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My self-summary
Yeah, reduce myself to a sound bite. OK, here my philosophy is illustrated: My brother has a prosthetic leg. I never say that he lost a leg or is missing a leg; I always say that he has or got a cyborg leg and refer to it as his good leg. That's how I look at things, and it's even rubbed off on him. Also, I say do whatever's the most fun as long as nobody gets hurt.

I'm a 31-year-old man living on Milwaukee's South Side and having a "quarter-life crisis." :) I have a degree from Columbia University in economics but I haven't been using it much lately. I might be going to MSOE for a second degree in software engineering, or I might be reentering the workforce in the IT field. I can also wear a fedora with a feather in the brim without looking stupid. I wear it cocked to the right but I swear I'm not a gang member.

But aside from all the college crap, I believe in fun whether of the extreme sort or the relaxed sort. I'm open to almost anything whether in terms of activities, sex, food, conversation, or whatever else; there isn't much that I particularly don't like except for country music and eggplant parmagiana. I have a wry and sometimes cynical and sardonic sense of humor, but all in fun: I'm not a grouch. I use a lot of :) to let people online know. I use the word chill a lot because I do the word chill a lot. I generally look for intellectually stimulating conversation above all else. I'm one of those people who knows something about everything; I believe that any fact might someday come in handy. I was an Eagle Scout and believe in being prepared.

I used to have a radio show called "From the Jowls of Justice with Droopy McGobbler." It was a great show and I'm going to try to bring it back on YouTube. I also used to play a 3500-pipe organ in a cathedral, but I wasn't very good. I don't drink or do drugs, but I really have no problem with people who do as long as you're not an idiot on them. I currently have sideburns and sometimes have a mustache or goatee, but I spend more time clean-shaven. For the right woman I'll alter or remove my facial hair, but you had better be pretty right to trump my formidable sideburns :)

I answer a lot of questions on this site "Irrelevant." That's not because I'm lazy, it's because I won't let many of these things turn me off to someone. I am extremely accepting and accommodating, but I won't ever get codependent -- that's bad news. I don't have a "type;" I look at you and you're either a yes or a no, and beautiful yeses come in many types. Why restrict the pool and cheat myself out of the opportunity to meet a wonderful woman? I don't have a minimum match percentage either for the same reason - I work with computers and know how inaccurate they can be.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm torn between resuming my second degree at MSOE and getting an entry-level IT job; the decision will be made soon. Right now my life mostly consists of chilling and looking for some fun-loving people. I may -- may -- get into radio again; I've been thinking that lately.
I’m really good at
I'm really good at computer stuff, swimming, talking, listening, cooking, reading, partying, back rubs, chilling, and matching my clothes better than most fellows. I was really good at extreme mountain biking, and taijutsu and hope to get back into those.

I am no good whatsoever at taking pictures, especially selfies. I literally have a handful of pictures from years of sometimes insane adventures, but I don't mind. I have a photographic memory, although sometimes I forget to take off the lens cap.

I tell a good story.

I am a good cook but a lousy baker.

I am very good at avoiding and evading forest rangers.
The first things people usually notice about me
I have a strong commanding presence in a room; that's what people generally notice first. People tend to think I'm taller and larger, especially from far away and even without my two-inch-heeled cowboy boots on. Up close they notice my grin, which appears liberally and often :).
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Food: My favorite food is food. Anything any culture eats is worth trying, and so far I like all of it. Sushi is near the top of the list, including all the weird stuff like abalone and smoked eel and sea urchin; so are ribeye steaks, real Chinese food, Indian food, and real Mexican food. I have a thing for eating food prepared as it is in whatever native country. For example, I eat my Thai food at spice level 10 or Native Thai. Eggplant parm, though, is a no-no. I like fried eggplant and baba ghanoush, but no parm. Middle Eastern food is great, too, since I'm Lebanese.

Music: A hundred years worth of it. Currently on my playlist are Robert Johnson, Quiet Riot, Kix, Tesla, The Cult, The Rolling Stones, Ke$ha, John Lee Hooker, Metallica, Cascada, Taio Cruz, Paul Van Dyk, James Brown, and more. Lately I've been on a blues, old metal, and happy-girly-dancy music kick. I like songs more than I like artists, though, so my current stuck-in-the-head song could be anything. Except country, except that sometimes I like a country song. Right now it's Cascada's "Evacuate the Dance Floor" which I sing pretty nicely too. I also am classically trained (12 years) in piano and pipe organ so sometimes it's nice to relax to some baroque.

Shows: I don't currently watch any American TV. I'm an anime nerd, though I will not consider myself an otaku, and watch Naruto subtitled early every Thursday morning. I download much of what I watch, including a lot of anime series. I do like the X-Files, the original NCIS, South Park, Family Guy, The Simpsons, Futurama (if you've even heard of the Futurama Theorem, stop here and message me right now) and Mutant X. When I watch Jeopardy I get almost all the answers except in pop culture categories and I love playing against someone. I hear I'm no fun to play against in Jeopardy, Trivial Pursuit, or rummy.

Movies: I like series the best. Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Harry Potter, and so on. I have series syndrome, i.e. I can't see or read a book or movie and then skip the sequels. I confess to having read and seen all the Twilight crap. Pretty much every Tarantino movie does it for me, as does Stanley Kubrick. The Matrix series is pretty wicked too. As for single movies, here are the top five in no particular order: Pulp Fiction, Full Metal Jacket, Terminator 2, The Blues Brothers (love the music too), and The Devil's Advocate. #6 is Kung Fu Panda, one of the most inspirational and wise movies of all time. "There is no secret ingredient!"

Books: Lots of them. Stephen King is my #1, and (embarrassingly) Dean Koontz is #2. Lovecraft, Poe, Grisham, Clancy (but none of the books he slaps his name on but doesn't write), Kundera, Harlan Coben. Dan Brown's books are fun to read, mainly because I recognize them for what they are. Really, I'll read almost anything; I read very fast so if a book isn't that good I'll be done with it quickly enough. When I fly, I always pick up a military or spy thriller in the airport and usually leave it on the plane after I finish.
Six things I could never do without
1) My chubby-cheeked nephew
2) My smartphone
3) My computer (with Internet)
4) My aorta (and many other associated bits and pieces)
5) Books
6) Quesos fundidos con rajas from Jaliscos, you Milwaukee natives know what I'm talking about :)

We'll see how this list changes in the next couple weeks while I'm living in the forest. For real. No computer, no books, and no quesos unless I bring the cheese and make it myself over a fire. Nephew communication will have to be by phone uplink. Wish me luck and stay tuned.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Oh, lots of things. War; peace; physics; music; technology; the future; the past; my life; and sometimes absolutely nothing at all. OK, half of the people on this site seem to mention the zombie apocalypse, so I think about my Zombiemobile I'm going to build when it happens.
On a typical Friday night I am
Hosting a chill party somewhere and managing to keep everything sufficiently chill. Otherwise I'll do atypical stuff on the fly, swinging by the seat of my pants. It helps that I don't drink alcohol. (I might be on here too or instead.)
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Let's see:
I sometimes use online dating :)
Sometimes I dance in my chair and sing along with the aforementioned girly dance music.
I believe that crying lets the sad out.
They call me The Monk because I started a rumor that I used to be a kung fu monk, a bunch of idiots bought it, and it snowballed from there.
The thunderbolt scar on my right hand has no cool story; it's just from doing something really stupid.
When I do my spot-on Nixon impression it's really Nixon from Futurama that I'm imitating.

I confess that I also put the first alligator in the New York City sewers, staged the moon landing on Mars, stole Christmas, and built an entire phony construction site to stop people parking on my block.

Also, I might be Batman.
You should message me if
You should message me if you like what you just read, can find something to grab onto, and think we're a good match, whether the computer says so or not, or if you think I'm cool, funny, or sexy. Also if you own a potential Zombiemobile. We might have a beautiful relationship as the best of enemies, who knows? :p
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