I'm very close to my family, especially my two younger brothers, and family parties and events are a big part of my life. Although I kind of like to dance, I've refused to dance in front of my family my entire life for absolutely no good reason. It's now gotten to the point that if I ever did dance at one of these parties, the old people might have heart attacks from pure shock. So I need to stay seated for their sake.
I have unusually fancy pretentious degrees, like a BA in Philosophy from Yale and an MBA from Harvard. But I have no arrogance about them and I'm convinced that almost everything that happens in life comes down to chance--or at the very least--things entirely outside of our control. I'm also convinced that the more success people have, the more likely they are to attribute it to themselves (erroneously). I don't make that mistake and have very little patience for elitists.
I live alone in Manhattan, in a fancy hotel-like building with 4 doormen who wear funny hats and gloves. My favorite one is the Brazilian, because he's one of the few people I know in NYC who is happy to speak Portuguese with me all the time.
I like my job a lot, but my real passion is learning. I think everyone has something to teach me, and that life is full of amazing mysteries. I shoot for reading at least 20 books a year, mostly non-fiction and heavy on the science and philosophy, and I always appreciate new book recommendations. In my ideal life I would be a perpetual undergrad taking survey courses for no credit. Naturally, this would also come with the right to two nights a week of binge drinking and hooking up with strangers, but being an adult I would mostly refrain.
Movies: Pan's Labyrinth, Life is Beautiful, Avatar, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Aladdin
Music: Seu Jorge, Mariza (Fado), Cesaria Evora, Pavarotti, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Years and Years, Sean Paul, Hozier
Food: I like most foods
A difficult challenge
You agree that the worst thing that should ever come from an online date is a pleasant conversation with an interesting and respectful stranger.