Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
Update 3/14/15- Recently relocated to Kyiv and intend on
remaining in Ukraine into the summer -if not longer. I'll be
overhauling my profile soon. Presently it's referring to my former
life in Minneapolis (US).
Collects stints: military (pre-war), forest firefighting (two
summers), South Sudan (8 months). Pro-cats. Solution-oriented.
Liberal with a background working on indigenous issues. Well
traveled. Self-identified feminist whose favorite shows pass the
Bechtel Test. Formerly a devout Catholic, now happy being momentary
concentration of mass/energy. Conscientious. Appeared on television
four times expressing misguided confidence in folk-creatures.
Somewhat embarrassed about that last fact.
[If military is a red flag add 10% to our match.]
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
New to the area. Most my time is spent writing, exploring the city,
and helping family whilst trying to see where I can put my diverse
past experiences to use. I recently finished a dual BA in
Anthropology and Applied Indigenous Studies. School took a bit
longer to complete because of my recurrent tendency to set out and
explore the human condition. After a stint in the military I moved
to Arizona to work as a community coordinator for Navajo Indians
effected by a land dispute. I've spent many formative years living
with Navajos and was informally adopted into two families. In 2007,
while attending school and feeling frustrated that life was
stagnant I threw on the backpack and moved to South Sudan for 8
months where I wound up overseeing food shipments to the Sudanese
People's Liberation Army. Come back, resume school, and fight
forest fires for a summer job. It's been that kind of life so far
but now I want to develop some roots before seeking out more
adventures or going back to school.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Using proper capitalization (evidently, a rare quality these days).
Making a fondness for cats seem masculine. Speaking quietly on a
cellphone. Tracking down the rightful owners of misplaced
I make a solid effort at trying new things that take me out of my
comfort zone. In the past year: took singing lessons, taught self
to cross-country ski, started podcasting (which is painfully
humbling), took up video production
and bought a
The first things people usually notice about me
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Ambiguous ethnicity. In the 7th grade someone asked if I was the
foreign-exchange student. In Poland I get pegged as gypsy, in Italy
as a Moroccan, when I worked in Ireland people took me to be
Spanish, Navajo Reservation it's assumed I'm Mexican, and in Sudan
I was accused on two occasions by gunmen for being an Arab spy. In
Turkey people speak to me in Turkish.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Non-fiction books: Malcolm Gladwell (Blink,
Tipping Point), Nate Silver (The Signal and the Noise), Charles
Mann. Sebastian Junger. The Freakonomics series, Oliver Sachs.
Economics, geopolitics, criminology. Joseph Campbell. Science
Fiction: anything Arthur C. Clarke or Ray Bradbury, to a lesser
extent Asimov. Herbert's DUNE series (first four anyway). My all
time favorite short story is Kaleidoscope by Ray Bradbury. One of
my most prized possessions is the complete cassette set for the BBC
radio play of Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy.
U2, Beatles, Moby, Vangelis, Ennio
Morricone, Air, Royksopp, Beethoven, Philip
Radiolab is one of my favorite things
BBC. New York Times. Not long ago I would
have listed Al-Jazeera as a primary news source but it's become too
'bottom vs top.' I am a huge fan of NYT's Retroreport
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
1. Audiobooks. One of my all time favorite things, they make
mundane manual tasks enriching: chopping vegetables to Stephen
Hawking's A Brief History of Time, learning about Magellan's
circumnavigation while folding clothes, driving up north to The
2. Water for swimming. Really does make a difference as I found out
from the absence of it in Arizona and Sudan (was along the Nile
but, crocodiles). My favorite part about living in Uptown.
4. GI Bill. Still debating if it made being in the military worth
it but it's quite nice to have school entirely paid for once you're
out. (Yet incredibly, very few bother to use it.)
5. Public libraries
6. Ctrl + Z
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
hrain. How much of our behavior (and
therein, our life's trajectory) was genetically prescripted or
externally influenced. What society would be like if we based it on
actual scientific fact instead of subjective cultural beliefs.
What's more effective than democracy. How I would design a
pro-choice billboard (have to think about this every time I drive
to Brainerd.) Whether humankind is really evolving towards
enlightenment or if history is just a rehash of the same behavioral
patterns. How to seem funny yet insightful on dating profiles.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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I was fired from Walmart at 16. Life has been a downward spiral
In addition to that, I'm 34 and still don't know how to use
semicolons. Hence the excessive application of commas.
You should message me if
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