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My self-summary
***Just found out I was accepted to a PhD program, and so there's a 99% chance I'll be moving out of the state (don't know where EXACTLY yet) come August, make of that what you will***

I had typed up a new self-summary, realized it sounded really well prepared, really well thought out, too well rehearsed. So I'm going to start typing without really thinking here and see what happens. I think that better fits my blood.

I want to do as much as possible. I like wine, philosophy, writing music, writing words, reading words, combat sports, camping, beer. I like to step out on a Sunday afternoon, and walk or bike around town looking for something interesting. If I'm at home I feel cooped up. I'm always trying to create action.

My hobbies are judo, weightlifting, and attempting to get into PhD programs. I've seldom met a karaoke bar I didn't like.

Lazy river tubing with plenty of Leinenkugel's. Drive-in movie theaters.

I'm a feminist and a progressive. I'm without religion. I think going through life treating people with basic dignity because you've constructed your own code of ethics through experience is beautiful. Though I certainly don't look down on the religious, I come from a religious family. There are things about it that I appreciate.

I play in bands. I've done some touring around the country a bit, sleeping on floors, getting kicked out of truck-stops, getting paid in beer, having equipment stolen, the works. It was awesome. I'm terrified that I'll never do it again. My current band sticks to the local bars. I spend a lot of my time in dark bars listening to very loud music.

I tend to be impulsive. I will get myself into weird situations without an exit strategy. I want stories, man. There's nothing more important to me than stories.

I'm a major sports fan. I've found that the more I've gotten into philosophy and social/political/critical theory, the more I appreciate sports. I can count my sports fan friends on a single hand probably, and it makes me sad.

I try to be well dressed, sometimes I fail.

I try to stay well rounded.

Some weekends I host karaoke at a bar near my apartment.

To quote Camus: "The point is to live."
What I’m doing with my life
Trying to accumulate the widest variety of experiences I can. But less abstractly, I work in labor advocacy. I work for a law firm that represents truck drivers who are fired for refusing to violate safety regulations. I am a part time karaoke host.

I'm a few months away from testing for a black belt in Judo. I train often and compete in tournaments regularly. The easiest way to explain what Judo is: Japanese wrestling.

I'm working on getting into PhD programs. English and Political Science... blended together, into a delicious stew, which I serve up to anyone who will listen.
I’m really good at
Public speaking. Playing rock shows. Karaoke. Carrying a discussion. School.
The first things people usually notice about me
Probably my voice. I tend to be talking. I tend to be the loudest guy in the room. It really isn't my fault I swear; I come from a loud family and am the son of a lawyer.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Julian (Vidal), The Magic Mountain (Mann), Ulysses (Joyce), The Remains of the Day (Ishiguro), Willard and His Bowling Trophies (Brautigan), Cat's Cradle; Slaughterhouse V; Breakfast of Champions Dead Eye Dick (Vonnegut); Mrs. Dalloway (Wolfe); Song of Solomon (Morrison). My one New Years resolution was to read more books by women and non-white people, because, as you can see, my reading list is chock-a-block with white dudes. I've been doing pretty well, but I was recently convinced to make my first foray into Stephen King as a brief detour: not impressed so far.

Movies... Patton, Barton Fink, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, Taxi Driver, Apocalypse Now, Network, Rambo, No Country For Old Men, Waterworld, Braveheart, The Thing, Ridicule, The Godfather, Wayne's World, Koyaanisqatsi. Lots more.

Music... A melange of mostly guitar based rock music. I'll just say, "The Melvins", and then plug a bunch of my favorite local bands: Fort Wilson Riot, With a Gun For a Face, The Funeral and the Twilight, Self Evident, Hardcore Crayons, etc. etc. I don't really look at musical taste as an indicator of a good match. I will say, though, that my time as a karaoke host has made me hate the following things: Journey, Bon Jovi, Neil Diamond.

TV... Can't say I watch a whole lot of television. I haven't had cable for five years and aim to keep it that way. But there are a few obsessions: Party Down is the greatest television show ever made. Watch it (only 20 episodes). Parks and Rec, Cheers, Arrested Development, 30 Rock. I think my least favorite thing on television is the serial drama.
Six things I could never do without
Books. Word processor. The internet. Agreeable camping spots. Good conversation. Drive-in movie theaters.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Confronting the absurd. Dealing with how to persist in a vast, empty universe. My ongoing, messy breakup with postmodernism.

What to do next.
On a typical Friday night I am
If I'm not hosting karaoke, I usually do Judo and lifting after work, followed by a shower then out the door to go to a show, or something along that axis.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Once, at a party, my friends told me I was like a cross between ALF, Frasier Crane, and Baloo the Bear.
You should message me if
Basically, if you're into culture, politics, arts, academic pursuits; but also don't mind something silly and brainless once in awhile while enjoying a beer or three. I'm going to be leaving Minnesota in August, so obviously, nothing long term here, doesn't mean we can't have a good time.

If you think this is awesome:
The two of us