32Drexel Hill, United States
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My self-summary
There was about a one month span of time in which my profile was a short story, but I feel like it is time to repopulate it.

I tend to talk in stories, which is how this happened. I collect them. Whether they are stories where I am the protagonist, or stories friends have told me, or stories that random people have told, or stories I overheard while sitting on a bench somewhere reading. Then I tell them to people. Sometimes when we are face to face and other times when they are reading.
What I’m doing with my life
I do freelance technology work. I write poems, publish them when I can, and read them out in the world sometimes.

When I am not engaging in my job that pays me or my job that doesn't pay me, I live in an intentional community at an Episcopal church, where I volunteer as community coordinator, and am working on becoming a deacon (as you can imagine, this means my faith is very important to me, but I am very non-judgmental about faith and spirituality, I don't mind what you believe so I hope you won't mind what I believe).

I also volunteer at a food pantry in the city pretty much every week.
I’m really good at
Listening to things. This could be a specific person or just hearing what is going on in the world. I am notorious for overhearing a snippet of conversation, holding onto it for years, then translating that into an awesome present that someone would never expect.

Cooking and baking bread. I am really into the idea of what food says about a person/community/culture and I am fascinated by the ways that different things come together to create a whole dish. I also think that it says a lot about humans that communion over dinner has been in nearly every culture since the beginning of time. I love to cook a meal for a big group of people so that we can all sit down and tell our stories.
The first things people usually notice about me
The words tattooed around my arms. I have had many strangers walk up and grab my arm (usually drunkenly) to try to read the various fonts scrawled across my flesh.

Also, I apparently have a very distinct walk. I had a friend in college who could identify me halfway across campus just by the way I was walking.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Poets: Whitman, Neruda, Jeffrey McDaniel, Lord Byron, Heaney, Ted Hughes, James Wright (who I bear an uncanny resemblance to), John Berryman, Sandburg, Ginsberg, Saul Williams.

Prose-ists: John Green, Faulkner, Vonnegut, Lovecraft, King, Jonathan Safran Foer, J.K. Rowling, Gogol, Bulgagov, Fitzgerald.

Podcasts: Rude Alchemy, Welcome to Night Vale, Stuff You Should Know, The Moth, MBMBaM, The Adventure Zone.

Music: Neutral Milk Hotel, Andrew Jackson Jihad, The Decemberists, The Flaming Lips, The Mountain Goats, The Arcade Fire, Defiance Ohio, Bright Eyes, Death Cab for Cutie, The Hold Steady, Mumford and Sons, The Violent Femmes, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Pixies, Tom Waits, mewithoutYou, The Psalters, Sufjan Stevens, Band of Horses, Johny Cash, Hank Williams Sr., Hank3 (I have strong opinions on the Williams lineage), Steve Earle, Elvis Presley, Elvis Costello, Breathe Owl Breathe, Modest Mouse, The Shins, The Clash, NOFX, Rancid Streetlight Manifesto, X, Joy Division, The Cure, The Smiths, The Replacements, Jay-Z, The Fugees, Lauren Hill, Aesop Rock, The Roots. (How predictable right?)

Television: Twin Peaks, How I Met Your Mother, Monk, Weeds, Californication, Big Bang Theory, Rosanne, Firefly, Doctor Who.

Movies: Star Wars, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Wristcutters: A Love Story, Stranger than Fiction, Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, Annie Hall, Midnight in Paris, Hannah and Her Sisters, Whatever Works, Garden State, The Waking Life, Dead Poets Society, Liberal Arts, Moonrise Kingdom, To Rome With Love, The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Food: I am not a picky eater. I try to cook as much at home as possible. I'm a big fan of Indian, Thai, and Mexican. They are my big three. But I can make a mean chicken (or tofu *shhh don't tell the South*) and dumplings and many other Southern staples. My grandfather was born and died in Delaware and had very vehement feelings about slippery dumplings versus drop dumplings, so I was born into Southern cooking.
Six things I could never do without
1. Friends (this includes family, since I'm friends with most of them, Facebook says so)
2. Paper and a pen (this is technically cheating, but the two are so interconnected to separate them seems wrong)
3. Music (whether it is in the form of mp3s, records, or some bar band playing while I drink... life needs a soundtrack)
5. Grass (greatest symbol ever, re-read Leaves of Grass if you don't believe me)
6. Stories (see, I skipped 4 to make up for 2)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What clouds look like. Circus folk. Why I don't have the gumption to sell everything and become part of the aforementioned circus folk. Dustbowl Era imagery. How it is possible that The Big Bang Theory and Rosanne share the same creator as Two and a Half Men. How it is possible that my roommate and I seem to be the only two people on the planet who hate Two and a Half Men. What makes cut grass smell so good.
On a typical Friday night I am
Sometimes I go out to the bar with my friends. Sometimes I do nerdy things then go to sleep early. The latter has been happening more often than the former of late.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have become hopelessly addicted to Pawn Stars. The show is fierce.

I am currently working on organizing my home library. The categories go as such:

1. Modern Fiction (1900-Present)
2. Classic Fiction (Pre-1900)
3. Poetry
4. Young Adult/Kids Books
5. Reference/Non-Fiction
6. Mythology/Folklore
7. Science Fiction/Fantasy
8. Old Books (like the books themselves are old)
9. Philosophy/Theology

Yes, I am a nerd.
Finally, I have spent far more time thinking about a zombie escape plan than a grown man probably should. However, in light of the last 6 months, I'm thinking that may not have been such a bad thing.
You should message me if
You think it should be a crime to look at someone funny because they are an adult and still watch kid's cartoons and wear shoes that they've written on in permanent marker.

You are okay with the fact that I talk in stories.

You'd like to offer me notes on my short stories or know how to end them, because that is always nice.

You live in or around Media, PA and are looking for new friends who throw killer parties one night, then spend the next sitting on a deck or porch or veranda talking about books and stuff.
The two of us