I tend to be shy and quiet until I am comfortable, after which I am quite open, talkative, and, frankly, a bit goofy. I try to be kind and helpful. I can be a bit spacey and fuzzy-brained at times, but hyper-focused at others. I have been told that I am a good listener. I have an odd, somewhat morbid sense of humor. I enjoy flights of the imagination. I am sentimental almost to a fault, and can get lost in memories. I love to sponge up odd facts and bits of trivia.
I can be 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 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 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...)
I could not live without books. I take a book most everywhere I go, and I read almost constantly on a variety of subjects ranging from history, ancient (I sometimes wonder I live more in ancient Greece and Rome than I do in the current day), medieval, and modern, to science to politics to literature to mysteries to legal thrillers to science fiction and zombie fiction. And I have a thing for books on the history and decisions of the Supreme Court, as well as biographies of the major justices. (Really, has there ever been a more fundamentally decent a man as Earl Warren? Seriously, the man was like Clark Kent made flesh.) (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, and I get antsy if I don't get to be out in them enough. (I go for hikes on local trails pretty much every weekend.) I like to combine these things, and I am probably happiest when I can spend the day hiking a trail down which I have never gone before, and then sitting beside a campfire, reading late into the night.
I love animals. I also really enjoy good, well-written TV and movies. Which is not to say that I don't also watch and enjoy a lot of bad TV and movies... I really don't care about, keep up with, or watch sports of any sort.
I am a research biologist, which means that I don't mind repetitive things (a touch of OCD helps), and can find beauty in the simplest of acts.
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 enjoy long conversations that range over many subjects. I am a committed liberal democrat who enjoys talking about current events and politics, so long as it doesn't get too heated, dogmatic, or disconnected from reality. I also love it when meandering conversations descend (ascend?) into silliness. I confess to being a 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 (grew up in north Georgia), and I still greet the snow with more than a bit of the glee born of a childhood in which it was a rare treat that invariably meant there was no school that day.
I am a loyal friend, and am always willing to listen or lend a hand. I can't stand to see others I care about in pain, and I like to encourage.
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!