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My self-summary
I love going to museums, going on hikes, going to concerts, trying new restaurants, cooking entirely new recipes, watching roller derby, playing trivia, staying in and watching terrible movies, going out and watching terrible movies, trying new craft beers, people watching, making up stories, and, above all, excellent conversations. I'm genuinely interested in knowing more about the people that I interact with--I find the diversity of humanity to be endlessly fascinating. I'll almost certainly ask you a lot of questions the first time we meet up. Sometimes this causes people to say that I don't talk about myself enough. I'm an open book, however, and will blather on about my own life ad nauseam, if you can interrupt me long enough to ask me a few questions in return. I strive to live a life without secrets, because I find secrecy to be stressful and generally pointless, so I will typically answer any question that is put to me.

I think that the way you view the world and the way you conduct yourself has a lot to do with perspective. It's easy to be negative about the world, but I generally choose not to be in my day-to-day life. I never go through a day without moments of genuine laughter, even if it's at my own expense. I also do my best to make everyday moments feel special and fun. I throw myself into experiences, even if I'm fairly certain it's something I'm not going to like, because it's way more fun to learn about something new and engage with it than it is to sulk and close your mind. I'm not 100% happy with where my life is at, and I'm sure my dreams will always be bigger than my reality, but I will always take what I have available and make it as fun, exciting, and interesting as I can.

TL;DR: if you value intelligence, enjoy a snarky wit, feel connected to a social consciousness, and frequently embrace your dorky side, we'll probably get along.
What I’m doing with my life
I work as an archivist for a local college, which is a fancy title that means someone actually pays me to play with historical records all day. History is my passion, and I feel amazingly lucky to have a career that I enjoy, at least most of the time.
I’m really good at
I'm good at: being original, expressing myself, wearing khaki pants, leading a group, making everyone feel included, being oblivious, creative solutions, Satanic rituals, summoning Krampus, listening, wearing sunglasses, empathizing, growing amazing facial hair, adapting, maintaining the callipygian ideal, having fun with little money, making mundane activities into adventures, wildly gesticulating, daydreaming, writing, mastication, inventing and promptly forgetting new languages, handling stress, keeping my cool, time-travel, getting things accomplished, defenestration, being in the right place at the right time, and making people laugh.

...Some of those might not be true, but you'd have to get to know me better to learn which ones.
The first things people usually notice about me
Physically, probably my height. One friend told me that I "loom" over people, meaning that I "rise before ones' vision with an appearance of great or portentous size," which I think sounds pretty awe-inspiring. Imagine Cthulhu, but handsomer and with fewer tentacles.

In terms of personality, I've been described as witty. I have a vivid imagination and enjoy looking for ways that the world could be far less ordinary than it appears.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Books have been an important part of my life since early childhood. The first book I read was "Goodnight Moon," so it retains a special place in my heart. Current favorite authors include: John Irving, Brandon Sanderson, J.R.R. Tolkien, Kurt Vonnegut, Stephen King, Michael Crichton, Joe Hill, Gillian Flynn, Ken Follett, Neil Gaiman, Alexandre Dumas, George R. R. Martin and many, many others. I'm usually reading 2-3 books at a time, but always am open to suggestions! I also read a fairly substantial number of articles--it's important to keep informed on current events.

Movies: I pretty much just love movies in general. There isn't a genre that I won't watch. Horror movies are probably my favorite, though sometimes they really wig me out. It can take me a few starts and stops to get through a truly disturbing one.

Shows: I watch Vice News, Bill Maher, and John Oliver pretty consistently. Lately I've also been enjoying The Leftovers, Riverdale, and The Crown.

Music: I listen to significantly more podcasts and audiobooks than I do music. When I am listening to music, my tastes usually fluctuate between punk/rock/metal, classical, and a little bit of pop.

Food: I love food. Eating is definitely a big hobby of mine, to the extent that I do it nearly every day. I got kind of exhausted trying to come up with my own recipes and meal plans each week, so now I do Blue Apron.
Six things I could never do without
In no particular order:

1) Community--In my mind, finding a harmonious relation between yourself, the people you encounter, and your environment is crucial for being at peace with your life.

2) Irreverence--I believe a certain amount of iconoclastic behavior is healthy and necessary to keep the world interesting and innovative. I have frequently been accused of being crass or offensive, but I believe strongly in keeping an open mind and an open dialogue. I dislike the idea that there are some topics that "just shouldn't be talked about;" I'm willing to have a conversation about anything. I do get passionate/heated about certain topics, though, particularly those involving social justice issues.

3) Art--This is a broad category, but generally speaking I think artistic endeavors have the ability to communicate in ways that aren't possible in day-to-day speech. I've found my own connection to this medium through music, but appreciate many kinds of art.

4) Imagination--When life is viewed in the most somber and serious of ways, it can often be boring and stale. I truly value the people who can turn mundane activities like "getting coffee" or "cooking dinner" or "going to work" into fun and uplifting experiences, and strive to do the same in my own life.

5) Curiosity--I'm always interested in exploring different facets of the world, and like to be around other like-minded people. I'm the type who can't go on a Wikipedia article without clicking all the extraneous links, and going on a learning adventure. I love being around people who can teach me something new!

6) Laughter--A day without laughter is a day wasted. I'm professional and mature when the situation calls for it, but at my core I'll always be goofy and socially awkward and quirky. Being around people who can find humor and joy in the world is important to me.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The state of affairs in the world. What's going on tomorrow at work. What I plan to do this weekend.

Those are probably the top three, but I wouldn't say I think about any one thing too excessively. My mind tends to skip around a lot.
On a typical Friday night I am
Out with friends doing something fun, or at home with a Scotch served neat and a good book or Netflix binge.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I sing in the shower. I have impromptu dance parties in my apartment. I make jokes at appropriate and inappropriate times. I dream up stories that I'll never finish. I make faces at myself in the mirror. I try new recipes and always eat the results. I like it when my socks have pictures on them and/or don't match. I know more about Batman than about some of my cousins. I like to find shapes in the clouds. Sometimes I still feel like a child who's just pretending to be an adult. I recognize my limitations, but don't let them stand in my way, and take pride in being the interesting person that I am.
You should message me if
If you liked my profile and you feel so inclined. A solid imagination, a sense of humor, an open mind, and an interesting first line will guarantee you an answer back!

I can't see who likes my profile, so if you read all the way down here and are still into it, shoot me a message!
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