You’ll soon learn that I’m fairly bifurcated, no wait, that sounds too close to bi-polar. The point is, I’ve got two sides to me. I appreciate laughter with folks I’ve just met and very much revel in moments of silence as well as. So, let’s talk about former first.
This side of me is the outdoorsy side that likes to go skiing (I’m terrible at snowboarding, but I’d be happy to fall with you down a hill if you’re interested), running, basketball, backpacking, hiking, and I’m just getting into swimming. This side of me can become quite dedicated and I’ve been known to heavily commit to something when I’m invested in it (this sentence alludes to the fact that I am dateable and it has the added benefit of being true too).
No one in my ordinary life would know, as I don’t often talk about it, but I really love kids. I was an assistant coach for a little league team in the past. While I wouldn’t strictly say that my kids, 7 and 8 years old, were quite “playing baseball,” I had a great time teaching them. I’ve just signed up for the big brother program and I'm currently waiting to be matched. I couldn’t be more excited.
Shamefully, this side has led me to attempt to eat a t-shirt for $23 because I was broke, you should ask about this as it comes off strange when I share it on the Internet. I considered this to be a “moment of growth” in my life where I learned some practical lessons:
• Most blenders don’t support t-shirts (I should have upgraded http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdEVTqINi0s)
• Tapatio improves the taste of a t-shirt by about 2-3%
• Steak knives aren’t intended to be used on clothing
I promise not to convey this part as a Big Brother, as I think I’m contractually and ethically obligated not to do so.
Introverted Ned (or iNed if you will, which is not approved by Apple’s lawyers):
This is the part of myself that I embrace most. I value time alone to reflect, to read, and to listen to music. I dedicate myself to the things I do pretty deeply and, as a software engineer, I’m often “doing computer” on my own time as well as for a living.
Here I go, in order for your convenience:
Food: I lied about the order, but just for food because it is so good. I’m mostly a meat guy, but veggies are an important ingredient to a healthy lifestyle.
Books: My favorite book is Catch-22. I’m mostly nonfiction, but I’ve dabbled in fiction a la A Song of Ice and Fire last year. The most recent book I read was Moonwalking with Einstein (fantastic).
Movies: I enjoy Coen Brothers films, can’t get enough of Wes Andersen, and of course Tarantino.
Shows: The Wire, Arrested Development, Seinfeld, The Simpsons. I also really like 30 Rock, Archer (H. Jon Benjamin, Chris Parnell, Judy Greer -- how can you go wrong??)
Music: Music is tough as my selections make no sense as a whole. I have fierce love for specific songs but they tend to run the gamut of genres. My history on Rdio right now shows: Beck, Tanlines, MF Doom, Wu Tang, Jay-Z, Hall & Oates, Macklemore, Boston, TV On the Radio, The Smiths, Bruno Mars, Grand Funk Railroad, Warren G.
My kitty (I guess she's adolescent age now, so cat?)
Being outdoors (skiing, camping, golfing, you name it!)
Learning new things (really phoned that last one in)