30 Berkeley, United States
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My self-summary
Hey, I'm a bespectacled and usually lumberjack-bearded guy who moved to the Bay Area to do Teach For America (currently second year, so I'm done freaking out). Pretty sure I was born to wear tweed, so teaching high school English seems like a natural fit. I used to live in NYC and taught elementary students in Queens to read through AmeriCorps, enjoying the decadent lifestyle that foods tamps can afford you.

I'm big into music - constantly checking the internet for the latest mashups and indie rock releases, though I'm totally omnivorous and will listen to just about anything (insanely catchy pop! black metal! underground rap! bring it on!). Let me know if you wanna meet and swap mixtapes! It's my only marketable skill.

Movies are for watching, not for making out during (that can wait til later.) I believe than anything worth seeing is probably worth seeing on the big screen. Help me find the best indie cinemas in the Bay area and I'll probably love you forever.

I run marathons on the side (keeps me in shape, I suppose). Last spring I ran the Cleveland Marathon with my dad, we dressed as Batman and Robin. Best idea ever, you wouldn't believe the crowd support you get when wearing a cape.

Current beard status: Watson from the Sherlock Holmes movies doing No-Shave November.

I am up for adventures and seeking the same.
I’m really good at
making mixtapes, running faster than I look like I should be able to, dancing my butt off.
The first things people usually notice about me
Glasses, dimples, necktie.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Apparently I only read really thick books: Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace, One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges, Lolita by Nabokov, Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon. Currently trying to find the time to read Junot Diaz's newest.

Movies: During Oscar season I spend more on movies per month than food. Most recently, Ran (by Kurosawa), Double Indemnity, Blade Runner, Winter's Bone, Grizzly Man (because Herzog is so great), Jurassic Park, Adaptation, Being John Malkovich, Pulp Fiction, Aladdin, Zoolander.

Music: I'm really big into mashups. Also, Soul Coughing, early White Stripes, the Weeknd, the Decemberists, Klaxons, Fleet Foxes, Kanye West (don't hate, he's awesome), Spoon, Portishead, the xx, Clipse, Daft Punk, Das Racist, and whatever the hell is at the top of Hype Machine at the moment.

Food: I was born and raised in Greece, so Mediterranean food has a spot in my heart, but I will eat just about anything. Which will probably be my downfall one day.
The six things I could never do without
1. Tweed
2. Macaroni and cheese
3. Meeting new folks
4. That tingling feeling you get in your neck when you hear your new favorite song
5. Singing (oh man my shower singing wakes the whole house)
6. Mexican standoffs?
I spend a lot of time thinking about
...new crazy ways to get my students into the books we're reading. For Lord of the Flies, I beheaded a stuffed animal pig and put it on a stick, covered my face in fake blood and warpaint, and blared "Enter Sandman" by Metallica as they walked in the door to get them thoroughly freaked out. (They got bonus points for putting on their own face paint at the end of class.)

Also, fake band names! I have a huge list. (My real band's name is Rat Trap. We have three albums and a Christmas special planned.)
On a typical Friday night I am
fitting in a quick run or the latest obscure movie, then joining friends for some craft beer and good times. I try to live an epic lifestyle.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I can recite the entire Jabberwocky poem from Alice In Wonderland / Through The Looking Glass from memory. I sometimes write it out on chalkboards, or restaurants where you can use crayons on the table, and leave it for people to find.
You should message me if
you have a great idea for my first tattoo. Or you have tattoos yourself that you want to brag about.

I'm the nice guy your mother warned you about.