zzoll
33 Glens Falls, United States
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My self-summary
I'm the sort of guy that's usually in a good mood. I generally like what I do for a living, and I try very hard to not be kept down by things that are depressing or stressful; that doesn't mean I always succeed, but I try my best. It could always be worse, right? Or as my father says, "When life gives you lemons, eat the goddamn lemons."

I'm looking for someone that shares my outlook on life and my love of stupid, deadpan humor to spend some time with.
What I’m doing with my life
I teach photography at a community college part time, and work at a photo/electronics store part time as well. I'd really like to teach full-time, but that will come some day.

I've been working on a portrait project for a couple years now that started from a pretty weird place. I had a poor connection for a Skype critique, and misheard my adviser. Apparently she said that just because someone makes me uncomfortable, that doesn't mean that I shouldn't photograph them. I heard, 'you should photograph people that make you uncomfortable.' So I wrote all my exes and everybody else I didn't really want to hang out with, and photographed them.

So here I am a couple years later, trying to distill those images into something that actually makes sense as a cohesive body of work. If anybody reading this is into art, even if it's not photography, and even if you don't make it yourself, I'd be thrilled to get your take on it.

It's so hard to get outside your own box, and think about what you're doing means to other people.
I’m really good at
I can do a decent Christopher Walken impression. Funny thing is, I actually learned it for school. I had to read 'The Spider and the Fly' to schoolchildren for one of my education courses, and I decided that the Spider needed to be Walken.

The Fly was Woody Allen. That one isn't so hot.

On a related note, I'm really bad at most all other voices. The phrase 'wandering accent' comes to mind.
The first things people usually notice about me
I often start conversations with people I've just met and talk with them as if we already know each other. I tend to jump right past the 'tiptoe around the conversation' phase. I suppose it's either unnerving or charming depending on how you look at it, but I figure we're going to get there eventually anyway, and I'm not exactly getting any younger.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Unless you count photography books, it's been a long time since I've read anything of note. When I had more free time I used to mostly read nonfiction, and a little bit of postmodernist novels. I also read some "adult" comics, like Sandman and Watchmen.

Basically I like books that impart information or are wild speculation, without a lot in the middle.

Movies/TV: Mostly documentaries and stand-up, since I can enjoy them while I'm working on something else. When I actually *watch* a movie, I like Spaghetti Westerns, Noir, and almost anything by the Coen brothers. And sometimes I binge on Kung-Fu movies.

Music: Yes please.

I don't really dig on rap or Top 40 country, and there are only a handful of operas I like. But for the most part, there's stuff I like from every genre.

But I'm a grunge kid at heart.

Food: I really like to cook, and I really like to try new things. If I go out to eat and there's something on the menu I've never had before, I can almost guarantee it will end up on my table.

There are exceptions. I can't do bugs, or even soft-shelled crab. Just about everything else is fair game though.

At home, there are a lot of spinach salads and psuedo-Indian dishes. I do pretty okay for a white guy. I'm also a champ at making leftovers seem like proper meals.
The six things I could never do without
Coffee, particularly espresso. That's basically all six right there. I may have a problem.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Things that I need to accomplish.
On a typical Friday night I am
Usually grading assignments and doing other school work, so I don't need to do it on the weekend.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Nope. Not online.
You should message me if
You're an intelligent, adult woman who takes herself seriously. Just, y'know ... not too seriously.

I think we can all stand to have a Coke and a smile once in a while.
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