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My self-summary
I'm happy to be living in DC after many years of travel and living abroad in places like Lebanon, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Burma and China. I'm kind and I tease. I am interested in people who over-analyze, are open about their foibles, laugh hard, communicate easily, find joy in talking to just about anyone, and actively give a damn about other people. Banter makes me swoon.
What I’m doing with my life
I am building a non-profit that is exploring how to use labor migration as an alternative solution to refugee resettlement. I'm really excited about it. Although I'll be traveling a bit to the Middle East over the next year, my wanderlust is mostly fulfilled by exploring DC and meeting new people. I love hiking, biking, museums, delving into conversations, live music and blahblahblahwhateveryonesaysblahblahblah.
I’m really good at
Being open and not judging, communicating, forgetting things I already told you, traveling light and without a plan, vulnerability, forgetting what I've told you, empathizing, making friends from various walks of life, and singing. I'm fantastic at stapling, opening up a can of soda, staring at people on the metro, and many more things.
The first things people usually notice about me
That I wear scuba diving gear everywhere, except when I'm riding a tandem bicycle while teaching monkeys how to play the tambourine. So, you know, people notice.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Music: I would wither away without music. I listen to jazz/swing (Ella, Sinatra, Dean Martin) and indie rock. I love live Balkan and gypsy music.
I will dance to anything, any time, anywhere.

Picture shows: TED talks, documentaries and feature films, including BBC's The Blue Planet, Waiting for Guffman, The Constant Gardener, God Grew Tired of Us, There Will Be Blood, Jesus Camp (scariest movie ever!), and Waiting for Superman.

Words: I read a lot of books about cultures, history, philosophy, psychology and sometimes books with which I disagree (such as "Atlas Shrugged"). Favorite books include "King Leopold's Ghost," "The Ethics of Ambiguity," and "Man's Search for Meaning." I also read the news (NYT, Al Jazeera, BBC) and The New Yorker.

Food: I once ate boa constrictor in the C.A.R., but I don't really like olives.
Six things I could never do without
Aside from Maslow's hierarchy of needs, I need open and/or funny conversation; music to sing and dance to; lists of things I want or need to do, listen to or read; and podcasts (Radiolab, Dan Savage, This American Life). Apparently, all I need is conversation, music, lists, and podcasts. OH! I also need ice cream. So, I only need five things! And I need humility. That's six things! Now where did I put my dignity? I'm looking around... I know I left it somewhere around here...
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Myself. Work. What's going on in the world. My family. MYSELF! YOU (when we start dating). Death. The future. When you're going to ask me out.
On a typical Friday night I am
Yes, I am.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I am not a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. I am, however, a member of the *Reformed* Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
You should message me if
You are at least a bit sarcastic. You are progressively progressive. You are open. You enjoy discussing the reasons why we do what we do. People have told you that you're intense. You find adventures. You live in DC or within a few miles of DC.
The two of us