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've recently started a new career, which is WAY outside of what I'd been doing. I had been an Art/Photography teacher for years, and one day it dawned on me that I hadn't produced any real, meaningful work since grad school, and that the sort of job that would offer me sabbatical leave was pretty far away; if I was going to be able to make my own work, I was going to need to make some changes for a while.

So, now I have a sales job. And you know, it doesn't suck. It's only been a little over a month, and I've already expanded my current project and gotten into two shows. So I guess it's working out okay.

I've also recently quit smoking. Sort of. I still haven't weaned off the electronic one and the gum, but we've come a pretty long way, so I'm proud of that.

So I guess my life is sort of in flux right now ... and I'm oddly okay with that. As long as I keep up the forward momentum, right?
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 and Gillian Welch.

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' or as a 'guilty pleasure' annoy me. 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
Working on photo stuff, or down in the shop building very ugly but very useful furniture. I like to describe myself as a "brutalist woodworker."

Y'know, for you architecture nerds.

I also made a couple speakers and plan on building more, but those projects have been put on hold for the time being.
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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