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My self-summary
I'm a good person.
Proud of the work I do, even when it's far from perfect
Great with kids
Passionate about film and music
Tired of being on OKC (aren't we all?)

So, why am I 43 and still single? Luck. Bad, bad luck. Seriously. I don't enjoy this.
What I’m doing with my life
I work at, literally (and yes, I know how to use that word), "the best school ever made" as well as the best movie review web site ever made. I'm a jack of many trades, but I also have free time. In the summer, I teach a Star Wars class. No joke. Been doing it for about 6 years. Sorry, it's only for kids.
I’m really good at
Making short films, getting out of my comfort zone (hence the skydiving picture), using my time wisely, self-awareness, taking things in stride without being a pushover, cracking wise, writing, speaking in public, recommending a movie for just about any situation.
The first things people usually notice about me
I bear no resemblance to Don Cheadle?
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
In order to keep this short and concise (not easy for a professional), I'm going to narrow this down to films that have had an impact on my life in one way or another:
Brazil, E.T., Stop Making Sense, Tree of Life, Joe Versus the Volcano, American Movie, Star Wars.

Books: Just finished the Jim Henson biography. Currently reading Furious Cool, a Richard Pryor bio. Contact by Carl Sagan; A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole; Killing Bono by Neil McCormick; Into the Wild by John Krakauer; Harry Potter series; Andy Kaufman Revealed by Bob Zmuda. Life Itself by Roger Ebert.

TV: Modern Family, Arrested Development, Louie, Freaks and Geeks, Orange Is the New Black, Gilmore Girls, the Muppet Show, Veep, Silicon Valley, John Oliver, Breaking Bad/Saul, South Park, Monty Python, It's Always Sunny...

Music: Arcade Fire, U2, The Frames (and Swell Season), Neko Case, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Talking Heads/David Byrne, St. Vincent, Beck, The xx, Leonard Cohen, The National, The Feelies, The Beatles, Radiohead, Wilco. That song Gonzo sings in The Muppet Movie.

Podcasts: Gilmore Guys, Are You Talkin' U2 To Me, Sound Opinions, Adam Carolla (yeah, I know), TED Talks of various sorts, Stephen Tobolowski

Food: Glogg slushies at Simon's is my new reason to live. Red velvet pancakes.
The six things I could never do without
"Everything is better with beer and monkeys."
--Maya Angelou

Okay, but really (in no particular order)...
Movies (it's my passion and we all need one of those)
My job (I love it that much)
My friends and family (kind of a no-brainer)
Hopes and dreams (stagnant is boring)
Traveling (see "hopes and dreams")
A nearby city (I'd freak out if I lived in the middle of nowhere)
"Zoo Station"
On a typical Friday night I am
Collapsing after a long week of dealing with other people's children. But I will go out if provoked.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have a weakness for the "Step Up" movies. I do not apologize for it.
You should message me if
You really are serious about starting something new and aren't "set in your ways." That seems to be a tall order these days for people in my age group.

I'm not on the A-list, so if you "like" me, I'll have no idea and nothing will happen. And that's sad.