39New Haven, United States
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My self-summary
UPDATE....UPDATE....I just said yes to a job offer in New Haven, so I'l be on the move within the next month, meaning a) I should probably change my screen name, and, b) find a place to live...........

(New update - not changing screen name (I don't feel like I should ever be an A-list member of anything) - and I'm now in New Haven, so show me around.)

I've always thought of myself as a dreamer, an optimist and the kind of person who goes after what he wants. Things that I am not: a quitter, a wallflower, disloyal. What I am is patient. Tolerant. Committed to my family and my close friends. I can make you empanadas from scratch. Chances are I can also make you laugh. A lot.
What I’m doing with my life
I've been working as a reporter for an urban Massachusetts daily newspaper for more than two years. It's a career I picked following a brief stint in politics. I'm a New Englander at heart and Washington, DC, just wasn't home. I had a soulless job working on Capitol Hill. I decided I wanted to be the one asking the questions, instead of the one shielding my bosses from the press with BS answers. It was 2007, the bottom was about to fall out of the print news industry. That was the year I decided to move to Boston, pursue a masters in journalism and find work as a reporter. Let's just say it wasn't easy.
I’m really good at
I mentioned the empanadas and the part about humor. I didn't mention the fact that I refuse to own a GPS, and that I can draw a map of the United States' eastern seaboard freehand on a napkin from memory. I don't know if this and when this skill will ever pay off. But it is a pretty cool bar trick. I guess you could also say I'm really good at skiing. I taught for a winter in Colorado, and often wonder why I ever decided to leave (thinking it was that whole "wow education is expensive" guilt thing).
The first things people usually notice about me
I look a lot younger than I actually am - a bummer whilst I was 20, not bad now...
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
This is where I get eclectic. My favorite movies consist of pretty much anything from the 1970s. The list could go on for miles, but the cliche is true - they just don't make 'em like that anymore.

As for books, when I'm not buried in a newspaper, I'm usually reading non-fiction. I love a good biography, but I think the best ones are written by people who are not ghost-writing them in conjunction with their subject. Autobiographies are great, but they can leave a lot out. That's why I would have loved it if someone could have filled out all these sections for me.
Six things I could never do without
Let's leave out the non-literal/material things like love, family, friends, etc. etc. There's too many to list that none of us could do without. Here's my non-figurative list:
Manual transmissions
Good coffee (I don't put DD's in that category, sorry)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Where birds go during hurricanes.
On a typical Friday night I am
If I'm not on my couch recovering from the work week, I might be driving to CT/RI to visit my nephew, or playing pick-up hockey, or just walking around the city with the dog.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I once ate a worm in elementary school, on a dare.
You should message me if've got spunk, personality and spontaneity.
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