36 Saint Paul, United States
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My self-summary
I love learning new languages and the etymologies of the ones I already know. I enjoy reading well-crafted stories where the author has excellent control over the prose and can turn a phrase in new and interesting ways.

I grew up in Germany as an army brat, with a German mother. This may have colored my upbringing a little: I’m bilingual and my childhood references are from continental Europe more than the U.S. I still had Disney and McDonald’s, but I read the Smurfs (yes, as a comic) and other Franco-Belgian stories instead of Dr. Seuss and ate a lot of sauerkraut.

I play pickup soccer games for fun and the odd game of broomball.
What I’m doing with my life
I take my cue from Tim Minchin’s commencement speech at UWA ( long-term goals are often unrealistic and can lead to a lifetime of frustration. Hence I focus on more short-term goals. One of my current ones is learning how to play on my guitar. I hope to be good enough by this fall to perform it at an open mic event.
I’m really good at
I’d like to think I’m good at helping people. I donate to progressive causes and volunteer at a legal clinic for clients that can’t afford an attorney. I try to help people find answers to questions, even if they’re rhetorical. I usually keep calm and stay level-headed under stress.
The first things people usually notice about me
I get excited when I find something new to share with people, and enthusiastically promote a new band, book, or hobby. Also, I’m permanently tired from staying up too late reading up on just one more thing.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: - Palimpsest by Catherynne M. Valente was an exhausting read. She adds so much vivid imagery to every paragraph that I had to follow the book up with several light, pulpy novels as R&R. It was well worth it, though.
- I’m also a fan of Iain M. Banks’s sci-fi stories. I found Player of Games to be a great critique on cultural imperialism. Actually, most of his books cover that theme to some extent.

Movies: - Midnight in Paris, which shows you don’t have to live in the past to enjoy it.
- The American, for proof that George Clooney doesn’t always overact. It’s a very meditative experience.
- Terence Hill and Bud Spencer movies from the ‘60s and ’70s. Think Spaghetti Westerns without the seriousness of Sergio Leone, except when Sergio Leone actually directed them.

Shows: - I watch several of USA’s shows, like Suits, Psych (a great series finale to cap the eight seasons), and Burn Notice.
- My current favorite is probably Brooklyn Nine-Nine - it has just the right mix of office pranks and heart.

Music: - Rory Gallagher for the rocking blues
- Mark Knopfler for the tasteful solos to accompany his songwriting talents
- Jeff Beck for the guitar virtuosity covering quite a few genres

Food: - I'm a big fan of falafel; rice and vegetables are always a good combo, too.
The six things I could never do without
- Good food
- Music with a strong backbeat and an overemphasized flattened fifth
- A steady supply of books to read
- Pastime with good company
- My brain
- False gravitas
On a typical Friday night I am
I usually get together with friends to spend a few hours socializing before we collapse, exhausted from the work week.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Melodramatic moments in movies bring a tear to my eye, like when the underdog team in a sports movie scores the game-winning point, or the couple overcomes whatever vagaries life has thrown in their way. Bonus points are awarded for a swelling orchestral score.
You should message me if
You’re a non-smoker. If you’re too religious we probably won’t have much in common either. If, on the other hand, you’re up for trying out new things with a guy who likes to make ironic statements at inopportune times, let’s see where all we can take this.