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My self-summary
My favorite chore is doing the dishes, to answer a question this survey is plainly avoiding. I'll do anything to get out of laundry.

My favorite joke is one that Art Buchwald would tell about an experience in Paris. He's there walking around when a taxi driver lays into him with a slew of curses. Buchwald doesn't speak French, so he can only think to respond, "Oh je suis, suis je?"

This thing doesn't ask for favorite joke, either, but c'mon, these are crucial questions. I would say that two things worth knowing about me are that I like to be helpful and I always laugh the loudest.

The third, fourth, and fifth: I'm outgoing, eager, and content.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm focused on my career, yada yada, but also trying to take up the piano. I've got a good grip on the District, and I love my museums, bars, trails, gardens, galleries—my spots. I'm behind on some of the good restaurants, though.

I like camping and sports and kayaking but I also like minimalism and dancing and hard work. I can find as much fun and stimulation at home as I can abroad.

For work, I'm a journalist. I write about housing, art, architecture, and sometimes chili.
I’m really good at
I'm okay at playing musical instruments (but not piano). I'm warm and affectionate and loud (interpersonally, not musically) but I'm not sure that those are things you can be good at. I'm great at writing punny headlines, but we're not here to talk about work. I'm very good at making breakfast and building over-elaborate Halloween costumes.
The first things people usually notice about me
Enthusiastic hand gestures.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
How about some recents instead of favorites?

Dust by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Spacesuit by Nicholas de Monchaux, 2666 by Roberto Bolaño. Jessica Valenti's latest. I just picked up Paul Auster's 4321 and I own a copy of 1Q84 so I guess my favorite genre of fiction is four-digit figures.
—The movies I watch typically involve ghosts killing sexy teens or superheroes blowing stuff up. Sorry, film buffs! I will watch your favorite Kurosawa movie with you but I won't know it. (Maybe that's a good thing?)
The Americans, Game of Thrones, and The Bachelorette and mostly the part where I'm watching these with my friends.
—I recently made room for Carly Rae Jepsen's Emotion on the top shelf with Harry Nilsson, Joanna Newsom, Willie Nelson, Gang Starr, and Sonic Youth. Other favorites include Emotion: Side B.
—Now that I've listed a bunch of super-specific aesthetic interests, I don't think it's very important that couples share this stuff in common. Chemistry matters. As for stuff, you do you.
—Sure, food! I like food, cooking in and dining out.
The six things I could never do without
Things as in objects, right? I've got this very 70s bedside alarm clock that I adore. Also a lamp that a friend and I made in high school. I'd be lost without the map and compass apps on my phone but that's a terrible answer. My bike is my treasure.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Shapes and objects, housing and justice, tacos and Texas.
On a typical Friday night I am
Well this question makes me think about Friday Night Lights! And on any given Friday night, I'd be glad to be watching either high-school football or Explosions in the Sky. Chances are that I'm at a bar or on my bike. I'm not the best at unwinding, always, so I'm probably out.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Here's a recent one. My walk home from the Metro takes me by a high school and sometimes when I'm heading home from work the kids congregating outside make fun of me. Like typically horrible teenager "what are those??" kind of jabs because I dress like an accountant for work.

The other day a kid shouted "you voted for Trump" and I was like "Hello teens! TAKE IT BACK." I feel kind of bad about it. Kind of.
You should message me if
you want to hit up the opening at the embassy or try this shakshuka recipe or go dancing at that one place. You know, that one place.