thatgoodnight
28 San Francisco, United States
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My self-summary
Hello. :) I'm David.

I once went on a 1,600 mile self-supported bike tour. It started in San Francisco. I remember riding around the city. People, seeing my touring bike/gear, were asking 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." That seemed like such a big claim to make, in just the first few miles of my ride. But, as the Chinese proverb says: "a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." I hope that your reading my profile now is that amazingly small -- yet completely necessary -- first step in something great.

Some of my distinguishing qualities:
- introversion
- rationality
- open-mindedness/critial thinking
- honesty/straightforwardness
- intelligence
- openness with my thoughts and feelings
- equanimity (I had to double-check the meaning of this word)
- simple lifestyle (e.g. I don't own a TV, smartphone, car, Netflix account, mattress/bed, etc. I do have Amazon Prime, though.)
- discipline/work ethic
- INTJ

Please message me if these are personality traits that speak to you.
What I’m doing with my life
Born.
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 teaching assistant.
Software engineer. (← current)
I’m really good at
Can you join me in the rarified air of Level 49 at freerice.com?

Additionally, I have...
- made over 1,000 (constructive) edits to Wikipedia
- free soloed a 5-story building
- founded a subreddit with over 170,000 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 300 lbs
- overcome my fundamentalist Catholic upbringing to realize that God does not actually exist
- gone 3.75 days eating nothing but celery and gum
- been reviewed as "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, and 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, Concerning 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 Pandora's mercy. Here are a few of my all-time favorites, though:
- DMX - Get It On The Floor ft. Swizz Beatz
- Henryk Górecki - Symphony No. 3, Op. 36
- Max Richter - Sarajevo
- Shinedown- Simple Man (acoustic)
- Don Omar ft. Tego Calderon - Bandolero

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, green chiles, salsa, cayenne pepper, black pepper, chile flakes, Tabasco sauce, olive oil, and salt. I melt some parmesan and Romano cheese into it in the microwave. It's delicious, nutritious, energizing, and pretty cheap. :)
The six things I could never do without
- a bike (for transportation and exercise)
- sunshine and warm weather
- hot showers/baths
- free time
- non-free time (i.e. some kind of purpose)
- most importantly: relationships with a few people who really care about and understand me
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How literally do I need to take your "you should message me if" section. I'm kind of a rule follower.
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 and do fairly regularly:

talk with a close friend
ride my bike
run
lift weights
drink alcohol (← date idea!)
read a book
read the Internet
watch TV (on my laptop; I don't actually own a TV)
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!)
the "parlor game" or "tabletop game" variously called mafia/werewolf/assassin/resistance
snowboard (← ambitious date idea!)
bike tour
international travel
amusement park (love thrill rides)
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm in a high percentile among men for tearing up while watching movies and TV shows.
You should message me if
Don't be afraid to write. :) Whatever you might feel like writing, I invite you to say it. Grab life by the horns. YOLO, you know! Seriously.
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