30 Portland, United States
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My self-summary
I'm originally from the midwest. I moved here five years ago to do a volunteer program, and stuck around. I like doing things that are fun, and hanging around fun people. I like living in Portland. I like being outdoorsy, but "being outdoorsy" is a rather new concept to me. I appreciate the artisan culture of Portland, but also like to occasionally poke fun at its absurdity. I like sarcasm and dumb jokes.

Sometimes, my internal quest for enjoyment overrides the external social norms. Which is a roundabout way of saying I will always be an enthusiastic karaoke participant. But I will butcher any and all singing, and most likely choose some terrible song. It will be embarrassing for those around me (unless you can also hang), but I will be so happy.
What I’m doing with my life
I work for a homeless service organization, supporting a transitional housing program and their membership board. It's a nice balance of some nonprofit management skills and direct service, as I get to know the folks who live there, and connect them with other social services around town.

And in all my free time, I pick up some freelance graphic design work. Mostly related to some political / social work I believe in, when given the opportunity.
I’m really good at
listening. Also, I have an exceptional sense of direction.
The first things people usually notice about me
how I love making bad puns, and laughing too hard at them.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, The Giver, Ishmael, A Separate Peace, Into The Wild, Everything Is Illuminated. Dave Eggers is my favorite writer. The last book I read was Michael Pollan's latest, "Cooked".

I own three movies: The Royal Tenenbaums, Stranger Than Fiction, and Drop Dead Gorgeous. Oh, and some great French movie I bought while studying abroad without proper knowledge of the difference in DVD types, and now I cannot play on my American TV.

The West Wing, always and forever.

Guster is my all time favorite band, and yes, I recognize that they are totally lame. The heart wants what it wants. Recently I've been into Lord Huron, Andrew Bird, Ben Howard, and San Fermin. I like Ben Folds, Bon Iver, the Beatles, The xx, Pearl Jam, Kanye West.

Thai, pickles, mustard, oysters, sour beer, stouts, good bread. Anything homemade. Really, kind of anything.
The six things I could never do without
family/friends, cold-brew iced coffee, mountains, Venn diagrams, trips to Seattle, and cooking dinner for other people.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
my purpose in life. I feel like I'm getting good at being me. I know what I like, I know my strengths– it'd be nice to find someone to share my happiness with.

If I had a superpower, I sometimes think I'd like to have the ability to transcribe every. single. thought. that goes through my head. Can you imagine reading that over?

For example I just (in my head) considered the similarities between "pickle" and "bagel". Not at all in their form or taste, but in the words.

So, sometimes I spend too long thinking about irrelevant musings.
On a typical Friday night I am
either drankin' a fine microbrew at a bar with friends, or sitting on my couch watching terrible reality TV shows in an attempt to decompress from the week.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I don't know the difference between "the former" and "the latter". Every time I read it, I google it for clarification. It makes no sense to me.

Update: it still makes no sense to me, but I have overcome that to learn the difference. I can now comfortably use "former" or "latter" in conversation.
You should message me if
you hold the secret, mystical second half of a sacred amulet I was given at birth by a bearded wizard, the match only revealed to be held by my one true love. Just kidding, message me if you wanna chat or get a beer. Or tell me how dumb I am for not knowing the difference between the former and the latter.