32 Portland, United States
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My self-summary
"I'm tired of meeting women at the bar. You girls at the bar are meeting 'two-drink-me.' Two drink me loves to dance, and knows a magic trick. Zero drink me loves biographies and has serious opinions about wildlife. Five drink me enjoys dancing with wildlife."
- Mike Birbiglia, accurately describing early thirties dating for men
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a former chef turned software engineer. It's easier on my knees, checking account, and sanity.

I also volunteer one morning a week, cooking breakfast for homeless and less fortunate youth.
I’m really good at
Washing dishes (really). Configuring a web server. Starting books but never finishing them.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm tall, easy-going, and sometimes will talk endlessly about something I'm interested in.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
As far as music is concerned, I go through phases. Some days I like old blues and motown: B.B. King, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Muddy Waters. Other days I'm in the mood for metal: Opeth, At the Gates, Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage. Some artists/bands I can always listen to: James Taylor, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Jackson Browne, Van Morrison, Phil Collins, Fleetwood Mac, Hall & Oats and more.

I spent a lot of time in school reading books on philosophy and political theory. These texts helped shape the way I view and understand the world today, but I read a lot less now than should.

Do you like TV? Me too! Ask me what shows/movies I like, or tell me about what you're watching. I would prefer that over composing a mental Venn diagram of both of our endless lists of shows we watched once/liked. I will say however, my all-time favorite show, without question, is Psych. If you like Psych, we're probably soulmates.
The six things I could never do without
Family and friends are an obvious choice.
As much as I hate to say it: My PC and cell phone
A *sharp* chef's knife
Something else random and ironic that I could absolutely live without but sounds funny.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What I'm going to cook next. Where will my next adventure be?
On a typical Friday night I am
I like to go out with friends or co-workers for happy hour. In the winter I tend to stay in more often, watching movies, playing board games, etc.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have a great sense of humor but I'm terrible at telling jokes.
You should message me if
You don't have quotes like "Work hard, play hard" or "If you can't handle me at my worst, you don't deserve me at my best." or any variations of this kind. If I can't handle you at your worst, maybe you should stop being so awful.

I'm a pretty basic dude. I can't believe this has become a thing on the internet that people make fun of. If you're looking for someone who will surprise you every single day, I am sorry to say that's probably not me. If on the other hand, you're interested in someone who's nice, tolerant, ambitious, family-oriented, etc. - please message me!