I've been in the DC area for about three and a half years now, but I still feel like a newbie. Prior to moving here, I bounced around every 3-4 years: Los Angeles, the Boston area, the SF Bay area, and Connecticut.
I'm looking forward to finally getting a chance to put down roots here, although I refuse to think of it as "settling down." I'm far too into travel and far too engaged with living a dynamic life to like the concept of "settling."
I'm an unabashed progressive of the early 20th century evidence-based institutional reform type. Policy work has been important to me for many years. But, I'm not militant about it. It is important to me that I date somebody who cares about the world around her, but as long as she can defend her beliefs, they do not need to be the same as mine.
I'm not easy to put in a box. I love learning and engaging intellectually with people and ideas, so I consider myself a bit of a nerd. Yet, I'm also down for watching baseball or college football, or going kayaking or hiking.