38Pittsburgh, United States
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My self-summary
A few notes to start:

If you're here because I visited your profile; Hi, I'm John. Yes, I saw your profile. Chances are, I read the whole damn thing, as is my habit. If you're interested in talking, I'm all for it.

I am a thirty-something Geek, Centrist, NPR fan, Reader amongst bits of arbitrary pigeonholing. Give me a flannel shirt and a PBR and I would look suspiciously hipster-ish, though oddly enough I have also been called a "Bro" on more than one occasion... Given my no pretenses admission of nerdiness, being called a bro is particularly confusing.

I'm a useful person to have around, this usefulness comes both in the form of useful tools carried and information. this is especially true in places I've had time to explore. I am also doggedly loyal to my friends, family and lovers.

I am also nigh allergic to dating site clichés. It's fine if you really do like to have fun (with Friends or without, though it is entirely redundant. If
You didn't enjoy it, it wouldn't be fun.) listen to music and in general think you are an easy going person, in fact, most people do all or most of those things; however it must be asked if it's really necessary to mention in a dating profile given said redundancy?
What I’m doing with my life
I am on a mental health break from Pitt. As it turns out, I was clinically depressed and didn't realize... I figured I should not be trying to prep for law school while I and my doctor putz with my brain chemistry. I hope to be back to classes soon, but until then, I hate to admit it, but I'm sort of at loose ends... I'm not a fan of being so sedentary so any distraction offered by interesting people will likely be gratefully accepted.
I’m really good at
That depends upon whom you ask. Yes, I know that's a cop-out, but, honestly I don't know. I know that I have a large vocabulary, so I guess I could say I am good at the word... Thing. I'm hell on wheels at Trivial Pursuit and Monopoly.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm tall, broad and often look irritated in public. It's not that I am actually irritated, but that's frequently what people think.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: "The Rookie"- Scott Sigler, The "Golden Age of the Solar Clipper" series- Nathan Lowell, "World War Z"- Max Brooks, "Starship Troopers"- Robert Heinlein and hundreds of others, not all of them in podcast form.

Movies: My taste in movies is generally pretty broad, but I am really picky about comedies.

Music: If you keep me away from the top 40, the bad hip-hop and the country, I'm sure I'll find something I can listen to. Though I have been re-acquainting myself with jazz lately.

Food: As long as there aren't peanuts (I'm mildly allergic...) I'm happy trying about anything. I've lately gotten into tapas, which has been an interesting experience.
Six things I could never do without
1) Useful tools: Like any other highly evolved great-ape, I am a dyed-in-the-wool tool user. I like having things on me to cover the needs of most daily situations.

2) The internet: I'm a bit of an information junkie. This condition has only gotten worse since I got an iPhone. I prefer to be able to look up information when I need it, so I will always have some sort of internet capable device on me.

3) Food: I know, it sounds cliché, but, Food or more precisely, good food makes me happy.

4) Something to keep my hands busy: Take that as innocently or as lasciviously as you like. I mean it in all of those fashions. The old saw about idle hands being the devil's playground is often true of me.

5) Bags: I know this will sound odd, but I like bags. I like having something on hand that I can carry stuff in and that contains all of the enormously useful crap I tend to lug around.

6) Sex: This should be totally unsurprising. Like other well adjusted, relatively decent men I have a sex drive. Unlike many other well adjusted, relatively decent men, I'm willing to openly admit it. This does not mean that I am only looking to get laid, nor does this mean that I am going to start messaging someone asking if I can pretty please have sex with them. You shouldn't have to put up with that bullshit and I couldn't imagine asking .
I spend a lot of time thinking about
If you want the honest answer: Sex and more sex and literature... Politics, current events, pop culture and sex.
On a typical Friday night I am
At a friend's house or something, or I could be home. Really, it all depends on the particular Friday.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I spent a long time being a not so great person. It's because I had a lot of growing up to do, and that immaturity had a lot of unintended repercussions. I am getting a lot better, but I guess you could say that I can still improve.
You should message me if
If you got all the way to the end of this profile and you don't have a perfectly good reason to break the ice, I really don't know what to tell you. It's not like I bite. (Unless it's requested...)
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