pipesman
36 Arlington, United States
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My self-summary
I'm a laid-back, coffee-loving, son of the Northwest now living in Washington, DC. I'd call myself uncomfortably honest, others would say I lack tact, but I'm working on that! I value honesty and loyalty in a friend or more-than-friend above all. I read political magazines and blogs voraciously, but I've been getting into novels, especially Tom Wolfe, prodded by a friend. My music of choice is indie rock, jazz and electronica. Favorite band is The New Deal, whose techno jam band antics I've seen 4 times in concert. I enjoy biking, hiking, going to the beach and hanging in coffeehouses and lounges. Favorite TV show is Arrested Development. Despite my cultural preferences, I'm more conservative than liberal, but I try not to use politics to beat up on others or set litmus tests for friendship. I'm a Christian by belief, not culture, but not serious enough in practice, to my discredit. My religious beliefs don't dictate my politics, however, and I don't align well with either Bible-thumpers or relativists in the larger church.

I am wry, quickwitted, and analytical
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a technology journalist. My beat is Internet regulation and business, which fits with my interests pretty well. Issues I cover regularly are cybersecurity, file-sharing, online privacy and identity theft.
I’m really good at
Editing other people's writing to make it more concise and grammatically correct, clean up spelling and punctuation, and liven up word choice. I make a mean cup of coffee or espresso and have often been called a snob about it.
The first things people usually notice about me
My penetrating blue eyes and eyelashes
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
(a) Bobos in Paradise, Bonfire of the Vanities, The Morality of Laughter, 1984 (b) Lost in Translation, Ocean's Eleven, Shawshank Redemption, The Jerk (c) The New Deal, Ben Folds, Ben Kweller, Cinematic Orchestra (d) Thai, steak, big breakfasts, pizza
The six things I could never do without
Coffee, Internet, music, news, intelligent conversation, space to roam
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Whether I'll have one true love, meeting new people here, moving back to the Northwest, finding a good coffeehouse, getting enough exercise, becoming a more serious Christian
On a typical Friday night I am
Watching a DVD
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
As a 4th grader I got beaten in a fight by a kid smaller and dorkier than me
You should message me if
You want to meet someone new in the area; if you appreciate the difference between tolerance and acceptance; if you enjoy nuanced discussion on culture and current events; if you're into similar music, movies and TV; if you're a junkie of the mainstream media or blogs; if you like discussion of the higher things in life
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