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My self-summary
I try to be laid-back, understanding, observant, thoughtful & other nice adjectives as well. If you think I'm being intentionally mean, you are mistaken. Say something.

If I look bored, it's because no one is debating anything; If I'm at a club, I would rather not be; If I'm dancing, you have gotten me heroically drunk and should be aware that I will pass out soon without coffee.

I try to get along with people. I don't burn bridges. Essentially, everyone is welcome at my wedding & my funeral as soon as I meet them. That probably says everything that's anything.

I'm pretty cool.
What I’m doing with my life
Teaching, Learning
I’m really good at
I'm a good enough writer that I'm not embarrassed to call myself a writer, and a good enough reader to know that most writers aren't worth reading.
The first things people usually notice about me
Some girls on the train this week randomly complimented my eyes. They also told me they wanted to steal my eyelashes, which isn't the first time I've been threatened like that.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
My favorite authors are Vonnegut, Poe, Dickens, Orwell, Wells, Douglas Adams, Neil Stephenson, Lewis Carroll, Oscar Wilde, Stoppard & Shakespeare. I'm currently reading Down & Out in Paris & London, Lies My Teacher Told Me, and The Greatest Show on Earth.

One of my favorite movies is Brick with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The movie I'm most anticipating is Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing. I like just about everything by the Coen Brothers, Wes Anderson, P.T. Anderson, Miyazaki, Tarantino, Rodriguez, Fincher, and the rest of the usual suspects. My idea of good "romantic" films are Annie Hall or Before Sunrise/Sunset, but if you insist on watching a traditional up-beat romantic comedy, I am partial to When Harry Met Sally, and my grandpa keeps trying to get me to watch Love Actually, which I am honestly not avoiding—the opportunity simply hasn't arisen. So I'll happily watch those. Also, anything remotely Christmas-themed gets the green light no matter how bad it appears to be. Exception: some sort of "Julia Roberts Christmas Spectacular" would break the "Never again watching anything that reminds me of the time I saw 'Eat, Pray, Love' " rule, and that rule supersedes all other rules.

I only have basic cable and honestly watch C-SPAN more often than anything else, but as someone who has a minor aspiration to write for TV, I'm definitely not a hater. I love 30 Rock, Modern Family, Community, Parks & Rec, The Office, Archer, House, and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. If none of the aforementioned are on, I've also been known to watch an episode here and there of How I Met Your Mother or The Big Bang Theory. I can't imagine life without The Daily Show or Colbert Report. I also kind of want to name my first born daughter Maddow (though that might pass).

Mad Men and the Wire are both amazing, but I've only seen the first seasons, which makes me think that maybe I should reassess my poor life choices. I just got Netflix primarily so I can finally do a never-ending West Wing marathon (currently on season 5). If I were born in another decade, I would probably have developed a debilitating gin problem due to my love of M*A*S*H.

I used to play bass in two bands. One was electro/grunge/metal and the other was acoustic, psychedelic soul-funk. I swear that all makes sense. Anyway, I clearly like all types of music. I grew up on 90s alternative and industrial music. Hip Hop is good when it's good, and often times it is good. Top 30 pop typically isn't my thing, but I'm not above admitting when a song about umbrellas or single ladies is ridiculously catchy. The local bands I enjoy right now are Powers, Charlie Deets, Company of Thieves, and Ideamen. My cousin gave me all the albums by The Tallest Man On Earth, and I'm liking them a lot. My favorite album this decade is probably The Velvet Teen's "Cum Laude". If The Velvet Teen went on tour with Muse and Radiohead, I would follow that tour on the road like a Dead Head.

Food: I order my Pad Thai with tofu, but I'm not a vegetarian...sorry. I had a vegan friend in college, and this one time I brought some pickle chips to a party she threw, but she couldn't eat them because they had whey in them. Prior to that, I didn't even know what whey was, other than a word in the Little Miss Muffet rhyme. (I still don't know what whey is, to tell you the truth.) Anyway, it was a tragedy; those pickle chips were delicious. So the point of this story is, yes, I will read your copy of Omnivore's Dilemma, yes, I will eat your homemade vegetarian meals, yes, I will go to the farmer's market, but hopefully what I ingest isn't the most important thing to you, because I guarantee I will sometimes eat like a Chicagoan.
Six things I could never do without
TED Talks
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Education reform, politics, yesterday, tomorrow, art.
On a typical Friday night I am
If I have a chance to go out with friends, I'll do that. I'm not likely to go to the bar by myself. Not really into the meat-market singles scene...imagine that.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Tonight my idea of a pre-party was apparently flipping between reruns of the Vampire Diaries & Star Trek while eating tangelos w/ Nutella. So that's how cool I am.
You should message me if
You should message me if you want to go out and enjoy Chicago with me.

If you're just looking to casually meet new people in Chicago, message me. If you think we're soulmates, message me. Anything in between: message me.

Also, message me if you know what an "activity partner" is. I've been dying to know. Is it a person you play beach volleyball with, or a person you have casual sex with?
The two of us