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My self-summary
If you know where my user name came from, without using Google, chances are that we'll get along like a house on fire. Just thought I'd throw that out first.

And now back to the regularly scheduled self-description...

When my car caught fire in my driveway (mouse nests on exhaust manifolds are a bad combination if you're wondering) I calmly walked inside, picked up a fire extinguisher, and put the fire out. Within two hours I had the damage assessed and new parts on order. But I can't keep my desk even remotely organized.

My e-book reader has the phrase "Don't Panic" etched into it.

I have run out of bookshelf at least twice in the past year.

Caffeine is a necessary part of my life.

I am a technology junkie, but I often carry a fountain pen and I still have a rotary landline and I appreciate both without a touch of irony. (The rotary dialer app I used to have on my smartphone may have been a bit over the top though.)

I'm an inveterate tinkerer. I can change brakes and rotors, rebuild a carburetor, fix a running toilet, wire a lightswitch, build a computer, root a smartphone, and waste hours playing with those Buckyball magnets. Basically, if I can take it apart to see how it works, I probably will, or at least I'll look up schematics somewhere.

I'm definitely a geek, even if life gets in the way of it sometimes. I'm dreadfully behind on reading A Song of Ice and Fire and even on Wheel of Time, but I do at least know the difference between Sindarin and Quenya. And yes, I do enjoy video games when I have time (not often lately), but I don't let the geek stop my involvement with the three-dimensional world; my Coleman stove, tent, and sleeping bag see real use too.

I know that's sort of all over the map, but that's why I came out to Seattle after all. Where else is better for a tech geek who loves the chance to pack it all up and unplug in the woods for a weekend, or a week?
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a "baby" attorney, toiling for probably a few too many hours each day in an effort to make a name for myself and build a career. Sort of like every other young(ish) attorney.

I also spent a week in the Alaskan interior a couple Februaries ago helping native villagers with their taxes as part of a volunteer program. Nothing quite like riding 3.5 miles in a sled behind a snowmobile from the airstrip into town to prepare tax returns. A ridiculous amount of fun and I really hope I'm able to go again sometime.
I’m really good at
Eating deep-fried food, making bad puns, laughing aloud at whatever Terry Pratchett book I happen to be reading at the moment, and using the Oxford comma.

As of very recently, I'm working on becoming very good at living without a gallbladder. It was pretty superfluous anyway.
The first things people usually notice about me
Honestly, I don't know. Probably the beard.

If you're looking for a better answer, you'll have to get to know me and then ask my friends.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: I've already alluded to a fondness for Pratchett, and listing everything else would take too long, but my bookshelves do contain several commentaries on Sherlock Holmes, the complete works of Jane Austen, the Pelican Shakespeare, a lot of Heinlein, a fair bit of Tolkien, and, of course, Harry Potter.

Movies: Everything from "Dirty Harry" and "Bullett" to "The Muppets." And the original Star Wars trilogy, but not the prequel crap.

Shows: I'll admit it, Star Trek is up there. Along with Community, Scrubs, Bones, and How I Met Your Mother. I also have to admit to taking a guilty pleasure in watching Magnum P.I. on Netflix.

Music: Mostly rock (especially classic) but you can catch me listening to just about anything except rap/hip-hop/R&B. I appreciate that there are incredibly talented artists in those categories but I've just never been able to get interested.
The six things I could never do without
Self-determination, the outdoors, caffeine, a vehicle with character, time in which to have a life that's more than just work and responsibilities, and a camera to play with.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Where I go from here.

Otherwise, just the usual things: Whether hopping on the ferry up to Ketchikan is a feasible random trip and, if not, whether riding to Glacier National Park on the motorcycle is a good alternative. Realizing that I have no way to strap a tent and sleeping bag to the motorcycle. Devising a way to fix that.
On a typical Friday night I am
Sitting down with a good book and a gin and tonic. Recently finished the first book in the Wheel of Time series and am currently working on "Deja Dead" by Kathy Reichs, which is the first book of the series that inspired the TV show "Bones."
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I own a Ke$ha album. I guess that's not really "private" so much as "potentially embarrassing."
You should message me if
You think you'll get along with a guy who thinks this is funny:

You have a lack of impish people in your life.

You can understand that people with whom you disagree are not evil, not even bad, rather, that they simply view the world through a different lens.

You are OK with the fact that I own firearms; you don't need to love shooting or even be remotely interested in anything firearms related, but if you think it's "wrong" to own firearms we're not a relationship match.