37Denver, United States
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My self-summary
I grew up in a small, former mining town up in the mountains. This has lead to all sorts of adjustments now that I live in a big city. Streets are PLOWED in winter, important things happen here, yeek eight lane roads! I'm occasionally still surprised that big box stores are just a few blocks away, instead of 100's of miles away in another city.

I like hiking, to me it's much more about the journey than the destination. A hike doesn't have to be to the top of fourteener to be worth it, a hike to the lake at the base of the fourteener is just as good, and honestly, prettier.

I am very interested in traveling, but have not had time in the last few years to do much of it. One of my favorite places to visit is Glacier National Park. I have been there many times, and I still feel that I've only scratched the surface of what it has to offer. My top five list of places I want to visit someday include New Zealand, Greece, Hawaii, Washington DC, and Alaska.

I am a bit of a geek. I enjoy playing computer games, but sadly I rarely finish any before I get bored and do something else. In college I played many pen and paper and tabletop games, but since graduation I have not played much. I enjoy super complicated board games where it takes half the night to figure out the rules.

I am great at remembering faces, and sadly, not as great at remembering names. There have been times where I've KNOWN the person, remembered classes we were in together in high school, but had no clue what their name was.

I am continually caught in a battle between my desire to keep my place clean and organized, and my utter inability to maintain it in that state.

I enjoy Basketball, the Olympics and Professional Cycling when they're on, and occasionally watching other sports games.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm building a career out of helping people by doing what I'm good at and enjoy. I probably could find another job where I make more money, but to me it wouldn't be as rewarding as what and where I work now. For the curious, I am a software developer working for the USGS, specifically in earthquake science.

I'm also trying to be the best friend I can, as well as the best brother I can, hopefully without too many mistakes.

I practice the Japanese Martial Art of Aikido, because I've always wanted to learn about that culture, and martial arts have always fascinated me.
I’m really good at
... Computers, ever since I took a programming class in college, using and working with computers has just come naturally to me.

...Photography, I like the challenge of trying to capture a place in a way that helps me remember what fun I had there. Sure I sometimes goof up the focus, or take a picture of my finger, or something, but I still enjoyed trying.

...Woodworking, growing up some of my favorite memories are of me and my grandfather and making furniture together. I enjoy building something new, and solving the little problems that come up in the process.

...Following those IKEA instructions, and ending up with an extra nut or bolt somehow.
The first things people usually notice about me
I like to wear silly, often sarcastic shirts.
My sense of humor.
My alleged "accent" even though I was born and raised in the mountains of Montana.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I enjoy reading, whether it is a funny article online, a book on Mars Rovers, or a historical novel. One of my favorite genres is science fiction mostly because of the "What If?" aspect of imagining briefly that we really are out there, exploring the stars. Excession (Iain M. Banks), The Curse of Chalion (Lois McMaster Bujould), The Admirals (Walter R. Borneman), Failure Is Not an Option (Gene Kranz), and The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien) are among the books I've liked the best.

I almost always watch movies for escapism. The feeling that I'm not just watching something, but actually experiencing it with the characters is really cool. Recent favorites include The Avengers, Brave, Wreck It Ralph, and the Dark Knight Rises. On the other hand, I also do enjoy watching documentaries, there's something about seeing some place, situation, or thing that sticks with me far better than just reading an article about it.

I don't watch much TV, because cable is stupid expensive now days, but The Blacklist, Parks and Recreation, and Person Of Interest are all shows I try not to miss. The BBC shows Sherlock and Top Gear are are also must watch when they are available. Lately 30 Rock, Arrested Development, House of Cards, Person of Interest, and How I Met Your Mother are top on my Netflix queue. I always seem to find new shows I like after, or just before, they end. I also liked NBC's Chuck, Fox's Fringe, and Babylon 5. I will like just about any show that can get me to laugh from time to time, has a mystery to it, or has a well constructed story arc.

I'm a fan of classical music in general, and soundtracks in particular. There's something about the implied narrative of the movie/show in the music that I really like. I'll pretty much listen to anything, over the last few years my friends have been expanding my musical knowledge.
Six things I could never do without
- Sarcasm, I'd go crazy without it.
- The idea that, just maybe, there IS something magical just around that corner.
- Books, because sometimes I just need to escape into a different world.
- Music, which can always relax me.
- Sleep, without it I get pretty goofy.
- The feeling that you get that you can actually fly while going down a hill really fast on a bike. (thankfully, I've only rarely flown . . . and crashed while experiencing this feeling)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What should I do next? What makes compromising so hard nowadays? How did they make that? What exactly is love? Why can't Hollywood make less sequels? What will it take to get back to the moon? Oh crap did I say that out loud?
On a typical Friday night I am
Usually hanging out with my friends, going to dinner, or out to a movie. Honestly I'm not much of a downtown clubbing kind of guy. A quiet bar, a restaurant, or watching a movie at home is more my kind of thing.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
- I've freaked out, trying to figure out where I left my keys . . . while driving to work.
- I tend to loose track of my glasses while wearing them.
- I had no idea what my best friend's mom's first name was
You should message me if
You are OK with stopping on a hike while I fiddle with my camera.
You enjoy the occasional quite night reading.
You like figuring out how things work.
You don't mind reminding me I really do need to do the dishes.
Occasionally geeking out is perfectly fine.
The two of us