I'm in an open relationship with veteran4peace, a man who is quickly becoming one of my favorite people ever. Love is unexpected and spine-tingling.
I live by two golden rules. One: the truth always sets me free, and the more truth I tell myself and others, the freer I am. Two: Texas summers are too goddamn hot to not eat ice cream every day.
I love belly laughs at bad puns. I'll try anything once, except Russian Roulette. I'm happiest when I'm learning. If you have expertise in some area that interests me, I'm likely to pick your brain to the bone. I lived radical honesty a decade before I knew the term. (That's right -- I'm the hipster of radical honesty!) I am an extrovert with no fear of public speaking or meeting new people. What's the worst that can happen? Someone may not like me? Pshhh... I've been disliked before -- it's not so bad. I'm very independent, probably because I'm very happy.
I'm not a romantic. If I wanted flowers and chocolates, I would just buy them and share them with friends. Clothing is completely utilitarian to me; I'm fashion-blind the same way some people are color-blind. If we go out, you might as well go ahead and not dress up. I'm not going to notice if you do, anyway. I'm attracted to brains and character, not fabric.
I take in new information the way addicts take in heroin, which is why I love hanging out with Bret_N. I also like to give information, and my enthusiasm is contagious. The experience of creating light bulb moments for other people is seriously addicting for me, so I just might celebrate by doing a nerdy little happy dance.
I'm looking to meet new people and to learn interesting, new things, but I am not looking for commitment, a soul mate, or a lifetime anything. I wouldn't feel comfortable committing myself to one job for the rest of my life or one house I would live in until I die, so why would I sign up for one person forever and ever amen? I do tend to keep friends and lovers for long times; I just think having a verbal or written contract takes all the joy and spontaneity out of being with someone.
I don't commit to ideologies either. In my relatively short life, I've been a Christian, Taoist, Buddhist, Hindu, spiritual but not religious, agnostic, and atheist. I've been conservative and liberal, Republican, Democrat, and Socialist. I'm not judgmental. What ever you think, whatever you do, I've probably thought or done at some point in my life. I can deeply empathize with almost everyone I meet, so even if we disagree, I won't be a jackass to you.
A couple of themes run through the many facets of Liz: I'm curious, I'm not afraid, and life is a grand experiment. I score high on all of the Big Five personality traits: openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism. All my scores are higher than the average population, but my extraversion and conscientiousness scores are most extreme. I like being a social "connector", so that if someone needs anything from a good mechanic to information about neuroscience, I've got a friend to recommend.
Someone once tried to insult me by calling me a "freethinker", and, completely separately, another person tried to chide me by asking me why I can't just be satisfied to believe whatever society tells me is good. I consider these incidents two of the greatest compliments I've ever been given.