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My self-summary
I'm a Progressive, a sports nut (go New Jersey Devils, Mets, New York Giants, and Bulls!), and a loyal friend. I tend to get awkward and blush whenever I try to talk to a woman I like. I kind of like intellectual arguments, and might engage in them a little too often. I recite lines from movies and television as a part of conversation incessantly. I'm constantly trying to find ways to laugh at what I'm doing, or at what is happening around me. I work in politics, fighting the man, etc. I'm a Democrat.

(The fact that I wrote the above paragraph is giving me a sinking feeling in my stomach. Especially the sports teams thing. I think I just want a little crazy with the brackets. I am a sports addict, but mindfully, I think. There's an excellent quote I recently read that I strongly identify with, and explains my devotion to corporate entities who pay men to hurt themselves and each other. It's from a New Yorker article written by Roger Angell in 1975:

"It is foolish and childish, on the face of it, to affiliate ourselves with anything so insignificant and patently contrived and commercially exploitive as a professional sports team, and the amused superiority and icy scorn that the non-fan directs at the sports nut (I know this look -- I know it by heart) is understandable and almost unanswerable. Almost. What is left out of this calculation, it seems to me, is the business of caring -- caring deeply and passionately, really caring -- which is a capacity or an emotion that has almost gone out of our lives. And so it seems possible that we have come to a time when it no longer matters so much what the caring is about, how frail or foolish is the object of that concern, as long as the feeling itself can be saved. Naivete -- the infantile and ignoble joy that sends a grown man or woman to dancing and shouting with joy in the middle of the night over the haphazardous flight of a distant ball -- seems a small price to pay for such a gift.")

I frequently wind up on this site late at night. Normally after frustrating or particularly lonely nights. It's not that I expect to actually meet anyone. It's just somewhat comforting to see other people casting their eyes aether, hoping or maybe even longing like I so often do.

Plus it's nice to be stalked every once in a while.

I am introverted, reflective, and witty
What I’m doing with my life
I'm currently working for a non-profit, directing community outreach, and I love it. I'm living just outside of DC right now, just sort of starting out on my own. I have some friends I tend to go and visit whenever I have free time, but I'm not particularly good at going out. I'm looking for a place to live and will probably be moving up to Baltimore next year.
I’m really good at
My job- or so I'd like to think... movie trivia?... being unobtrusive?

I don't really like talking myself up. I have a strong aversion to bragging; you might say I'm good at not thinking too highly of myself.

I tend to make the people around me laugh, so I guess I'm good at that.

My friends enjoy that I'm a low-key guy whose life isn't soap-opera like at all. Is that something you can really be good at, though?
The first things people usually notice about me
My eyes. I had a girlfriend way back in summer camp who used to say that she loved to just "get lost in them." Everyone since then has been a fan of 'em.

I have a goatee, though. And from a distance, that might be the most noticeable physical characteristic. After talking to me for a few minutes, most people notice that I sound eerily like my closest friends - from intonation and pitch to pronunciation, word choice, and sentence structure.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I'm a movie buff. I own over 100 DVDs, and I really can't name favorites.

I've an eclectic and mutable taste in music, so my favorites are subject to change.

Favorite food is pretty much anything Italian... as long as it's not seafood.

Book-wise I'm a big fan of Vonnegut, Gaiman, Steinbeck, Stephenson, et al.
Six things I could never do without
This question doesn't really apply to me, and I'll tell you why.

Last year, my grandmother passed away. I went to my brother and said, "I need a suit to wear to the funeral. Can you come with me to buy one?"

He was gobsmacked. "Let me get this straight," he said. "You, *YOU*, just said that you "need" something?"

"Yeah," I admitted. "I just recently found out that I actually need things. Maybe next year I'll start working on wanting things."
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Politics. Sports. Movies. My friends. Colossal world problems.
On a typical Friday night I am
My friends and co-workers and I have a favorite dive bar. If god were a dive bar, god would be this dive bar. I'm either there, adapting non-pinochle card games for use with a pinochle deck, or wasting my youth at a friend's place staring at a glowing box.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I've never stopped loving anyone I fell for. I've dumped and been dumped, but how I felt never really changed - just how I felt about being with them.

I sometimes use this site to distract myself from my real life crushes.
You should message me if
You know how to overcome my deer-in-the-headlights instinctive response to strangers and can, by and large, type using roughly formal English.
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