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My self-summary
I am: self deprecating, playful, conservatively dressed and liberal minded, stubborn, thoughtful.
I tend to give people the benefit of the doubt, sometimes too much. I dont like to rock the boat, which makes me easy to get along with, but can also be frustrating.
I think humility is the most important character trait a person can cultivate within themselves. (Funny thing about humility... As soon as you say you are humble, you aren't. The best you can do is try.)
I still can't think of myself as a "grown up," so it frightens and disturbs me to find myself doing grown up things like worrying about how much soda I drink, or complaining about the state of commercial radio, or going to bed at a reasonable hour.

Thanks for checking out my profile. I hope you aren't disappointed!
What I’m doing with my life
I moved to Denton about a year ago. I am a manager at a bookstore. My job consists mainly of me running around trying to justify my existence, and feeling guilty about the fact that most of my employees have to work harder than I do for less money.

I enjoy keeping active and staying in shape. I like to run, and when it isn't cold I can often be found on the lake or river training for some ungodly canoe/kayak race, wondering "why do I do this to myself?"
I’m really good at
Not taking myself seriously, forgetting to wear sunscreen, overthinking the little stuff and under-thinking the big stuff, cracking myself up, being punctual, selling books to little old ladies, telling bad jokes, canoeing, karaoke.
The first things people usually notice about me
I am tall. I'm pretty freckly. I wear glasses when I'm not wearing contacts. Sometimes I can't control THE VOLUME OF MY VOICE.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I am very fortunate to work at a bookstore, and can therefore start just about any book without having to feel like I need to finish it. I usually only make it to the end of every third or fourth book I start. More often than not I'll read the first few chapters and if it doesn't grab me I find something new. Like I said, it's nice to be surrounded by books! The last really good fiction book I read was The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers. Probably the best book I read all year, actually. The last really good non-fiction book: Far From The Tree by Andrew Solomon. A life changing, mind bending, monumental piece of work about how we are different, how we are the same, and how our definition of identity shapes our humanity.

Other good selections include Thinking Fast and Slow, Catcher in the Rye, Life of Pi, Cloud Atlas, Revolutionary Road, War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning, What is the What, Born to Run, The Great Gatsby, The Swerve, The Idea Factory, Incognito, In the Garden of Beasts, Room, House of Sand and Fog, What Technology Wants, Bel Canto.

Music leans pretty hard towards indie/alternative. Not that I even know what that means anyway. Here we go!

Alabama Shakes, Andrew Bird, Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, Band of Horses, Best Coast, Black Keys, Burning Hotels, Cake, Cold War Kids, Death Cab For Cutie, Death From Above 1979, Gorillaz, Grizzly Bear, Interpol, Jimmy Eat World, Joy Formidable, Justice, Keane, LCD Soundsystem, Liam Finn (who makes my brain melt,) Local Natives, Metric, MSTRKRFT, My Morning Jacket, The National, Neutral Milk Hotel, Pearl Jam, Queens of the Stone Age, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Rilo Kiley, The Shins, Spoon, The Strokes, Surfer Blood, The Thermals, Toadies, Vampire Weekend, Walkmen, We Are Scientists, Weezer, Wilco, Wolf Parade, Yeah Yeah Yeah's, Yeasayer

So music is pretty important then...
Six things I could never do without
There isn't really anything I couldn't do without... I am grateful to have a decent job, even if it drives me crazy. I have reliable transportation. I enjoy the company of my friends and family. I have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors as much as I possibly can.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How marketing is slowly destroying our culture and probably making us all dumber. How I really need to change my career. If its going to rain, and if not how soon can I get out on the lake. How our brains work. and how we can all be so different but still have the same hardware. If I really am getting more boring as I get older. What percentage of people on OKCupid browse anonymously, Why does it bother me so much when people wear workout clothes in public settings.

I also have this theory that British people find their accents as humorous as we do, but don't let on.

I think about how people are pretty much full of crap most of the time... I read something once about a concept called the "umwelt." It goes like this: Everyone has a certain slice of reality that we experience based on what our senses tell our brain. That slice of the reality pie is our umwelt. (That reality pie is called the "umgebung, btw... Yeah, I know.) So, our umwelt is different from the umwelt of a dog, whose reality is made up of inputs that come mostly from his nose and ears. And it's WAY different from the umwelt of a mosquito, who is attracted to you because your skin is warm and emits carbon dioxide.

Most people figure their interpretation of reality to BE reality. They figure their umwelt is actually the umgebung. But we can't SEE carbon dioxide, like a mosquito can, and our noses are just a fraction as sensitive as a dogs. Our brains can't even comprehend what it must be like to have the olfactory capability of a dog, or a bear, or even a mouse.

So, what I think about is this: How do we even know what our intellectual umwelt is. No matter how much you think you know, its probably only a shadow of a fraction of the reality of any given situation, yet we all walk around thinking we are so smart, and we have it all figured out. If we could take the concept of the umwelt and apply it to our everyday lives, and realize how little we truly know, I feel like we would be so much better off.

But then again I could be full of crap too...

Lately I have been thinking about the insidious creep of Dubstep into mainstream culture, and it really bums me out.
On a typical Friday night I am
Either working, watching a baseball game, or hopefully at some kind of live music venue. I go to an excessive number of concerts. A few years ago I decided that I wouldn't worry about getting someone to come with me, and I wouldn't worry about the exorbitant fees, and I wouldn't over think it: If there was a band coming to town who I liked, I would go see them. Period.

It was a really good decision. You should see the ticket stubs I have tacked up on the wall.

Also, on Monday nights, I am almost always at karaoke in Denton. If pressed to rate my karaoke skills, I would say I am slightly above average. (Although I did once sing an Electric Six song that was so awesome I spontaneously combusted, and the Earth tilted a few degrees off it's axis.)
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Ok, this isn't really private, but I am going to out myself as a scooter owner/driver.

Yes, I am totally that guy, driving his scooter unselfconsciously down the street.

Now, I'm not gonna lie, I would like to upgrade to a motorcycle. The scooter is kind of a starter bike, but I am totally fine with people giving me a hard time for driving a dorky scooter around.
You should message me if
You made it through the umwelt bullshit without rolling your eyes.
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