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My self-summary
I am anything but ordinary or boring. My intention is not to fluff-up in comparison to the profiles of other men nor simply to catch your eye to make my profile memorable and stand out among the rest. I am just trying to give an open, honest and accurate account of who I am, I guess to expedite the weeding out/selection process.

I insist on performing chivalrous acts, would like to believe I'm a hopeless romantic and am deathly afraid of unrequited love. I've been described as a maven, mostly because I research the crap out of everything and am more than willing to tell you all about it. It makes me an educated consumer of goods and services. I know a lot about a lot. Much of it is random and useless. I capitalize and punctuate texts, chats and e-mails.

I love musical theater, maybe even more than you do. I'm very particular about who I let cut my hair. I've grown a handlebar moustache on five separate occasions. I think it's cool, but not in the ironic sense. The more I dress up, the better I look. I have a penchant for argyle socks and bow-ties. I still hang and fold my laundry like I learned when I worked retail. I unabashedly looked at people on the 'L' for ideas and trends of all sorts (Wikipedia just told me those single quotations are necessary).

I lived in Paris for 18 months back in '86 but haven't been back overseas since. I am none too happy about that. In my childhood my parents were nice enough to help me visit all 50 states before I was 14. I like sock monkeys. I have a sock monkey that has since returned with me to 38 states and sadly is more traveled than many of my friends.

I can say the alphabet faster backwards than you can forwards. I learned it when I was young because my father could do it; I did not learn it in order to pass roadside sobriety tests. The most famous person I've ever had dinner with was Vincent Schiavelli, I once talked on the phone with Charo, and I've slammed some beers with former Minnesota Vikings head coach and Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice. I played the bass clarinet in the 8th grade band because I got bored playing the sax (look it up, it's not your average clarinet).

I was born and raised in "The State of Hockey". I was on ice skates before I was 3. I have lived in Cottage Grove, Collegeville (yes, that's a real town and yes, I did go to some college there), St. Paul and Minneapolis, MN as well as Baltimore, Atlanta, Chicago and now Charlotte (not to forget Bougival, France). I went to an all male, Catholic, military, college-preparatory high school and somehow managed to get voted best dancer in our senior poll. I have two undergraduate degrees from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, BS in Genetics, BA in Psychology and I'm on my way to an M.A. and a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology. But let's be honest, who doesn't need two bachelor's degrees and why not take 11 years to get them? To assist with finances along the way I worked the front desk at different, mostly AVEDA salons and spas for the better part of a decade.
What I’m doing with my life
-What exactly is it that you do around here? Please.
-You just gotta keep livin' man, L-I-V-I-N.
-I'm a graduate student in clinical health psychology.
-Making my way through the scotch/whisk(e)y/bourbon menu at my local watering hole. The older and more expensive the better.
-Spending money I don't have for school, rent and sustenance. Repaying it to the US Government with 8.5% interest.
I’m really good at
-drinking things that have alcohol in them
-math, science and generally nerdy things
-standardized tests
-impersonating Michael Jackson
-remembering stuff
-looking good in a suit
-ice skating (hockey not figure, for fun, not to save life)
-giving snowboard lessons and snowboard racing (but not lessons in racing)
-golfing poorly
-taking bowling too seriously
-And my guitar sound... is incendiary. Incendiary. (I really can play a little piano, guitar and the aforementioned woodwind instruments.)
The first things people usually notice about me
My resemblance to John Lennon, Chris Robinson, Tom Green or Eric Wareheim? Maybe my height, how long my hair is or isn't now, giant nose, floppy monkey ears or stylish glasses?
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Ermahgerd, berks!!! I have more than White Fang on my Kindle. I have a subscription to Cricket, and a lot of PDFs. I do like Raymond Chandler. And Mini Trucker Magazine.

The Big Bang Theory, Glee, New Girl, SMASH!, House, White Collar, Suits, Modern Family, Top Chef, Project Runway, The O.C., My So Called Life, Faking It, Studio 60, HIMYM, SYTYCD, HGTV, BRAVO, MTV

Phantom, Les Mis, RENT, Into the Woods, Godspell, West Side Story, Book of Mormon!!!, The Music Man, Working, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Wicked & Avenue Q are next.

Rad, Clerks, Mallrats (skip Chasing Amy), Dogma, Beverly Hills Cop (mostly the original), Beautiful Girls, The Departed, Empire Records, Inception, High Fidelity, Almost Famous, The Last Dragon, Howard the Duck, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Definitely not Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Mean Girls, Love Actually, Dazed & Confused, Navy Seals. Oh, and anything with Paul Bettany or Michael Rapaport. When I lived in Chicago I also really loved recognizing parts of the city on film!

Snow Patrol, Angels & Airwaves, No Doubt, The Killers, Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5, Robyn, The Smashing Pumpkins, 30 Seconds to Mars, Mumford & Sons, Colin Hay, Damien Rice, Paramore, Our Lady Peace, Two Door Cinema Club, Better Than Ezra, Daft Punk, Boys Like Girls, Hellogoodbye, James Blunt, The Fray, The Veronicas, P.M. Dawn, Soul Decision and from Troy, MI, Stillwater! If you've read all of these, I will also admit that I have horrible taste in music. In addition, I have been known to listen to many artists whom others would call guilty pleasures only I don't feel so guilty. None of them are listed above.

Pizza. After 2 a.m., anything carved from a spit. Salad dressing. I'm a sucker for a home-cooked breakfast. Pretty much every version of pork, veal and shrimp.
Six things I could never do without
In no particular order:
1) Grain Belt Premium/Magners/Black Velvets/Bourbon/Scotch/Whiskey/A good bloody
2) Glasses/Contacts
3) My bowling balls (Yes, all 4 of them, 7 if you count family heirlooms) and golf clubs
4) Cable TV/Internet/DVR
5) Bootcut jeans
6) Coffee and/or pizza

if that's too much to ask for I'd also take:
1) a little bit of chicken, fried
2) cold beer on a Friday night
3) pair of jeans that fit just right
4) the radio up
5) to see the love in my woman's eyes
6) to feel the touch of a precious child
I spend a lot of time thinking about
-Swimming pools.
-Human nature.
-Both human nature and Human Nature by Michael Jackson.
-The past, present and future.
-Who I would slap, lick or fondle (Tosh.0)
On a typical Friday night I am
doing laundry, because it's laundry night. Unless it's "Anything Can Happen Friday". I don't really do laundry on Fridays. This question creates the LEAST amount of variability in profiles so I'm going to let you use your imagination.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I religiously watch professional bowling on television. True story.

Is it just me, or has this question been interpreted by the masses as the potentially most "embarrassing" thing I'm willing to admit? Also, mini rant. By any definition of the word, private does not only mean secretive, undisclosed, confidential, etc... It can also mean personal, singular, intimate, particular or peculiar. So yes, something disclosed as an answer to this question CAN still be PRIVATE. I mean seriously, what's the point of all this if you're not going to divulge anything? The most personal thing you admit on the internet may not be that personal at all, but at least it's better than "then it wouldn't be private now, would it" or "you'll have to get to know me better."

Just to be fair, I had an open-heart surgery in Dec. 2010. I guess that's pretty personal/private. Be warned, the scar is gnarly.
You should message me if
-you are confident and stylish
-you do not have an aversion to shoes that make you taller
-you are tall/taller/tallish to begin with (although not required: see above)
-you are in essence an amalgamation of every character Zooey Deschanel has ever played.
-you'd like to talk about the smattering of movie, television and pop culture references in my profile or in general you've got something fun and interesting to share.
-you don't mind the fact that I'm "Minnesota Nice" and still cheer for their sports teams.
-you'd like to join me on the golf course or ski slopes, an unhealthy amount of bonus points to goofy-footed snowboarders
-you are witty, sarcastic and love to laugh (I can't explicitly say that I think I'm funny; but, I polled my friends and they tend to think so)
-you like brown liquor; I just find girls that can handle it sexy
-you are Polish, Jewish, both or neither
-you can offer advice on how to mitigate my irrational fear of rejection
-In lite of the recent election your not two effected when other people use they’re opinions too say who’s opinions they don’t like weather or not their right when they could of just excepted it cause its easier then arguing

Superficiality aside, the most important trait for you to have is empathy. I have a unique perspective and have traveled a unique path. An important aspect of what I do is also understanding the perspectives of others; I'm really looking for someone that can validate my experiences in life and really get who I am as a living, thinking and emotional being. I assure you, I will do the same. If you made it this far, let me know if this sounds like you.
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