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My self-summary
Hello and thanks for visiting! I'm off the market now, but I wish you the best of luck!

I think my friends would describe me as a solid guy; the kind of person who's there for friends and family when needed. I have a quirky sense of humor, one that I've had to learn to keep in check so as to stay at least sort of appropriate. Doing well at what I do is important to me so I tend to work a lot, but also am careful to set time aside for myself. Could be anything; drinks or dinner with friends at an old favorite haunt or new recommendation, a local hike, working on my motorcycle or taking it for a ride, or just chilling with my cat watching Netflix.

I'm originally from the LA area, went to college in Santa Barbara, then lived in Germany for two years before coming back to LA. I've been something of a chameleon professionally (not literally, silly). I've been a teacher spanning everything from pre-K to HS seniors, worked as a data guy for a major cancer center, had a brief stint in the infomercial biz, and now market mobile video games for a large, mouse-related entertainment company.

Oh, I also get distracted easily and go off on tangents. This leads (as you'll not doubt discover, should you chose to read on) to a love of parentheses. I'm willing to change to make myself a better person, but do not ask me to give up the parenthesis.
What I’m doing with my life
Since I work in video games, my friends think I play all day. If Excel and PowerPoint are games, then they're spot on. It keeps me super busy, but I love looking around and realizing that my job is basically to make sure that total strangers have as much fun as possible.
I’m really good at
Building campfires, driving a stick, grilling, forgetting things, making omelettes, beer-fueled opinionated arguments about trivialities, and other sundries.

I'm a pretty good improvisational cook. That is to say, I might not knock it our of the park if I'm the head chef at a dinner party for all your Westside foodie friends (though I can make a hollandaise without breaking it), but if you've got a few disparate ingredients or see something interesting and new at the farmers' market I can probably whip up something that'll be pretty darn tasty. But I can't bake. About the only baked good I can do is Rice Krispy treats.

Also, keeping perspective. At almost every job I've had, someone has at some point asked me how I'm always in a good mood, positive, don't let stuff get to me, etc. Not that I'm wearing a silly grin all the time, I just like to remember that when you add it all up, a lot of the things that some people get worked up about really are pretty trivial.
The first things people usually notice about me
The first thing is probably my height and birthmark. I used to be super insecure about the birthmark as a kid, but I think overall it's helped me develop a balanced view of other people and myself. Took me a while to figure it out, but it was nice when I realized that people who are generally cool don't really care. :)

Oh - and I've been told more than once that I look "like if the guys from Mythbusters had a kid together." Which I'm OK with.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Firefly/serenity, This American Life, Shakespeare, Freakonomics, Grosse Pointe Blank, anything by Brian Greene, The Hunt for Red October, LA Confidential, Shawshank Redemption, As Good as it Gets, Hayao Miyazaki, Pixar...

I've been reading a lot of non-fiction lately. I dig a good novel as much as the next guy, but I've been on a kick to learn the stuff I always new about, but never really understood.

Foodwise I'm as happy at a taco truck as at 5-star restaurant. I love Indian, Thai, burgers, pizza, haute cuisine, bas cuisine, seafood, land food, but not air food... Good food is less about the type of food and more about great ingredients and technique.
Six things I could never do without
A good chef's knife
A walkable neighborhood
Challenging conversation
Reading material
Comfy shoes
Someone to point out when I'm acting like a goober. Or who gets a kick out of my gooberness.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How the fact that we're basically meant to be wandering in bands of a couple dozen across the savannah, hunting and gathering, shapes the way we act in modern life. How to plan my next out of town getaway. How to answer this question. Politics, science, religion, society, etc. The usual.

Also, the next project I need to undertake on my motorcycle. I recently bought a used one that was kinda beat up, and it's actually been a hoot getting the ol' gal up and running again.
On a typical Friday night I am
Fridays are kind of a wild card for me. I might end up catching up at work or chilling at home recovering from the week. I might be meeting friends for dinner and drinks. Whatever it is, it's what would be the most restorative for me at that particular time, as it's probably the first real "me time" I've had in days, so I'm gonna make it count.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Sometimes when I'm working late the office cleaning lady laughs when she catches me airdrumming.

I think my cat thinks he's better than me, but just acts like he's cool with me being around 'cause he can't get his food tins open without opposable thumbs.
You should message me if
I won't be replying to messages. Thanks for the thought, but I'm happily with someone now. This is just up because a friend asked me to show them something. Best of luck to you out there!

something here caught your eye and you're interested in a chat. You dig more on the endearingly nerdy than the smooth operator type. You know when people are not using the word "literally" correctly, but are classy enough not to point it out to them. You're just as happy in a swanky cocktail joint as roasting marshmallows in the woods. You're an old soul. Bonus points to beer lovers.
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