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, 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 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):
- 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 :) )
- minimalist (e.g. I don't own a TV, smartphone, car, mattress/bed, Netflix account, etc. I do have Amazon Prime, though. :-p )
- disciplined and hardworking
- healthy and fit
Please get in touch if these are personality traits that you share and/or particularly appreciate. :)
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)
Additionally, I have...
- edited Wikipedia over 1,000 times
- 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 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.
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:
- 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, green chiles, salsa, cayenne pepper, black pepper, chile flakes, Tabasco sauce, olive oil, and salt. I serve it to myself after mixing in steak sauce and/or guacamole and/or feta cheese and/or parmesan and Romano cheese. It's delicious, nutritious, energizing, vegetarian, and pretty cheap. :)
- 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 who really understand and care about me, and vice versa
Completely ignoring any particular focus on Friday night, here are some things that I enjoy and do fairly regularly:
- talk with a close friend
- drink alcohol (← date idea!)
- ride my bike(s)
- lift weights
- read a book
- read the Internet
- watch TV (on my laptop; I don't actually own a TV)
- take a hot shower/bath
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)