Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
I'm an east-coaster, a liberal, and a scientist. I like hiking,
biking and cross-country skiing. I also enjoy city things: going to
museums, shows and nice restaurants - but I'd rather be in the
mountains than anywhere else. Specifically: on top of a mountain. I
often prefer cooking at home to going out. I have a sassy streak. I
don't get bored.
These are my faults: I'm kind of impatient and I'm not good at
filtering what I say - but I'm trying to be better! I'm a poor
swimmer. I'm sure I have other shortcomings, but I'll leave the
rest to the imagination.
I grew up in the country and in some ways I'm still a country girl:
I drive stick, wear jeans and split wood. I wear sensible
I am not spontaneous. This is a word I see on this site a lot and I
don't get it. What does this mean? Is there something wrong with
making plans? I think I'm pretty good at planning. I'm also happy
to follow other people's plans. In my experience, if no one is
making plans, there's a higher probability of sitting around doing
nothing. I really don't like sitting around doing nothing.
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
I'm doing a post-doc in microbiology. More narrowly: biking to
work, pipetting liquids and mucking about with bacteria, biking
home, cooking dinner; repeat with occasional interludes of hanging
out with friends and family.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Not getting discouraged in the face of repeated failure, saying
what I think, eating all the vegetables I buy (unfortunately, I'm
also good at eating all the cookies I buy).
I'm moderately good at: cooking, knitting, adjusting the brakes on
my bike, brewing coffee before having coffee, bacterial genetics,
squashing bugs, waiting tables.
I'm not very good, but wish to improve at: frisbee, swimming,
biochemistry, relating to my nieces.
The first things people usually notice about me
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Oh god, if you ever meet me, please don't tell me. I do not need to
start worrying about how people perceive me like I did when I was
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
I don't really think these things are important for relationship
compatibility, only as conversational topics. I don't want to be
defined by what I like. But I'll do a few.
Books: Middlemarch, P&P, The House of Mirth, Candide, The Blind
Assassin. Getting into some fantasy with Game of Thrones and Ursula
K. Le Guin. Lately: books by and about women. Right now: The
Sot-weed Factor by John Barth - I'm mostly finding it sexist and
Movies: The Shawshank Redemption, Star Wars (old ones), Pride and
Prejudice (The BBC miniseries, NOT the egregious travesty with the
loathsome Keira Knightly), anything by Ang Lee or Pedro Almodovar.
Braveheart! I know Mel Gibson is not cool to like, but it is still
an awesome movie, and I especially love the kick-ass princess and
the fabulous scenery - I want to go hiking in Scotland!
TV shows: Veronica Mars, Mad Men, The Wire. I haven't been watching
that much TV lately.
Music: Lucinda Williams, Kristin Hersh, Kasey Chambers, Lady Gaga,
Van Morrison, Andrew Bird, M. Ward, Camera Obscura, Johnny Cash,
Wagner's Ring Cycle, Beethoven, Dvorak. Funk!
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
I can't help but take this literally, and that makes for a boring
answer, so instead I'll list my six favorite things - not including
people - in order with respect to my affection for them:
hiking boots & wool socks
cross-country skis (it's supposed to be a snowy winter this
car - makes leaving the city so much easier!
But if we're playing the post-apocalyptic scenario game, then I'd
like to have:
rifle and ammo
But that said, I really could not live without my family. I have
the best family ever.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
How to be better at my job, how to be a nicer, more patient person;
how to be healthier; what to cook for dinner; how to do things more
How to have a freedom beyond "the freedom to be lord of my own tiny
skull-sized kingdom, alone at the center of all creation."
(paraphrased from David Foster Wallace)
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Gaah! I don't know. Nothing very cool. Lately: going to bed early
so I can get up early and hike on Saturday.
You should message me if
Offer a few tips to help matches win you over.
You are a featherless biped possessing a soul. By a soul I mean
that: you think about how to be a better person, you are thoughtful
about how you impact other people, and you do something with your
time that you find meaningful.
You are the sort of person who can call people out on their
bullshit - I need someone in my life who can tell me when I'm
Also - maybe we are a little bit different. While I think it's
important to have in common a general perspective on life, it's
also nice to be with someone who is different from me and who can
thus push me to expand my experience a little. Maybe you are more
musical, artistic or socially outgoing than me, or are different in
some other way - that would be good for me. Maybe you think I would
be good for you, too.
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