Probably the most important thing to know about me right now is that I suffer from depression, and have periodically for most of my life. I mention this first not because it defines me, but because at present I'm continuing to work my way out of the longest, most withdrawn and detached period of my life. It's something anyone beyond a casual acquaintance will know about me fairly soon, so it would seem deceptive to not include it unambiguously here.
Also, it complicates the process of describing myself and what I'm looking for because I'm not yet the person I'd really like to be or doing things I'd really like to be doing; the characteristics and interests I mention may not be fully manifest (or at all). And while I have a sense of the things I'd want from friends & relationships when I'm in that better place, those are not necessarily the things I can expect, handle, or even want right now.
So if you're still here, I'll try to express more specifically who I am and where I'm at. I promise some of it's good :)
The education options to the right don't allow for many details, so I suppose I should mention that I was in the last semester for a Math degree at RPI when I took a medical withdrawal due to depression. I wasn't ready to jump back in right away, and within the next year I managed to take a decent job a couple states east. Time passed and among other things the thought of trying to complete that degree continued to feel more overwhelming - which brings me here. At least I had earned an Associate's degree before, so I don't feel like a complete loser.
I want to steal your dog.
My favorite way to style my hair is to drive 80 miles an hour with the windows wide open.
I just happened to view my own profile while not logged in, and noticed the 'Similar Users' section. No matter how many times I refresh, every guy is marked as 'more adventurous'. For a moment that made no sense to me. I realize in practical terms, I haven't embarked on much adventure, but often I FEEL more adventurous than Thor Heyerdahl. Apathy, fear, and self-doubt usually tend to get in the way though. I know I need to do something about that.
I made it down to NYC for this year's Maker Faire. It was pretty great. I imagine that if I didn't have to work against depression for most of my adolescent & adult life, or had a positive, involved, and capable mentor-type influence or two, I'd be a presenter at something like this.
Mini-Maker Faire coming up at Emma Willard. It's cheap and nearby and should be pretty fun.