Coaching aside, sports are an important part of my life. I tend to be in pretty good shape, but not because I love the gym. I really love playing soccer, basketball, and ultimate frisbee and am fortunate that I get to do so regularly. There's nothing quite as satisfying as being a part of a team that becomes way stronger than the sum of its parts! I’ve also been known to get up at 7 am on a Saturday morning to watch my beloved Arsenal somehow manage to be not quite as good as they should be.
Other activities I enjoy are whitewater rafting, board and card games and lazy afternoons with a good book or netflix and, ideally, company (hint hint).
I also love dogs. Especially big dogs that I can wrestle and fight with. It makes me sad that I can't have one at the moment!
Not acting my age when it's not necessary
Caring about my students
Actually calculating the odds when someone asks "What are the odds?"
Movies: Lord of the rings (I'm a bad nerd, I like the movies better than the books). Lucky number Sleven, An American President (Maybe this should go under private/embarrassing), Star Wars, Batman Begins, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Avengers.
Books: Ready Player One is my favorite book from the past year. Highly recommend for anyone who likes Science fiction. Other favorites: Harry Potter, Pastwatch the Redemption of Christopher Columbus, A Song of Ice and Fire series, The Dresden Files.
TV: Firefly, Psych, Leverage, How I Met Your Mother, Veronica Mars.
Food: I'm a vegetarian so that's the pretty much the most important thing. I generally eat very healthy and am currently expanding my culinary comfort zone.
Music: I'm not much of a discerning music type. But I will admit that I recently lead a sing along to some of the Lion King's music with my students.
A sport to think about, watch, coach or play.
Easily made food
Dogs. I don't have one, but the fact that they exist is very important to me.
How much planning I have to do before the next school day
How Nate Silver would describe my dating life (My current best guess is "underperforming his fundamentals"... Thanks Nate...)
Also if you are having trouble thinking of things to say (this is pretty much the story of sending a first message in my experience) here are some possible topics of conversation:
1. Your favorite scifi/fantasy book/movie and why you liked it.
2. Your favorite board game and any stories of a friend refusing to speak to you for a certain amount of time because of it.
3. Your favorite podcast that's not on a top 10 list.
4. The various advantages of different soccer formations.
5. Your ranking of pixar movies.
6. Something you are passionate about that you think we might have in common!