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My self-summary
"Taken out of context, I must seem so strange..."

Well, not entirely, but I can certainly relate. Do you know who said it?

I'm a relatively normal guy; a bit dry or sarcastic sometimes, genuine, and overall a good person. I'm caring and tend to be outgoing, and I'm a proponent of being honest and up front.

My real passion is spending time with interesting people and doing cool/new things - conveniently my friends fit this bill! I also tend to strike up random conversations with even more random people - it's an interesting world out there.

In no particular order: I love spending time outside (beaches, patios, hiking), bowling, drinking good beer, shooting pool, dancing, cooking, singing karaoke at the top of my lungs, etc. I love learning, laughing, exploring, being clever.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm living it, and having fun! I'm trying new things, learning new things, and challenging myself physically again. I'd gotten consistent and am reveling in mixing it up a bit.

I have an awesome job with a cool tech company that I totally love, and have been in Austin a couple years now. I'm also excited about philanthropy, and am working on developing relationships with local charities to find new opportunities to help out; if you know of an interesting board or committee position, particularly involving technology, let me know.

In an unusually strong burst of motivation, I'm embracing the "new year, new me" attitude and trying a bunch of new things and seeing what sticks. Currently, I'm re-learning French, taking swim classes, refreshing a gym habit, and reading like it's my job.

As much as I love vodka and whiskey, these days I'd rather get together for a coffee or visit some place new.
I’m really good at
Making people smile/laugh!

Bowling, drinking beer, listening, cooking...

Puns. I like to be punny.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm usually smiling/laughing/having a good time... And I'm told I have a rather cute nose.

I can be a little shy at first (though those that know me might not believe this), but once I'm past that people usually like me and tell me I'm fun.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I love movies, but I think there are still a lot of classics I've missed. I get sucked into the story/adventure easily and can enjoy most movies, even if I wouldn't consider them 'good'. Movies I would watch again (and again) would be The Hangover, Super Troopers, The Princess Bride (best ever), Potter series, LOTR, I am Sam, Pay it Forward, The Usual Suspects, American Beauty, Stranger than Fiction, Harold and Maude, Boondock Saints...

I like all types of music, and am usually listening to whichever radio station comes in best. Some of my favorites are/have been Secondhand Serenade, Buck Cherry, Sublime, James Taylor, They Might Be Giants, Katy Perry, GNR, All American Rejects, Panic! at the Disco, Beastie Boys, 311, Tim McGraw, Tori Amos, Ani Difranco, NIN, Norah Jones, Jim Croce, Jack Johnson, Radiohead, Cake, Prince, Bob Dylan... You get the idea :)

I'm not much of a regular TV person; I don't dislike the TV, but I'm not good at consistently watching. Due to that, I've dumped cable and am satisfied with the occasional Netflix binge. I get into things like Chopped, Game of Thrones, Californication, Dexter, The West Wing... I once lost half a day when I first discovered Rock of Love - largely due to being hung over and having great company. I thought it was simultaneously the best and worst thing I'd ever seen, though I don't have the patience for it any longer (unless someone is willing to yank that bandanna-wig off of Brett). I'll also occasionally watch a Red Sox game, or popular sporting event, but I would really rather be there or actually be playing.

No, I will not watch Jersey Shore with you.

I started this claiming that I hadn't read an actual *good* book in a while, but enjoy the mindless suspense/thrillers ala James Patterson, Jonathan Kellerman, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, etc. Lately, I've been talking about making a big list of "must-reads" and going through all the one's I've missed and I'm kind of starting that - Lolita The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird... Books I loved that will probably end up on my all-time top ten. Some of my all-time favorite writers are Ayn Rand, Richard Bach, Douglas Adams, Stephen King, Herman Hesse, and Chuck Klosterman (Sex, Drugs, and Coco Puffs!).

And Food! I'm open minded about most foods and will try most anything once. I love sushi, and Indian or Thai food - I am a huge fan of spicy food. Also, nothing can beat a good bar/pub burger when you're hung over. And noodles, I love me a good noodle shop. I've largely given up carbs, so this means I'm finding new ways to enjoy some classics, and spending more time with bacon, which is not a bad thing :)
The six things I could never do without
It seems everyone is making this distinction now, so I will as well. There have been times in my life where I've found I can live without most things, but the nature of this question isn't really about that. These things make my life so much better and more full, that I would not want to have to live without them:

My Friends and Family
Mobile Phone/Internet
The beach/water
A fun job
Good food/beer/wine :)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What condition my condition is in.

Spending my Powerball winnings. No, I didn't win powerball, but sometimes I'll buy a ticket just so I can daydream about what it would be like to have (seemingly) endless resources, to be able to spend more time learning, having fun, traveling. Maybe I'll start a company devoted to caring for and rehabilitating Pit Bulls, or economic development... Circumnavigate the world on a sailboat... Spend a couple months in different countries to work a little and learn the language and culture. That sort of stuff :)

Wanderlust, traveling the world. Packing up a backpack and just going wherever... This one has been on my mind a lot, and at some point I'm probably going to take a year or 2 and adventure - want to come along for some of it?


When my desire to be productive and ambitious and my inability to do so for extended periods of time will conflict again...
On a typical Friday night I am
Usually out with friends, or in with friends, or just exploring something new.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I like crappy music; fun songs make me happy.
You should message me if
You're funny, smart, interesting, and want to meet someone pretty awesome
You like the geeky/funny guy
You have a good recipe for gazpacho
You dig on dive bars with pool tables and good beer (whiskey), but not so much that getting up in the morning and hitting brunch or the Farmer's Market isn't out of the question
Getting in the car with no destination sounds like a fun weekend
Sunday mornings with coffee and crosswords sound just about perfect
You adore brunch
You find THIS terribly amusing (and especially if you are already familiar with the site)

or, just if you want to...