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My self-summary
The self-summary. Describe yourself in a way that boils the entire sum of a human existence into something that would fit into a fortune cookie. Do it in such a way that attracts the folks you like and frightens off the ones you don't. Surreptitiously obfuscate your flaws while you're at it.

This is all by way of saying, I like to bitch about things but I hate cliches (In this case, the cliche in question is, "I hate writing self-summaries.) So I like to imagine that if I'm verbose enough, folk will find the narrative sufficiently entertaining to not notice that I'm sort of being a cranky asshole.

For personality traits above and beyond my constant attempts to paper over my inherent cynicism with a prodigious lexicon, I am deeply and seriously committed to my pragmatism and practicality. To the degree that it is sometimes mistaken for being cold-blooded. (I'm actually a big softy under it all, I just don't think mushy feelings are good excuse for doing things that are stupid in a practical sense.)
What I’m doing with my life
Whatever I damn well please. Or at least that's what I keep telling myself.

Professionally, I studied economics in college and loved it. Right at the moment, I'm working at a salt mine of an investment firm. It's not terribly exciting but it keeps the lights on.
I’m really good at
I know I'm supposed to show off what a crazy active super badass fellow I am here by talking about my rock-climbing-sky-diving-spelunking-filled weekends. The truth is, although I do enjoy the occasional "throw myself out of an airplane and call it a hobby" kind of things, most of the stuff I'm good at is not terribly relevant to dating. (Or particularly interesting to the layperson, which is why I'm sparing you the long list of things like "regression analysis.")

I imagine the most relevant things to this situation are honesty (often painfully so) and my ability to "improvise and overcome."
The first things people usually notice about me
I've never asked anyone that before and I lack telepathy, so it's hard to say for sure. Perhaps folk reading this will do me the kindness of telling me what they notice first.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
That seems like a lot to pack into one question. So a list rather than an essay.

Books: Atlas Shrugged, Catch-22, I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell, anything about politics or economics. Also a long-standing weakness for science fiction.

Movies: Don't watch very many. In fact, I cannot remember the last time I was in a movie theater. Not that I'm against it on principle or anything, just haven't had the urge to wander down to the theater for a while.

Shows: Daily Show/Colbert Report like clockwork, other than that, whatever I sporadically catch. Oh right, and I've probably seen every episode of the West Wing ... let's just say enough times to require two digits to measure. And Archer rules. I am continually dismayed by how often I say, "All I've had to eat today is gummy worms and some scotch" and no one gets it.

Music: Never paid much attention to music. Usually if I want some noise in the background I just tell Spotify to go nuts.

Food: Just about anything, although cheap frozen pizza is something of a comfort food/guilty pleasure for what that's worth.
Six things I could never do without
It's tempting to cheat and use the "oxygen, water, etc" answers but I suppose I'll have a go at answering this in the spirit it's intended.

1. Economics
2. Interwebs
3. Books
4. Girls
5. Coffee
6. Whiskey
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How to meet new girls. Why the devil else would I be putting myself through this tedious questionnaire?

How I'd love to find a way to monetize the skills I really enjoy.

Economics and politics (yes, I'm a huge nerd.)
On a typical Friday night I am
I dislike routine. So I don't have a "on Friday night, I do X." But as to the spirit of the question; the most common Friday night outcomes are: out for a drink with friends or quiet night in with movie/book/video game/whatever. Occasionally wandering in search of some sort of adventure.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
This is a trick question, if I admit it publicly, it's not actually a private thing is it? Still, spirit of the question and all. I merrily admit many things most folk would call private; I'm a big fan of the notion that feeling shame over a thing implicitly acknowledges submission to someone else's moral judgement. Which I don't like to do.
You should message me if
you'd like to meet me for the shared consumption of an adult beverage sometime.
The two of us