tiger_whisperer
35 Brooklyn, United States
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My self-summary
I'm a human. So if nothing else, at least we have that in common.
I'm a software developer to pay the bills and a comedy writer on the side to let the creative impulses loose. I love animals, play the piano, and bake the world's best cinnamon-kahlua brownies, not to brag or anything. I started improv classes to step a bit out of my comfort zone, and to my everlasting surprise, they’re a ton of fun.

A major travel bug bit me and now the whole world's pretty much on my bucket list. So far, I've visited twenty-four countries — met amazing people, seen so many new perspectives, and discovered gumption and superpowers I didn't know I had. Like when I was lost in Sofia. Did you know I can speak Bulgarian? Neither did I.

My close friends would say I'm anywhere from mindless silliness to total brainiac depending on the who, what, where, when, and sometimes why, and if I'm truly on fire, I can do both at the same time. Also, if I'm truly on fire, please douse me in water and foam. Much appreciated.
What I’m doing with my life
Programming computers and forcing them to do tedious math.

Performing in improv shows with some friends.

I've been working out with a personal trainer at Equinox for a few months, so apparently now I'm committed to doing planks and deadlifts for the rest of my life. :-/

And it looks like my weekends for the next four years will be full of protesting and sending postcards and phone calls to my elected representatives. Sad!
I’m really good at
Putting ideas down on paper and finding the perfect words.

Building awesome blanket forts.

New York Times crossword puzzles.

Discovering awesome places in NYC to hang out with friends.

Being totally chill on stage, in front of a crowd, without a script.

Making those cinnamon-kahlua brownies I mentioned before. The secret ingredient is love. Also kahlua.
The first things people usually notice about me
An aura of gentle tranquility around me. Unless I'm wearing a hat, then people usually first notice the hat.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig, Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadter, Grendel by John Gardner, Wit by Margaret Edson, What If? by Randall Munroe.

Some of my favorite movies are Adaptation, Spirited Away, Amélie, and anything by Pixar that's not cars or planes-related. Here's what Netflix recommends for me: Peaky Blinders, whatever that is; like, five different Werner Herzog documentaries; and for some reason the "Angry Birds" movie.

These days, I'm watching Bojack Horseman, Last Week Tonight, and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. I still miss Friday Night Lights, Freaks and Geeks, Veronica Mars, Pushing Daisies, and Gravity Falls.

I listen to mostly indie rock at home, bubbly Top 40 pop in the car, and the soundtrack to the movie Gladiator at the gym.

I'm lucky enough to live within walking distance of a Shake Shack, and also within walking distance of a backup Shake Shack.
The six things I could never do without
Family.
Friends.
Good coffee.
My laptop.
Free time.
Groundless optimism.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Finding the right match in a shelter dog and giving him or her a forever home.

My itineraries when I finally get to ride the Trans-Siberian Railroad, or hike Mt. Kilimanjaro, or go dogsledding in Finland, or volunteering at an elephant preserve in Sri Lanka, or...
On a typical Friday night I am
Up for anything.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Sometimes I listen to Chumbawumba on a continuous loop at the gym.
You should message me if
Honestly, I can't think of any good reason not to message me.

Unless you're a Trump supporter. Then, don't. #fakepresident
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