Right, so I'm that guy at the back of the coffee shop surrounded by books on politics and philosophy. I am an academic. I am a wee bit of a geek. But really, I love what i do and I'm just fine with it. I work hard. On the other hand, I think I'm also pretty focused when it comes to having fun. I do like to go out 'properly': i.e., dinner, yummy drinks (can I hear a 'Curio'?), proper HOUSE MUSIC, followed by sore head in the morning.
I do spend a lot of time at coffee shops. Mostly because I enjoy that kind of scene. Also because my office has no windows (this is a big problem for me. I don't know how anyone could seriously expect me to write brilliant papers and lectures without a window in my office).
I'm from Ireland, originally. Born and raised - still a citizen, actually. Moved to the USA in 2000. Then I spent 6 years workin' on my PhD. Finally I got that sorted. And now by some miracle I have a job and I am here in Ohio! My greatest joy as a teacher to date was the day I was told by one of my students that I was too liberal for America and that, if I didn't like it here, I should just go back from whence I came and hang out with the leprechauns... I was like, WHAT?! Dude, actual leprechauns are like REALLY right-wing!! They don't believe in wealth redistribution. Thats their whole point. Duh!
I did campaign for Obama tho. Both times. Tho... maybe with a heavier heart the second time (but better him than Romney, no question there).
My accent has changed a lot over the last few years. Tons of Americans ask me if I am Canadian. Ewww.... But I am still very much Irish. And because I am Irish, I of course love a good night out and some great big dirty pints of Guinness! (Well, stereotypes are never 'entirely' groundless, right?).
Random self-impressions: enjoy the company of dynamic and witty people, I love my research (mostly in international relations); I love kids and get along well with them because, basically, I am a big child; I love a good dinner debate; I like sci fi; I get homesick for Ireland sometimes; I live for live music - rock, funk, jazz, alternative - it doesn't matter, so long as its good. I'm also told, by people who seem to know a lot about these things, that I am somewhat charming and "a really sweet guy".... ahem!