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My self-summary
New York City native born and bred. I've spent a great deal of my life here, but it has been rich beyond imagination. If I was from anywhere else I'd be called a townie. Instead I think of this city as my Walden. Don't get me wrong, I've traveled a bit - but there is nothing quite like this place, and it's never lost on me.

My sense of humor has gotten me in and out of trouble my whole life. Recently I took it to another level at Upright Citizens Brigade and completed four levels of the program there. It was an exhilarating experience that changed the way I think about creativity and how groups work together.

Honestly, this summary thing isn't working out very well, because I'm made up of seemingly disparate elements.

I'll just throw this at you: I own my own business, love snowboarding, I love shooting guns but I'm pro gun control, see my dad every day, took care of my mother when she was sick, pride myself in being consistent, consider my friends the family I choose, will cook for you or forty of your friends, have performed three wedding ceremonies and never been the best man, fought my way down to ground zero to hand out supplies on 9/11, and been held at gunpoint twice. I help people follow their dreams just for the satisfaction of it, give a hell of a back rub, have the voice of a newscaster and a stand out Belfast accent. I know my way around power tools, can speak knowledgeably about current affairs, am fascinated by the Higgs-boson, have an inexplicable jacket fetish, ride a bicycle every day, and make a martini that would knock James Bond off his game.

I have great aspirations for the future but never do I pursue those dreams without a constant appreciation for the day I have today.

I have been monogamous and enjoyed it when that's the mutually agreed condition - other options depend on the person who is asking.
What I’m doing with my life
Just took over an abandoned bodega and developing it as an arts and events space - it has been my most satisfying project in a long time. I try to keep my hours flexible so I can spend as much time as possible with my family.
I’m really good at
Keeping my wits about me in adverse situations. I've had experience with a few, so when it comes up I can engage the problem without freaking out. When everything is settled, I freak out immediately.

I'm also really good at making you laugh. I've had some professional training at it, but it comes in handy for some of the aforementioned situations.
The first things people usually notice about me
I have a positive energy. A lot of it. I love to share that and find it in others.

I love storytelling - I want hear about what it was like at your high school dance, your first trip abroad, how you met your best friend.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Anything by David Sedaris
Autobiography of Malcolm X

Blade Runner
2001: A Space Odyssey
A Clockwork Orange
That's right: dystopian future is a favorite oeuvre.
Glengarry Glen Ross
next best thing: dystopian present

Stephen Colbert
House of Cards

Food: (not necessarily in order)
11 Madison Park
Gray's Papaya
Cantonese Roast Meats
Anything we cook together

The Clash
Monsters and Men
Miles Davis
Tribe Called Quest
The XX
The Postal Service
Yeah yeah yeahs
Amy Winehouse
Karl Orff
Six things I could never do without
Of course, nothing is more important than friends and family, but as far as things go...

I love the feel of a good pen and the invitation of an empty notebook. Whether it's a classic Marble Composition, a lithe Moleskine, or an elegant leather bound sketchbook with hand pressed paper sheets.

My Bicycle - although it's not a vintage bike, it's inspired by a classic, and it incorporates the cutting edge of communist bicycle technology. Hence the Flying Pigeon Hub.

My Snowboard - A discovery ten years ago made me realize how much I love being outside!

Chef's Knife - Made in Japan, it's a student version, but when it's not around I am lost.

Corkscrew - if there is wine that is trapped in a bottle, tears will be shed.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
When I'm not worrying about the sorry state of our domestic political affairs, sharing experiences with a new friend.
On a typical Friday night I am
Having a quiet dinner with friends, Or dodging the weekend warriors that invade the East Village. Other times I like to pop up to Vermont for some peace and quiet.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I've had some dark moments in my life. I learned a lot from them, but there was nothing easy about it.
You should message me if
You would rather meet in person than scan around endlessly on this website.

You know the difference between being appreciative of material things and being driven by materialism.

You're able to express your sexual needs without hang ups. Be ok with saying "I want", and be able to explore. It's 2014. No time to be a prude. Enjoy your body.

If you've had a rough day and want a patient, understanding ear to go with that glass of wine you unwind with.
The two of us