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My self-summary
"A hopeless romantic" - Chicken Soup for the Ted Mosby Soul

"A mix of silly and serious” – San Francisco Chronicle

“Invests too much money in brunch and pumpkin futures” – The Wall Street Journal

"An experienced continent hopper" - Conde Naste Travel

"A rare breed" – National Geographic Magazine

"He thinks he's funnier than he actually is" - New York Times

“A loyal listener“ - NPR

"Pretty goofy" – Entertainment Weekly
What I’m doing with my life
Outside of work I like to fill my life with all the glorious small things that end up being pretty darn important: brunch, exploring the outdoors, traveling (quit my job and travelled around the world for a year last year - just got back in August), baking and eating pies, nerding out on policy memos, watching ample west wing, pumpkin month at trader joe's, planning over-the-top parties, free coffee refills at diners, long conversations with friends at my favorite pub, being silly with my little cousins, finding the steepest hills to roll down, climbing things, finding new recipes, teaching (spend a little time teaching middle schoolers debate each week), etc.
I’m really good at
Making crepes.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
rufus wainwright, m83, pinback, sufjan stevens, cornelius, muse, hot chip, air, interpol, tennis, passion pit, wilco, beirut, bon iver, the xx's, vampire weekend, foo fighters, arcare fire, the shins, two door cinema, bombay bicycle club, muse, electric light orchestra, styx, rolling stones, explosions in the sky, hootie and the blowfish, the black keys, velvet underground, fun, cold war kids, andrew bird, elliot smith, fleet foxes.

the west wing, the wire, newsroom, snl, how i met your mother, community, 30 rock, the daily show, it's always sunny, downton abbey, mad men, arrested development, greek, greys anatomy, breaking bad, friends, twin peaks, fraiser.

good will hunting, gangs of new york, vertical limit, (if it's december, the harry potter series), there will be blood, shawshank, the godfather, the dark knight, die hard, v for vendetta, the martian, when harry met sally, father of the bride, sleepless in seattle, home alone, legally blonde, jurassic park, the truman show, big daddy, remember the titans, wag the dog, the grand budapest hotel, annie hall, inside out
Six things I could never do without
Family and Friends
Pie and Coffee
Large Maps
Mt. Everest Movies
Oatmeal Stouts
I spend a lot of time thinking about
how to maximize my policy impact, why girls shave half their head, my future coffee shop bookstore, how to see all the countries in the world, why drinks at airport bars are so satisfying, what life would be like if i'd gone to culinary school, how to scam my cousins into revealing their secret santa names to me for the fourth straight year, if big bookstores will ever make a comeback, civic engagement, the state of journalism today, how to keep family close.
On a typical Friday night I am
sipping a stout with friends, trying a new place in elmwood, or game night at home with the gang.
You should message me if
I'm generally attracted to warmth, intelligence, and people who aren't afraid to be a little light-hearted. But hey, you never know: one time, I had a pretty big crush on a republican.
The two of us