40 Cambridge, United States
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My self-summary
These summaries always leave me a little tongue-tied, but they can be fun
I'm a city person, and especially a Boston person. I've given other cities a chance, I spent 8 years in D.C. Although I can be very happy in other cities Boston is where I most feel at home. Moving back here reunited me with the friends I have around here, but I’m always excited to meet new people here --- and hopefully start a relationship with somebody special.
I love food. Cooking, baking, eating, exploring. Whether it is cooking at home or going out, finding great things to eat is always a treat. One of the best parts about having returned to Boston are all the new restaurants and cocktail bars to check out. I’m also a skilled cook and baker. This winter has given me plenty of time to experiment with a new type of bread or other dish. My most recent project was home-made Mexican mole sauce over chicken.
Aside from creativity in the kitchen, I am also an occasional glassblower when life permits. Still a student, but I discovered that glass is my artistic medium of choice. I never thought I was particularly artistic, but it turns out I just needed to find the right (inconvenient) medium to work in.
Confession Time: I'm a geek. Like a real geek. I've been to sci-fi cons, played role-playing games, and am a dedicated (although not fanatical) Apple user. And I'm proud of being a geek. I think I hit most of the good parts of geeky-ness without straying into the anti-social stereotypes. Fit that wherever you will on the geek-dork-nerd hierarchy.
I love to travel, especially when I can do unique things while traveling. I've been to Burning Man, worked on an Archaeological dig, and blown glass in Venice.
What I'm not great at is these description things, but I think this will do for now.
What I’m doing with my life
Right now I'm just enjoying being in the right place for me. I'm in a job I really enjoy, in a lovely apartment, and in my favorite city.
I'm also emerging from the hibernation that most of the Boston area has fallen into. Enough of hiding away from the snow and cold! There are bars, restaurants, and concerts out there than need to be enjoyed. It may not yet be spring, but I think I can pretend.
I’m really good at
I'm good at making friends and preparing feasts – the two seem to go together somehow. I'm also good at learning things, and my career at a university lets me continue to pursue that passion.
And although I'm not great at it yet, I'm getting pretty good at Glassblowing. Seriously – if you like shiny objects and paperweights – I am your man.
The first things people usually notice about me
You know, I'm not certain. I'll ask when I meet you.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books, well, authors: Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Neil Stephenson, Bill Bryson, Anthony Bourdain. And If I had to pick a few books, They would be Neverwhere (Gaiman), The Diamond Age(Stephenson), and Small Gods(Pratchett). At least those are the books I pick up when I just want something relaxing I've read before.
Movies are probably the only thing that I have a consistent, immutable favorite. My favorite movie is The Fisher King. I just love that movie on so many levels. If you haven’t seen it, I’m always happy to watch it again. Other movies would include Clue, Hellboy, Labyrinth, Dark Crystal, all the Marvel movies, Moonrise Kingdom (which is giving The Fisher King a run for it's top spot).
TV shows: Archer, Doctor Who, Top Gear, Fringe, Leverage, White Collar, Avatar/Korra, Agents of Shield, Futurama. I no longer have cable, so streaming video gives me a wide variety of things to chose from - although I'm often behind by a season or two.
My music tastes wander all over the map. My two favorite artists are Tori Amos and Nine Inch Nails. I also like some gothy music and I've been tracking down electro-world music from as many different parts of the world as I can find.
Foods: Chocolate, cheese, garlic, Indian, Thai. And whatever I decide to experiment with cooking, when those experiments turn out
The six things I could never do without
My computer (avenue of communication, source of entertainment, and repository of everything I've done in school and beyond), my cat, a good down comforter, lots of books, and a good chef's knife with a decent pan to go along with it.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Girls (hey, I might as well be up front about it) – though I’ve been told by a friend I should say “relationships” which is true, but does not quite as funny when I read it out loud. Also, politics, food, random science or history that I recently learned, and (when I'm home at least) whatever ridiculous thing my cat seems to up to at the moment.
On a typical Friday night I am
Sometimes I'm out at a local restaurant or cocktail bar with friends, trying whatever specials are on that night. Other times I'm at home, chilling out because I've spent Wednesday and Thursday out, and need to take a pre-weekend break with a good book or cooking project. I do like to have a plan for the weekend, so I normally spend Friday afternoons planning something fun like a theatre trip or a full-fledged assault on the local farmer’s market.
You should message me if
you are looking for someone who wants to hear your stories and has some interesting ones of his own to share,

you want someone to try new restaurants or new recipes with you,

you love occasionally geeking out with books, shows, or board games,

you want to know someone who can recommend good but obscure beers,

you enjoy taking long walks through Cambridge and Somerville to explore the city and see what hidden gems we can find.