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My self-summary
Hello. :) I'm David.

I once went on a 1,600 mile bike tour, beginning in San Francisco. As I rode around the city, lots of people, seeing my touring bike/gear, asked me me "Where are you riding from? Where are you riding to?". I felt a little ashamed to say "This is my first day. I'm riding across the country." It seemed like such a big claim to make, in just the first few miles of my ride.

But even a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. I hope that your reading my profile now is that incongruously, even embarrassingly small -- yet completely necessary -- first step on a great journey.

Some words and phrases that describe me uniquely well (vs the general population):
- introverted
- rational
- intelligent
- open-mindeded/critial thinking
- honest and straightforward; open with my thoughts and feelings
- unwilling to take life too seriously
- funny (or, at least, I try, which IMO is half the battle :) )
- even-tempered
- conscientious
- minimalist (e.g. I don't have a TV, smartphone, car, Netflix account, or mattress/bed. I do have Amazon Prime, though. :-p )
- disciplined and hardworking
- healthy and fit

Hopefully many of these are personality traits that you share and/or particularly appreciate, or at least can tolerate. :)
What I’m doing with my life
Opened up a small moonshining operation.
Closed the moonshining operation.
Went to college.
Dropped out of college.
Worked at a sandwich shop.
Went back to college.
High school math teacher.
Long haul truck driver.
Public bus driver.
Web development bootcamp student.
Web development bootcamp teaching assistant.
Software engineer. (← current)
I’m really good at
Can you join me in the rarified air of Level 49 at

Additionally, I have...
- edited Wikipedia over 1,000 times
- free soloed a 5-story building
- founded a subreddit with over 190,000 subscribers (although I have since been deposed as moderator)
- written this song on the guitar and drums and this song on the piano
- scored 1580 on the SAT
- done a 1,600-mile solo, self-supported bike tour and a 500-mile tandem, self-supported bike tour
- pedaled a bike at 53 mph
- run a mile in 5:47
- bench pressed 305 lbs
- overcome my fundamentalist Catholic upbringing to realize that there is no God
- gone 3.75 days eating nothing but celery and gum
- been reviewed as the "coolest math teacher i have ever had," a "hella chill teacher," and "freaking awesome"
- moved using only my Mazda Miata convertible (twice)

And I unconditionally guarantee that I will beat you in Mario Kart 64.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I'm not a music-, movie-, food-, coffee-, beer-, or any-other-kind-of-snob, nor do I feel like this section gives too much insight into a person's personality, but anyway...

Books: The Prisoner's Dilemma, Ender's Game, Into Thin Air, The Kite Runner, I Robot, Cannery Row, Lost Horizon, Regarding the Fountain, The Day of the Jackal, Right Ho Jeeves, and of course Harry Potter. Most overrated book ever: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

Movies: the Bourne trilogy, Gladiator, The Fountain, Strictly Sexual, GATTACA, I Am Sam, In Bruges, Love Actually, The Notebook, V for Vendetta, The Painted Veil, The Crucible, The Count of Monte Cristo.

Shows: Dexter, Modern Family. 24 is an oldie but a goodie.

Music: I don't even know the names of most artists/songs I listen to. I am at the mercy of Pandora and Spotify. Here is a sample of some of my all-time favorites, though:
- Shinedown - Simple Man (acoustic)
- Henryk Górecki - Symphony No. 3, Op. 36
- Max Richter - Sarajevo
- Don Omar ft. Tego Calderon - Bandolero
- DMX - Get It On The Floor ft. Swizz Beatz

Food: I almost never eat out. This is to save money, to optimize my health, and to avoid unnecessary social interactions/protocols. At home, one of my staple foods that I eat is a dish that I call "slop". I boil the following ingredients in a large pot (making enough to last for a week or two at a time): quinoa, lentils, garbanzo beans, kidney beans, corn, diced tomatoes, salsa, green chiles, jalapeños, cayenne pepper, black pepper, chili flakes, Tabasco sauce, olive oil, and salt. When I eat it, I will also usually mix in some of the following items: crushed corn chips, steak sauce or curry, and feta or parmesan/Romano cheese. It's delicious, nutritious, energizing, vegetarian, and pretty cheap. :)
Six things I could never do without
- sunshine and warm weather
- hot showers/baths
- a bike (for both transportation and exercise)
- free time
- non-free time (i.e. some kind of purpose)
- most importantly: relationships with a few people (or maybe just one is enough?) who really understand and care about me, and vice versa
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Who ever thought it would be a good idea to "bring back" bangs? Come on, people.
On a typical Friday night I am
On a typical Friday night, I am usually recovering from a tiring work week by engaging in some of the more relaxing and rejuvenating of the activities listed below.

Completely ignoring any particular focus on Friday night, here are some things that I enjoy:

- talk with a close friend
- go out for drinks (← date idea!)
- ride my bike(s) (← date idea!)
- run (← date idea!)
- lift weights
- read a book
- read the Internet
- watch TV/movies (on my laptop) (← date idea!)
- take a hot shower/bath
- sleep

And here are some activities that I am able to do only infrequently but enjoy a lot:

- dance! (← date idea!)
- games of social deception, e.g. Mafia/Werewolf/Assassin and Resistance
- snowboard (← ambitious date idea!)
- bike tour
- international travel
- amusement park (love thrill rides) (← semi-ambitious date idea!)
You should message me if
I'm pretty lazy about OkCupid these days, so even if I like you a lot, there's a good chance that I'm just waiting to see if you will message me first.* :-p

Grab life by the horns! YOLO!

* There's actually a trick you can do, though, if you're interested but don't want to invest in writing a message. Just "Like" me. If I "like like" you back ;) , then I either will "Like" you back (or already have "Liked" you), about which OkCupid will notify both of us. Then we can chat. Easy!
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