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My self-summary
To borrow a line from High Fidelity, “It’s about what you like, not what you are like”. A lot of exposition about myself won't convey as much as two minutes of in-person interaction, anyway. So: constant education, and the infinite stream of answers called the internet. The natural sciences, history, psychology, economics, math. A great pair of headphones, and those rare, 3-5 songs you find per year that are everything. A hellacious workout. People using excellent grammar. Telling a story, getting a laugh. Sriracha on almost everything. Beer. Rye whiskey. Puzzles and riddles. Reading people and their body language. Tailored clothing. Cold clementines. A hot tub in the freezing mountain air after a day of skiing. The diversity of life.

Also, I would describe my karaoke skills as "hetero B+".
What I’m doing with my life
I'm an emergency room doc. It's a tiny bit like ER, a lot like Scrubs, and absolutely nothing like Grey's Anatomy.

Spent the last two months traveling after leaving my last job. Thailand to train Muay Thai, hiking around Yellowstone and Grand Teton, WY, and an agenda-less week in Lisbon.
I’m really good at
The critical, life-or-death part of my job that only constitutes about 5% of my day.

Improvising. Learning languages (Russian at the moment) and accents. I'm a good writer, but want to be something more than casually "good".

I'm good at Muay Thai, and have had a couple of very amateur bouts. Pretty decent skier and table tennis player. I enjoy hiking and am always looking for new hikes. I also regularly do many things I'm not naturally gifted at, like running and yoga.
The first things people usually notice about me
It's different every time.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
This Key & Peele skit: https://youtu.be/4k-Dd71CqnM

Westworld, Master of None, GoT, Narcos, Quarry. Just finished Rome, which was phenomenal.

Eternal Sunshine, Before Sunset, Whiplash, Silver Linings Playbook, Let the Right One In, Godfather Pt 1, Pulp Fiction, The Thing, 28 Days Later, Primer, The Descent.

Built to Spill, The Dears, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Andrew Bird, Arcade Fire, Sigur Ros, Rolling Stones, Oasis, RHCP, Zeppelin, Explosions in the Sky, Sea Wolf, Portishead, Phantogram, Sufjan Stevens, Mr Little Jeans.

Currently reading: Guns, Germs & Steel, Triumph of the City, Seveneves, the Kissinger biography by Niall Ferguson. Recently finished: Modern Romance, The Life We Bury.

A number of podcasts. Hardcore History is one of the most rewarding things I've ever listened to. Freakonomics, Planet Money, TAL are all good.
Six things I could never do without
See above, way more than six.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The human microbiome. Writing a story that a million people will want to read. People's body language. Subway behavior. Which sense would be the hardest to live without (smell is the dark horse candidate). How we're living in the golden age of opening credits for TV shows.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I don't feel that privately about my life, so nothing specific comes to mind, but you may ask away without reservation.
You should message me if
you want to teach me something or learn something yourself.

you'd like to have a wide-ranging conversation over a satisfying beverage.

you have a unique talent or parlor trick and want to shamelessly show off to a willing audience.
The two of us