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 - they all turn into Miracle Max or Generic Irishman.
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 nobody's getting any younger.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: I don't have a lot of time to read these days. When I do, I usually read nonfiction - especially art books - and postmodern literature.

Basically I like books that impart information or are bonkers crazy, 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.

My favourites of all time are O Brother, Wallace and Gromit, Pulp Fiction, and Princess Bride.

Music: I consume a ton of music. I'm a grunge kid at heart, and I usually listen to 90s alt-rock, 80s and 90s goth, or indie/bluegrass/pop like Neko Case. The last few albums I bought were Sisters of Mercy, The Staves, Django Reinhart, Eric Prydz, Gojira, Rihanna, and Drenge. I think the Staves record is my favourite - that one is getting a lot of play.

I don't really dig on modern rap or country(too image-conscious for me), and there are only a handful of operas I like. But for the most part, there's stuff I like from every genre.

Side note: people that say they listen to things 'ironically' really piss me off. I bought both Carly Rae Jepson records, and they're(mostly) really good.

I'm not ashamed of liking cheesy pop from time to time, and you shouldn't be either.

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 Mediterranean/Near East dishes. I'm a pretty decent cook, for an American. I'm also a champ at reusing leftovers.
The six things I could never do without
Coffee
A camera
Notepad
My cat
A close group of friends that may as well be family
Chapstick
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What I want to accomplish, and how to do it.

You know - basic adulting crap.
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. If not, I'm editing and printing photos for the same reason.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I already admitted to liking Carly Rae Jepson. That's not good enough for you people?!

Well, I often do Christmas cards with my cat. Not every year - they're pretty complex, and sometimes Life gets in the way.

We mostly recreate famous movies. The cat generally gets the good roles.
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.

Also, it would be great if you were super busy ... because I'm super busy, and we can be busy together. Or apart until date night. Either way, one of us wouldn't be slowing the other one down, because we're both running at top speed and trying to be the best we can be.
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