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My self-summary
"Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose."

If you want to skip all the words, this slideshow probably describes me just as well: http://bit.ly/1eFUJHl

I feel lucky to have such excellent things in my life: great people (family, friends, and especially my increasingly adorable and brilliant niece, age 4), a challenging job that I enjoy and respect (helping elected officials be ethical), and a million small adventures (outside and in).

I like so many things, in so many ways, but I'll take any opportunity to wander, learn and laugh. That’s led me to some interesting places—like plantations in Sri Lanka where the tea trees are painfully green, barrios of Medellin and Bogota, covered with museum-quality graffiti, an underground Mexican restaurant in a Columbia Heights apartment, and DC's only public roller rink. And it makes me notice, and smile at, all the absurd things that surround us every day, like the “Kuts and Cuts” hair salon in SE (which is which? And what if I ask for a Cut but they hear Kut? Disaster!). I’m always seeking out new friends, corners of DC, museums and exhibits, restaurants and bars. And I've enjoyed a variety of classes and lectures recently, including Spanish crafts, street photography, 3-D Printing, and Whiskey History. (Those are separate classes, but the combination would be epic).

This might be obvious, but I tend to see the world from an angle, not head on. My sense of humor leans dry and wry, with the occasional explosion of mirth. Mirth is good.

I'm also a generally good guy, which means I spend a lot of time thinking about and helping the people I care about. And even a few I don't :-)
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a lawyer, working for Congress. But there's a lot more to us than work, I hope.

I just started the Petworth Ping Pong Society. Our credo: We saved ping pong - what have you done?

Also working on a new indie music blog, to replace an old one that died after 5 years: www.musichastheright.com

Somewhat recently: Teaching an ice cream-making class or leading a tour of things that were never built in DC. Planning a bike tour of DC's punk rock history. And herstory. Hosting a spontaneous dinner party, with two friends and nine awesome strangers. Going to the War Photography exhibit at the Corcoran and a Buenos Aires graffiti show at The Fridge. Listening to indie music, making mix tapes for friends, and putting shows on my calendar. Climbing something. Volunteering in arts education. Seeing outdoor movies. Mastering all the two letter words (My best friend is killing me at Words with Friends. Some friend!) Taking a lot of photos. Learning new recipes and old tricks.
I’m really good at
I trip all the time but never fall, so I think I have excellent balance.

I've also been told I make delicious ice cream.
The first things people usually notice about me
Glasses. Maybe a beard, depending.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I want to read all the books. Favorite authors include Haruki Murakami, Orhan Pamuk, Erik Larson, and Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbes). I read Very Serious Books, but I also have a ridiculous cookbook collection. I'm really excited about two recent additions (Fall 2015): The Food Lab and Tacos: Recipes and Provocations.

I'd like to read all the newspapers too - particularly the international affairs and cooking sections. I know, those don't go together.

I could easily spend a day in any dark theater (if I could smuggle in non-popcorn food), and have a soft spot for oddball documentaries and quirky indie movies (including most every Coen and Wes Anderson film). I've been to the Sundance film festival a few times and loved it.

Food? Yes. Indian, Sri Lankan, Afghan, Thai, Korean, good bourbon, old cocktails, new restaurants, serious dives, foreign street food.

Music might be my favorite thing. I go to South By Southwest every other year, and will see 30 bands in 4 days. Sounds nuts, but I love every minute of it. Also prone to kitchen dancing, particularly to Pandora's channel for The Cure.
The six things I could never do without
I could do without almost anything, but I do like print newspapers, irreverence, and a some source of exercise - favorites include the rowing machine at the gym and bike rides to anywhere.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The importance of kindness. I didn't completely get it in my 20's. Now I do.
On a typical Friday night I am
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
It definitely does not involve solo kitchen dancing. I don't do that.
You should message me if
I'm happiest with people who are interested in the world, but can also enjoy the small details and absurdities of daily life. Explorers, wanderers, and the eternally curious are all welcome.

It's also important that you're looking for a real relationship and still believe this could be a place to find one, however absurd and ridiculous it may be.