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My self-summary
To preface, I found myself a pretty spectacular boo-thang (through OKC no less!), but I still like to browse, chat, and meet new people. May others find what/whom they're looking for on here as well.

I am a high-energy, low-stress, level-headed superhero seeking grounded and intelligent friends, exercise buddies, and people who appreciate my squirrely personality. I think "I am" statements are awkward; that said, I am logical, compassionate, playful, intense, steadfast, coordinated, and chill. I have an unparalleled spark of positivity tempered with an Asian sense of practicality.

I'm a pick-up-and-go kind of guy but also like to set some semblance of an agendum. (Additionally, I believe the singular "agendum" should make its way back into our lexicon.) I play a knight-heavy chess game. I have a penchant for tea culture, though I drink substantially more coffee out of necessity. I think aquariums are magical and romantic; gravitate toward all animals fuzzy and cute; am a master grammarian and punctuator, heavily favoring semicolons; and enjoy public speaking.

Jamming in front of the mirror is an integral part of my daily routine, as are talking about, thinking about, and going to the gym. I started getting into fitness in 2010 and lifting more seriously this year, and I have hazy but lofty goals that I'm working towards. I am a lover of tennis though quite rusty. I run and go line dancing every week. I jerry-rigged a standing desk at work.

I am an ardent flirt and thrive off the energy of others, but I prefer to have a lot of independence in life, at work, and on the dance floor. I've been told I collect people, but I prefer to think I connect them. Accordingly, I am the Empire Expansionist Extraordinaire of my social circles. I am vigilant about the well-being of those around me and fall easily into the role of host, even at functions that are not my own.

My train of thought usually takes me 3 stops past where I need to get off. I was once likened to "a rockin' guitar solo on a flying V that's on fire in the rain during a bush fire on the moon"; take that as you will, but I thought it was a compliment. I don't fit in any boxes nor do I think inside any boxes, but I do have a habit of collecting boxes. I read all of the Boxcar Children when I was a kid, and I like foxes, which rhymes with boxes.

If there is anything else, I am ambitious, user-friendly, and thorough.
What I’m doing with my life
Making health happen: for myself and, more importantly, for others.

I'm a public-health-behavioral-scientist-in-training focused mainly on adolescent/young adult sexual health and teen pregnancy/HIV/STI prevention. Sex is always on the mind. I also coordinate some research projects.

In previous lives, I studied Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and taught elementary and junior high school English in Japan.
I’m really good at
Contradicting myself.
Getting lost.
Disappointing my Asian parents.
Not taking myself too seriously.
Making obscure references.

And especially:
Managing conflict.
Connecting people.
Giving massages.
Stuffing my face, then regretting it.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm an Asian guy with a beard that comes in autumnal colors: brown, red, orange, and gold.

People have also told me they notice my teeth, my smile, my jawline, and my sociable personality.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
The more authentic, the better. I'll eat just about anything put in front of me, but in general, I'm fairly health conscious. I am a nefarious cereal killer, and there's a soft spot in my heart/belly for Chicago deep-dish pizza and hot dogs. I've had a fair share of weird eats and taste adventures. Feel free to inquire further if you can stomach it.

It's been a while since I've hopped into a good novel, but I take some pretty epic tours of Wikipedia. I read textbooks and journal articles day in and day out. When I do get around to reading non-school things, here are a few examples of books I like: The Selfish Gene; Ishmael; Eats, Shoots, and Leaves; The Phantom Tollbooth; I Am a Cat (我輩は猫である); Angels and Demons; and Harry Potter. I just finished Openly Straight.

Shows I follow include White Collar, Revenge, RuPaul's Drag Race, Once Upon a Time, Suits, MasterChef, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Shows I might have on in the background include Futurama, Family Guy, Covert Affairs, Iron Chef, Arrow, Grimm, 30 Rock, True Blood, and Sleepy Hollow. I'm a sucker for superheroes and the retelling of old fairy tales.

I rarely watch movies with people because I find it to be a waste of valuable person-time. (Exceptions are made for sing-alongs, MST-style heckling, and other group activities.) That said, I enjoy Disney cartoons, bad superhero movies, Hayao Miyazaki films, movie musicals, and campy classics. I also watch a lot of modern queer cinema, fantasy, sci-fi, action, and sometimes rom coms. Favorites include the classic Disney cartoons, Spirited Away (千と千尋の神隠し), My Neighbor Totoro (となりのトトロ), Shrek 2, Formula 17, and Enchanted. My three most-quoted movies are Clue, Supergirl, and Mommy Dearest.

I imagine my life as a musical, so it only makes sense that I love them. Favorites include (don't judge) Shrek the Musical, Book of Mormon, Legally Blonde the Musical, Wicked, and The Lion King. Others I like are Rent, Avenue Q, Hairspray, Chicago, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Reefer Madness, A Little Night Music... the list gets quite extensive.

In addition to musicals, I like music that calls me to dance, so typically pop and hip hop. I've also been on a country kick, and I'm trying to learn more about the artists and styles. I like Asian music, both pop and traditional, and I'm a big fan of Lee Hom Wang, Atari Kousuke, and F.I.R. Beyonce is my patron diva.
Six things I could never do without
1. Computer with internet
2. Caffeine
3. Camaraderie and companionship
4. Color
5. Cultural diversity (including FOOD)
6. Copy of the APA Publication Manual, 6th Edition

The six things I could definitely do without
1. Cockroaches and other creepy crawlies
2. Calories, the excess ones from eating too much
3. Conservatives
4. Cramps during runs
5. Cuts of the paper variety
6. Coming up with 6 of these

Brought to you by the letter C and the number 6.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
(1) Sex. See the "what I'm doing with my life" question.
(2) My career and where I can make an impact.
(3) The endless laundry list of things to do.
(4) Superpowers I wish I had.
(5) What my next meal is going to be.
(6) Exercise.
(7) Boys
(8) Names for future pets
(9) Whether or not it bothers me that these numbers are in parentheses while the ones above have periods.
On a typical Friday night I am
At the gym, working in the office, or out playing with friends in the gayborhood.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I am acutely aware of my own flaws but tend to procrastinate in addressing them. Unfortunately, procrastination is also one of those flaws.
You should message me if
you are mean, boring, arrogant, and take yourself way too seriously. Also if you are none of those things. Or, if you just found something entertaining in what I wrote, feel free to share.

A few caveats: I put time, thought, and effort into creating this profile; a generic salutation is not going to do it for me (unless you play to my superficial side). Additionally, I used to be an editor so I can't promise I won't judge you (just a little) on your grammar and punctuation. I'm primarily seeking friends and activity buddies.

You should NOT message me if the first thing you are going to do is ask me what type of Asian I am and then proceed to tell me about your recent trip to Thailand regardless of my answer.
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