matt121280
36San Francisco, United States
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My self-summary
I need to revise this whole thing, but here's the short version: caring, thoughtful, sometimes silly, on here looking for what we're all looking for. Pretty classic INTJ. Fan of nights in with good food and a bottle of wine.
What I’m doing with my life
I work in tutoring and test preparation, and I'm self employed, which is great because I'm able to be independent and set my own schedule. I think I need those things, which is probably why I've never had a normal 9-5 kind of job. I'm not sure what I'll be doing in ten years, but I'm very happy with what I'm doing now.

Outside of work, my biggest interest is golf. I compete at a pretty high level — if you know golf handicaps, I'm a +2 — and I've been playing since I was 4 years old. It offers just about everything that I could want - it's social, competitive, and athletic, it's outdoors, and it's something I really enjoy, although sometimes the competition brings occasional heartbreak along with all of the good stuff. Golf keeps physical fitness on my mind as well. People say a lot of things about golfers as a group, but I've made a lot of great friends through the game.

Cooking is the other pursuit into which I'm putting a lot of effort these days. As I mentioned, I'm in a bit of a transitional period right now, trying a number of different things. Cooking French food the last few years was a perfect foundation, because not only do I have a pretty strong repertoire of those dishes, but I've also figured out the secrets to tons of stuff like spinach dip, meatballs, spring rolls...anyway, it's a lot of fun.

I enjoy trying new things and having a good time, but in the end I don't have a long list of hobbies like some people do. Basically I do a few things - I work, I play golf, I cook, I keep fit, and I spend quality time with my friends - and I try to do each of those as fully as I can.
I’m really good at
I can make people laugh and make them keep laughing. It's one of the things I'm really glad that I can do. I'm good at mental and intellectual kinds of things. I can usually solve just about any sort of problem I'm faced with. I'm a pro at explaining things because, well, that's my job - I'm actually a pro at explaining things. And I'm a champion at grammar.
The first things people usually notice about me
That I'm smiling. On work days, that my shirt and tie are impeccably matched. That I'm a great listener. And that I give wonderful hugs.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Honestly, I need to read more, but one of the good things about my job is that I get to spend a lot of time with some of the classics. I've been through Romeo and Juliet four times now and I get more and more out of it every time. Still, I hope to be a much more well-read person a few months from now.

Movies: Igby Goes Down (my intellectual side), Office Space (my funny side), Caddyshack (my golfer side).
Six things I could never do without
1. My backpack. Essential gear for a tutor.

2. My computer. Sometimes you just have to compute, you know?

3. My good silicone scraper/spatula. I can't stand leaving all the good stuff in the pan.

4. My extra iPhone charger. I listen to a lot of internet radio and I basically have to recharge everywhere I go.

5. A few close friends who I know care a lot about me.

6. A sense of humor in good times and bad.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
A lot of things! I'm a thinker. But typically I'm thinking about what I can do for one of my students, what I'm cooking for my next meal, and whether the joke I just thought of is funny or just dorky. In a more long-term sense, I think ahead months, not years. I'm not exactly sure where I'll be in a few years but I'm planning the ride, not the destination.

Also, I love the Instagram feed on here but it would be even better if they showed the captions too, right?
On a typical Friday night I am
Meeting a couple of friends for a drink, maybe hanging out at someone's house. Might be getting ready for a long night out, or might just as easily be chilling on my own at home just winding down.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I keep my cereal in the freezer. What's the point of cold milk on room-temperature cereal, right?
You should message me if
You've made it this far and you think we might get along. I'm nice, I promise. :o)
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