tiger_09
30 Cambridge, United Kingdom
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My self-summary
I'm a descendant of 2 immigrant families: Scandinavian on my father's side, troublemakers on my mother's.

I'm something of a paradox, similarly comfortable sipping cognac in rooftop lounges or chugging cheap beer in a dive bar basement (with perhaps a slight preference for the latter). I'm extremely well-educated (A.B. Princeton, M.St Oxford, PhD Cambridge), yet I can be profoundly silly when the situation requires. I'm equal-parts gentleman and rascal, and I'd like to believe that I've achieved a tasteful balance. If you think you've got me figured out, I probably won't believe you.
What I’m doing with my life
Although it doesn't generate the majority of my income, my primary passion is for writing. I've published poems, textbooks, newspaper articles, and short stories. I've written spectacular business proposals, love letters, and drunk text messages.

More broadly, I'm a lover of aesthetics. I spent four years teaching Literature. I've tried my hand at fashion design and am currently on board with a startup. More recently, I've become involved in an architectural design project.
I’m really good at
- Endurance sports (particularly mid / long-distance running)
- Mixing Cocktails
- Avoiding sleep
The first things people usually notice about me
Everything. I can never remember the date for Halloween, so I just assume that every day is Halloween, and dress accordingly.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I've developed a very particular set of aesthetic preferences for art (of any medium) that tastefully combines extravagant passion with classical restraint. As a result, I have a very unusual hierarchy of genres and artists that most "cultured" people would disagree with. For example:

Music: I strongly prefer rock to jazz; strongly prefer glam (e.g. Van Halen) to classic (e.g. Led Zeppelin); strongly prefer symphonic metal (Arch Enemy) to death metal.

Art: prefer Michelangelo to da Vinci; strongly prefer Dalí to Picasso, Matisse, and Warhol.

Literature: prefer Márquez to Cervantez; strongly prefer Tennyson to T.S. Eliot

Movies: I appreciate dizzying cinematography (Requiem for a Dream, American Beauty) and intelligent -- though not necessarily intellectual -- humor (Thank you for Smoking, Van Wilder).

Television: I have a thing for witty and outrageous animated comedies, particularly Archer and South Park.
The six things I could never do without
Electric Guitar
Gym Membership
Animal Print
Weird People
Spicy Food
My good friends, Johnnie Walker and Remy Martin.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The difference between Asian dragons and the European ones. How on earth is a dragon supposed to fly if it doesn't have wings?
On a typical Friday night I am
No typical Friday!
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
If I admitted it here it wouldn't be private now, would it?
You should message me if
We probably WON'T get along if
- you are a flake (e.g., you think it's okay to be routinely late or cancel at the last minute)
- you have hangups (e.g., you think exchanging numbers or meeting in person is a big deal)
- you're looking for an average / ordinary / predictable partner (I'm not your type)

We likely WILL get along if
- you are intelligent (I don't care what degree you have, but you need to be able to hold a conversation and think for yourself)
- you consider yourself fun and creative
- you think life is too short to waste blending into the crowd
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