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My self-summary
Why is the first question here the hardest?

I'm happiest when I've got a lot going on. I have a strong sense of self, am very independent, strive to be charitable and kind, have a great knack for making others laugh, and just like who I am. I love exploring and learning, whether it's reading a new book, backpacking in a new country, or debating the meaning of life over coffee or drinks.
What I’m doing with my life
After taking a year-long sabbatical, I now work as an accounting manager for an NGO in Minneapolis. I also taught part-time at a community college this past academic year. I've stepped back from that to start working on other goals (anyone want to start a hostel?).

Outside of work, I keep pretty busy: volunteering (Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers Big Sisters), running and biking, travel near and far, salsa lessons, etc.
I’m really good at
I'm really good at talking about most anything. I've done enough things that it's easy to connect with anyone. I'm a pretty happy person, and have done the amateur contest at Acme Comedy Club many times. I've yet to win, so while I'm not professionally funny, I'm funny enough to be sure you'll have a good time.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm tall, in decent shape, and I look like I'm a fun time.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Movies: Lost In Translation, indie films at the Uptown / Lagoon theaters.
Books: geeky/wonky stuff like Freakanomics, The Tipping Point, etc. Funny stuff like David Sedaris.
Music: recent concerts have included Rural Alberta Advantage and Dropkick Murphys. I'm all over the map.
Food: yes. I like food. I'm a horrible cook, but I enjoy trying new things.
Six things I could never do without
Coffee shops.
The Economist.
(Note to self: come up with three more things for this list.)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Everything. I can be a bit spastic.

I also wonder why people jump through the hoop of "liking" me, but doing it secretly through A-List. Grow a pair and message me already. Sixth grade was a few years ago, eh?
On a typical Friday night I am
Art crawls, live music, sporting events, leisurely happy hours on outside patios.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I once shaved my head for charity. I once dressed in a bear costume because someone had a bear costume. I ran for city council 12 years ago because it only cost $50 to do so. Well, these are my sober private confessions, at least for now.
You should message me if
You're prepared to have beer shoot out of your nose at happy hour.... or, instead, maybe I'll just try to time my jokes so you're not mid-sip.

Seriously, I'd love to hear back if you're authentic, not big into material things, like being active, have an independent streak, and still growing and learning.
The two of us