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My self-summary
Like everyone else it seems, I'm a transplant to the Pacific Northwest. It was the best choice of my life to come out here to Seattle, even with the everlasting gray that invades from October to late April.

I'm a geek who has no trouble interacting with the outside world, a left-winger who realizes we can't turn into Sweden overnight, a guy with a less than intellectually demanding job but is all right with that fact, somebody who enjoys the outdoors but hasn't been camping since I was 11 (and almost drowned while camping when I was 8), a fan of comic books that doesn't have encyclopedic knowledge of what issue every third-tier Marvel villain showed up for the first time, and somebody who can enjoy a concert even if I only know a few of the bands songs.

One way to put it is that I'm an idealist with realistic expectations.
What I’m doing with my life
Working for The Man. It pays the bills and keeps the lights on. That's the importance to me. I have larger plans for my life, but they are to be determined.

What's I'm doing with my life is a whole different thing. Working on various scripts for graphic novels ideas I have, catching up on books I've missed during my life, enjoying the Seattle summer while it lasts (this will likely be changed in a few months) by going to various parks and bodies of water, buying tickets for concerts of bands of whom I know only of because I upvoted two of their songs during a three hour Pandora binge, and finding random restaurants on Yelp to try out.

Plus, I think, like any other rational human being, part of our purpose is to leave this world a slightly better place than when I left the womb.

Whether that's by writing, organizing, voting, arguing, or donating to the causes that need the help, I realize we probably won't have the utopian Star Trek future by time my time expires, but if I do well, I'll be considered an out of touch fuddy duddy conservative by my descendants.
I’m really good at
wandering Seattle via the bus system, looking at tall buildings and wondering how Spider-Man would get from building to building in Seattle or wondering if certain buildings or houses would make good sets for a movie, certain forms of writing even though I might be a little rusty, procrastinating, listening, advice about things I've never experienced, and living according to the axiom it's better to know 10% about 70% of stuff instead of knowing 70% about 10% of stuff.

Oh, and sleeping. I can sleep like a motherfucker. Don't try to call me at 2AM. It won't work.
The first things people usually notice about me
Probably my face. But, that's what 99% of humans notice about 99% of other humans. So, maybe you notice my right knee first?
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Music - First, there's the Drive-By Truckers and the The Hold Steady. They are in my opinion, the two best bands active in the US and in a sane world, they'd be considered America's best rock band instead of I don't know, Mumford & Sons?

The rest of my tastes range everywhere from Kanye West to HIM to Fitz & The Tantrums and back around to Bruce Springsteen. Aside from country music based in Nashville made after about 1999 and really dark death metal (sorry, I like human voices, not guttural sounds), I am that guy who will listen to anything once.

Honestly, Pandora has added about 50 bands into my, "I'd go see them in concert" pile via random binges, so I've got that going for me.

This isn't even getting into my podcast addiction.

Movies - Like any good geek, I've given my respects to the canon of classics (Alien, Ghostbusters, Blade Runner, etc.), but I've also enjoyed the last ten years of superhero movies, even though it has meant that I can't engage in conversation with any person I see wearing a Captain America shirt about random back issues. However, I also enjoy the Oscar-bait movies that show up every year, enjoy the usual classics (Casablanca! To Kill a Mockingbird!), and I'll even admit to having a weakness for animation beyond Pixar, as Kung Fu Panda is one of my favorite Blu-Ray's I own.

TV Shows - I'll admit at the start that I believe plowing through a whole season or so of a TV show over a few days can be good for the soul. After acquiring them via 'other means', I scarfed down the Blu-Ray's for Game of Thrones, would've donated money to the Veronica Mars kickstarted if I had the cash at the time, and wish Troy & Abed in the Morning were a real television show.

Books - I've got a whole damn bookshelf of them. In addition to my bookshelf of graphic novels. I have pictures. I can prove it.

As for my tastes, it really falls into two giant piles. Works of non-fiction about political topics ranging from the obvious to the obscure and mystery fiction. Something about a good detective story appeals to me, whether it's the ultra bleakness of Andrew Vachss, the peppy carnage of Robert Crais, or the Boston soaked prose of Dennis Lehane.

Plus, I need to catch up on science fiction I've missed over the past few years. Give me ideas!

Food - I'll admit, that as a single human being, it can be a little tough to get the motivation to cook for yourself something cool when macaroni and cheese is so much easier and so much yummier at the moment.

But, I do believe that cooking together, even if it goes horribly, is one of the most fun things you can do with another person, plus we live in Seattle. If it totally falls apart, we've got literally hundreds of great restaurants to choose from.
Six things I could never do without
First, there's my laptop. Because it's the 21st century and I'm a human being who enjoys having a connection to the outside world. Also, to fall down the occasional wikipedia hole.

Then, my phone. Not because I'm obsessed with texting or Instagramming (not that there's anything wrong with that), but rather, because that's where I get my podcasts. And access to those podcasts help me get through work.

After that, let's say my ORCA card for the bus system. Because I can't bike all the way to work, I haven't driven in a decade, and I'm not good at being awake when I leave work.

Also, let's go with my creativity. Not because it always serves me well, is around at the right moment, or even makes me witty sometimes, but because without it, I truly don't know what I'd do with myself. Ignorance may be bliss, but dammit, it'd be some boring ass bliss.

Now, notice how I mentioned my shelf of graphic novels in the things you like section, but didn't list off any of them? Well, here we are. Yup, I like 'em that much. Thus, the second whole bookshelf. Which is broken at the moment.

Whether it's noir like 100 Bullets, horror action such as BRPD, the spy books Queen & Country, supernatural westerns like Sixth Gun or the sci-fi weirdness of various Image books, they're utterly fantastic.

Finally, pizza. Because pizza is awesome. Even bad pizza.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
realizing I'm part of the last generation who will know a world before ubiquitous Internet access (aside from when Skynet goes online), why we're the only First World country without a universal health care system or a decent social safety net, politics in general, will I think my grandkids are as wild and crazy as today's grandparents do, if ten miles in from the water will be beachfront property soon enough, and most importantly - what does the Shadow know?
On a typical Friday night I am
some combination of going to a concert of a band who've I've upvoted a total of three songs on Pandora, visiting a good restaurant that doesn't charge $50 a plate, doing something weird and geeky (like watching Game of Thrones in a bar with a bunch of other people or playing mini golf in Georgetown), and hopefully, meeting new people.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
is that I still watch pro wrestling. Yes, I know it's fake. I still enjoy it. It's weird to explain. I have a whole intellectual explanation, but a lot of it is because UFC and boxing is boring and too violent at times.
You should message me if
I want to make the best of time while I'm here on this little blue ball 93 million miles from Sol, whether it's exploring neighborhoods I haven't had a chance to really dig deep into with cool people, finding new and interesting ways to kill time, or combining those two things in extremely dumb ways.

So, if you've got ideas around that, hit me up.
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