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My self-summary
Quiet, contemplative, nerdy. Somewhat queer.

I've spent a lot of time writing software, teaching physics, playing poker, playing piano, and traveling.
What I’m doing with my life
- working on software connecting small businesses and their clients. It's not my Life Dream or anything, but it's meaningful and fulfilling when I get things done.
- playing piano and go. These are both relatively solitary and emotional pursuits.
I’m really good at
- quickly solving easy math problems
- not taking unfair advantage of people
- maintaining long-distance relationships, particularly over writing
- getting emotionally rich experiences out of life
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
- Catch-22
- The Little Prince
- Dispossessed

I watch almost none. Inside Out was pretty good. So was Lord of The Rings.

- A lot of piano music. Adagio from Mozart's Piano Concerto 23, Chopin's Prelude in D Minor, opening of Rachmaninoff's 2nd piano concerto, etc.
- Things that have meaningful lyrics and are easy to sing to, somewhat biased towards female vocalists: Dar Williams, Vienna Teng, Girlyman

- Approximately everything, with as much diversity as possible. If I had to pick one food, right now it'd be poached eggs.
The six things I could never do without
Essential: food, antihistamines, clothing, sleeping bag, laptop, and either a backpack to carry these or a room to put them in.

Highly desirable: thermarest/mattress, sheets, towel, piano, smartphone, coffee, leatherman, flashlight, toothbrush+toothpaste+soap+shampoo
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Whether I'm doing as much for people as they're doing for me.
What my ideal living situation might be like, and how I might find/make it.
On a typical Friday night I am
50%: playing piano/go
30%: writing a letter to a friend
20%: working
20%: getting dinner with a friend
20%: on a plane to go see a friend
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm pretty good at lying. A sample of things I've lied about:
- I've mentioned to an interviewer that I went to Alaska for a month while I actually was only there for ten days. I perceived my experience in Alaska as Very Important and I wanted him to perceive it this way, too.
- I've told my mom that I didn't have a job. I was pretty seriously thinking of quitting this job, and I didn't want her to judge me on that
- I've lied multiple times about e.g. what I did on the weekend. I didn't want to be judged for being a hermit.

I don't think I lie maliciously or with particularly negative consequences for anyone. But I'm not entirely sure.

I have anxiety. It's not crippling, but it's a notable part of my life. There are some circumstances I really just avoid for health reasons, e.g. loud bars. In general, my socialization tends to be strongly biased towards one on one interactions.
You should message me if
So there are some particular niches I'd love filled:
-a hiking/backpacking/cycling/hitchhiking/couchsurfing/etc friend -- my job is more important to me than getting away at the moment, but it will not always be this way and there are still weekends/vacations.
-someone(s) to play classical music with. I play piano -- I can stumble my way through a solid chunk of classical repertoire given sufficient practice but I'm not conservatory level or anything
-someone(s) to live with. This is a very long term pursuit and much pickier than the other two. I appreciate semi-communal living and a desire for long term stability. Other than that we just really have to befriend each other quite well.

But you can also find your own self-shaped hole :).

My attitude on physical intimacy is "whatever." I'm a bit squeamish and think a good dinner is better than sex. But I don't mind (and can enjoy) physical affection with people I'm very comfortable with.

My attitude on exclusive relationships is "no thanks." I would prefer to make whatever connections are beneficial for me, and for people close to me to do likewise. My attitude on commitment is "yes please" -- I do not make new connections at the detriment of my existing ones and prefer being close with people who do likewise.