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My self-summary
[Dec. 2015]

There are a few big details for me to mention up-front. E and I are in a happy LTR relationship of 4+ years. Our relationship is "semi-open": we enjoy dating and playing with common partners, but we also have some partners of our own.

I haven't pursued having any of my own partners in the last few years, but I'm very interested in making new friends.

About Me

My main outdoor passion is scuba diving. I hold SSI Master Diver certification and I did my 100th dive in September. I'm potentially looking at setting a goal of doing another 100 dives in 2016.

My other outdoor passions are sea kayaking, Stand-Up Paddling, and a little bit of hiking. I want to start snow-shoeing next winter. I put on a few extra pounds when I moved to America's dairy land (cheese! fried cheese! custard!) and would love to find a Couch-to-5K training buddy.

However, don't confuse me with someone who genuinely lives outdoors - I am in equal part a couch potato. My indoor hobbies include consuming vast amounts of internet news, watching ensemble TV shows on Netflix, reading, and studying foreign languages (I speak five).
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a paralegal and I work with biotech patents. It's not at all where I thought I would be, but I love it.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: I read primarily non-fiction these days, and have a preference for things that are research-oriented. Malcolm Gladwell's books, Freakonomics, current events and political theory, etc. FWIW, I read the news constantly. My fiction reading is primarily oriented towards soft to medium science fiction.

Movies & Shows: I was not really a movie person until I took a well-curated film studies class in college - I had to be taught how to appreciate the form, but that's translated into me enjoying more TV serials than movies. I like Battlestar Galactica, Fringe, Firefly, Numb3rs, Star Trek: TNG, and over-the-top police procedural shows as my guilty pleasure.

Music: I hate to break out the canard that I listen to anything but country, but it's largely true. Despite having a B.A. in Linguistics and having gotten over most of my language snobbery, I can't get past twang.

Food: Food? I love food. I will eat just about any food, the more complex and unusual the better. The first time I visited Madison was ostensibly for the food, but I charmed my way into Echo_location's bed and have now been there for several years.

Our favorites include Eldorado Grill, Umami, Bunky's, Eno Vino, Paul's Pelmeni, Short Stack Eats, Cento and Fresco, Surco, and Porktropolis. I'm an omnivore (former vegetarian) and can very happily eat vegan-friendly menus.
The six things I could never do without
* Pet cats (see profile photo),
* A fully loaded spice rack from Penzey's,
* Flooded mines and shipwrecks to explore,
* Happy hour on Friday,
* Relaxing with a video game or a book, and
* Cuddling.
On a typical Friday night I am
For the first half of the evening, I like to go out with friends for drinks and food to catch-up on the week. The later half of the evening is a wildcard: spending it at home, out for fun, or doing something special like scuba diving under the summer stars.
You should message me if
* If you're free on Sundays and looking for friendship and/or cuddles,
* If you love languages, philology, and linguistics,
* If you need more friends in Madison, too