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My self-summary
Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other is gold.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm new to Chicago. I relocated here for a job from Cleveland where I had been the previous year. I'm from the Great Lakes region but had been pretty much everywhere else on the globe before boomeranging back to spend some time in the city of windy shoulders. brr.

Prior to Chicago and Cleveland (go Cavs!) I spent a year and a half remodeling my mother's house and previous to that traveled around the world for 3 years and alco crisscrossed the USA several times.

I'm certainly starting a new chapter in many ways, including professionally. I've transitioned from being a software engineer to an instructor in tech boot camps. I love the new challenge and am invigorated every day.
I’m really good at
Drinking tap water, stretching a buck, fixing things, taking the long view and the road less traveled.
The first things people usually notice about me
When I was younger I got Matt Damon, now I seem to get Josh Brolin quite often. Good problem to have I suppose. After that, it's usually my height, then my smile, and if you get close enough, my hands. Often people tell me that I put them at ease very quickly, am warm, and welcoming. I've even been called smooth, I swear. I'm also very 'bearlike' in that I've been called some type of bear on 4 continents, so it must be true.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
woah, can go on for ages here, but there are a few choice titles that I have used to enable who I am today, and these include "Vagabonding" by Rolf Potts, "The 4 Hour Workweek" by Tim Ferriss, "The Power of Now" by Tolle, and "A Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankl. More recently I read everything I can from Bill Bryson, "The unbearable lightness of being," and Richard Branson's autobiography was tremendous. My list of to do's include The omnivore's dilemma.

Also not afraid to admit that I love Boston, the band. Not only is their music the poster child of 70's arena rock, but their lyrics are very uplifting and positive, two traits I put a lot of value in.

On the other hand I've also been digging on some mellow sax house.
Triple J in Australia and EGO FM in Germany were nice finds.

The best thing about winter is liberal use of a slow and/or pressure cooker. I miss my cast iron.
Six things I could never do without
I can do without a lot, living out of a backpack has taught me lessons I hope to never forget. That being said, I love a good walking tours in foreign cities, couchSurfing, public transportation systems,, tripadvisor, and good samaritans. I actively try to do without the rest.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Actually, I try to spend more time not thinking than thinking. It's not easy. Lately I've always had a song in my head, either one I've heard at the moment, or something that's applicable to the situation I'm in. odd? The soundtrack of my life. :)

Oral hygiene, for there is no substitute.
On a typical Friday night I am
What's so special about friday? What day is it anyway? No, don't tell me, it's immaterial.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I've seen every episode of Sex and the City, including both movies. In fact for the first one, I went with two lady friends and they dressed up in cocktail dresses, I felt pretty important. :)
I'm also ranked #3 by the international cuddler's association (ICA).
You should message me if
You're willing to make a new friend.
The two of us