Born and raised in the Delmarva countryside, I've grown to love being outdoors and I love the peace and quiet there. Then I moved to the city for education and opportunities, and I love the not-being-bored-senseless here.
My passion is (land!) transportation. Also engineering. And land transportation engineering. Highways, highway interchanges, cycleways and rail trails, urban underground metro systems (damned light rail), and especially high-speed rail... and I am also a huge advocate of improving all of these at once because the answer to traffic problems is not simply "more lanes".
I do not own a car. In the country I needed one, but here in the city? Nope. Renting is cheaper anyway. And that will give me the money I need to conquer Rome. And China.
I love to be outdoors... especially in nature and along the trails, or at least along quiet country roads away from the hustle and bustle of the city. I am also an avid bicyclist. Oh yes. My bike and I are inseparable (well, unless you crash into me, but please don't do that).
And when I'm out and about, because I do that too, I do some meetups, conventions, some political demonstrations... or otherwise hang out with friends. I prefer small gatherings greatly over clubs and bars; however, I can be quite talkative if one gets me started on the right subject. I do love intellectual discussions every now and then, as well—I probably don't know as much as other people do, but being open to discussion is probably the best first step to learning more about things.