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My self-summary
I asked a friend of mine from law school what she'd write if I let her edit my dating profile. Her take on me: Intelligent, thoughtful, sincere gentleman with midwestern sensibilities looking for a kind soul with an ambitious spirit.

Generally true (gentleman... ish?), but I'm not sure that that gives you enough to go on, so let's fill in some gaps:

The good: I'm a wise-cracking attorney with no student loan debt who's working and saving hard so I can chart my own path in my 30s.

The bad: I work at a large law firm downtown and work more hours than I care to.

The ugly: Full disclosure, I'm a Republican and a capitalist. No, no, not a mustache-twirling robber baron. More like a... a captain of industry!
What I’m doing with my life
I live in Lincoln Park and practice private equity law at a firm downtown. I also run a (very) small website on the side. It's a work in progress, but my dream is to turn it into something big.

When I'm not working, I like to run outside whenever it's nice out. I read a fair amount, and I almost never set foot on a bus or a train without a book in hand. And sometimes I play a little piano and guitar (poorly) and harmonica (not so poorly).

Every so often, I'll pick up a short-term hobby or interest just for a few weeks to see how I like it. Once, it was French. Another time, it was bowling. Right now, it's barbecue. Don't ask why. I don't know. But it was a good life decision.
I’m really good at
seeing what you did there. (And making asides in parentheticals.)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Atlas Shrugged, the Catcher in the Rye, the Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law, Never Eat Alone, Steve Jobs, Three Felonies a Day (scared the heck out of me). Just finished Willpower and the Power of Habit.

Movies: American Beauty, the Big Lebowski, the Big Short, Casablanca, Casino Royale, the Departed, the Empire Strikes Back, the Godfather, Hook, the Hunger Games (yes, I know they're for teenage girls, shut up), It's a Wonderful Life, Lonesome Dove (except for the water moccasin scene where a fellow Irishman gets it), the Rock, Se7en, V for Vendetta.

Shows: The Americans, the Big Bang Theory, Firefly, Friday Night Lights (Tim Riggins is the Dillon, Texas-equivalent of Christ, discuss), House of Cards, How I Met Your Mother, the League, the Man in the High Castle, Peaky Blinders, Scrubs. I'm currently in that awful Amazon/Netflix Hell in which I can't find a show that I want to watch and get into. Suggestions welcome. (No, seriously, help!)

Music: Arctic Monkeys, The Beatles, Ben Folds, the Black Keys, the Bravery, Death Cab for Cutie, Eric Clapton, Franz Ferdinand, the Fratellis, Good Charlotte, the Killers, the Kooks, Jimmie Eat World, Modest Mouse, the New Rivals, the Offspring, Pink Floyd, the Postal Service, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Rolling Stones, the Shins, the Strokes.

Food: Barbecue, Chinese, Italian, Mexican, pizza, sushi, Thai.
Six things I could never do without
(1) My iPhone. (His name is Spock.)

(2) My computer(s). (Personal laptop's name is Hal. Work laptop's name is Tron. iPad's name is Deep Thought.)

(3) My car. (Her name is Abigail.)

(4) My library card. (Shut up. Not one. Word.)

(5) Dogs.

(6) Weekends.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
whether I should name my next dog (who will also be golden retriever because they're the best) Aslan or Rikki-Tikki-Tavi.
On a typical Friday night I am
cutting out of work a little early. But Fridays aren't really my going-out nights because I get up really early on Saturdays to run by the lake. On Saturday nights, I typically like to try new restaurants.
You should message me if
you don't want to die alone!

But seriously, online dating seems really foreign to me. I like to think of myself as being old fashioned and wish I could just bump into "the one" in a chance meeting somewhere. I like the idea of us having to put in a little more effort than just swiping right. So let's try this instead: On weekends and nonreligious federal holidays, you can find me at one of my favorite places throughout the city:

(1) Starbucks at the corner of Clark and Diversey. Sometimes I go there to sit and sketch and exercise my out-of-shape drawing skills. Other times I go there to catch up on e-mails. You'll occasionally see me look up from the laptop and absently look around the room as though I'm pensively considering something I've just read. I'm not. I'm looking to see if there's anyone in the vicinity who might want to have an intelligent and engaging conversation. Unfortunately, people mostly have their earbuds in. Hey, that's where you come in!

(2) Barnes and Noble on State. I like to wander through the stacks and figure out what to buy next. (Character flaw disclosure: I tend to buy books faster than I read them.) I will almost always check out the personal growth section--and no, not because I have the emotional capacity of a twelve-year-old (I know, you're hilarious), but as an homage to the section where Sally met Harry (again) and didn't hate him quite as much as before.

(3) Various cooking classes throughout the city. I don't have a go-to one yet and am trying each one I find. Word on the street is that this is a good way for single people to meet each other, but for me, that's just a fringe benefit. I really go because I get really tired of working really hard in the kitchen, spilling something, and then seeing the ants go marching in the other direction. So ungrateful. It has to stop.

(4) Running on the Lakeshore Trail. I've always run for exercise, but I never understood why those weirdoes wanted to run marathons and half marathons. And then I caught the 5K/10K bug and am now working toward said half marathon myself. *Grumble*.

So there you have it: your blueprint to meeting me (or someone else of similar habits and background) IRL. Let's get to it.
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