The_11th-Hour
23 Arlington, United States
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My self-summary
I'm a 23-year-old punk rocker with a cute dog, an almost-broken guitar, and one hell of an overactive imagination. I'm extremely enthusiastic about words, and people who use them well; equally enthusiastic about music, art, and anyone who's passionate about anything. I'm also an aspiring actor and writer, and a nerd. I will probably throw some of my original music at you if you express interest. I have a habit of swearing casually, and though reasonably strong, I'm really, really skinny. Like, my-shoulderblades-are-technically-concealed-weapons status. A bewildering number of people (i.e. a few) have somehow found that attractive.

I have a functional addiction to meeting interesting people, and that's why I'm here: I want to get to know people who can help me enjoy life (especially if they're up for making music and art and getting drinks and doing fun geeky stuff). And possibly date/make out/have sex with them if attraction happens, but that's not by any means necessary for me to get to want to know someone. As long as I say, "wow, my life would be less awesome if I didn't know this person," that's all it takes. I am in a long-distance open relationship, but that's really only a dealbreaker if you're into absolutely strict monogamy, because it doesn't preclude me from having casual dating things going on with other people. My outlook is that whatever happens, happens; you just gotta be cool with the fact that my feelings for my girlfriend will generally take priority.

I'm straightforward to a fault and leave little unsaid. I try to encourage others to be the same. Also, I tend not to find too many people like this on here, but: I really, really don't like intolerance and closed-mindedness, especially homophobia and the shaming of people with mental illnesses. If either of those things somehow applies to you, just do us both a favor and get the fuck out. Do not pass Go; do not collect $200.

shit shit this is probably too long already

Uh. I've been told I sound more serious and intense here than I actually am in real life. Kind of a goofball, really. I will 100% act like a enormous dork around those I'm comfortable with.
What I’m doing with my life
-Honestly, sort of fuck-all at the moment. Just graduated fromUMass Amherst with a history degree and some psych credits, trying to figure out my next move. I've spent summers past waging the War on Tourism with Old Town Trolley and the Charles Riverboat Company in Boston.
-Deciding whether to go into academia or law, do something else that'd be less likely to be soul-wrenching, or saying fuck it all and trying to play music, act, or write seriously.
-Screwing up my sleep schedule constantly.
-Trying to find time to get back into rock climbing and paintball and other stuff I did when I was 16.
-Searching for something I enjoy doing that can help make the world a better place (cliches!) and fight the outrageous BS out there, besides calling the bastards out in the three-minute/three chord format.
I’m really good at
Friend: "You have the butt dialing skills of a god."
Me: "I'm not even sure how that happened. I'm not wearing pants."

Playing power chords and four-note guitar solos very fast and sloppily.
Acting.
Making words do the word thing. I was once described by a roommate as "one eloquent motherfucker" and besides the butt-dialing one that might be the best compliment I've ever recieved.
Coxing crew, though I had to quit the UMass team for lack of time.
I can tell you all about Boston and Cambridge because it was literally my job.

Also, writing songs about liberal politics, girls with peculiar names, anxiety, the city of Boston, and alcoholic ex-criminals with gambling debts getting whacked by their creditors and dumped in shitty rivers in upstate New York. Among other things.
The first things people usually notice about me
My terrifying and imposing figure. I'm somewhat below-average height for a guy and bony as fuck. This *used to be* a major issue for me, so I have serious respect for anyone dealing with body-image problems. (On that note, if you have a good short joke, please tell it to me because I love them. I swear I'm not being sarcastic. I'll tell you my favorite one if you ask.)

Also my extremely intense cheekbones, the fact that my face makes me look vaguely pissed off a lot even though I almost never am, and apparently the fact that I talk sort of casually and elaborately at the same time (casualaborately?) while swearing a lot.

"Why does your wardrobe seem to consist entirely of ratty Chucks, jeans with the cuffs all fucked up, and shirts with bands on them?"
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Music: Rock in most forms, punk rock above all. My perennial favorites are The Clash, Ramones, Green Day, Rancid, Social Distortion, and The Replacements (a band that sort of summarizes my personality—ask if you want to know what that actually means). The Offspring, Rise Against, Sex Pistols, The Hives, The Bouncing Souls, Dropkick Murphys, Talking Heads, blink-182, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Iron Maiden, The Decemberists, The Mountain Goats. Please message me if you like or have ever even heard of Dire Straits.

Books: science fiction and dystopia, alternate history, extremely entertaining Hunter S. Thompson-esque stories about crazy shit; Shakespeare! (Midsummer; Macbeth; Hamlet); Ender's Game and sequels (despite the author being an ultra-conservative, homophobic asshat), 1984, On The Beach, The Catcher in the Rye, Franny and Zooey, Animal Farm, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, A Clockwork Orange, Slaughterhouse-Five, On The Road, World War Z, Looking For Alaska. Right now I'm falling in love with John Updike's short stories and Marky Ramone's autobiography.

TV: The Wire, Fargo, Band of Brothers, The Pacific, 24, Rescue Me, Homicide: Life on the Street, Homeland, Family Guy, Futurama, Seinfeld.

For movies, I like Quentin Tarantino, the Coen Brothers, anything with Will Ferrell in it, historical war films, sic-fi stuff and the occasional pretentious avant-garde BS (Melancholia was weirdly enthralling even though I also kinda despised it).

I'll try pretty much any food at least once. Burritos, Italian, and seafood are favorites. Pasta goes with anything. Despite my best efforts, I'm pretty sure I've never reached 110 pounds.

Video games: Fallout, Just Cause, Far Cry, Bioshock, Civilization, Total War, Company of Heroes, SimCity, Call of Duty (the older the better)... and many more.

Webcomics: huge fan of xkcd and Questionable Content.
The six things I could never do without
Guitar and amp, books, friends I can trust, diabetes medication, sarcasm, Internet (maybe just Wikipedia).

Honorable mention: gin and tonics are easily my favorite drink and I'd be quite sad without 'em. There IS a story behind that.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Lyrics, free will, the lives of people I see randomly on the street or on trains, injustices and exploitation in the world, and—surprise surprise for a straight cis dude—gender (which is probably the result of having dated several bi/queer/not-totally-binary girls). I know saying "I think about everything" is another one of those awful OkCupid cliches, but it's legitimately true, and part of the reason I like talking to new people so much is that it keeps me from getting wrapped up in my own head.

Oh, and the novel or series of short stories I may eventually write about the fascinating experience of online dating. Seriously!
On a typical Friday night I am
At a local open mic night with a blind guy and a dog, playing acoustic-ified punk rock; gaming nights with friends; tipsy campfire singalongs; house parties; playing guitar or video games with my cat as audience.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I am not ashamed to admit that I first got into punk rock by way of Green Day. On that note, I'm pretty sure I'm straight but I might (definitely) have a tiny little man crush on Billie Joe Armstrong.

(Alright, if we're being all straightforward here, the *actual* most private things I'm willing to admit are probably sexual, but, you know, that might not be the best thing to talk about in what's giving you your first impression of me, so ask me if you actually want to know. For example, about the most horrifyingly awkward experience of my life.)
You should message me if
You read all that? Holy shit. A lot of it was written while sleep-deprived, slightly drunk, and/or overcaffeinated, but I guess it's pretty much me and if you got this far you might as well just pick something to talk about. Also, if you want to go to some local shows (music or theatre), help me find or create delicious low-sugar cocktails, introduce me to your favorite band or TV series, explore Boston/the Pinoneer Valley, or just talk to someone who's interested in everything and everyone.
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