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My self-summary
I'm offbeat, independent, and a little too smart for my own good. I'm a big mess of oxymorons, but I kind of like it that way.

I just moved to Brooklyn from a four year stint in San Francisco. Hello-boxes-and-suitcases and oh-can-you-find-me-a-bed-Mr-Craigslist kind of new. So... if you need an icebreaker, you can definitely start by telling my anything at all you like doing in the city, 'cause I can guarantee it's new to me.
What I’m doing with my life
Telling stories and making friends and obscure literary references.

A story: I'm from Alabama originally, a fact that surprises the people who have encountered my measured speech and fiery liberalism. A childhood spent in the South made me hypersensitive to certain cultural features--among them racism, poverty, an appreciation for a good dry rub, fried okra, barefootedness, and the song Sweet Home Alabama.

Being so finely tuned to the twang of Sweet Home Alabama, regardless of my like or dislike for the song itself, I find it worthwhile to note the incongruent and unlikely places I have heard that song spring up. The two most surreal instances were both abroad. The first was in crowded tent full of Bavarians in lederhosen. The horns and accordions of the oompah band in the middle that suddenly broke out into this instantly recognizable song was so unexpected that it almost made me dizzy.

The second was at the tail end of a months long trip I had spent riding a horse across Mongolia. I was tired and grimy in a way that's difficult to fathom but easy to smell. On the outskirts of Ulaanbaatar, it's possible to hitchhike across parts of the countryside. In the van that had picked me up, made for 9 and seating 14, someone's cell phone rang. The ring tone? Sweet Home Alabama. Unfortunately, my Mongolian wasn't quite good enough to explain the long laughter that followed.
I’m really good at
The internet, asking awkward questions, traveling, playing with kids, getting myself into ridiculous situations, telling stories about ridiculous situations, figuring things out
The first things people usually notice about me
My critical and radical view of the world around me.

My height, my beard, and on occasion my laugh.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
The six things I could never do without
My friends
A good laugh
A good book
A sense of humor
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How to fix the world, extra spatial dimensions and complicated math, places to travel, new things to try, weird esoteric ideas, what it means to be human, how to make things, how to change things, absurd hypothetical scenarios, and getting off the grid.
On a typical Friday night I am
Fridays are all over the place. Some are for dinner with friends, or dancing, or late night bike rides, or sneaking into abandoned buildings, or a roof top on a clear night, or protesting, or even just a bottle of whiskey and some wanderlust.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Wow, all sorts of stuff. Just ask if you really want to know.

Also, I'm shocked that I have never been arrested.

(update: no longer true, but I'll leave it be while I consider something to replace it with)
You should message me if
Just do it.

Or if I've stalked you more than twice. I'm clearly interested and just trying to get up the cajones to humiliate myself in an online fashion.