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My self-summary
My life philosophy is that there are two kinds of people in the world: Elton John people, and Billy Joel people.

Usually, when I tell people about this life philosophy, they say some iteration of "Nuh-uh! I like BOTH of them!"

But that's not what I mean. Imagine the following scenario:

A mad scientist-- hellbent on taking over the world-- puts a laser gun to your head and says: "I am going to kill either Elton John or Billy Joel. You get to pick one of them to save."

Not only will the artist that you picked to be killed die, but with him, all of his music and past accomplishments will be wiped from the annals of history, as well. You literally have to live in a world where either Elton John or Billy Joel never even existed.

The mad scientist is not trying to double-cross you, and you cannot play the martyr card and go "Spare them both! Take me instead!" because either a.) if you do, he will kill them both, so it will be counterproductive, or b.) if you do not pick, he is going to keep asking people until somebody does. And somebody eventually definitely will.

So, given those circumstances, who do you pick to survive? Elton John, or Billy Joel?

Got your answer? Did you have to hesitate before you answered? No? Of course not. Nobody ever hesitates.

There are two kinds of people in the world: Elton John people, and Billy Joel people.

I also have a life philosophy about cheap, Chinese buffets, but it is a bit too complicated to explain here...
I am a Twin Cities native, working full-time for a nonprofit in the city. I manage a youth program, and absolutely love my job and love working with the students.

I lived in Pittsburgh for 3 years where I received my MFA in Creative Writing.

Now, I'm back home, hopefully for good.

I write, read, cook, love to travel and try new things (especially cheap, hole-in-the-wall restaurants). I like live music-- any band, any venue, any time. I also play ultimate frisbee on rare occasion (played in college) and do stand-up comedy once in a while.

Recently, I've gotten really into MPR. If you are also really into MPR, message me about how you're really into MPR, and we can talk about all the cool things we've heard recently on MPR!!!
What I’m doing with my life
I manage an afterschool program for a Nonprofit agency in Minneapolis.

It is fun, challenging, and at times, stressful. But it is-- so far-- probably the best job I have ever had.

Since I have my MFA, I scour the deep recesses of the internet for places to publish. Sometimes I am successful in this, other times, not so much.

Other than that, I watch a lot of TV and drink a lot of craft beer. Also, distilleries. Distilleries are the 2015 version of craft breweries. If you also like distilleries, message me about how you like distilleries, and we can talk about all the things we like about distilleries!!!
I’m really good at
I'm a good conversationalist. I'm pretty level headed, but also really steadfast in my views and values. I like learning about what other people think and how they see the world and why they do the things that they do.

That may seem a bit vague and impractical, but really....what kind of a person spends a lot of time thinking about what they are "really good at"?

I'm sure I'm really good at plenty of things. I'm also sure that I'm pretty not so good at plenty of things. I like learning new things, even though I am usually not very good at them...

Simpler answer?

I think of myself as a pretty good cook, and am always looking for new recipes to try.
The first things people usually notice about me
My seasonally-appropriate sweaters.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Junot Diaz, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Denis Johnson, Flannery O'Connor, Charles Baxter, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and lots of nonfiction.

Movies: anything National Lampoon, Coen Bros, or Monty Python. Patton, The Right Stuff, Twelve Angry Men, and Dr. Strangelove.

Music: any alternative, folk-alternative, rock, or some hip-hop (particularly Rhymesayers). I like old folk and country from Woodie Guthrie to Harry Chapin and John Denver. Indy Rock, pretty much anything I hear on the Current... Also, traditional Irish music: Clancy Bros and anything by The Pogues.
Six things I could never do without
Any kind of art
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The future.
On a typical Friday night I am
Depends. Sometimes out at the bars, sometimes staying in.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm not admitting anything private to strangers on a dating website. Sorry.

Take me to a distillery and pick my brain. Then the secrets will come out.
You should message me if
If you think we have something in common that you would like to talk about.

If you are up for it, please indicate in your message whether you are a Claire, Phil, Haley, Alex, Luke, Jay, Gloria, Manny, Mitchell, Cam, or Lily. Know that I do not expect you to do this, nor would your answer influence my opinion of you in any way. It's just that if you know what you are off the top of your head, it may be a good conversation starter!
The two of us