38 South Hadley, MA
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My self-summary
Kind of brokenhearted after my marriage fell apart. Looking to slowly find the world again.
What I’m doing with my life
I am on a journey, the destination of which isn't the point. What makes it much more enjoyable are the companions I've gathered along the way.
I’m really good at
Posting my skills on sites like LinkedIn.
The first things people usually notice about me
My corporeal reality.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
For books let's start with Ishmael by Daniel Quinn (and the follow-ups). After that, I like a lot of Nancy Kress' stuff, Allen Steele, Neil Gaiman, Neal Stephenson, some Stephen King, all the HP stuff, and anything that makes me think (like The Omnivore's Dilemma or Amusing Ourselves to Death). A good deal of fantasy, urban fantasy, and sci-fi, though other stuff sneaks in as appropriate. Also, Pride & Prejudice & Zombies is a brilliant work of literature. Great Gatsby has a special place in my heart, and Catcher In The Rye is almost a default... given the way my dad (the English teacher) loves it and the number of times I read it growing up so that I could discuss it with him. I recently had a blast reading Jim Butcher's "Dresden Files" series... so much better than the TV show based on the books. I also appreciate some foreignish stuff like Jose Saramago or Ekaterina Sedia. On the other side of the coin, most classic Russian Literature is crap, and I despise James Joyce. I also have a special hatred for Piers Anthony. Just pushes the wrong buttons for me.

Top movies? Fight Club, Moulin Rouge, Amelie, It's a Wonderful Life, and I Heart Huckabees. Bottom on the list (i.e., the worst movie I've ever seen) has to be The Scorpion King, though The Fountain was a strong pretender to that throne. Other faves include Dogma, Eternal Sunshine..., American Beauty, Seven Samurai, Princess Mononoke, Death to Smoochy, Fido, Donnie Darko, Chungking Express, The Rock, Pan's Labyrinth, Hombres Armados, To Live, FF7:Advent Children, What Dreams May Come, Central Station, Requiem for a Dream, and anything that makes me think.

And let's not forget Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. Speaking of Joss, I've also enjoyed Buffy, Angel, & Firefly. Dollhouse had me wary at first, but it became incredible as season 1 progressed. For the rest of TV, I don't watch a lot, but what I do is/was fairly good: BSG, Dr Who, Torchwood, Carnivale, Dexter, The Simpsons. I'm on the fence about True Blood, but it keeps me entertained enough.

I listen to a lot of dancy/techno stuff... but my MP3 collection is so varied as to defy any kind of generalization (gosh, that sounds pretentious), so I'll try most anything. I ran a radio station at UMass, so I had to keep a wide-spanning collection, and the MP3 explosion since then has only broadened things. Everything from Broadway to Eurotrash to Top 40 to "Alternative" to Experimental Electronica to DDR music. Also a decent smattering of foreign music (Tatu, Amaral, Shakira, Rammstein), thinking/lyrically-significant music (Alanis, Death Cab, Imogen Heap, REM, Arrested Development, Talib Kweli), and I absolutely love remixes of stuff, so if you've got a Goth ABBA cover or a dance remix of the Counting Crows, we should talk. (I also have a secret place in my heart for Country... it's just so soulful, I can't help but get drawn in every once in a while. But don't tell anyone...)

Gotta go with the Polish food... kielbasa, pierogis, kapusta, also most of the things that can convey sour cream into my body (nachos, potato pancakes, etc.). This doesn't mean I hate eating healthily... just that certain temptations are... well, tempting. I love cooking stir-fries, and a great smoothie (with real fruit, not the sugary crap imitations) goes a long way to making me happy. Oh, and I'm a type 1 diabetic, so not so much with the ridiculous sugariness.
The six things I could never do without
Cleverness, words, laughter, communication, honesty, and... um... maybe points of ellipsis.

Actually, forget the last one, I think I'll go with community instead. I've tried living alone before, and I've been in places where I've been isolated from people for reasonably long periods of time... and it sucks. I can't stand it. I need meaningful discourse, and I need to be mentally engaged.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Puns, words, and cool linguistics stuff. Seriously, I could probably entertain myself for a good long while with little more than an old dictionary. I also do a fair amount of writing, so make-believe worlds take up a decent chunk of my time, too. Then there's the Simpsons... probably a good 7-10% of my brain is filled with Simpsons quotes.
On a typical Friday night I am
. That's right, I typically exist on Friday nights.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I wish there were some Slytherin who weren't 100% evil, because I'd like to identify with more of them.
You should message me if
If you're a dinosaur. Ever since I was 10, I've thought dinosaurs were cool, so it'd be pretty awesome to get a message from a dinosaur.

Or if you're a firespinner, hooper, writer, roleplayer, dancer, punner, Simpsons fan, or any of the other things that might show that we have similar interests.