Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
Hi there, I'm Ali, short for Alexandra; people always think it's
Allison or Alison. I know, I'm full of surprises. New Yorker, born
and raised, except for a 4-year stint in College Park, MD (Go
Terps!) and a quick jaunt to Rome for a semester.
I consider myself pretty active. I love running...I've done 5ks,
10ks, and half marathons. I was registered for the Philly Marathon,
but runner's knee took me out of the game this year. Next year, I
guess. I'm also a Spartan addict. I hate waking up early, but I'll
get up at 4am to train with my Spartan team. Liking/participating
in sports is definitely a huge plus, but if not, that's cool
A random list, because those are always fun:
- I've been skydiving twice and will go again.
- I went scuba diving once and got so claustrophobic under water I
started thrashing like a netted dolphin.
- I like going out with friends, but I'm also okay spending a
weekend with myself.
- I can binge watch TV shows all day, but it takes me forever to
sit down and watch a movie.
- I'm an aunt thrice over...benefits of being the youngest
- This age of social media we live in makes me nervous. I hate
Facebook and don't use it. I also don't Instagram or take selfies.
(Edit: I now have an Instagram account. But I can justify it...just
- Fax machines mystify me. So do 3D printers.
- My idea of a perfect night is sitting in an apartment with good
friends, lots of wine, and lots of food.
- I am a Pisces, through and through.
- I will own a dog one day. Nonnegotiable.
- My least favorite chore is putting away laundry.
- If I could learn a language it would be ASL.
- I've spent a lot of years playing the comparison game, and I'm
finally happy with where I am in life and who I am right now.
I'm looking for a guy who is settled and confident about his life
and job, but not arrogant about it. "Quiet confidence" is a phrase
I think has a lot of meaning. Someone who understands that
relationships take work and is willing to put in the effort.
Someone who thinks a relationship is about being part of a team and
working together. Someone who is thinking about the future and
working to build one that includes a family.
I'll be honest, I'm pretty disappointed with how men and women have
grown to interact with each other over the past decade. Anything
related to flirting, dating, courtship, and mystery is gone. Don't
people miss those butterflies? I do. Where are the guys who
understand texting a woman you haven't even met yet "I can't wait
to do things to you" is inappropriate? Because it's becoming
alarmingly the norm.
Being single and being on dating sites has made me pretty cynical,
but I'm so willing to change my perspective if I can be proven
wrong. So if you also miss the butterflies, send me a note. I'd
love to hear from you.
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
I started off working in publishing as an assistant editor, but I
really hated it. I changed careers and got a masters in social
work. This is a much better path for me. I now work in a
psychiatric emergency room.
I spend most of the week in a windowless room, so I really try to
get outside on the weekends.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Saved by the Bell and Boy Meets World trivia. Procrastinating.
Cleaning my apartment and somehow making it messier than it was.
Listening to one song on repeat for a week solid.
The first things people usually notice about me
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Usually people comment on either how tall I am, or how I look much
younger than 30. I'm a high school volleyball coach, and refs/other
parents routinely mistake me for a player. True story.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
I can read for 10 or 12 hours, if I have the right book. My
favorite book is Watership Down, by Richard Adams. I like the Fire
and Ice series (and dislike the television show). I love Neil
Gaiman, Lev Grossman, and Tana French. Clearly I like the fantasy
genre (I'll add the Narnia series and Lord of the Rings here, too),
but I really enjoy a wide variety. Other favorites include The
Secret History, Jane Eyre, Dracula, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and
The Book Thief. I love Wally Lamb. Major points if you recommend me
a book I might like. Recently I've gotten into a nonfiction kick,
especially with memoirs and psychology/mental health books.
My favorite movie is Stand By Me. When RENT was on Broadway, I saw
it six times, including with the original cast reprisal. One of my
biggest guilty pleasures is binge watching TV shows on Netflix,
although I tend to stay away from reality shows. I am a huge Joss
Whedon fan, including all things Buffy, Angel, and Firefly. I love
Blacklist, Walking Dead, How I Met Your Mother, Friday Night
Lights, Big Bang Theory, Supernatural, The Office when it didn't
suck, and The West Wing, also, when it didn't suck (Read that:
before Sorkin left). Just finished the Six Feet Under series for
the first time and realized the last 6 minutes were as good as
everyone promised me they were.
There are few foods I won't eat or at least try. Except spicy food.
I really dislike spicy food.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
I figure as long as I have my friends and family, I'm ok.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
What personal anecdote I would share if I ever made it onto
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Well I have to work on Saturdays, so sometimes I go out, sometimes
I come home and veg and read and go to bed.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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If you have a race bib visible in one of your pictures, I'm
probably (definitely) going to look up your time.
You should message me if
Offer a few tips to help matches win you over.
You're done playing games, you don't take yourself extremely
seriously, you think chivalry isn't dead, and you're looking for
I believe it's impossible to get to know someone over
email/text/phone, so I'd prefer not to have lengthy exchanges
before planning to meet.
Who are you looking for?
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