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My self-summary
My whole life has revolved around the push and pull between the artistic and the scientific minds. Omnivorous with regard to both books and food. I have a pretty silly and occasionally dark sense of humor and laugh often and boisterously; yet, I apparently email and text quite formally. Midwestern in the sense that I'm quite well-mannered and handy with tools -- in addition to actually being from the Midwest -- but probably happier going to a museum or seeing an opera/play than watching sports or fixing something. I contain multitudes, duh.

If I had the choice between spending the afternoon at the Cloisters, going to an art installation/dance party till 4AM, going to Bear Mountain, seeing an opera/play/theater or cooking a fancy dinner (or tacos) at home and watching a movie/playing cards/researching cloisonne, I'd be genuinely hard-pressed to make a decision (though I would make one).

Items of Interest!:

-- Cash Cab winner!
-- Skipped 2nd grade. Distant history now, but it was definitely a formative event
-- Created/led a book club where several friends and I read the whole of Ulysses aloud across 16 Tuesday evenings while drinking Guinness and eating Irish treats
-- Made a few hundred dollars writing poetry. This probably places me in the 99.99th percentile of top poetry earners ever
-- I've been blurbed
What I’m doing with my life
I do building information modeling for an architectural engineering firm. Also, doing some writing and trying to learn how to talk to computers in code again and trying to get back into a good exercise regimen. Recently trying to get an exercise regimen going with a fair bit of success. Running, calesthenics , yoga, golf.

Past lives include: a fishmonger, materials scientist, playwright/director, poet, chef-in-training, filmmaker, rare book purveyor, book reviewer, trivia host (and champion!) and founder of a lawnmowing empire (OK, maybe more of a fiefdom...)
I’m really good at
Math/geometry, Bistromathics (which is really just a sub-field of math), cooking, fileting, shucking, baking, eating, poetry, absurdity, grammar, card and board games, trivia, conversating, being the big spoon
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm reasonably tall? Have 10 fingers? (I lost the others to child-soldiers in New Zealand. Don't ask.) The swagger of a used car salesman and the gait of a Peruvian pearl-diver??? Dunno -- that's your call.

Oh, and a fortune teller on Coney Island once told me I had a cracked aura, so if you have the Gift that's probably going to jump right out at you.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
These lists are kind of dumb (for an absurd number of reasons), but I still feel compelled to make at least truncated versions of them because I like making lists.

Books: Joyce, Atwood, Chandler, Pynchon, Ellroy, Mitchell, Amis
Recently: my friend Tom's debut novel Dry Bones in the Valley -- it's fantastic! Devil in the White City, The Book of the New Sun. On deck: Pale Fire, maybe New York Trilogy

Movies: I'm an old and foreign film buff -- Dr. Strangelove, Sunset Blvd., High and Low, Rear Window, Masculin Feminin, most Coens, Hitchcock, Kurosawa, Wilder, Renoir

TV: Breaking Bad, The Wire, Peep Show, Prime Suspect, IASIP, Venture Bros., Fawlty Towers, Mr. Show, Louie, Simpsons

Music: A smattering -- Talking Heads, Sonic Youth, Deerhunter, Pavement, The Kinks, GBV, Jackie Mittoo, reggae (dub - King Tubby and A Pablo), Big Boi/Outkast, Broken Social Scene, Class Actress, Woods, Janelle Monae, Wagner, Puccini (I listen to opera sometimes while I make buildings. I suspect it's quite similar to being a deity of some sort.) and many, many others. Recently listening to lots of Speedy Ortiz and Blood Orange.

Food: Mexican, Italian and French are my faves, but I'm not a picky eater. Would perform unspeakable acts for warmed/toasted goat cheese
The six things I could never do without
1. Tea -- I drink loads of the stuff, always unsweetened, sometimes iced, fan of all types except Lapsang Souchong and Earl Grey. Seriously, Charles Grey can take his bergamot and go fuck himself. Well, except for the reform stuff and abolition of slavery. That's ok, I suppose.

2. My chef's knife -- Wusthof. 10". Indispensable in the kitchen. Useful for making delicious things.

3. Glasses/contacts -- This may seem a bit of a cop out, but I have horrible vision and would probably have died in early adolescence if I had born in the pre-spectacle age. If you like migraines, playfully try on my glasses sometime.

4. Keys -- I'm slightly paranoid and obsessive about forgetting and losing my keys

5. Lighter -- Useful for tons of stuff. Besides, Prometheus went through some shit to bring us fire. The least I can do is carry some around in my pocket.

6. My rubber plant -- I love nature but have always had horrible success growing plants -- except for my rubber plant! I've successfully not-killed it for about 7 or 8 years now and watched it expand to about 12x its original size. It's like part of the family now. I call him Rubby.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Sea creatures, gelatos I have known, ineluctable modality of the visible
On a typical Friday night I am
Well, it all depends, doesn't it? It can be a friend's birthday party, drinks with co-workers, some sort of "thing" going on, simply cooking dinner at home, elaborately cooking dinner at home, reading quietly till the wee hours, upstate at a hotel/cabin. Who knows?
You should message me if
Well, if you found anything here interesting or piquing of interest, feel free to get in touch, obviously. Otherwise --

-- I recently won a Natural History museum membership. Free, potentially fun date if you're into that
-- You like leaving the city sometimes
-- You'll go see old movies or new bands with me
-- You're tall (This last is just a mild preference, not a deal-breaker by any means...)