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My self-summary
I'm 30 and have lived in the Atlanta area most of my life. I'm very open-minded, laid-back, and empathetic. For example, I know how you're feeling right now, and yes, I do sound like a pretty great guy.

I have absolutely no felony convictions, although I did get a speeding ticket once.

I've been fortunate enough to have had some amazing adventures. I have taken a zip-line off the Great Wall of China, hung out with Anthony Bourdain in rural Thailand, jumped out of an airplane, and eaten at the finest restaurant in New Orleans. And while I do appreciate down-time, in general I think there's a pretty good balance.
What I’m doing with my life
I've got a solid job with a telecomm company, but I'm still kind of searching for a more long-term career path. Outside of work, I have a great group of friends in Atlanta who I spend time with, and you can't keep me away from a good book.
I’m really good at
When I keep up with practicing, I'm a pretty good swimmer, if not quite on par with Michael Phelps (yet?).

I cook a mean chicken piccata, as well as a few other choice dishes.

I love writing, especially humorous observations on the absurdity of life.

I have a great ear for languages, although I can't for the life of me reproduce a good southern accent (despite having lived pretty much my whole life below the Mason-Dixon line).
The first things people usually notice about me
Well aside from, of course, my dashing good looks and regal bearing, I try to let my sense of humor lead first impressions. Also, I come in at just over six feet, so to some people I may appear to have a certain "tallness" about me. But I've spent a fair amount of time in China, so I may have an inflated sense of height.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain (but anything by him, really); John Donne's poetry; The Hitchhiker's Guide series; The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Movies: Once; Monty Python and the Holy Grail; Snatch; American History X, The Usual Suspects; Mulan

Shows: The Daily Show; Slings and Arrows; The Twilight Zone; The West Wing; Arrested Development; Firefly

Music: Counting Crows; Mumford & Sons; Rachel Platten; Johnny Cash; Lady Danville

Food: Beijing roast duck; Freshly made banh mi with all the fixins; Painfully spicy Thai curry; Medium-rare filet mignon with a side of asparagus and a glass of good red wine
Six things I could never do without
Potable water; swimming pools; podcasts (for my commute); family; my sense of humor; delicious food in the company of friends.

But why six? Is there some kind of algorithm for figuring out a person's personality where you need the six favorite things, and five just isn't enough? But I digress....
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I can while away hours thinking of deep philosophical issues like consciousness, the afterlife, and what did I have for breakfast this morning? Was it eggs? No, that was yesterday.

I also think it's fascinating that I have a device that can let me communicate with essentially anyone on the globe, freeze an image that can then be seen by all my friends, and allow me to update my OkCupid profile when I should be working. Technology is amazing.
On a typical Friday night I am
Hanging out with friends, teaching swimming lessons (in the warmer months), cooking dinner, or playing around on the internet (Cracked.com makes me very happy).
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have an irrational aversion to oxidized pennies (or any other gunkified coin). I am in no way a germophobe, but handling grody money makes me feel like someone is running their nails along a chalk board.
You should message me if
...You have a functional keyboard, the ability to hold a decent conversation, and no plans to kill me in my sleep. Look, as a male on this web site I know that I'll be doing more sending than receiving, so I won't limit the latter too much.
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