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My self-summary
I'm from Minnesota. This is my ninth year in NYC. I finally live alone; it's everything I always hoped it would be.
What I’m doing with my life
I teach math to kids and I spend most of my time thinking about it (math, adolescence, inequality, fatalism, etc).

I run around Queens. There are cemeteries everywhere.

You know that moment when you're like, "Ohhhh...I get it"? I spend considerable time and effort towards collecting as many of these moments as possible. One good moment like this can give a person a few days worth of contemplative satisfaction. So I read and I study.

Coming off of a pretty serious Seamless addiction, I'm hellbent on cooking everything for myself. Those Youtube videos where somebody's hands make something are teaching me. I'm trying to stay grain free (paleo) because it keeps me relatively good looking. Spaghetti squash is amazing; cauliflower is even more amazing; zucchini is somewhere in the middle.

I'm trying to chill; it's not my native setting.
I’m really good at
belting top 40 hits at/with my students.

hoarding writing utensils. If I see a pencil on the floor it's going in my pocket. Unless it isn't sharpened. Then it's staying right where it is 'cause nobody's got time for all that.

saving shards of Dial soap too small for shower duty and mashing them together into a hand soap bar/ball. Gross? Probably.

ordering from Amazon and missing the return deadline. I somehow ended up with like fifty roles of paper towels.

wearing Crocs. I own like three pairs, and yes, one of them is those divisive, iconic sandal/shoe hybrids. I love them.

biking to places, even when the temperature is prohibitive and I get sweatier than is socially acceptable.

using all five of my senses. I feel like people need to get on board with smelling and touching stuff.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm a six five bald man.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
A Team of Rivals, 1984, The Foundation trilogy, Harry Potter, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Journey Through Genius, The Big Short, The Selfish Gene, The Body Keeps the Score

The Big Lebowski, Moonstruck, Goodfellas, This is Spinal Tap, Aladdin, Fargo, Adaptation, Wayne's World, Back to the Future, No Country for Old Men, The Godfather Epic

The West Wing, Arrested Development, The Larry Sanders Show, The Wire, Louie, 30 Rock, Friends, Breaking Bad, True Detective Season One, Silicon Valley, Antiques Roadshow, The Bachelor(ette), The Great British Baking Show, anything about how non-human creatures perform amazing feats, anything about astronomy

I've never been good at music lists. Prince is my gender and music hero. Pop music is the blood oxygenating my life, but I worship in all genres (yes, even those ones). Here are some songs that are good:

"Show Me Love" Robyn
"Don't Let Go" En Vogue
"Erotic City" Prince
"Dance Hall Days" Wang Chung
"Astral Weeks" Van Morrison
"Hysteria" Def Leppard
"Moments" Tove Lo
"She Sells Sanctuary" The Cult
"Get a Job" The Silhouettes
"Tenderness" General Public
"Kiss Them for Me" Siouxsie and the Banshees
"Hypnotize" The Notorious B.I.G.

Podcasts: Radiolab, 99% Invisible, Planet Money, Radio Diaries, More Perfect, Reply All, Revisionist History, Criminal, plus myriad other podcasts to which I do not subscribe but from which I frequently cherry pick.

I've finished an issue of The Economist. I skipped most of the letters to the editor, but it still counts.

If it happened in the 90s I'm probably into it. Especially if it's hip-hop, or video games, or pop music in general, or other things that are amazing, like pizza Lunchables or the Always Coca-Cola jingle.

Until way too recently I thought John Fogerty was saying "Yay me."
Six things I could never do without
People I trust
Something to read
A device for writing
Trail mix
I spend a lot of time thinking about
what I'm going to eat next, worst-case scenarios, whether or not I should have more coffee, the future where everyone knows what everyone else is thinking and what a relief that will be probably.
On a typical Friday night I am
staying out until my friends aren't looking. Then I make a break for it.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I've ordered Dominos for dinner two nights in a row. I'm pretty sure I only did this once but I can't/won't say for sure.

Dancing terrifies me. I love it, but my skills are...not great.

I can't stop editing this thing.
You should message me if
you also spend most of your time thinking about what you're about to eat. If you're chill that would be great.
The two of us