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My self-summary
Lookin' for that serotonin overflow.

New England native, Tennessee educated, now a Ph.D. candidate at UW. I’m usually playing rugby when I’m not reading and translating ancient stuff. I love language, words, and quick wit.

I love sharing. October. Food. Stories. Time. Pictures. Milkshakes. And dogs.
What I’m doing with my life
I specialize in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. I love being in the classroom. I might also go dig in the dirt and find the Ark of the Covenant. I'm like Indiana Jones. Except real. And better at defeating Nazis. I publish. I travel. I photograph ancient things. I geek out.
I’m really good at
Rugby. And music. Definitely music. I'm like Mozart but less dead. And less genius. Also a handful of slow cooker meals.

I did see Mozart's birthplace recently. This doesn't make me better at anything--but it's a fun fact.

I have better words than Trump.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm outgoing at times while often reserved as well. Is that equivocating enough? To be fair, I'm mostly outgoing with bouts of introversion. I enjoy being with groups of friends, but will often prefer time spent alone or with a single close friend. I deeply enjoy learning about the people around me, hearing about the things they're interested in, etc.

I love investing in people. I get excited when other people get excited about things. I wanna know what people care about.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Classic literature is the best literature. I love poetry -- Wordsworth. Whitman.

Tolkien, the poetry of Wordsworth, I prefer more classic literature. Reading is more than decoding some semiotic system--truly, even in one's own, native tongue, reading is an act of translation. Of converting words to thoughts, images, ideas, etc. It is this endeavor that I find quite appealing.

Movies: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Dead Poets Society, The Shawshank Redemption, 500 Days of Summer, basically anything Marvel puts out, Blackfish, How to Train Your Dragon [1 & 2]. I will probably ask you what your top 5 favorite movies of all time are.

Shows: Game. Of. Thrones. Stranger Things is a new recent favorite. If you think the LOST finale was good then we will have something to debate.

Music: Largely depends on my mood. I love acoustic stuff--Damien Rice, Coldplay, Mayer, DMB, Mumford, etc.

I have a sweet tooth and wish I didn't. Just hand over the chocolate already.
The six things I could never do without
Boston Sports (read: identity)
Long sleeves
Bow ties
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Whether there is an appropriate agglutinative German word for whatever particular brand of ennui I happen to be experiencing as a function of writing a dissertation.

Why I don't ever have enough shelf space for my books. Every time I get a new bookshelf, I'm out of shelf space again. It's a nice problem to have, but makes it difficult to keep my apartment clean.


How I become increasingly convinced that I was born either a few years too early or a few years too late.

Honesty and forthrightness and whether those qualities maintain value in dating contexts anymore.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I got paid $100 by a gay guy to streak 100 meters. I have no shame.

Also my dog is a dog model.
You should message me if
If you love dogs.

Definitely if you're into honesty. If you're into communication and grace. And if you want to have all kinds of awesome adventures and good conversation.