deselby86
30 Los Angeles, United States
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My self-summary
I've gone through phases of collecting state quarters, stamps, playing cards, pineapples, rootbeers, and other things I've forgotten but I've settled on experiences. When I see an item on a menu that I don't recognize, I'm more likely to order it than ask what it is. I like saying yes. I'm not as artistic as I would like to be, but every once in a while I complete a project. I can juggle balls but not clubs.

My personality tends to shift with my company. I find it really hard not to continually tweak my answers to increase match percentages. It's like leaning sideways after bowling to change your perspective and make the shot look better. I've found that social adaptability is something I really value in people, pinkie up at high tea and face down at a pie eating contest.

When I was little I would find pennies on the sidewalk and turn them right-side-up so that the next person to come by could have a lucky penny. Aside from not handling very many coins, I like to think that hasn't changed much.

Unfortunately none of this forms a coherent narrative.
What I’m doing with my life
Convincing highschoolers to like math/economics, searching for my place, opening the second of a pair of double-doors, and always learning.
I’m really good at
Marathoning Netflix, introspection, experimental economics, strategy-based boardgames, regression analysis, hugs, helping friends move, arriving early, long distance driving, and general dabbling.
The first things people usually notice about me
I don't think of myself as very tall, but objectively I'm in the 96th percentile.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
More of a cross-section than an exhaustive list.

I keep open books around most places that I spend time. Rex Stout, The Third Policeman, Terry Pratchet, John Dies At The End, narrowly focused non-fiction

Movies: Lawrence of Arabia, Groundhog Day, Good Will Hunting, and most things by the Coen brothers, Terry Gilliam, and David Cronenberg. Generally any movie that hits its mark. That includes SciFi movies of the week, most Vin Diesel movies, and all Nick Cage movies.

Shows: Doctor Who, Mystery Science Theater 3000, The West Wing, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Boston Legal, The Walking Dead, Jeopardy!, Star Trek: Voyager, and probably a bunch more.

Recently I've found myself listening to Ani DiFranco, Cake, The White Stripes, Kanye West, Al Green, Ray Charles, Daft Punk, ABBA, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, and Frank Sinatra. I've gone through a lot of different music phases that are not represented here.

As to food, I enjoy anything and everything (especially spicy), though I've learned that I don't like jellyfish, and when given the opportunity I chickened out on fish eyes.
The six things I could never do without
A book/newspaper/article I haven't read, my glasses, a comfortable place to relax, a good meal, a bottle of hot sauce, and friends to share it with.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Economic behavior, plot holes, other people's feelings, time spent with friends, how to arrange more time with friends, board game strategy, prices, statistical modeling, pedagogy, and alternative perspectives.
On a typical Friday night I am
Enjoying Tivo'd episodes of Jeopardy! with some friends, then settling in with some salad and plenty of hands of bridge.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I sometimes psych myself up for a date by watching a clip from Swingers.

While it's true here, I sometimes lie about my height in real life. A lot of guys overestimate their height, so rather than contradict them (by saying my true height which is shorter than what they said despite my being taller than they are), I say a larger number which seems to keep everybody happy.
You should message me if
...I've written something that interests you.

...you've spotted a typo and want to help me correct it.

...you have a movie or show you'd like to see but no one to see it with.

...you think I'll respond.

Protip: Send a message with content, something I can latch on to. Single sentence messages are not likely to receive a response, unless they are run-on sentences which lack appropriate punctuation and style but still have content that is compelling and interesting such that I want to reply despite the clear drawbacks because first impressions are important and proofreading isn't that hard so you should do it.
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