(*I have never done all of this at the same time, but now I have an odd urge to try doing so. Note to self: look into buying some Spock ears.)
Now to the details...
I am a fairly shy and quiet person who warms up quickly as I become comfortable with a person, after which I am quite open and talkative. This is good because I enjoy good conversation on pretty much any topic, and I love it when they descend (ascend?) into silliness. I really love to laugh, and have an odd, sometimes morbid sense of humor that stems in great measure from a healthy appreciation of the absurd and a love of facetiousness and irony. (For this reason a great deal of what I say in casual conversation shouldn't be taken seriously.) I alternate between being space and fuzzy-brained and being hyper-focused. I am a loyal friend, and am always willing to listen or lend a hand.
I dearly love books, and I really couldn't live without them. I generally always have a book with me, and I am never not in the middle of reading something or another from any of a variety of genres or on a variety of subjects. Among particular favorites are history, ancient (in my mind I sometimes live more in ancient Greece and Rome than I do in the current day), medieval, and modern, and science, but I also read a lot of mysteries, legal thrillers, science fiction, literature, and way too much zombie fiction. I am interested in perhaps too many things, and am always finding something new to get fascinated about, which, of course, leads to more books!
I love the outdoors! I need time in nature, and its manifold beauties and wonders mean a great deal to me. I get antsy if I am stuck indoors away from forests and fresh air for too long. I go for hikes on local trails pretty much every weekend. I also like to combine the outdoors and books, and I am probably happiest when I can spend the day hiking a trail down which I have never gone before, and then read beside a campfire late into the night. If I ever manage to meet someone else for whom this, too, is the perfect day, I shall consider myself very lucky, indeed.
I can be more than a bit contradictory. (Like Whitman, I contain multitudes, and like Emerson, I believe that too much consistency is a foolish thing.) I am a progressive, but I am also behind the times (no cell phone or Facebook account for instance). I am very patient in most situations, but antsy in others, and I always have difficulty sitting still. (I guess it is best to say that I am good at patience so long as I am either moving or have something to occupy my mind. Boredom REALLY irks me, so it is a good thing that I find many things interesting.) I don't like driving, but I love long car trips. I am opinionated, and yet I like to try to figure out how others see the world, and in what ways other views make sense. I can be very serious, and yet I am very much a kid a heart. (Halloween is hands down, bar none my favorite holiday, and I am still a bit miffed that I am too old to go trick-or-treating... Which is not to say that this actually stops me some years...)
Unlike many, I don't find inactivity at all restful, but actually rather stressful. (When I visit home for the holidays, I tend to spend a lot of time hauling rocks and building gardens and the like.) Granted, my view of activity is rather broad, but just sitting around doing nothing is hard on me. I believe I mentioned my problems with sitting still earlier? This is a facet of the same thing.
I love animals.
I thrive on stories, and so I really enjoy movies and TV, especially of the well-written sort. Granted, I do watch and very much enjoy a lot of bad movies, because of which I also really enjoy a lot of bad movie podcasts. Sports, on the other hand, I really don't care for or about. (I don't judge others for enjoying them, but I just don't get the allure.)
I am a strongly liberal Democrat who believes that a good, strong society needs to recognize that we are all in this together, and therefore we must care for one another. I think those who don't believe that health care should be a fundamental right are a bit nuts. I believe in pragmatic idealism guided by a firm grasp of reality as it is, for it is only by knowing how things are that we can have any chance of making them what we wish they might and could be.
I have a strange compulsion to do artistic things that involve stacking rocks and, sometimes petri dishes.
I am a proud, not to mention functional, sci-fi geek, so I really don't mind discussions that go into the minutia of imaginary things. And, yes, I do quote Buffy, Babylon 5, and the like on a regular basis. This is in part a reflection of a strong inclination to understand life and its many aspects by reference to myth and story. (It also happens to be fun!)
I love exploring ruins and abandoned places. I get a charge out of finding remnants of a brick wall out in the woods. I can't quite say what it is. Perhaps it is a matter of history and time being more tangible at these places.
I am a transplanted Southerner from north Georgia. This means that I occasionally use "y'all" as a perfectly normal second person plural pronoun, often use "ma'am" and "sir" out of common courtesy, and I still greet the snow with more than a bit of childish glee born of growing up where it was a rare treat that invariably meant there was no school that day.
So that is the best I can do to give you a sense of who I am. Further communication would be required to verify how close I came to getting it right!