In brief? Um...cheerfully intense, queer (bi), unabashedly geeky, ridiculously open-minded, curious by nature, and fascinated by EVERYTHING in the world. (The down side of a million general interests is that I'm not really an expert in anything.) Friends, family and community are incredibly important to me. I laugh hard, love intensely, and wear my heart on my sleeve.
IMPORTANT NOTE: as a way to distinguish between "people who have randomly decided to say hi" and "people who have bothered to read about me and what I'm actually looking for, and still think they're a match", I've embedded a couple of Code Words (TM) specifically in the "message me if" section. Including the code words in a message to me - i.e. indicating that you've actually read everything and think you are a match for what I'm actually looking for - vastly increases my interest in you, and likelihood of a reply.
Rather than boring you with me talking about myself, I bring you a (hopefully) insightful and amusing commentary on yours truly as written by a dear, dear friend who was also my roommate for several years in university. She has done an outstanding job with no other instruction than the fact that "RUN! RUN WHILE YOU STILL CAN!" was already taken. :D Yes, it's all true. Except for the bit about the surgery and gills. Obviously. *shifty eyes* Here's a selection of what she wrote:
"[JHM] had virtually no scarring from the surgery.
"But she still misses her gills.
"[JHM] survived university by showering her various culinarily gifted roomies with outrageous compliments and offers of marriage. This is how she ate for four years. Her incredible powers of survival sensed that the most efficient way for her to eat was through flattery, and this became her mission through her entire undergraduate career.
"[JHM] likes to fold small things into smaller things that are pretty neat. She likes to cram (in an orderly, catalogued kind of way) as much into her a) home b) mind c) life as she can get away with and then some. To visit [JHM] is to spend hours just looking at all... the... cool... little... things... Same thing goes for her brain. And, natch, her life.
"[JHM] will ditch her work and travel fourteen hours to be at your mom's funeral. Then she will have a lively discussion about dildos with your uncle at the wake.
"[JHM] likes travel, chocolate, paper, cats, treehouses, wood, leather, books, garlic, cheese, writing, reading, sci fi, the web, TV, growing things, sleep and warmth.
"[JHM] is the only person to whom I have given a voodoo doll of myself.