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33 F Chicago, IL

My Details

Last Online
Apr 3
5′ 7″ (1.70m)
Body Type
Strictly other
Atheism, and somewhat serious about it
Cancer, but it doesn’t matter
Working on Ph.D program
Rather not say
Relationship Status
Relationship Type
Doesn’t have kids, but might want them
Likes dogs and likes cats
English (Fluently), French (Okay), Latin (Poorly)

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My self-summary
To be totally honest, online dating scares me a little. For the most part, that's associated with the fact that I don't know how to summarize myself with the right balance of pride and humility, not to mention humor and sincerity and whatever else is supposed to go into it. But here goes...

I'm a catch. Really. I mean, how bad could I be? I'm getting a PhD in Neuroscience. I lived in Paris for a while. I love ridiculous action movies (my best friend says it's because I secretly wanted to be a spy). I collect old books and antique baseball paraphernalia. My favorite color is teal, and if you don't know what that is, our relationship will never work, because you have obviously never played with crayons (I'm willing to give a little, here, but if you don't like crayons, there's something more seriously wrong than a lack of familiarity with the complex color wheel). Politically, I lean left - pretty far to the left. I'm a super-taster, which means I have a significantly higher-than-average density of taste receptors. People tell me I'm kind and generous to a fault, but I try not to be a push-over. I'd say I'm attractive, but I'm a little worried that would sound too egotistical. My favorite game is trivial pursuit. Or Balderdash. It's so hard to choose! I used to be a ballet dancer, and I miss it. Travel is essential to my life. I haven't done as much of it as I'd like recently, but hey, I'm getting a PhD. I love my family and my friends; they are my anchor, and they mean the world to me. Grammar IS important. So yes, I am smart, sweet, and funny. I think that makes me a good person to get to know.

There's more, but I think it's best to stop there. Thanks for making it to the end.
What I’m doing with my life
I work a LOT, but people tell me that's what PhD students do. So I guess that makes me your average PhD student. I'm interested in studying happiness (and depression), the brain's relationship to different kinds of humor, and the ways in which we can describe genetic and molecular perturbations in the brain under pathological stress (anxiety, PTSD, some forms of depression). But that's not what I study for my PhD. I research rare genetic variants and their contributions to autism and schizophrenia. Other than that, I'm trying to figure out what I want to do when I actually graduate, enjoying Chicago's wonderful art museums, spending time with my friends, going to the symphony and opera, dancing like nobody's watching, and occasionally doing a bit of laundry.
I’m really good at
... lots of things. Like cooking. And badminton. And crossword puzzles. And rotating objects in visual space.
The first things people usually notice about me
Usually my eyes. Sometimes my laugh. I've been told I have the laugh of a person at least twice my size.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Goodness gracious.
First things first: there is no way I'm going to be able to name my one favorite book. There are WAY too many, so I will plead the fifth on that one. Suffice it to say, I am fairly well read. However, one of the most recent literary conquests was The Master and Margaretta.

Movies: likewise. I love movies, sometimes even bad ones. I am one of those people who actually watches the Oscars (and gets mad because they don't properly dole out the statuettes... I love you, Meryl Streep!)

Music: this changes with my mood. Right now? Doing a bit of Calvin Harris, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Florence + The Machine, Phoenix, Edith Piaf, George Michael, Band of Horses, The Naked and Famous, Goldfrapp, Yann Tiersen, Claude Debussy, and, of course, Miles Davis.

Food: I'm a picky eater. It's not all my fault (see my summary for details). And I'm also gluten unfriendly. However, I am willing to try new things. As a fall back plan, though, strawberries always work.
The six things I could never do without
My family, my friends, my sanity, my library card, my bathtub, and the oxford comma. It might not hurt to have my contacts, too.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
... The state of the world: how we got here, what needs to change, and how I can help. I also sometimes think about my future, and where I want to get to, but I think that's healthy. It's not like I've forgotten to enjoy the present. On top of all that, I occasionally like to think about what major male celebrities and members of my school's faculty would look like dressed as women. It helps relax me before presentations. Recent update on that front, props to Jared Leto for surpassing expectations.
On a typical Friday night I am
... Somewhere. Options are best kept open.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have an unnatural aversion to umbrella usage.
I’m looking for
  • Straight guys only
  • Ages 32–37
  • Near me
  • Who are single
  • For long-term dating, short-term dating
You should message me if
... You're funny and interesting and don't mind if I'm the same. I want to meet people who DO things, who have passions and goals and a good measure of silliness. I'm also a sucker for a beautiful man. If all or much of that applies to you, please, let me know.