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My self-summary
I love learning about obscure topics and definitely enjoy trying new things. I feel very fortunate to have the life I have and, in 2009, started a charity to build and support schools in Uganda. That's just something I do in my spare time (I work full time), but I definitely feel passionately about it. I am busy, but I will make time for someone important to me.

I'm very open-minded and open to trying new things (so I hope you are too). I think its important to be willing to try things to see what works for you. For instance, like many people on here, I have jumped out of a plane. And unlike most people, I'll confess I didn't enjoy it. Glad I did it, don't need to do it again.

I really like to run. Its important to me and a priority in my life b/c it keeps me sane. 2013 wasn't the best year for me...injuries...but 2014 is starting off well. Hopefully I'll get a couple marathons in this year and stay healthy. If you run, that's awesome. It's not a requirement, but if you're ok just being supportive of my involvement, that's cool too. I rode my bike a bit more last year and enjoyed it.

I like photography as a way to explore creativity. I have a special interest in street art, and using photography to add my own interpretation and story to the creation and decay of street art. That's not my only photography subject, but it is one that has a lot of meaning to me.

I love random stuff...last night I was running in about 40 degree weather (which felt gloriously warm after our winter) and a random juggler on the running path complimented my shorts. That kind of stuff makes my day -- not the compliment (though that's nice), but randomly coming across a juggler in an unexpected location at an unexpected time and having a momentary interaction...If I ran into a juggler every run, it would cease to be awesome (unless s/he was juggling fire or something like that). But random delights, from a juggler, or a stilt walker (bike ride last summer), or an adorable puppy (ok, that isn't soooo random...still a delight) make my day :)

For those that care, I'm apparently an INFP.
What I’m doing with my life
I like where my I am in life right now. I have a decent balance between work and outside interests. I run a lot. I travel. I have an upcoming trip to Amsterdam and another one to Turkey planned. Working on the details of my 8th trip to East Africa too. I have great friends. A relationship would be great right now, if I met the right person, but I'm good with where things are. Right now, something shorter and fun is probably more where my head is, but if the right person came along, I am certainly open to that
I’m really good at
I've had a lot of people tell me that they trust me because I won't judge them. So I guess I'm good at taking people's experiences for what they are to that person.

But I'm also really good at picking out the best dogs in the world to adopt.
The first things people usually notice about me
People comment on my smile a lot.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Love 6 Feet Under, Friday Night Lights, Gossip Girl (yes, its true).

I enjoy cooking. Try to eat very clean and healthy, though chocolate is a daily treat (or nearly daily).

Music? I like a lot of music. I like pandora. That way I don't have to keep track of what I like. I go through phases of obsession with certain songs. I guess my current obsession is Get Free by Major Lazer. Also a big fan of most stuff by Lupe Fiasco, Jay Z, Lorde, Social Distortion.
The six things I could never do without
Running shoes
I spend a lot of time thinking about

That may be an overstatement, but I love reading and learning and thinking about various issues. Nothing better than finding an interesting article and discussing it with someone intelligent. I enjoy intellectual debate and love it when someone brings a fresh perspective that I haven't considered.

I also like thinking about running and how cute my pets are.
On a typical Friday night I am
Um, probably going to bed early-ish to get up early to run...unless I have something more fun planned.
You should message me if
If the Hare Krishnas handed you a candle and indicated where to place it, you'd go along with it and take their literature. Not to join the Krishnas... But it's more interesting to engage than walk away in disgust or fear.

You also know how to turn your photo on your phone or your computer so that it isn't sideways.

You're also smart, intelligent, open-minded, creative, active, comfortable with yourself, and you probably appreciate genuine irony, but have no desire to live an ironic life. You probably see yourself as something other than average - you're not content to settle with "good enough", but you feel like life is a gift not to be squandered. You believe life becomes more interesting, not less, the older you get and you don't mind getting older (most of the time). Oh, and the idea of traveling to remote parts of Uganda sounds more intriguing than scary (since I head there about every year and a half to 2 years), I'd probably be interested in talking to you (doesn't mean I'll take you to Uganda ;) but I like people who are up for an adventure...and by adventure I mean something other than a beach vacation at an all-inclusive resort -- nothing wrong with that, and that can be nice at times, but I wouldn't call that much of an adventure. Sorry)

While I'm looking for someone in Chicago, I'm semi-open to communicating with someone in NYC. I get there for work and, well, just because I feel like it. I figure I'd have more in common with someone who lives in NYC than someone who lives in the Chicago suburbs. I like city living. If I didn't live in the city, I'd live in the country.