poet820
31 Durham, United States
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My self-summary
I'm a 6'2, blue-eyed, lanky rabbi, who just moved here to Durham but NY will always be home. While the concept of "rabbi" may seem preachy, rest assured that I am of the reform movement and will not judge you - unless you end a sentence in a preposition (in which case, you brought it on yourself).

I love the beach, and I try to get out there as often as possible. It helps that I grew up right by it.

I have an inordinate amount of stupid trivia knowledge about really anything, but primarily music. I think music is vital in just about everything I'm doing and I find I have my own personal iPod going on in my head - it's always on shuffle - providing me with a pretty neat, yet random soundtrack to my daily activities.

I love traveling, and have been quite a many places already in my scant 30 years of existence (next on the wishlist: Australia or Tijuana, whichever is less complicated).

I'm trying to recapture the "carpe diem" spirit I used to have when I was younger, which means random roadtrips, staying up well later than I should, and pretty much keeping in motion as much as possible (and when not in motion, lying grandly on my hammock outside).

Oh and the key to my heart is pretty much a good meal, a good movie, good wine, and some quality conversation (again, in no particular order).

I'm looking for someone to help me get to know this area here, and show me what's worth checking out

I am house-broken, verbose, and entertaining.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm currently a rabbi, working at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
I’m really good at
I write well, although sparingly at most. I love cooking, but even moreso, I love getting other people to be sous chefs and doing all of the scud work that I'm too lazy to do myself (except when I cook with my neurotic best friend, OogaBooga7, in which case, she somehow takes over until she inevitably cuts herself and bleeds all over the food). I am great at conversation, both sharing and listening. It lends itself to being really great at languages; I'm trying to get better with navigation of large cities because public transit is a gift from the gods, without a doubt. I'm getting better at yoga, and I'm a pretty decent swimmer.
The first things people usually notice about me
1)My height
2)The apparent (and quite literal) spring in my step
3)my eyes
4)my awkward sense of humor
5)my flexibility (I heart yoga)
6)I'm told my hair, as there are.times - mostly days of preternatural humidity - when it reaches epicly Diana Ross like proportions
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
a)Underworld, The Giver, To Kill A Mockingbird,White Noise, Fast Food Nation,Everything is Illuminated, The Omnivore's Dilemma, The Plot Against America, High Fidelity, A Long Way Down, The Color Purple, The Long Goodbye, The Rules of Attraction (something about the nihilism in how Bret Easton Ellis writes is a weird turn-on), A Light In the Attic, Where The Sidewalk Ends, God so many more, ask me in person

b)Pulp Fiction, Get Shorty, Citizen Kane, Chinatown, Shadow of a Doubt, The Talented Mr. Ripley (although the book was sooo much better and soooooo much gayer), Breathless, Tommy Boy c)Rufus Wainwright, the Beatles, DMB, Tori, Zeppelin, Miles Davis, Nick Drake, Beck, Arcade Fire, Radiohead, Ben Folds, Dispatch, Coldplay, Cat Stevens, Bruce Springsteen, too much to even list honestly

d)Thai, Israeli, Italian, Japanese, Tapas, Seafood, and I'm a sucker for a good burger and a beer/wine
The six things I could never do without
1) my iPod
2) most of the elements from the Captain Planet repetoire (fire I can give or take)
3) friends & family
4) my bike
5) the beach
6) a good saute pan
banana) Aaron Sorkin (the man is a coke-addled, shroom'd out genius)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about what I'm thinking about. Meta, no?
On a typical Friday night I am
If I'm not working with students at the university, then hopefully exploring this city on foot, on bike, on rickshaw, or on whatever is accessible
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I really love going food shopping.

I suck at folding things

I love Neil Diamond (that's not really a secret though, I just thought you should know)

I secretly want to be one of those ridiculously wealthy gay men that Ina Garten throws lavish parties and cooks for on her Food Network show
You should message me if
you are wondering the same question yourself...
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