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Mars_or_Bust

26 M Palo Alto, CA

My Details

Last Online
Yesterday – 6:22am
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
White
Height
5′ 8″ (1.73m)
Body Type
Athletic
Diet
Strictly anything
Smokes
No
Drinks
Socially
Drugs
Never
Religion
Agnosticism, and very serious about it
Sign
Leo, and it’s fun to think about
Education
Graduated from masters program
Job
Science / Engineering
Income
$80,000–$100,000
Relationship Status
Single
Relationship Type
Mostly monogamous
Offspring
Doesn’t have kids, but might want them
Pets
Likes dogs and likes cats
Speaks
English (Fluently), Chinese (Okay), French (Okay), German (Poorly), C++ (Fluently)

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My self-summary
Name's James. I'm a transplant to the Bay area from an enigmatic and foreign land, otherwise known as South Carolina. I'm not your typical southerner though. Most people here remark that I don't have an accent, but I do say "y'all", drink sweet tea, line dance, and know how to saddle a horse. I moved out here to work at a spaceflight R&D facility in Palo Alto. I'm looking to find someone to share in life's adventures and snuggle up on the couch with at the end of the day.

I love all sorts of different things. Variety is truly the spice of life and I like it red hot. The more novel the experience, the better. For example, I can find the same enjoyment in theater, jazz (I play the trumpet), and fine art as I can in a night of dancing. The same holds true for an anime convention or hiking / backpacking or tailgating at a Clemson Tigers football game or horseback riding or martial arts (I've trained in Shotokan karate, Kung Fu, and Tae Kwon Do) or any of the other multitude of crazy things I'll get myself into. This winter, you'll find me on the slopes at Kirkwood most weekends.

Really, the most important thing I'm looking for is someone I think is awesome and thinks the same of me. Outside of that, I'm up for anything.
What I’m doing with my life
Attempting to navigate an early career in Silicon Valley, do maker and hacker side projects, and have a life all at the same time. Results may vary.
I’m really good at
problem solving, planning, and procrastination. I think the first two are the result of practice caused by the third.
The first things people usually notice about me
This sounds like a good first conversation in person. I'd love to hear people's answers.

I think with my hands, but I don't really talk with them. I swear I'm not (completely) crazy...well..at least they've not carted me off yet. Ooo! What a nifty white jacket....(Admiral Akbar in the background: "It's a trap!")

I'm an unending well of random scientific knowledge. The product of way too much Discovery Channel and Bill Nye as a child and ignoring pop culture as an "adult"...whatever that is.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
BOOKS:
Sci-fi genre books, especially Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars Trilogy and the Ender series. I wish I spent more of my reading time on books for pleasure rather than papers and journals for research. I'm currently trying to get through several non-fiction stories, most notably Lost in Shangri-la.

MOVIES & TV:
Action, Sci-fi, Thriller, and Epic movies. I really like movies and TV that are a visceral exploration of humanity. Top honors go to Batman: The Dark Knight and the new Battlestar Galactica. I also have an appreciation for anime as an art form, especially the darker more psychological themes like those in Ghost in the Shell and Death Note. The medium lets you do things you just can't in live action.

MUSIC:
When it comes to music, I'll listen to just about anything given the right situation. In general, I'd say rock for driving, country for riding, jazz for relaxing/expression, hip hop and techno for clubbing, etc.

If you're looking for something to understand me by, listening to Halestorm would be a good start.

FOOD:
I'm a die hard foodie. During the growing season, I used to have a small container garden and buy the rest from the student organic farm on campus and the farmer's market near my apartment. Sadly I lack growing space now, so I rely on a bi-weekly CSA box. I also like to cook fancy dishes that I make up. Interested in being a culinary guinea pig?

DRINK:
In general, I like the finer things. Craft beer, 18+ year scotch/whiskey/bourbon, good wines, and other examples of exceptional distilled craftsmanship.
The six things I could never do without
Learning something new - wisdom is humanity's gift and curse.

Good friends - the most valuable commodity in this life.

The stars - to be reminded of our place in the universe.

Nature - what we come from, are sustained by, and will return to.

Sunny days - to feel the world smile.

The future - change makes the present precious.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
...why it seems like half of the OKC population has the exact same picture of themselves in front of Machu Picchu. I've never been there, but its hard to imagine that there's only one camera angle to pick from.

...where in the world it is that people are taking these pictures of them laying on top of or otherwise playing around with tigers. I want to pet the giant kitty cat too.
On a typical Friday night I am
out doing something, preferably involving people, drinks, music, dancing, and/or something completely unexpected. Have a suggestion? I'm always game for spontaneous adventures.

I am also completely capable with hanging out at home with friends or signifant other. Throw in a board or party game (Catan, Cards Against Humanity, Dominion), some good cooking, and music and you've got a pretty good night.

*For ski season this year I'm likely going to be spending Friday nights at my ski lease in Tahoe.*
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I will randomly bust out "I've got a lovely bunch of coconuts" at the most unusual times.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 21–40
  • Near me
  • Who are single
  • For long-term dating, short-term dating
You should message me if
You like nerdy/geeky/maker types.

You want to go hiking/backpacking/camping together. I'm too much of a boy scout to go without a buddy, but don't really feel like being 3rd wheel to my attached friends either. #20somethingproblems

You much prefer meeting people in person than trading messages forever.

You want a life-sized Ken doll. Seriously, I need someone to drag me out clothes shopping.

You have a suggestion of something awesome we should do together.