28 Saint Paul, MN
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My self-summary
A small mix of Ayn Rand's philosophies, a hint of Daoism, a pinch of Catholicism, a bit of good chaos, and healthy doses of empathy and compassion. I also cook, dabble in web design, enjoy randomly walking around in the Twin Cities areas (particularly quiet and more-tree-filled places), eating at local restaurants, casual video games, and attempting to dance.

I am optimistic, simple, and kinesthetic
What I’m doing with my life
I'm working (to a fault, for I'm a bit of a workaholic). While I try to get my life back in order (and having fun while things slowly fall to pieces) I work as a coffee-shop barista at Rockey Grounds Espresso Bar and as a sales associate at a chocolate store, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, at the Mall of America. When I'm not working, it really depends on what I'm feeling at the moment.

Sometimes I hang out at the Minneapolis Eagle or some other club, having a drink or a burger then dancing on the floor by myself (I usually go by myself, since my desires to go are really spontaneous). Sometimes I'll just go home and chat with friends over the Internet. I've found myself, lately, just reading the books of Ayn Rand, Anthony De Mello, and H.H. The Dalai Lama. I've also found myself meditating a lot, reflecting on what I want with life.
I’m really good at
I'm good at a lot of things; I'm a bit of a Jack of all Trades. Some specific things I feel I'm good at are baking, repair of computers (of many Windows, Mac OS, and Linux flavours), and laying down on the grass to look at the Mississippi river and the Twin Cities's skyline and to just relax. I am kinesthetic and good with things that require work with my hands (with a bit of practice, as with all people), and I'm also pretty musical; I can learn to play instruments pretty well if I have the time and music I want to play. With people, I'm very good at listening.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm overly polite and efficient with my words. However I do enjoy listening to conversations that interest me and I have no problem telling people who irk me to buzz off. Once people get to know me (or, rather, once I warm up to people) I'm a random and talkative person who finds joy and solace in doing simple things with people. I also have a smile that many people notice and enjoy. Also, on some occasions, what I'm wearing is a feature. My clothing ranges from frumpy to nice to professional looking to military-like to costume (rare, but it does happen).
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead used to be my favourite book, but recently I've gained three or four books that have gained my top spot: Benjamin Hoff's The Tao of Pooh, H.H. The Dalai Lama's The Art of Happiness, Anthony De Mello's The Way To Love: The Last Meditations of Anthony De Mello, and Rand's Anthem. I usually carry two of the first three books with me at all times nowadays. When it comes to books, I generally read a lot of non-fiction and philosophical works, and when I read fiction, I read more classical literature.

I don't really have a favourite movie. I haven't seen enough movies to have a favourite. However, I have enjoyed AI: Artificial Intelligence, The Fountainhead, Definitely Maybe, Home Alone, and Casablanca.

Music favourites are divided into Popular and Art. My popular music favourites are usually bands in the realms of power metal — particularly ones that have unique instruments or folk elements (Turisas and Sonata Arctica are examples). As for music in the Art genre, I adore Arnold Shoenberg and pieces that fall under Holy Minimalism. For being a music major, I don't listen to music constantly. It could be because, as a music major, I listened to music all the time. But I like to think I like to hear what everyday sounds like as well.

I am open to pretty much all cuisine types under the sun. However, I love authentic cultural food (none of that hip and trendy dressed up crud served at some frou-frou restaurant made for the average American, for example) and food that is very much unique to the Twin Cities. Outside these categories, I like food that has complex flavours and is very hearty.
The six things I could never do without
I can never do without my glasses, my Nintendo DSi or my ASUS EEE PC (for it stores my schedule and my task list and without those things I'm hopelessly lost), my Olive-Green Field Medic Satchel or my bigger-and-frumpier Laptop Bag (which functions as the thing that holds all my things), my Cell Phone (because that's how my boss and employees and friends get a hold of me), my Keys (without them, I cannot use my EEE PC or open and close doors at work or at home), and my Bus Pass (it's how I travel).
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I've been thinking about happiness and love lately. Thanks to a very good and loving friend, my views on relationship have been changing and flowering into something good and beautiful. I'm still struggling with where my thoughts lead me, but I know that the struggle isn't bad, so long as I don't force an answer to come. Impatience, I'm learning, is the main cause of my problems and I realised that happiness and love is the cure for impatience.
On a typical Friday night I am
I'll probably be exhausted after closing at the Mall of America. However, I would most probably be found enjoying the train ride back home, snuggled into a book or a simple game (however snuggled you could be on a train or a bus seat). Or, I might have gotten out early, and scrambling to make it to the Eagle's 3-4-1 happy hour. In general, I'm kind of spontaneous. I have a schedule, but I only schedule the things that I need to schedule. Everything else just kinda happens. I do enjoy, on evenings, to go to restaurants with friends, or perhaps playing a Tabletop RPG or something or maybe a movie at someone's place with a good drink (not to get drunk).
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm a very kinesthetic person and I thrive when I am touched. I love hugs and physical affection (not sex) and I feel that, compared to others, I have a need for it more than others. Relax, I don't give hugs or touch in any way people who do not like it.

I watch TV and movies rarely, though I'm trying to watch more movies. While I'm pretty caught up in current events (Google Reader is my friend), I'm hopelessly lost to popular culture sometimes. Not that I don't enjoy it, but don't be surprised if you say something (related to popular culture) and I wonder what it is.

Also, I'm kinky and love uniforms.
You should message me if
Message me if you want a simple and reflective person who is fairly fluid with schedules and enjoys simply being around people. Not minding a person who is touchy-feely is also a nice touch.