ZakAttakk
35Manhattan, United States
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My self-summary
I was born in NYC, raised in the suburbs, and have now been back in the city for 11 years (!!!). I like to think I’m a “real” New Yorker even though all my formative years were spent in a small town. (If you’re a true city native I’m sure your eyes just rolled.)

I have a sense of humor that can't seem to be truthfully translated into a text box. Perhaps this is because my humor stems from knowing my friends well on a personal level. People seem to like me because I know how to gently make fun of them. (OK, sometimes it's not so gentle.)

Below are some things I like.

Music - I love oldies music. My favorite genres are classic soul, classic R&B, classic country, classic rock, and classic pop.
Following politics - I grew up watching Washington Week in Review on Friday nights with my parents.
Camping, hiking, skiing, and being outdoors - Very few things beat popping open a bottle of red wine at the summit of a mountain.
Running & swimming - I exercise a couple times a week. It would be nice to meet someone that I could play other sports with.
Photography - ...more recently, videography.
Piano - I'm on-and-off with the practicing these days. I like to learn easy, singalong song. Chords instead of site reading (it's much easier.)
Food and Drink - My motto: Eat classy and drink trashy.
What I’m doing with my life
I am a technology teacher/integrator at a progressive, private elementary school in Chelsea. I teach PreK to 5th grade, as well as support general technology integration in classrooms. Basically, I work to enhance learning using animation, Scratch programming, digital drawing, video editing, Lego robotics, green screens, 3D design/printing, and many other forms of technology. It's a new and exciting field, and I love it.

I also taught elementary math in the Bronx for two and a half years. As a consequence, I wrote and self-published a math lesson book called "Math Art" (www.mathactivities.net). I've sold over 5,100 copies.

My current side-project is to program (using JavaScript, PHP, and SQL) an educational, politics-themed web-game. If you have programming skills, hit me up!
I’m really good at
explaining things, cleaning my apartment on the weekends and then not maintaining it during the week, making playlists with mostly oldies music, writing, digital photography, being the host with most
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
As an English major in college: Coetzee, Greene, Forester, Hemingway, Dostoevsky, and Shakespeare. More recently: I'm getting back into reading for pleasure now that I'm truly done with school. These days, I prefer non-fiction. Recently finished the Steve Jobs autobiography and now reading Malcolm Gladwell's Blink.

Movies: Don’t Look Back, The War Room, Annie Hall, Clueless, The Silence of The Lambs, Rear Window, On The Waterfront, Grizzly Man, Sideways, Easy Rider, The Squid and the Whale, A Fish Called Wanda, Shane, Goodfellas, Knocked Up, Unfaithful, Glory

Our Parents' Music: Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Supremes, Smokey Robinson, Doris Troy, Mary Wells, Muddy Waters, Dusty Springfield, Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, Chuck Berry, Gram Parsons, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Traveling Wilburys, Hank Williams, Roy Orbison, Bobby Darin, Carole King, Steve Earle, Fats Domino, Johnny Cash, Jimmy Cliff, Sam Cooke

Food: Everything. From vegetarian to steak. Seafood is my favorite.

TV: I can't stand TV dramas. Mostly watch political comedy and PBS news shows... HIMYM and New Girl were also great.
Six things I could never do without
the Internet, sunny days, an unlimited MetroCard, beer, friends/family, music
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The End of the World!!
On a typical Friday night I am
Having people over, visiting friends, watching a movie, hanging at a dive bar, catching up on my political shows, eating delicious food, or none of the above.
You should message me if
I've narrowed what I want down to three things: physical attraction, kindness, and the ability to have fun with each other's friends. (There is a lot folded into that last one... cue the Spice Girls song!)
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