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My self-summary
Howdy! Just your average guy from deep East Texas who lives in Mt Pleasant, DC, doesn't own a car and runs his own business.

Professionally, I do political and nonprofit advocacy on the interwebs, and I write about it for a couple of publications. But who wants to talk about work? More interesting: I'm lucky enough to have a diverse (and slightly odd) set of friends: political organizers, scientists, musicians, entrepreneurs (some legit, some shady), bartenders, artists, self-starters, easy-livers, ne'er-do-wells...even a few lawyers. Growing up, I didn't travel much, but that's changing -- I try to get new stamps in the passport every year (Armenia and Romania in 2013), but nothing so far this year, dammit. I'm endlessly curious, and I love to talk with people who know about things I don't. It's taken me a long time to realize that I'm happy when I'm creating things, but now I know. I'm also a complete and total science nerd.

Who are you? Probably, a complete surprise -- that's half the fun, right? But I bet you'll blow me away, every time I see you.
What I’m doing with my life
Running amok, building a consulting business, writing like my life depends on it, obsessing over/playing music (bass in a rock and roll band, whenever the other guys can get away from children and similar adult responsibilities), seeing art when I can get off my butt and go, paying the mortgage.
I’m really good at
Off-the-cuff humor. Turning chance encounters into long-term connections. Speaking in public. Staying up late. Crashing a mountain bike and bouncing away uninjured (mostly). Noticing when you change your hair. Enjoying the moment. Working on: not making stupid mistakes (a tough one), writing (getting there), playing music (ask me again in 20 years). Will probably never be good at: living without clutter.
The first things people usually notice about me
I tend to make an impression when I enter a room, sometimes even the intended one. I smile a lot, I make jokes, I'm fun as hell to talk with, I have a lot of energy. I'm usually a tad noisier than the average bear. I know about more random, useless things than is entirely helpful. It was once posted on Facebook that I'm the best time you'll have on a Wednesday night.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Aesthetically, I love both extremes and balance (contradictions, too). Movies: The Big Sleep, Dazed and Confused, Airplane, Dr. Strangelove, Casablanca, Pulp Fiction, The Wild Bunch, Empire Strikes Back (the original, not the "special edition"), Koyaanisquatsi, Bond flicks (even the bad ones), many many more. Music: Led Zeppelin, James Brown, Beastie Boys, Rancid/Op Ivy, Sex Pistols, Black Sabbath, Nirvana, Bach, Beethoven, Carmina Burana, Tribe Called Quest/De La Soul (missed 'em at the time; catching up lately), a well-built pop tune (kind of obsessed with "You Shook Me All Night Long" right now...the perfect pop/rock song?). Food: pizza! And brunch. Just brunch in general. Art: gallery or graffiti, if it's edgy, challenging or downright creative, I dig it. Books? The internet destroyed my attention span, but I crave good writing.
The six things I could never do without
The soft sunlight of late afternoon, coffee, wikipedia, people to meet, a neighborhood dive to hang out in, a gym
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How things work: music, movies, people, art, cities, technologies, cultures. What makes 'em tick? Also: brunch. Plus: how one stupid cat can produce so damn much fur.
On a typical Friday night I am
Either: going to a party, meeting friends at a bar, going to see a band, running around the neighborhood. Or: chillin' at the house.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I own DVDs that contain nothing but videos of rockets and spacecraft being launched. Did I mention the part about being a science nerd?
You should message me if
You think we'd have fun, too.