32Madison, United States
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My self-summary
I'm a pretty mellow, quiet guy who's originally from the East Coast (Philly). I'm a scientist by training but also have a creative streak. Fantasy and sci-fi are my go-to genres for literature, movies, and video games; this would make some people label me a nerd which is probably accurate.

Some other possibly interesting factoids .... I enjoy skiing but am not so good at it; I spend more time lying on the ground figuring out how to escape the snow drift I just crashed into than actually skiing. Running (in decent weather) and lifting are common pastimes; I'd love to be able to squat over 225 lbs but am scared to death of destroying my back and knees. I take my coffee black.
What I’m doing with my life
Still getting acclimated to a pretty drastic career change into healthcare IT. I'm trying to focus more on fitness (running, going to the gym, etc) lately. And eating fewer frozen burritos on weeknights.
I’m really good at
- Making pretzels
- Being a good listener
- Troubleshooting computer hardware/software
The first things people usually notice about me
Broad shoulders, thunder calves, an irrational fear of escalators.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
- Harry Potter - these are just awesome stories highlighting how interesting life could be if we were not mere muggles
- NYT columns (as time permits)

I haven't had much time for pleasure reading lately; I would do so if I did have the time.

- Back to the Future (all three but the first one is the best of the bunch)
- Terminator 2: Judgement Day
- The Prestige - the nuances and twists in this tale of bitter rivalry between two magicians are really great

TV shows
- Frasier - I like this show for its writing and characters. I wish I was as cultured and witty as Frasier (but hopefully not as pretentious).
- Modern Family
- The Big Bang Theory
- Lot's of sci-fi series, especially Star Trek (all of 'em!) or Stargate SG-1.
- LOST - This is one of the few shows I have ever binged on having first started watching during ~season 3. Riveting plot(s) and great character development (even if the last season jumped the shark...).

- I'm a big fan of Billy Joel and all his various styles.
- When feeling a bit sad or needing to calm down a bit, Over the Rainbow/It's a Wonderful World is just great.
- Recently some of Sara Bareilles's work has been particularly inspiring.
- I'm also a big sucker for many film soundtracks and broadway musical scores.

I happily devour almost everything, but a few favorites:
- Sushi!
- All styles of pasta - pesto tortellini is particularly scrumptious.
- Major sweet tooth - I can never resist desserts (chocolate ones in particular) when eating at a nice restaurant.
Six things I could never do without
- Warm flannel sheets fresh out of the dryer in the cold of winter
- Yards Love Stout (local Philly craft beer)
- Family and friends
- Sense of curiosity
- Spaghetti (for nights when cooking is just not happening)
- Stovetop drip pans (see #5)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
- How to organize and tag digital photos
- What style of pizza I want to make for dinner.
On a typical Friday night I am
Perhaps a hot shower, followed by unwinding with friends by playing cards or boardgames and sipping a lovely stout. Sometimes these will turn into drinking games in which case "sipping" and "stout" are not good descriptors.
I also love going out and eating massive quantities of sushi, though that is not quite a typical Friday night; staying in to recharge is also common.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have nearly zero manual dexterity and routinely spill beverages all over myself even when totally sober.
You should message me if
If you pass the Turing Test, and you feel binging on sushi at a local sushi bar or taking walk around Picnic Point are equally tantalizing date ideas.
The two of us