34 Glencoe, IL
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My self-summary
Reinvention is a good thing. Taking this down to force a thorough revision. (4/2/13)
What I’m doing with my life
Enjoying a spate of unusual luck. Picked up a few classes earlier this year, so when the couple who ran my last job had to chose between keeping me on and eating, I was able to transition easily into tutoring. It's not quite as much fun as helping book addicts get their fix, but helping people finally make sense of something is a rush by itself. Bonus, I get paid to do my own homework.

Free time is too chaotic to pin down, lately. Time required to keep friends skyrockets when people move around and you can't clump your socializing. Being tapped recently to help establish a salon didn't help. Weather getting cold means I have to look for a decent gym rather than going out for a jog. And then sometimes I sit down, break out an old favorite book or video game, and next thing I know there's a sense of lost time and amazing adventure.
I’m really good at
Finding things that people like. It's eerie. After I get a bead on someone, I'm assured to dig up at least one thing that fits them perfectly. Which I should warn can lead to a major lack of free time and in some cases major fandom issues.

(Okay. That's a bit of a cheat. A lot of the above comes when I give somebody a funny look and say "you've never read/seen/played/heard X?")

That, and getting into other perspectives. Given a bit of time and nothing throwing me off-balance, I can get a fairly solid idea where somebody else is coming from. It may not be a right or even a healthy place, but at least I can find the angles from where things do look like they say.
The first things people usually notice about me
When I open my mouth. Being a super-spy extraordinaire would be easy with my ability to blend in practically anywhere I go. Except instead of coolly bluffing my way past the guards, I'd get caught up in the extended banter that's usually saved for major characters.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Hometown love to the superior wizarding Harry. Sorry to everyone who's still waiting on their owl, but Dresden beats Potter hands down.

If we meet, you will watch Wet, Hot American Summer, Before Sunrise, and most likely something Whedon-based. You will also read Good Omens. We can raid each others' libraries after that, but those are non-negotiables.
The six things I could never do without
Maslow's hierarchy of needs. Yes, the whole list. Might as well get all of the obligatory jokes/references out of the way in one spot.

Water/sunlight/physical activity. All three are vital energy-givers. Missing out on any of the above quickly makes things feel sluggish and dull.

Good conversation/TV/movies/books. Actually, let's just file this all under "things that broaden my horizons". Things that force me to constantly adapt and evaluate are good things.

My phone. Yeah, I'm one of those people. It stays in my pocket when I'm with people, but there's something nice about looking up anything under the sun when I have time to kill already.

Modern western medicine. I'm not a pretty picture without.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
History, in that odd little corner where the chaos butterfly hangs out. How odd little coincidences and happenstance end up irrevocably changing our paths through life.

My surroundings, in both purely mundane terms as well as atmosphere. I like to pick apart interesting landscapes or architecture, and I can be a total mood junkie.

Psychology/sociology, in the sense that meshes game theory with cognitive science. What makes us tick, how personal behaviors turn into social trends, that sort of thing.
On a typical Friday night I am
Playing god. With funny-shaped dice. (Although in reality my D&D group fell apart due to creative differences. The wizard is a prima-donna, the fighter always goes off on side projects, and the drummer keeps spontaneously combusting.)

Reading or out for a walk. Summer only lasts so long, and sometimes the simplest pleasures are the best.

And at risk of seriously dating myself - because if I don't, who else will - the same thing I try to do every night. Try and take over the world.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Nine-point-nine times out of ten, I'm on here either doing a lazy version of peoplewatching, or hanging out in super-secret parts of this site that you probably don't know about.
You should message me if
You can make up a good story about how we met. Not because there's anything wrong with meeting on the internet, but because wacky stories are more fun.

You have an apocalypse survival plan that doesn't involve the reanimated dead.