43Atlanta, United States
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My self-summary
I don’t care what level of education you attained (read: please be smart, though). I don’t really care how old you are (read: around my age would be nice). I don’t care if you’re skinny, average, buff, or “a little extra” (read: I know what I like when I see it). I do, however, care very much if you chew gum in public. This is not to be done, and it’s rather non-negotiable.
What I’m doing with my life
Not enough. I'm hard on myself and I need to be doing more. I work a lot so there's that.
I’m really good at
1. Procrastinating, but this is getting better.
2. I make a bomb stir fry, but it takes a minute and it uses a ton of dishes. It's always worth it.
3. Keeping calm.
4. Helping others.
5. Making out.
6. Numbering things as if I were making an outline.
The first things people usually notice about me
The first thing people notice about me is my smile. Hands down. I've never thought there's anything remarkable about it, but people notice it first.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I read all the time, mostly non-fiction, essays, articles, etc. James Baldwin's Go Tell It on the Mountain is a personal favorite, as is Chaim Potok's The Chosen. Growing up I loved anything by Flannery O'Connor. United States by Gore Vidal has given me years of great reading. I can devour anything by Michael Crichton in 48 hours or less. I read the New York Times like it's my job.

I haven't made as much time for movies in the last few years. Off the top of my head Dangerous Liaisons and The Exorcist are favorites. Smila's Sense of Snow is a beautiful film. Mel Gibson's Apocalypto is fantastic. The whole ritual of going to the movies is fun to me, so I'm game for pretty much any genre, but generally speaking I don't enjoy "blockbusters." I'd really rather watch movies at home - my Netflix queue is mostly filled with documentaries and independent films.

I'm a certified sommelier so wine and food are easy to like. All kinds, except chain restaurants (usually). I like to discover new and different places to eat, but I'm also a creature of habit and I will stick to what I know is good.

Music is very important to me (I think everybody can say that), but it's one of those things that's hard to pin down. Sometimes it's so personal and evocative that you find it hard to put into words. To give an idea, though, I like everything from Russian composers to Madonna.

I don't watch TV and that means I'm missing some really great shows.
Six things I could never do without
1. My dog.
2. Something (pretty much anything) to read.
3. Coffee.
4. My job.
5. My Bookmarks Menu in Firefox.
6. Nivea Cream. I slather that shit all over my face at night.

Honorable mention - the few good friends that make me laugh hard, are good listeners, and who can cut through the bullshit.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
the future. The randomness of youth is long gone. How do I want to spend my time? Do I want to read this or that? Do I want to do this or that? The more goals you set for yourself the more you realize that there's not as much time as you thought, and yet it's still there waiting to be filled. I've become acutely aware that time marches on whether you're ready or not.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
What do you put here? I feel like I should attempt something witty, but I also think it's a honest question. I was just kidding about the gum thing - I guess I just find it annoying when people smack it inappropriately.
You should message me if
you're not a self-absorbed prick. Anyone else feel free to say hello.
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