51New Orleans, United States
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My self-summary
Here's me in a dating-profile nutshell.

I don't seem to be as narcissistic as most guys on here. I am confident, but not arrogant. I think there are lots of guys that are sweet, but they're pushovers; and there are lots of guys that are fun, but they're self-centered jerks. I'm a nice person, but am no passive pushover.

But wait! Here's more. I detest astrology, cringe at the thought that creationism could be taught in public schools (boo, Louisiana), and am horrified that otherwise educated people misuse "its" and "it's." I'm annoyed by pretentious people who think they have the answers to everything. I spend most of my time laughing at how stupid I can be about some things. I have a great sense of humor, though sometimes it veers towards the morbid (not the mean).

If you're a member of the ideologically bankrupt Republican party, or are operating under the quite insane notion that the presumptive presidential nominees from the two parties are equally bad, we're not going to get along.

If I had to randomly list some words that apply to me, I'd pick intelligent, geeky, cool-in-an-unconventional-way-that-some-woman-will-find-endearing, undramatic, and thoughtful. Physically, I think I'm a disgusting tub of goo right now, but am hoping my tennis regimen changes that (and I'm always looking for tennis partners, whether you think we're a match or not!).

One last thing: for the past year, I've been caring for a disabled mom, and she just entered a nursing home. Some of my evenings are spent either coordinating her care or visiting her at the home. If you don't understand that, we're not a match.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm the head of the appellate practice section of a corporate litigation firm.
I’m really good at
Trivial Pursuit. Let's just say when the teams are picked, you want to be matched with me, even if Ken Jennings is in the room. I'm passable at scrabble and most other board games, and I love playing them. I can also kick your ass at chess. Of course, since women generally don't play chess, I'll add this: remember the last guy you dated? I could kick his ass, too. I'm passable at tennis.
The first things people usually notice about me
Lots of women seem to like dimples, so I'll say that.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Since everyone on okcupid seems to enjoy reading lists, here are some of my favorite writers: H.P. Lovecraft, Edward Gorey, Agatha Christie, and Arturo Perez-Reverte. Yes, I've read all the books in the "A Song of Fire and Ice" and "The Hunger Games" sets.

I tend to like horror movies, noir, and classics, but also like cheesy pieces of fluff; favorites include Casablanca, Memento, Mulholland Drive, Battle Royale, Blue Velvet, Audition (the Japanese make way better horror than we do), and anything by the Coen brothers. If you've ever seen Bloody Pit of Horror or Hobo with a Shotgun and enjoyed it, I will likely propose on the spot. Because I'm a guy, I like Monty Python and can quote it if need be, but don't because that's just too geeky.

For music, it's mainly the '80s. I've seen Depeche Mode live over twenty times, and am actually proud of that fact. I also enjoy New Order, Joy Division, Roxy Music, and similar groups. I love Sinatra and most jazz/standard singers.
Six things I could never do without
1. Starbucks. I know I should be patronizing a local coffee shop, but I'm addicted.
2. A television. I don't trust people without one. Most of the time it's just background noise, but it helps me feel connected.
3. Eating out. I cannot cook to save my life, and this is one of life's greatest pleasures (with the right companion).

When I think of three more, I'll add them . . . .
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Whether I think about things too much or not enough, and which things fall into which category.
On a typical Friday night I am
Going out to eat with friends, relaxing after a difficult week, or reading. Occasionally I have a drink with a friend, but generally don't go to many bars.
You should message me if
You're smart, stable, communicative, and minimally fun to be around. Or you'd like to play tennis, whether it's freezing cold or sweltering outside!
The two of us