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My self-summary
I'm a pragmatic idealist, and a hopeful romantic. I have some pretty strong beliefs that I don’t talk about too much anymore, as the world’s made me less inclined to waste breath with argument, and more likely to act than proselytize.

But, god, how I bullshit...
What I’m doing with my life
Work mostly, then a bit of running, maybe a bit of socializing if there's time for it. I would much rather be growing tomatoes.

I do like to read a bit now and then, and squeeze in the occasional movie, though these days I'm pretty far behind on pop culture.
I’m really good at
I like building small projects, and growing stuff if I can find somewhere to plant. I also like to cook, though I wouldn't say that I'm the best at it, I do have fun in the kitchen, and for all my effort, sometimes I even produce something worth eating, but usually it’s more “decent” than “good.”

I’ve always really been interested in good conversation, and like to explore topics that raise moral or ethical questions (sometimes this can be frustrating, just go with it).

Also, I just realized that I make what are quite possibly the best cappuccinos ever to come out of a kitchen. Not to brag, but not really exaggerating either.

And home-brewed beer! I won't put on airs or anything and say that mine's the best ever made or any nonsense like that, but I'm always surprised by how much better brewing your own is over the stuff at the store. So, I might not be really good at making it, but the stuff I've made IS really good.
The first things people usually notice about me
I wish I could say, I suppose you could always take a look at my pics and let me know. Still, in general, I like people, and I think that it shows.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I enjoy reading, so picking out only a few authors is difficult; I've read quite a bit of science fiction, but I like books in almost all genres. Still, to name a few authors that I really like; Lem, Heinlein, Bradbury, Calvino, Palahniuk, Greg Egan and Neil Gaiman- they're all on the top of my list, but there’s so many other great authors out there, and so many others who’ve just had some one-off stories that either made me think or drew me into their worlds for a little while.

I also like nonfiction, either themed histories (like Kurlanski’s “Salt”) or documentaries on something novel; events, places, cultures, or things. It all depends on what looks interesting.

I’m not a big movie buff, I prefer books. Still, I like mostly action/adventure or comedies, typical guy stuff, though sometimes I get into the mood for art-house or horror movies.

My favorite movie so far is either Casablanca or Groundhog day, (so much for action-adventure and comedy) though I can’t decide which of the two is better, there are very few movies that I’ve watched more than once, and both of them seem to be movies that I’ll find myself watching again every few years.

Certainly, I like it, and different sorts of music too. But I don't get too confused by it or invest identity with something that someone else might very well decide is just noise.

Still, I like a few artists more than others. Counting Crows is at the top of my list right now, but it's certainly not the first time I've made a list.

Yes please. I'm a very happy omnivore, and get along best with others of the same culinary bent. I enjoy sitting down to a table for nutrition and pleasant conversation, and never come to the dinner table in search of an argument.

I like Italian food best, but I like pretty much everything that’s well prepared. I really like sushi, and if there’s a place near me that does it well, I end up going there often. Of course, I’ve never tried to make the stuff myself.

So far, I don’t think I’ve found a cooking style that’s disagreed with me, the only thing I will not get near is brains, and, you know, I don’t care how good it might be, I just won’t eat 'em.
Six things I could never do without
Ok, I could, and have, done without all of these things, but I usually try pretty hard to avoid going without any of them for too long, hell, quite a few of them are mutually exclusive.

Why do they make questions like this?


Travel - I move around quite a bit for work, sorry. There's still too many people to meet, and places to see. I’ll stop someday- just not yet.*

Computer –Communication, entertainment, and organization.

Family - People to care for, a place to return.

Celphone - It wakes me up in the morning, then bugs me the rest of the day.

Books - For information, or escape.

Friends - They keep me sane.

* Also, travel is best when the trip's not too long. I would much rather go somewhere new and be there for long enough to get to know the place, to traveling to somewhere distant and staying less than a week. I prefer not to take a long trip for a vacation.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Little things; ethics or morality, the difference between one word and another, everyday situations that seem weird when you look too deeply into them (I over-analyze, but quietly, and don't tell anyone about it); stupid inventions that probably would never make it in the real world, but might just work in my living room (sometimes I even build them).

Mostly the same stuff that everyone else thinks about, sometimes I take things a little further, sometimes not far enough.
On a typical Friday night I am
Doing whatever I'd like to do that night, some Fridays I go out for a drink, but if I'm hiking on Saturday morning I like to get some reading done and turn in early.

Saturdays are usually when I go out, the truth is, I like keeping Fridays low-key.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Please see the "I spend a lot of time thinking about" question.
You should message me if
You'd like to. But I do have one caveat: I'm in decent shape, and enjoy physical activity, oftentimes with friends. That said, if you would like to date, or anything beyond having a cup of coffee somewhere, please be somewhat fit, running a 5 or 10k on the weekend shouldn't be out of the question. I'm not too fast, but I'm not a couch potato either, and would rather not be limited to spending time sitting around in different places.*

Otherwise, no pressure, I'd love to hear from you.

*Now that I've checked out some DC profiles, it looks like pretty much all of the ladies here do run, and mostly better/faster than me, so, no worries on that count.
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