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My self-summary
Hello there. My name's Justin; I'm from California but arriving in Malaysia in January. I'm a driven guy who is passionate about those things that interest me and who tends to ignore those that don't. A few things that I'm passionate about: treating every person I meet with the compassion and dignity they deserve. Tackling the worst forms of human misery in the third world. Spending the 80 odd years that I am likely to be in this world experiencing anything and everything it has to offer, so that the day I die I will have no reason to say "I wish I had done that." Learning from the multitude of cultures that inhabit this planet and recognizing how their insights can help me grow as a person. Forming deep and powerful relationships with the people around me. I'm not always successful in achieving any of these passions--like anyone else I frequently fail--but I consider them to be the highest things worth striving for and the compass points by which I find my way through life.

A few things I'm not passionate about: wealth, social prestige. To me, these things either come or they don't. To strive for them is to have misplaced one's priorities in this world.
What I’m doing with my life
Like Thoreau, I want to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life. I travel, write, and seek truth and adventure wherever I can find it.
Having spent most of the past few years living in various places around Asia and Africa, I'm now working on advancing my education and continuing to fashion my life into a force for good in the world around me.
I’m really good at
Listening. As an anthropologist I'm endlessly fascinated by the stories people have to tell about themselves, and the ways that the events and experiences of their lives help shape them into the people they are today. I believe that every person and every culture have unique and valuable perspectives on the world and what constitutes the good life. One of my personal goals is to discover and learn from as many of those unique perspectives as possible. I look forward to hearing your story someday.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm an adventurer at heart and I'm always looking for new experiences. People usually notice about me that I will be the first person to try some strange new food, have a crazy animal climbing up my arms, or go climb a mountain just because it's there. My personal philosophy is to experience as much in life as I can: life is too short to spend time doing things I already did yesterday.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
My job basically boils down to me getting paid to read 2-3 books a week and to then write extensively about what I've read. This is a good thing and a bad thing. The good news is that even at their most obscure and difficult these books are constantly challenging my beliefs and pushing my mind in new and important directions. The bad news is that I have as a result little additional time for pleasure reading. That being said, I do love fantasy or a well-done history. A Song of Ice and Fire are particular favorites.

My favorite movies are ones that leave me at the end with something to ponder over that I never would have considered otherwise. Examples would include Her, Schindler's List, Whale Rider, Little Miss Sunshine, Moon, and Annie Hall.

I also have an abiding fondness for drinking great beer, and can often be found traveling around touring breweries, visiting brewpubs and trying out some really fine brews. If you have any favorite drinking holes, definitely let me know!
Six things I could never do without
1. My friends

2. Work where I can make a positive contribution to the lives of the people around me and/or to the world at large

3. New and fascinating places to seek out

4. Delicious food

5. Delicious beer

6. Did I mention my friends?
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Ways to keep making my life interesting/exciting/DIFFERENT. Also philosophy, history, politics, literary-criticism, and a wide range of other intellectual topics.
On a typical Friday night I am
When I'm home in California it would be chilling with friends. Enjoying a few beers at a craft beer bar, at someone's house playing board games, watching a movie, etc. Other nights I might be on a camping or backpacking trip in the great outdoors, or driving down the interstate looking for a motel on my way to some interesting place I've never been before.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
If I told you that here then it wouldn't be very private any more, would it? ;-)
You should message me if
Message me if you want to. But this is how I describe most women I usually date:

She is attractive, quick-witted, mature - yet irreverent, and completely independent.

Educated and street smart, she is open to new things. She hasn't decided if Malaysia is where she wants to live for the rest of her life, but she loves it here. She laughs a lot.

She has good friends and prefers discussing Ideas and Events rather than People. She has a passion. Traveling is a must.

Has similar interests, but can show me something new. Considers herself a challenge.

Okay, so before this becomes a Billy Joel song, if you think this describes you or or are just really fucking cool, you should message me. I'll take it from there.
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