ReconstitutedMe
57 Edinburgh, UK
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My self-summary
I'm an ex-pat USer ensconced in gray gothic Edinburgh (Scotland). I've had three professional careers, each one a blast: musician (10 years a violinist); civil servant (Clean Water Act regulator in the US); research scientist (evolutionary biology). Apparently, I am prone to parentheses and education.

I've been vegan since 2007; I include non-vegans fully in my life. I enjoy socialising in small groups of people. I practice Ashtanga yoga in the early mornings. I have a lovely relationship with my fancy bicycle, The Saluki, which I enjoy taking on long solitary rides. The Saluki is a vain and jealous creature.

I love living in Scotland and therefore try to holiday at least once a year where it is warm and dry. But generally, I believe that a wee bit of daily rain and gale-force wind is good for body and soul.

I am a scientist and musician with additional deep love for books, art, and food. I make evidence-based decisions, where possible, and am an atheist.
What I’m doing with my life
I help run an academic research lab. I am not the PI of the lab! I am too much of a happy slacker for tenure track.

Outside the lab, I cycle and walk, cook, play my violin in an amateur chamber orchestra, and read books.
I’m really good at
... cycling to Glasgow to indulge in pub food, a cold pint, and ice cream.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
verse := E Spenser, G Chaucer, Homer, A Carson

prose := V Woolf, R Musil, M Shikibu (R Tyler translation), W Faulkner, A Carter (swoon), A Gray, V Nabokov, H Melville, F O'Connor (another swoon)

film := Young Frankenstein (Mel Brooks); Nosferatu the Vampyre (Werner Herzog)

music := all genres, if it is well done, but especially Western classical music -- even opera!!!

food := simple to fancy.
The six things I could never do without
my bicycle(s)
my violin(s)
my heated clothes airer (swoon)
my kitchen (I brought it with me from the US)
books and black tea and viola jokes (cheating)
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