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My self-summary
Readers beware... You're in for a scare! Yes I am quoting R.L. Stine's Goosebumps series. I'm just that cool.
My name's Erica. I grew up in SF, went to college in New York where I managed to snag a B.A. in Psychology plus a teaching degree, neither of which I am currently making any use of. I've decided that while I love working with kids, I am just too damn frustrated with California's educational system slash budget cuts slash lack of entry-level jobs, and so I've decided to pursue a career in science instead. I completed a year long internship at Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute where I had a chance to work with neural stem cells and how they contribute to tumor growth. However, now I'm in a masters program studying conservation biology, and I'm specifically interested in learning about captive breeding programs and how they can be improved upon so that animals raised in captivity can be reintroduced into the wild more successfully.
I like music a lot, both creating it and listening to it; I play piano and a little guitar and I enjoy singing. I like to go to concerts and random events around the city. I like the outdoors and try to spend as much time enjoying it as possible, generally by going hiking, running, biking or camping. I really like gardening and am working on creating a raised garden bed on the patio of my new place in carlsbad.
Also I have been doing some home brewing. It combines my love for science with my love for beer.
What I’m doing with my life
Does anyone really know the answer to this question? I guess I am basically playing catch-up with the rest of the people in biologically related fields who actually have a degree in biology (unlike me). I would ultimately like to use my lab experience to conduct conservation-related research so I can save endangered species from extinction. As for making money, I earn minimum wage working part time at a doggie daycare. I get to play with puppies and claim that it's to gain animal handling experience which may be relevant to an animal conservation related career later on.
I’m really good at
plunking out some Beethoven or Chopin on the piano, singing loudly, making excellent lemon bars, making people laugh (sometimes not on purpose though), over-using parentheses and semi-colons, and saying things that most other people would just keep to themselves. I know all 50 states in alphabetical order and I can touch my tongue to my nose. I'm also a master of Scrabble.

Some things I want to become better at:
-rock climbing
-playing pool
-cooking fancy vegetarian entrees
-understanding astrophysics
The first things people usually notice about me
My rapist wit.
My constantly chipped nail polish.
That I'm taller than most short people.
My colorful clothing.
My third arm.
That I'm a hoot (clearly).
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, You Shall Know Our Velocity! (both Dave Eggers), The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky), A Long Way Down (Nick Hornby), all the books I've read by Augusten Burroughs and David Sedaris, everything by Roald Dahl (but especially Matilda, Witches, and BFG).

Most recent reads: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (by Rebecca Skloot), Look Me in the Eye (by John Elder Robison, Augusten Burrough's brother), Water for Elephants, The Help.

Currently reading (well, listening to on tape): Into the Wild by John Krakauer

On deck: Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter (we shall see if I even get through the first 100 pages...) and Brewed Awakening by Joshua M. Bernstein, which is about craft beer brewing.

Movies: Fern Gully, The Land Before Time, Milo and Otis, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Cool Runnings, The Sandlot, Hocus Pocus, Heart & Souls (with Robert Downey Jr. before all the cocaine), The Secret of NIMH, Goonies, The Neverending Story... OK these are all kid movies so far. I guess that tells you something about my maturity level. I also like Office Space, Wet Hot American Summer, Anchorman, The Princess Bride, The Jerk, Memento, Donnie Darko, Little Miss Sunshine, Welcome to the Dollhouse, Requiem for a Dream, to name a few.

TV shows: Strangers with Candy, Lost, Dexter, Breaking Bad, Arrested Development, Flight of the Conchords, The Office, Parks and Recreation, Community Freaks & Geeks, Are You Afraid Of The Dark?, Important Things with Demetri Martin, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Wilfred, 30 Rock, Louie, you probably get the gist by now.
Also, crude and ridiculous British TV shows, ie: The Mighty Boosh, IT Crowd, Little Britain.

The music I like is constantly changing but I will try to keep this as up-to-date as possible. Right now I like to rock out to (in no particular order): Rilo Kiley, Stars, Santogold, Junior Boys, Phoenix, Metric, Broken Social Scene, Maus Haus, Architecture in Helsinki, Of Montreal, Daft Punk, Basement Jaxx, Ratatat, Rafter, The Dirty Projectors, Jens Lekman, The New Pornographers, Mates of State, Vampire Weekend, Cake, Girltalk, M.I.A., La Roux, The Helio Sequence, The Radio Dept., The Streets, Radiohead, Wolfmother. I am always looking for new bands/artists to fall in love with, so suggestions are certainly welcome.

Food: I subsist mainly on carbohydrates and cheese. I am a vegetarian so somehow I decided that makes up for my unhealthy eating habits. I eat a lot of burritos and pasta. I also have an enormous sweet tooth :)
The six things I could never do without
My laptop, mainly because it has all my pictures and music on it
The people who matter to me
Carbs/Cheese/Chocolate (The three C's that make life worth living)
Airplanes (for traveling purposes)
A sense of humor
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How I am going to accomplish all the things I want to do in my life before I become a senile, old lady. I also sometimes wonder about strangers I see walking or driving by and try to guess what their life stories are.
Also, why "pint" isn't pronounced to rhyme with "mint", or any other word ending in "-int" for that matter.
On a typical Friday night I am
either at a restaurant/bar with friends, preferably one with dancing and/or live music, checking out a random event found in CityBeat or any other free publication listing local events, or staying in with friends, chit-chatting/watching a movie. Or I am doing the homework that I've been putting off all week.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I think dinosaurs are really cool. Hence the profile name.
I am addicted to the snooze button on my alarm.
I'm a terrible liar.
I know what rhymes with "orange".
You should message me if are witty but without being pretentious. enjoy the outdoors. Bonus points if you used to be a boy scout! are passionate about your hobbies/interests (whatever they may be, with the exceptions of hunting for sport or watching pro-wresting). have a great sense of humor (I tend towards deadpan/sarcasm but have also been known to laugh at a good poop joke). play a musical instrument. want a running buddy. like science. Science is sexy.