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My self-summary
First of all, thanks for taking the time to have a look! This is *badly* out of date (my chosen screen name is a clue to that, I created this back when I was a grad student...I know, very creative, huh?), so here's my go at updating. I really never know what to say in these things, which, granted, is a cliche of the first order, but might as well be said. I'm a bit of the stereotypical sci-fi, political science, history nerd...ok, maybe that's that not a stereotype per se. I haven't watched the Big Bang Theory, so I'm not sure what the stereotypes of nerds are as of late. At least three other couples I know have had success here, and I don't quite feel like risking identity theft from eHarmony yet, so I'll give this a college try. Oh, and don't worry, if you say hi, I won't send a proposal back. I hear that's a bit forward (yes I'm joking, I'm not quite psychotic).

I am intellectual, dependable/loyal, and pensive
What I’m doing with my life
I just finished graduate school and have my doctorate, but I'm trying not to rest on my laurels (or any other ancient Roman head garnishments). After being in grad school for five years, I'm doing my best to adjust to the real world; being gainfully employed helps. I'm teaching college, so I hope to do better than Ben Stein (both in the *Ferris Bueller* sense and the *being a speechwriter for Nixon* sense [shuddering]). While I might not be writing constitutions and international peace treaties, at least I have the chance to help a few people learn. On the other hand, if this doesn't work out there's always the backup plan of being the best educated deep fry operator at McDonalds or some other fine establishment...
I’m really good at
...listening, having an indepth conversation on something of substance or utter drivel (I've had debates on the nature of US hegemony in the 21st century to the monetary system of the United Federation of Planets; sadly, if I knew as much about the former as I did the latter, I would be a polisci superstar, for whatever thats worth ;-) ). I like to be artistic, but sadly I haven't had the time to do much lately. I'm a pretty good reader too, which helped with school. I like to write and draw a lot, but unfortunately most of my attempts at creativity have been put on the backburner as of late. The only upside is that I've become a pretty fast typer. I'm a good "floater" friend in that I never fit into a single clique, so I try to be friendly to everyone and help others when I can. Life is too short not to be nice to each other, and we're all in it together.

Oh, I'm really good at trivia, especially history stuff. If you need a phone-a-friend on a game show or need a Trivial Pursuit partner, I'm your guy. Or Ken Jennings, he'd do too, I suppose.
The first things people usually notice about me
No idea...I never really asked anyone. I suppose I should, but that seems a bit narcissistic. On the other hand, so is trying to describe myself in general. Whoops. I can be pretty quiet at times though...I think you can learn a lot more by sitting quietly and listening for a minute instead of talking for ten.

"Better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt."
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I'm a big sci-fi, history, and political fan when it comes to books, movies and tv shows. This means all the big ones of the last twenty-five years: Star Trek and all its incarnations and movies, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica (the new one), Lord of the Rings, and the entire Stargate franchise. I'm sure there are other movies I should mention, but who can remember on the spot? Oh, MST3K, although I don't know if that counts as a movie or a movie-in-movie (or movie-in-television?). A couple of friends are trying to watch all the Oscar-winning movies that are available, which makes me think I should try to as well, but I refuse to watch Crash again. I guess I'm a bit of the typical guy in liking action movies. I do think Moulin Rouge, is incredible though, and Four Weddings and a Funeral makes me think romantic comedies aren't a bastardized genre, so I don't fit in a perfect box, or so I tell myself.

My list of favorite books is a long and complicated list. Somehow, that makes it feel more private. It would be a good conversation topic, yes?

As for music, I'm pretty eclectic: marches, pop, classical, rock and roll, soundtracks, etc. I guess I just don't like harder stuff, like grunge or rap. Nothing against them if you are, just not my cup of tea.

When it comes to food, I like to try new things. Indian and Chinese are great, and trying new places is an adventure. Still, a good meal is made or broken by who you decide to eat with. Good company = a good meal.
The six things I could never do without
1) Friends 2) Family (and friends who are family) 3) Books 4) TV & DVD player/Netflix: either for spending the evening (which is most evenings, bars are icky) or for something in the background as I work. 5) Computer with Internet: thank you Al Gore! 6) probably my car for no other reason but to reach #1 and #2

Granted, not 'necessities,' but i'm assuming that food, shelter, and clothing would be boring and obvious.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
This once was "Why oh why did I go to grad school?" but now that it is done I suppose I can transfer my thoughts to an existential examination of existence as I approach a quarter/midlife crisis. Also I think about history, why movie plots are sadly predictable (answer: Shakespeare already did it all, except Die Hard apparently), why people are silly (while hypocritically ignoring my own silliness of course), and other aspects of life, the universe, and everything. Oh, and finding a pretty girl to settle down with, though I try not to obsess on that part.

I have a bad tendency to extrapolate whole conversations with people before I ever have them. I'd like to think this makes me extremely prepared, but most likely makes me look silly.

I don't know, what *should* I be thinking about? That's not a rhetorical question, if you have a good idea, let me know.
On a typical Friday night I am
I haven't had a typical Friday in a long time. Except that (with exceptions) I can stay up late with the expectation that I don't have to wake up early the next day. I'm up for good suggestions on this too, so long as they don't involve getting drunk or hanging around bars.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm really REALLY terrible at all *this*...chances are you're better off talking with someone else. Honest. :-\ Apparently it doesn't even matter since OkCupid will manipulate pages, results, and information for their "human experimentation" so...yeah.
You should message me if'd like to talk to me, I suppose. I think I'm a nice guy to know, but I'm biased, and we *all* know where nice guys finish. I'm not sure if online protocol places the expectation firmly on the male to send the first message, but it *is* the 21st century after all. It would be a cute story to tell our friends if it works out...

Or you can point out a grammatical mistake or spelling error I've made on this page. If you're going to write, you might as well write well.

But seriously, it's always fun to get a message.

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