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My self-summary
The good: I'm a wise-cracking attorney 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 bill soul-crushing hours. (So committing to carve out the time to spend with someone and making the most of that time are important to me.)

The ugly: Full disclosure, I'm a Republican and a capitalist. No, no, not a mustache-twirling robber baron (a term I don't care for, by the way). More like a... a captain of industry!
What I’m doing with my life
I practice private equity law at a firm downtown and live in Lincoln Park. I'm also kicking around an idea for my own startup company in my free time, but working on it is kind of unpleasant because it reminds me of this nagging fear that I might not ever summon up the will to make anything out of it. So there's that.

Also, I like playing piano and guitar. I started playing piano in high school but fell out of practice during college and law school. Trying to get back into the habit, but the classically trained pianist who lives one floor above me isn't helping. (They're literally pounding out the Mozart as I'm typing this.) Guitar, however, is completely new to me.
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), Willpower. I've recently jumped back into reading the classics that I SparkNoted in high school. You can see what I've just finished here.

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 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, Peaky Blinders, Scrubs, Special Report with Brett Baier (the best hour of news on television), the Tudors (Henry's kind of a wallflower, amiright?). My sister is a correspondent for CNN, but she mainly makes appearances during the day, so I never see it, but I feel like family loyalty requires me to list it.

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: Chinese. Italian. Mexican. Thai.
The 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) Red wine.
(5) A paycheck.
(6) My library card. (Shut up. Not one. Word.)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
whether I should name my next dog 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. Saturday nights are anyone's guess.
You should message me if
Actually, you don't need to. I'll message you if you seem interesting and I'd like to get to know you. So it helps if you've put just a little effort into your profile so there's more likely to be something interesting to ask you about. If you're just a pretty face, then the only message I could really send you is something along the lines of, "Hey, you have a pretty face." (Yes, I actually have done that when I wanted to passively aggressively make the point that someone's profile contained nothing interesting to comment on.)

But you should respond if you'd like to meet up for coffee or brunch some weekend. (Although I'd be drinking tea because I can't flippin' stand coffee, but social conventions are what they are.) Alternatively, as weeknights usually aren't good for me, if you'd like to meet early in the morning for coffee (see above) or a quick breakfast before work.

Ultimately, I'm looking for a long-term relationship that grows out of short-term dating; i.e., I think you have to go on lots of first and second dates with lots of different people and then very few third and fourth dates with only the ones you actually click with. So we should try that first or second date and see if it leads to the third or fourth.