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My self-summary
Always enthusiastic, occasionally ironic, I'm of the opinion that life is too full of amazing things to learn and do to spend much time lying down. I'm a big fan do-gooders, people who root for underdogs, and anyone who can teach me something new. Also I like to climb mountains.
What I’m doing with my life
I just started work here in DC as a policy analyst. At the moment this means watching foreign countries to see if they are buying contracts with development aid. This is interesting work!

I try my very best to get out of DC every weekend on a hike or adventure or--barring that--to go explore a part of DC I haven't seen before. I'm also a big fan of DC's museums and I'd greatly appreciate seeing new parts of the city!
I’m really good at
Here are some things that I have done:

Obtained a masters degree in Crusader Studies (think medieval history) from a UK university.

Worked as an article writer for an English language newspaper in Medellin Colombia.

Wreck dived on sunken WWII Japanese freighters in Micronesia (first time diving post-certification).

Successfully treed myself in a castle at the tip of the Bosphorus to the amusement of some local children.

I tend to be pretty versatile. I'm not the worst communicator in the world when it comes to writing or speaking, and people seem to think I'm good at economics. I'm very good at reading people (so long as they are speaking English) and if I'm in shape I can hike and climb fairly well. I was a history major in college, so I like to know a little about everything wherever I go. I also like to lead any expedition that promises adventure, and have been told that I am rather enthusiastic in most of my endeavors. I also typically don't brag about myself outside of a job interview.
The first things people usually notice about me
People notice me! As a general rule on my first day in a new city someone will invariably ask me for directions. This has happened about four times in the past year.

I suspect no one really wants to answer this question, but I think I tend to walk in a way that suggests I know exactly where I am going, even if it's my first time going there. In my defense, I do tend to carry a compass with me most of the time in case I get turned around on a subway and can't see the sun.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I tend to read mostly non-fiction when I have the time to read for pleasure, mostly as I find what's actually happened (or at least perceptions of what's actually happened) to be more interesting than most specimens of fiction I've encountered. Books I remember really enjoying are Guns, Germs and Steel and the Third Chimpanzee by Jared Diamond, The Golden Spruce, and Killing Pablo.

That said, I'm working my way through a collection of short stories right now I'm really enjoying.

Magazines I tend to like include the New Yorker, National Geographic, Foreign Affairs, and sometimes the Economist. After coming to New York I was impressed to learn that there's a monthly magazine on archaeology which I tend to devour whenever I need to take a train somewhere.

Movies: I watched the Star Wars trilogy somewhere around a literal 70 times as a child. They're not my favorite movies, but they're pretty inescapable. My actual favorite movie is probably the famous one by Orson Welles (I have a bone to pick with Hearst) and movies I enjoyed recently include The Avengers (as a pop-corn movie!) The Muppets (Bret Mckinzie did the music which was great) and Inception (I haven't seen a lot of movies in theater). I also like Toshiro Mifune movies and remember greatly enjoying Yojimbo.

Shows: currently hooked on Game of Thrones. Also pleased that Futurama refuses to die. Edit: Futurama finally died!

Music: I was raised on classic rock and still tend to favor it as a pleasant genre to fall back on. They Might Be Giants is probably some of the most nostalgic music for me, and something I still enjoy. One thing I'm very bad at is finding new music or even getting in touch with the latest pop song. I'm not sure if I've ever listened to a top 40 radio station. I honestly often won't hear the latest in pop before I listen to a parody of it.

Food: I'll eat almost anything. And I usually won't regret it. Last week I had brain tacos for the first time ever. I only partially regretted it.
The six things I could never do without
Let's cut to the chase--I need a wireless connection and a laptop of some kind. Beyond that I can get buy on surprisingly little. I once lived in a hoarders apartment in NY that was so bad I had to flatten myself against the wall to get to my room. I like to cook so a kitchen would be nice. Past experience has shown that I need either an adventure to pursue, a objective to obtain, or some sort of physical activity to keep my mind occupied for maximum enjoyment. Access to a motorcycle, a forest, or some mountains greatly helps.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I can tend to be rather focused on one particular task or issue. It can actually be difficult for me to sleep sometimes if I haven't checked enough things off of my list, or invented some sort of puzzle to distract myself as I go to sleep.
On a typical Friday night I am
Resting and making preparations for an outing on Saturday (hopefully outdoors).
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
The path to my heart often goes through my brain. But you can try to go straight for my heart if you are so inclined.
You should message me if
If you like to hike, climb, or otherwise explore.
If you're ambitious.
If at any time you identified as a nerd.
If your default setting is intellectually curious.
If you're committed to leaving the world a better place than when you found it.
If you can be enthusiastic and ironic at the same time.

If any combination of the above is true, feel free to contact me.