Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
So, after a painfully comic (in retrospect) series of events I am
back living in America (after 5 years in China), and I figure I
should try to meet some new people in this hemisphere. - Also my
username is my chosen Chinese name (It means T.rex)
I've got some readjusting to do (I'm super, accidentally rude by US
standards sometimes) but my dog and I are making great cultural
strides. I no longer (usually) jump in surprise when people are
nice to my dog and have stopped saying "thank you" in Chinese,
I laugh at really terrible things - like the word doody and love
swears (the more inventive the better). I love to sing, but am
absolutely awful at it. I play no instrument well but imagine that
I am a hopeless, unapologetic nerd. Also, a serial hobbyist. I've
done or am planning to do most of the artsy type things. I
occasionally play an old school table top RPG, and can probably
quote the entirety of Ghostbusters.
A minimalist with cluttery tendencies. I love travel and attempting
new languages. I've been all over Asia (except North Korea and Laos
and Cambodia). My favorite place on earth is Slovenia. The entire
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
Work related doings involve me forcing computer nerds improve their
terrible processes. It's less interesting than what I did in China,
but the constant threat of being run over by a bus is less here,
and the US can't kick me out. (My exit from China was horribly
funny, or funnily horrible, depending on your point of view. I'll
tell you about it sometime.)
I've lived in a lot of ugly places, so any time I can get outside
and meet awesome people or have a picnic in a park, that's a pretty
good day. If I can make someone laugh, even better.
I'm also a little obsessed with geology and love digging up
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
I wish I was better at physics, but instead I'm good at doing
things with my hands. I'm also pretty good at discussing improbably
absurd things in crazy detail.
I am no good at chess, but play a mean game of Cards Against
I also like learning the best words in foreign languages - SPOILER:
it's not always the swears. But usually.
The first things people usually notice about me
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Until recently it was that I wasn't Chinese. Now, glasses? I don't
know. I think it's probably that I just cut in line because someone
was lollygagging and I forgot that you don't do that in the US
because it's rude, but I only sort of care because you were
Let's say glasses. Or tattoos. Whatever, you choose.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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I got a Kindle while overseas and my ability to read at all times
and in all conditions was greatly improved (especially on the
subway. I hate the Chinese metro, but reading makes it slightly
less terrible). I love physical books, but love more being able to
satisfy my voracious reading need without having to find places for
tons of books. - Science, history, Scifi/fantasy
I love movies - Monsters, ghosts, weird and well told. I love super
serious movies (like Winter's Bone) and ones that are made of
explosions and punches as well.
Music is a long and weird list. I can name almost no one currently
being played on US radio (I argue that's not a bad thing), but love
the good bits from the 80s to Nerdcore hiphop to Australian
Food is an impossible list. Let's go with a few things I don't
like: Mangos. Watermelon. Stinky Tofu.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Why six? That seems so arbitrary. Here's 6 things I would not like
being in a world without:
2. My dog (His name is Sushi)
3. Kindle (I need books for life)
5. walking/hiking shoes
6. Adventure - of the planned and unplanned variety
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
How to be American again and did I ever think it was so dead normal
to make small talk with cashiers? And how to tell my stories
without making it seem like I'm constantly in danger of death or
dismemberment when traveling.
In Shanghai we played a game called "Is that stain pee?" - I'm
pretty happy I don't have to think about that here.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Up to no good, when possible.
Or playing video games. Or looking for a good beer.
Or throwing my dog in the car to go somewhere that sounds fun for
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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I once got drunk with 40 of the most powerful men in Shanghai. And
taught them to sing a children's song (Señor Don Gato) because my
mind went blank when the microphone was shoved in my hand.
This isn't really private, but: I've neglected to discuss any sort
of sexual preference label because I generally dislike labels. I
tend to avoid them, but use bi on here as I dislike artificially
limiting options for friends and partners. I understand this label
comes with its own limitations, but there you go. I don't apologize
for using it (but in general I prefer the ladies).
You should message me if
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You lack whimsy in your life. I have buckets to spare. And if you
aren't too seriously annoyed at all my parenthetical asides.
Also, I have little to zero tolerance for text speak. If you can't
take the time to type out "you" don't bother writing me. I love
words and love what they represent. Linguistic evolution aside, I
hate text speak.
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