yoloexpresso
32 Ridgewood, United States
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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 cemetaries everywhere and they're all humungous.

You know that "click", that moment when something snaps into focus, the instant when you've learned something? Teaching has given me a reverence for the click. Actually, running my own classroom made me realize that I hadn't really learned anything up to that point. Anyway, I spend considerable time studying/reading in pursuit of that satisfying moment.

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. Yes, that's plural. I own at least three pairs, and yes, one of the pairs is those hideous, iconic sandal/shoe hybrids. I love them.

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

smelling everything.
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, A Song of Ice and Fire, A People's History of the United States, The Big Short, All the Pretty Horses, The Selfish Gene, The Body Keeps the Score, A Conspiracy of Fools, Fermat's Last Theorem

The Big Lebowski, Goodfellas, This is Spinal Tap, Groundhog Day, Boyz N the Hood, Aladdin, Fargo, Adaptation, Wayne's World, Back to the Future, Network, No Country for Old Men, Sicario, Whiplash, The Big Short, Nightcrawler

The West Wing, Arrested Development, The Larry Sanders Show, The Wire, Louie, 30 Rock, Friends, Breaking Bad, True Detective Season One, Silicon Valley, Black Mirror, The Great British Baking Show, anything on public TV about how non-human creatures perform amazing feats

Prince, Paul Simon, Aaliyah, James Blake, Chance the Rapper, The Replacements, Future, Robyn, Roxy Music, David Bowie, LCD Soundsystem, Van Morisson, Girl Talk, Motown, "Don't Let Go" by En Vogue, "Dance Hall Days" by Wang Chung, "Hysteria" by Def Leppard, "Moments" by Tove Lo, "She Sells Sanctuary" by The Cult, "Get a Job" by the Silhouettes, "Tenderness" by General Public, "Kiss Them for Me" by Siouxsie and the Banshees, "Hypnotize" by The Notorious B.I.G.

Prince is both my gender and music hero.

Podcasts: Radiolab, 99% Invisible, Planet Money, Radio Diaries, More Perfect, Reply All, Revisionist History, Criminal, Undone, plus the many other podcasts I don't subscribe to but from which I frequently cherry pick.

I'm coming off of a pretty serious Seamless addiction. Youtube is teaching me how to cook. I'm trying to stay grain free because it keeps me relatively good looking. I've got breakfast and lunch down; dinner is my Everest. I'm eating a lot of nachos, but I make them myself and they have at least five ingredients, so by my own metrics I'm doing...okay. In an ideal universe I'd be vegetarian/vegan because good vegetarian/vegan is the best, but that's some zen-level cooking and I can barely make nachos.

I finally finished an issue of The Economist. I skipped a few 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."
The six things I could never do without
People I trust
Something to read
A device for writing
Apples/avocados
Goals/dreams
Sleep
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 considerable time thinking about what you're about to eat. If you're chill that would be great.
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