not get along as I often weep for the destruction of the English language by "textspeak."
The two of us