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My self-summary
I am the product of my family and my upbringing. They have made me incredibly patient, understanding of almost everyone I encounter and constantly making sure I am moving forward in life. I love the outdoors, and took way too long to discover that I like skiing.

I sometimes listen to Ira Glass for too long and start imagining that he is actually in the room talking to me.

I firmly belief in the concept of "#commit"; Find a goal you believe in, work as a team and whatever the group decides, even if you disagree on the method of getting to your end goal, you give it all your effort.

Edit: 6/26/15 I kind of love The Onion's take on the SCOTUS ruling.
What I’m doing with my life
I recently moved back into teaching at an amazing school. I tried managing adults for a bit, but it didn't have that rewarding feeling that I get from being in the classroom.

Living vicariously through my brothers' adventures in the wilderness and joining them when I can.

I seem to have dedicated the last few months to letting this beard grow...it's getting a bit spectacular. Lately, there has been much discussion in my head about what to do with the stupid mustache that comes with this thing...I've been erring on the side of shorter.
I’m really good at
Being patient.
Dancing while people are watching.
Throwing my body, at speed, around obstacles. (Skiing and Mountain biking)
The first things people usually notice about me
The volume of my voice and my "on-ness" during the work day. A close friend of mine at work has imposed a volume and excitement limit on me before 7:45am. I'm a grade A morning person.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
My favorite books are "A Prayer for Owen Meany" and "The Time Traveler's Wife"...that book sucks you in and just doesn't let go.

As for movies, I am a boy...and most anything that comes in a trilogy is bound to entice my fancy.

Apparently, I am drawn to short lived TV shows,most of which are created by Aaron Sorkin and Joss Whedon. TED talks and physiology lectures.

Music: Mumford and Sons, Band of Horses and Florence and the Machine are getting some pretty heavy play lately.

Anything I can cook on my ceramic grill...it's my new baby.
The six things I could never do without
-Shoes (Running, hiking, biking, climbing, fancy dress (not costume, if you a British)
-My Camelbak
-My cast iron skillet
-Salt, pepper, garlic and butter (My grandfather taught me this is all you need to cook...I still believe him)
-Teenagers...they are like tiny versions of real people
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How to spend more time outside of buildings.
How to use my car for good instead of evil.
On a typical Friday night I am
Typical is a misnomer, due to the wide variety of "weeks" I experience; however, it will not include a club, college bar, or a "domestic" beer of any type (ever).
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I am afraid of the dark and deep water.
-Whenever I visit my parents, at night, I run up the stairs of the deck because I am sure there are things under the deck that will grab my ankles. Ironically, darkness while camping doesn't bother me in the slightest...
You should message me if
You have no problem saying, "I don't know."

And love saying, "Let's find out!"