36 Nisswa, MN
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My self-summary
Collects stints: military (pre-war), forest firefighting (two summers), South Sudan (8 months). Staunchly pro-cats. Solution-oriented. Liberal leaning with a background working on indigenous issues. Well traveled. Self-identified Angela Merkel-feminist. 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
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
Using proper capitalization (evidently, a rare quality these days). Making a fondness for cats seem masculine. Using my phone quietly in public. Pulling over to remove objects from the road.
The first things people usually notice about me
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. The sole exception being Turkey where I'm taken to be one of their own.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Non-fiction books: Malcolm Gladwell (Blink, Tipping Point), Nate Silver (The Signal and the Noise), Charles Mann. Sebastian Junger. The Freakonomics series, Oliver Sacks. 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.

Music: U2, Beatles, Moby, Vangelis, Ennio Morricone, Air, Royksopp, Beethoven, Philip Glass.

Podcast: Radiolab, Snap Judgement, Planet Money, Freakonomics.

Television: Deadwood

News 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
1. Audiobooks. One of my all time favorite things, they make mundane manual tasks enriching.
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.
3. Spreadsheets
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
How I would design a pro-choice billboard (have to think about this every time I drive to Brainerd.) How a cat park could work. 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
Possibly painting. Or playing Spider Solitaire and listening to Radio Lab. Otherwise keen to hit the clubs for dancing.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I was fired from Walmart at 16. Life has been a downward spiral ever since.
You should message me if
You're capable of pointing at something on the screen without having to smudge it with your grubby little fingers.