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My self-summary
Upon criticizing Chuck Palahanuik for relying too much on shock value, a friend stated that I was too judgmental [of literature]. I said that was my #2 personality trait. She retorted "#1 is obviously your charming wit, #2 is you are a giant BUTT. I think you have your new tagline for your [okcupid] profile."

I'm a "dirty hippy, without the dirt." Points if you catch the reference.

I love to play guitar, but I mostly play for myself. And sometimes for my friends, but only if they promise not to throw things at me. I rarely get to play for my friends. I also like to sing while I'm playing guitar, in part because I'm not very good at singing, so I can I just play my guitar louder to cover it up.

I was a Peace Corps volunteer from 2004 - 2006 in the Republic of Kiribati (don't worry, I'd never heard of it either). My assignment was Public Health and Community Development, and I wish that I could say I taught one quarter as much as I learned. Though it had its ups and downs, I really enjoyed my time as a volunteer and would ultimately love to do something similar for a living...though preferably I would get paid to do it.

I love Minneapolis with all my heart, though I need to get away often.
What I’m doing with my life
Trying to figure that out right now, honestly. Most recently I worked as a project manager in the tech sector, but I quit that job after 5 years back in May because the stress was affecting my friendships and my health. I've given myself the summer off, and am lucky to have saved enough money to make that feasible.

I enjoy recognizing the beauty of a moment. As humans, we tend to vocally recognize when something is shitty, but rarely when we are feeling good do we pull a Vonnegut and "exclaim or murmur or think at some point, 'If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.'"
I’m really good at
Making people feel good about themselves.

Being likeable.
The first things people usually notice about me
My propeller beanie. I wear it p much every day.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
My favorite band of all time is Pearl Jam, but as I get a little older I find myself trending toward a more raw, organic type of music. My current obsession is bluegrass and folk, with particular emphasis on The Avett Brothers, Mumford and Sons, and those down home Duluth thrash-grassers Trampled by Turtles.

I used to read a lot. I still read a lot, but I used to, too (RIP, Mitch Hedberg). Recent favorites include John Irving's "Last Night in Twisted River" (a welcome return to form), and George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series (at the risk of sounding like a hipster, I've been reading those books since the mid 90s). My favorite book of all time -- which is quite a statement -- is "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" by Michael Chabon.

I love Indian food, and though I haven't come close to perfecting the art I do enjoy cooking for groups of people. While I don't cook for just myself often enough, I am making it a point to do so more often.
Six things I could never do without
I've learned that you can do without a lot of things you think you can't, but to answer the SPIRIT of the question:

1. Books, including comic books. Hot, I know
2. My bike
3. The world wide supherhighway of information
4. Peanut butter
5. Meaningful social interaction
6. My friends, even if it does sound super cliche and boring.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What the world would look like if another animal had developed our wonderfully fatty brains and become the dominant species. What society would be like if our environment was significantly different, and how we would look different based upon our adaptations to that environment.

I also spend a lot of time thinking about social justice, politics, Time Lords, banjos and Batman.
On a typical Friday night I am
Are there typical Friday nights? I like to stay in and relax on Friday or go to small social gatherings. Saturdays are my nights to get crazy, if I feel like getting crazy.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I get more upset than I care to admit about the way that "quixotic" is pronounced in English.
You should message me if
This is the most romantic song you've ever heard:

The two of us