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My self-summary
Hey there! Nice I'm the life of the party. How did you wind up here? The answer is simple: destiny. High profile destiny.

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. Food. Stories. Time. Pictures. Milkshakes.

I also have a crazy golden retriever who will melt your heart. He likes sharing, too. Especially if you're willing to play tug of war with him or throw a ball. Or give him treats. He loves treats.
What I’m doing with my life
I specialize in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Put me in a classroom and I just might blow your mind. I might also go dig in the dirt and find the Ark of the Covenant. I'm Indiana Jones. Except real. And better at defeating Nazis. I'm also writing a book (read: dissertation)...which is proving to be a rather daunting task and I feel like I have no idea what I'm doing.
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.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm outgoing at times while often reserved as well. 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. People's stories intrigue me.

I'm intense.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: S. << If you haven't heard of it--go get a copy! Right meow!!

Tolkien, the poetry of Wordsworth, I prefer more classic literature. Reading is more than decoding a semiotic system having been previously mastered--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]

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.
The six things I could never do without
Boston Sports (read: identity)
Long sleeves
Bow ties

Coffee should probably be on here. And my Chemex...but those things go together. My slow cooker. Oh, and my goofy, goofy dog.
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.

Also how I can come to enjoy scotch in a more refined manner.
On a typical Friday night I am
Often with rugby teammates. Or staying in with Odin. I want to get back into camping again--so maybe I can spend more Friday nights outdoors.
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.
You should message me if
If your words and actions comport with one another.

If you have integrity.

If you love dogs and would like to have a puppy play date...or, more simply, if you'd just like to meet Odin, The Alföðr.

Or if you can introduce me to a sloth. I'd like to meet a sloth. And I'd like to road trip to Mount Rushmore. This is a new goal and having a friend along would make it all the better.

Definitely if you're into honesty. If you're not into playing games. And if you want to have all kinds of awesome adventures and good conversation.