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My self-summary
Southern transplant
Fried chicken connoisieur
Cocktail enthusiast
I want this kind of thing
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a (not-so) closet nerd, an aspiring points aficionado, a plateau-ing boulderer, and an occasional artist. Someday, I'd like to take a train across the US.

I fell into data science over the past couple of years, which means I spend my days at a not-so-startup startup moving bits of data around to tell a story.

In my life outside of work -- I like to learn about and try my hand at making food and drink (sometimes to great success!). In the past couple of years, I've really gotten into making liqueurs and bitters. Helps to make my cocktail addiction slightly more affordable and varied. One day, I'd love to open a distillery, while using data to figure out how to make better and more interesting spirits.
I’m really good at
Finding awesome flight deals
Wanderlust + experience working on a flight search engine has made one of my hobbies something super silly, but sometimes so useful. Pretty frequently, I'll look up prices for flights -- sometimes, I end up on impromptu trips when it's too good to pass up. In the past year, I've gone off to Japan, Korea, China, Colombia, and Mexico, along with a bunch of places in the States!

MacGyvering my way to good food
In college, one of my residence halls didn't have a kitchen. An induction stove + water bath + vacuum sealer and a box fan for an exhaust formed the base of my guideline-violating in-dorm kitchen for the year. Now, I'm trying to learn more diverse flavors by cooking through my current Szechuan obsession, and probably starting on Northern Thai food next.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
recently finished: 100 Years of Solitude, Norwegian Wood, The Great Gatsby, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Everything I Never Told You, Ready Player One

currently reading: Homegoing

Barbecue (both kinds from my upbringing -- Korean and Southern), Sushi, Pickles

Mezcal, amari, good rum

The Mind of a Chef, Arrested Development, Narcos, Master of None, Black Mirror, Bojack Horseman

This American Life, Freakonomics, The Great Debates, Radiolab, Snap Judgment

Cole Porter, Django Reinhardt, Neon Indian, The Shins, Phoenix, Nas,
Souls of Mischief.
Six things I could never do without
- A good bar and bar set
- New places to explore
- Flexibility to go there
- Hungry friends
- A kitchen and well stocked pantry to feed them
- Wine to keep everyone slightly sloshed
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Inequality in education, thirty million words, and economics.
You should message me if
You're a storyteller, adventurer, or an optimist (ideally, all three!). You don't mind sharing food off of a plate. You have a cocktail recipe I should try. You're confident, comfortable with who you are, and speak your mind.
The two of us