35 Oakland, United States
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My self-summary
Let's do this.

Let's go on awkward first dates. Let's figure each other out. Let's get dressed up. Let's hang out. Let's brush up against each other. Let's dance, dance, dance. Let's read to one another. Let's play scrabble. Let's open up. Let's come up with cute nicknames. Let's exchange gifts. Let's be dorks. Let's hold hands. Let's go out. Let's stay in. Let's spoon. Let's say things we'll later regret. Let's cry. Let's make up. Let's kiss. Let's make each other laugh. Let's grow into each other. Let's write letters. Let's sing in harmony. Let's collaborate on art projects. Let's explore. Let's thumb wrestle. Let's accept each other's faults. Let's wish on falling stars. Let's go hiking. Let's learn new skills. Let's exchange mix CDs. Let's cross things off lists. Let's fly. Let's shake things up.

etc., etc., etc....
What I’m doing with my life
I am a librarian. I try to be stereotypically "librarian" in all the good ways (super-powers, infinite knowledge, etc.) while suppressing the negative tendencies (shushing strangers).

I have a ukulele that I can't put down and I play euphonium in a local community wind ensemble.

I also run quite a bit.
I’m really good at
finding answers and asking questions. And, breakfast.
The first things people usually notice about me
One day, I was jogging by an elementary school and one of the kids shouted from a third story window, "That man gotta big head!"

*update* A kid at the library I work at recently exclaimed out of the blue, "Mr. Brian, you have a skinny neck!" So maybe I don't have a big head after all, but it just seems that way in proportion to my slim neck. Who knows?
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Haruki Murakami, Dave Eggers, David Foster Wallace

Movies: Wes Anderson, Woody Allen, Quentin Tarantino, and the like.

Shows: The Colbert Report, Mad Men, The West Wing, SNL, Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock, The Office, House of Cards, Rachel Maddow, The PBS Newshour, Master of None.

Music: The White Stripes, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Dirt Bombs, The Arcade Fire, The Black Keys, The Decemberists, Kanye West, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., The National. Just discovered First Aid Kit and I'm in love.

Radio/Podcasts: This American Life, RadioLab, Judge John Hodgman, The Slate Political Gabfest.
The six things I could never do without
-Running shoes
-Good books
-Bill Murray
I spend a lot of time thinking about
how to better serve my community. Authenticity in the age of social media. The 2016 presidential election (#imwithher). Race and anti-racism...anti-bigotry, really. Projects. Breakfast.
On a typical Friday night I am
I'm probably reading or out with a few close friends.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I just found out that the song I had been singing along to on the radio is by Justin Bieber. This has shaken me to the core.
You should message me if
something you've read or saw here has struck a chord and you want to share what and/or why.