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My self-summary
Hello! My name is Peter, and I'm a theoretical physicist at Syracuse. I'm very new in town (moving in August 1st) after spending 7 years in Eugene, Oregon getting my PhD. In my free time, I run. Following the philosophy of one of my friends in undergrad, I do a lot of races, because there's nothing better to motivate you than thinking "well I mean... I already paid for it..." I've run 7 marathons and one 50k, but due to a pretty bad injury in January, I'm working on getting back in shape for half marathons, then we'll work from there.

I also love hiking. I did quite a bit of it in Oregon, and I hear there's a lot to explore in New York. If you know any good spots, please let me know!

I'm fairly close with my family in Seattle, and I plan on visiting them a lot. When I was a kid, I always said I wanted to grow up to be my dad. I still stand by that.
What I’m doing with my life
Working in a physics group at Syracuse. The end goal is to be a professor, but I have many backup plans if the only jobs available are in places I don't want to be.

Volunteering is and always has been a huge part of my life. For the past 3 years, that's been serving food in a restaurant for low income and unhoused people in Oregon. If you have any leads for places like that in Syracuse, I am very interested.
I’m really good at
Making people laugh and laughing at things that aren't funny. If you ever need someone to laugh at all your jokes at a party even if you aren't funny, I can pull off a solid fake laugh
The first things people usually notice about me
I've been told I have a nice smile. I've also been told by strangers that I have nice calves. So to the random dude on the bus: thanks?
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Music: My first love is punk, but I listen to a lot of blues, motown, hip hop, and classic rock. Lately though, about 90% of what I listen to is either current pop or EDM. My favorite artists are Shook Ones, Dag Nasty, Cro-Mags, Bane, Joy Division, Funkadelic, Wu Tang, Odesza, and The Stooges

Books: Franny and Zooey and East of Eden are tied for my favorite. I also love David Sedaris

Shows: I don't watch a whole lot of TV, so when I do, I want to laugh. Favorites are It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Office, Freaks and Geeks, The Daily Show, Bob's Burgers, Love, and Workaholics

Movies: Anything that can make me laugh. Or cry. Those are good too

Food: Mexican is my favorite, but I'll eat pretty much anything
The six things I could never do without
1. Laughter and lots of it
2. Easy access to nature
3. A good book in my backpack
4. A blackboard or white board (my job is literally composed of standing in front of one and pretending to know what I'm talking about)
5. A strong group of friends
6. Running trails
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Puns. Really really bad puns.
On a typical Friday night I am
I make it a point to go out and do something most Friday and Saturday nights. Lately that has oscillated between rock climbing, going to a concert, or going to a bar with friends
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Whenever I'm alone in an elevator, I dance
You should message me if
You like nerding out over pretty much anything. You like to joke around a lot, and you don't take yourself too seriously. Or you just really like hiking and want someone to explore the area with. You should know right now that I will get out of breath talking while hiking or running, and so everything I say will sound super urgent. In fact... I should just make that a feature, not a fault. I will only say urgent things while hiking or running

As an aside, I really don't care if we like the same books or music (though those make good ice breakers!) or if we have a lot of surface-level stuff in common. I'm at that place in life where I'm not really interested in wasting anyone's time, including my own. I'm looking for someone who can make me laugh and who is as excited to meet me as I am to meet them