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36 Nisswa, MN Man


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  • Ages 31–42
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Last online
Today – 6:58pm
5′ 10″ (1.78m)
Body Type
Cancer, but it doesn’t matter
Graduated from university
Doesn’t have kids
Likes cats
English, Spanish (Poorly), Polish (Poorly)
My self-summary
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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
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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 items.

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 DSLR.
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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Books: 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.

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

Podcast Radiolab is one of my favorite things right now.

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
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 Good Earth.
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
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Syria. Bahrain. 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 ever since.

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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You're capable of pointing at something on the screen without having to smudge it with your grubby little fingers.