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My self-summary
Ok here goes.

I've seen a lot of people on here describe themselves as 'cats' if they are hard to get to know and selective in their affections. Following this logic I guess I'm a bit of a dog; I warm up to people really quickly, have a very diverse group of friends. Because of all my friends and my interests, I think people find it hard to pin me down. I look as preppy as it gets and dress like Fred from Scooby Doo, but my bookshelf looks like it belongs to someone in a beret and a turtleneck. To work out I go to a gym where I flip a monster truck tire, then later to unwind I'll watch a movie with subtitles

I have a ton of interests, but my two biggest passions I'd have to say are literature and rowing. In the summer I can usually be found out on the Connecticut either in a single or on a rope swing. You have to be a bit more resourceful here in the winter to find adventure, but I always somehow manage.
What I’m doing with my life
Growing my consulting business
I’m really good at
I am amazing at designing incredibly exciting and romantic first dates. Here, let me pitch you on one right now:

My mom picks us both up in her station wagon and drives us to Yankee Candle. Once there she waits in the car (heaven willing) while you and I go visit Santa's Village. After about an hour or so there, we head out past the animatronic band to go and take a quick whiff of my favorite scented candle (Spoiler Alert: Its "Bavarian Birthday Cake!") and perhaps even purchase a small tealight sampler of it, provided my allowance hasn't already wound up in The Swear Jar by this point in the week. We could maybe even give your favorite candle a quick sniff as well, should A.) time permit and B.) your preferred scent proves not to be anything overly prosaic (i. e. "Honeydew You Love Me" is completely out of the question.)

After that we both pile back into my mom's station wagon and are each safely home and in bed by 8pm!

See what I mean?
The first things people usually notice about me
My ability to discredit most anything without losing a sense of winsomeness.

Also recently a lot of people have been telling me I look like a young Steve McQueen.

...OK, so only gay men tell me that.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
The giant-list-of-books-and-bands is the intellectual equivalent of the shirtless dude pic.

But here goes.

(Also just email me if you want me to send some of my shirtless dude pics.)

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace, Home Land, Venus Drive and The Ask by Sam Lipsyte, The Verificationist by Donald Antrim, The Moviegoer by Walker Percy, Journey to the End of the Night by Celine, anything by Donald Barthelme, anything by Barry Hannah or Padget Powell - EVERYTHING by Henry Miller!

The Wendy Letters by Joe Wenderoth, Ooga Booga by Fred Seidel, and The Dream Songs by John Berryman

I've been making my way through Zizek and, at Zizek's insistence, Lacan

L'Aventura, Fellini Satyricon, Wedding Crashers, Blue Velvet, Super Troopers, Solaris, Zoolander, A New World, Wayne's World, The Silence, Young Frankenstein, Last Tango in Paris, Office Space, What's up tiger lilly, Five Easy Pieces, Brick. My taste is equal parts screwball comedy/art house. I'm obsessed with Film Noir and Hitchcock.

A lot of different stuff: Leonard Cohen, David Byrne (pre and post-Talking Heads), Big Star, the Mountian Goats, Flat Duo Jets, The Ghetto Boys. At night when I'm going to bed I like to play chamber music and suspend myself upside-down from my chin-up bar like a bat...

The bread pudding at the Four-Leaf-Clover in Bernardstown, MA. It's off the hook.
Six things I could never do without
The Lish School of Fiction

The Gloaming , (that time just after sunset but before dark)

Pleasant Street Video (RIP, I don't even know what to put here in its stead.)

Single Malt Scotch

Women in leather boots. Gets to me every time.

Amplified Wheybolic Extreme 60 Pro Performance Whey Protein (banana flavored. Obvi - see photo.)

OK I know I'm at my six but I just have to give an Honorable shout out to the Axe Detailer(TM). before the detailer came along I was forced to use those pink shower scrunchies that are only ever marketed to women if I was going to have any hope whatsoever of maximizing the sudsiness of my body wash. No more! The Detailer(TM) comes in the shape of a tire - which is manly as hell - so at long last I can scrub away without that vague sense of emasculation. This baby ain't just compatible with Axe body washes either - you can use it with Old Spice, Adidas, Gillette, heck even plain old bar soap! I really don't like to think about ever returning to a time pre-detailer(TM)...

...In fact, I've just convinced myself: let's 86 the sky at dusk! Axe Detailer(TM) all the way! Photo finish!
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How best to balance an okcupid profile so that it is equal parts detached irony and sincere humanness.
On a typical Friday night I am
The same thing I'm doing every night -Galactic Bowling!
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
This profile has been sponsored by the Axe Detailer(TM)!
You should message me if
How about you SHOULDN'T message me if:

I know that I'm on here as a straight guy who likes Bi Girls and all, but that doesn't mean I'm going to fulfill you and your girlfriend/roomate's fantasy of you both serving as devoted handmaidens dedicated solely to my pleasure. Get a life creeps!

You SHOULD write me if:

You get who my profile photo is in homage to (not a pre-requisite or anything, but I might buy you a drink if you guess right.)

Here's a hint: he's mentioned somewhere already in my profile.
The two of us