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My self-summary
I wanted to be Hawkeye from MASH when I was growing up, except not a doctor. I wanted to be sarcastic and clever, ready with a quick comment. I wanted to cultivate an anti-authoritarian streak that stops just short of open rebellion. I wanted to be charming and rakish and a good companion for cocktails. I wanted to be the kind of friend people knew they could turn to for help.

I think I've done okay on these.

Some more specific and probably more pertinent information:
* If I'm outside of an area roughly penned in by Capitol Hill, Pioneer Square, Ballard, and Wallingford I am probably out of the state, or on my way.
* I travel pretty heavily, between 50 and 100 thousand miles annually over the last five or six years. Some work, some personal, and sometimes the delicious intersection between the two.
What I’m doing with my life
I love my job, but I'm not a careerist. It's fortunate that I can do something I love for a living, but it's a means not an end.

I go to a lot of goth/industrial music festivals, which generally means Europe. There's one in Germany every summer that is my Spring Break, Christmas, and Mardi Gras all rolled into one.

After my car's engine died, a friend convinced me that we should DIY convert it to electric drive. It's a slow but incredibly satisfying project.
I’m really good at
All kinds of things. I'm the person in my various circle of friends who people ask when they don't know what to do about a problem.

I tell stories well, both because I've had a pretty interesting life and because I know how to keep a listener engaged.
The first things people usually notice about me
Sadly, the haircut. Apparently it encourages unpleasant political comparisons from a significant percentage of people. I just like a very severe look, there are no deeper meanings behind it.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I absolutely love _The Razor's Edge_ by W. Sommerset Maughm. It's a contender on the short list for my favorite books along with the better bits of Vonnegut, some Herman Wouk, and a smattering of William Gibson novels. I read a lot of non-fiction too, but most of it doesn't age well.

Over the last few years, I've been memorizing T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land". I think it's one of the most important things written in the twentieth century. I've got about 20% memorized; "II A game of Chess" and "III The Fire Sermon" are tricky.

I am unapologetically into dark scene music; goth/industrial/electro. During the summer, I hit the German music festivals. It's fascinating to see a band that can only get a few hundred people in Seattle play to a crowd of ten thousand people. That said, I have no trouble separating the rest of my life from the club/concert scene. I'll wear a VNV Nation hoodie to work, but not my full "going out" regalia.

I am not food-motivated. I harbor a low-grade mistrust of foodies. Much like jazz musicians, I suspect most chefs are doing novel things to amuse themselves more than their putative audience. It's an overstatement to say that I'm all "meat and potatos", but when I see the word "re-imagined" on a restaurant menu I tend to suspect the worst.
Six things I could never do without
The loyalty of friends.
On a typical Friday night I am
A quick check of my calendar shows, despite being cliche, I have no typical Friday nights. Traveling, out with friends, dancing, staying quietly at home.

The last batch of Fridays, in reverse order:
* In a hotel room in NYC getting ready to fly back to Seattle
* Drinking with friends after helping someone move
* On a riverboat in the Rhine for a music festival pre-party
* Packing for a Europe trip
* Quietly at home
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
In personal conversation I am startlingly open about a lot of things. Infinitely less so in writing, and definitely not on the Internet.
You should message me if
If it sounds like we'd have a good conversation.

If you think we'd hit it off.
The two of us