I'm a pretty laid-back California guy and really appreciate the friendly Chicago culture - as well as all the sports, food, and arts the city has to offer. And I'm pretty obsessed with public transporation after spending way too many hours sitting in traffic on California freeways. All in all, really enjoying being in Chicago, even when there is a dash in front of the temperature - which I hear means that it's negative degrees outside? That does not compute.
Think everything else important should be in the questions below - hopefully I did a decent job with my first shot at putting together a profile and you don't get too bored by the end. Pretty sure I'm more interesting in real life than when I write about myself, so don't hold anything below against me.
Professionally, I finished grad school with a dual degree (MBA and MA in Education with a focus on urban school system reform) right before moving to Chicago. I've spent the last 2+ years working in corporate America as a management consultant - probably the vaguest job description somebody can have. While I enjoy helping companies solve their problems, I'm always considering other options, including moving into the world of education reform, which is one of my many passions.
Personally, I'm constantly working on defining my life priorities and seeking happiness. The balance between work and life is important to me even though my job can be pretty demanding, so I'm always trying to keep my mind on my priorities and enjoy the journey I'm on.
I'm a pretty confident person in everyday life but am not very good at writing about it. Will get back to you on this...
I'm definitely not perfect at it, but am always trying to get better at being in the moment.
Books - Mostly read fiction to help feed my creative side but will throw in some non-fiction here and there. Been reading a lot of Dave Eggers lately (Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, What is the What, other short stories). Little Bea by Chris Cleave and History of Love by Nicole Kraus are also recent favorites.
Movies - Big Lebowski will always be my all time favorite but Field of Dreams and Bull Durham have a soft spot from my childhood. These days I don't see as many movies as I would like to, so tend to focus on the ones getting the "buzz."
Shows - don't watch much TV, SportsCenter, Daily Show, and Colbert Report are my most regular programming. Try and keep up with Modern Family, Parks and Rec, the Office and Community and have a list of shows I want to catch up on (The Wire, Breaking Bad, and Sons of Anarchy included). I'm hesitant to get attached to a show after Arrested Development was cancelled and broke my heart.
Music - Enjoy everything from older country (my family's influence) to singer / songwriter. Current rotation is heavily focused on Mumford and Sons, Avett Brothers, and Fleet Foxes.
Food - I love food of all types. And I mean, I love food - a good meal with good people is about as good as it gets. Especially if it's accompanied by good wine and followed by good scotch. There are only a couple things I don't like (mushrooms - which I'm trying to get over, raisins, and black licorice) and I love every type out there. And even though I love the Chicago culinary scene, I do have a soft spot for Taco Bell since I worked there for 2 years in high school.
2) My friends and family that help make my life joyful
3) Sports, especially Dodger baseball
4) Spirited but respectful debate about things that matter (and someimes things that don't)
5) Some outlet for my creative side to distract me from my every day job
6) Travel to new places to experience new people and cultures