43Seattle, United States
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My self-summary
Like most people, I'm constantly evolving, trying out new aspects of my personality as needed and wanted, trying to keep the things that work and ditching those that don't. Like almost everyone else, I'm partially successful at it.

I like to keep a sense of humor about most things at all times, yet keep that serious edge as needed (say, at a funeral. Though, I'd like for there to be morbid jokes at my own funeral, since the thought of a bunch of people I care about being depressed over me, well, makes me sad.) I'd also like to not turn into that guy that needs to be funny all the time. Tactically funny, that's me.

Currently, I'm more focused on being a group moderate in all endeavors, whether it be politics (I both disagree and agree with both candidates. Yes, it is possible!) or ordering a pizza (I'm perfectly willing to take 5 minutes of my time to pick shrooms off my pizza if it makes the group happy. Really, no biggie.) I tend to be happiest when the people around me are living in harmony with each other, so that tends to be my goal in social situations: make sure everyone is involved and getting along. For some reason, this is harder than it sounds.

I've been called a nerd by my friends who are really into sports. I've been called a jock by my friends who are really into nerdy things. I don't like to be put into any easily identifiable group, since I haven't found one label that I'd use to describe me.

I'm polite to service industry workers, and pretty much everyone else, even telemarketers, but I'm not easily swayed by sales people (is anyone?) I don't believe in ghosts, think God is a kindly old man who is busy with his own stuff but helps out occasionally when he has the time, and I'm a die hard fan of the Packers. Not Brett Favre, the Packers.

I'm the friend who goes to your play, even though you've got one line. I'll be lame to cheer you up when you're sad, and I'll laugh along when you're not. I'll call you on your BS when it's actually BS, but I'll keep my mouth shut when you really, really need someone to agree with you, even if it's only for a week until you come to your senses.

I am sometimes snide, usually snarky, and a little bit nice
What I’m doing with my life
I'm the one lone employee of a small company that makes coffee grinders. So my job can involve anything from tech support, proof reading, editing, web design, heavy lifting, getting coffee powder blown into my eyes, dealing with people who have been involuntarily decaffeinated, and PR. But I get to wear jeans and an old T-Shirt to work, so it's all good.

I also coach, coordinate, and fence saber. The only person I've ever 'stabbed' is actually myself, but people still pay me to teach their kids. Go figure.
I’m really good at
Getting along with a large variety of people, and having them all think that I agree with their viewpoints, even though I might have said something to the effect that I don't. It's a weird talent that I hope to see in an X-Man some day.
The first things people usually notice about me
I look like a distant relative or an in-law. Yes, I look like 40% of all males.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: I'm a history buff, though I've also been getting into sociology a bit. The Big Sort by Bill Bishop is fascinating reading. For fun, I generally prefer great characters or great plot over genre, though I'm a sucker for anything Sci-fi with interesting ideas on what life will be like in 1000 years.

Movies: Last Night, Fight Club, Sideways, Shaun of the Dead, Kung Pow: Enter the Fist, Memento, About a Boy. Like books, I tend to like quality over genre.

Music: Stars, Tegan and Sara, Jem, Dido, Interpol, Band of Horses, BNL, Guster, Alanis. I usually go to Pandora.com at set it to Stars and am a happy camper the rest of the day.

Food: Pancakes and anything breakfasty. The only thing I don't really like is the evil, evil avacado, which makes me violently ill when I eat it.
Six things I could never do without
Something to read, an opposing position, my right arm, a sense of humor, sleep, and an empty space to fill with a necessity of the moment.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Whatever I'm reading or what I need to do next. I'd love to say I sit around and meditate on the world, but unless I'm talking to someone about it or reading/listening to news I'm usually thinking of happier things.
On a typical Friday night I am
Fencing, hanging out with friends, desperately looking forward to catching up on sleep, or out causing a very quiet ruckus.
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