I hail from the alpine wilderness of Colorado, where I spent the first 23 years of my life before moving away, spent the next 3 and half or so in Michigan (horrid place), before finally moving to SoCal last year.
I studied a lot of physics and a bit of cell biology and biochemistry in school, but it's weird--I think that I've learned more about the field and the phenomenon of science since I started teaching it to middle school kids.
I work very hard at being a good listener, who can genuinely sympathize without offering unsolicited advice. I had a friend do this for me when I was going through a rough patch, and it's the kind of thing that I want to be able to do for other people.
I really like wearing costumes with swords--for the last two Halloweens I was Aragorn and The Dread Pirate Roberts. Next year, I'm thinking Marquis de Lafayette (I need a sabre).