zwanze
31 Chicago, United States
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My self-summary
"A wink is as good as a nod to a blind horse"

"Am I a good person? Deep down, do I even really want to be a good person, or do I only want to seem like a good person so that people (including myself) will approve of me? Is there a difference? How do I ever actually know whether I’m bullshitting myself, morally speaking?"

"What is character but the determination of incident? What is incident but the illustration of character?"

No, but seriously, this section is the worst.

I miss Rob Ford.
What I’m doing with my life
I have job in the loop. I actually enjoy my work, and my job provides me with the funds that allow me to do the things I want. Most people's eyes gloss over when I describe what I do, so I will spare you the details. Suffice it to say: I owe a lot to Carl Gauss.

I love to travel. I actually grew up moving around quite a bit, and that has left me with some wanderlust. I just got back from San Diego and Montreal; next up New Zealand.

Hiking/snowboarding as much as I can. My main beef with the Midwest is the lack of mountains. I find myself heading to Utah regularly for alpine sports (and of course to commune with the Mormons).

I love to read. As you can gather from my quotes, I do enjoy fiction, but lately I've been on a behavioral economics kick. Really enjoying the eBook lending program through the public library.

Expanding my cooking repertoire. I just butchered my first whole tenderloin (thanks Alton Brown!) and I'm excited to see what I comes next.
I’m really good at
Trivia, making potato side dishes, getting sucked into new fascinations, understanding probability, getting around efficiently on the CTA, quoting MF Doom...
The first things people usually notice about me
If I'm on public transit: probably my sweet Kindle cover
If I'm on the street: determined east-coast style walk
If I'm sitting at the bar: the odd looking glass my beer came in

Or maybe something about my physical appearance, what do I know?
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
From what I can tell everyone puts the exact same stuff here so I'm not going to bother with Books/TV/Movies/Music, because I bet you can guess.

Food: I spent the first 20 years of my life being picky; now I am making up for lost time. Also, SPICY SPICY SPICY! I think this covers it.

Podcasts(updated): Lexicon Valley, HDTGM, Code Switch, Lore, Mystery Show, Filmspotting, CBB (an old favorite back in the mix) (also other EarWolf stuff), The Bugle, Freakonomics...
The six things I could never do without
Beer (have glass will travel); Whiskey; Google Maps; Seltzer (thanks, hipsters, for making this cool so it is easier to get); Flannel; and Long Aimless (sometimes purposeful) Walks.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Why office coffee is so terrible. How to fit more reading for pleasure into my schedule. Is $100 really too much per pillow?
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
When I'm walking somewhere, and not otherwise engaged, I avoid the cracks.
You should message me if
You enjoy paradoxes, and walks to nowhere.

You read The Oatmeal and wish it updated more often (praise Jibbers!).

You want to help me check more restaurants off my ever-growing list.

You have a dog that would be down for a new friend.
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