I'm a recent transplant to the Santa Barbara. I'm pretty extroverted, I love to laugh, and I laugh easily. I love ethnic foods, hiking, and travel. My interests here run the gamut from casual (platonic) friendships to prospective manfriends.
What I’m doing with my life
I study animal behavior, primarily sexual and social behavior in
spiders (e.g., when is it a good idea to eat your mate?). I'm
finally a college educator (a longstanding goal of mine): I like
teaching, I like the flexibility of the schedule, and it provides
the sort of free-spirited life style I'd like to share with my
manfriend. It's pretty bitchin'.
I like being outside: deserts, swamps, mountains, rain forests,
diving, you name it! I hike a great deal (when I've someone to drag
along), and I love ethnic foods. I travel more now than I ever have
before. I want to see the wild that's left in the world, and I want
to bring someone who's excited to come.
I’m really good at
I was formerly a gifted piano player, yogi, chess player,
runner...I'd like to get back into some of those.
I'm becoming a better listener, bike rider, and chef (i.e., I
hardly ever burn simple dishes anymore).
The first things people usually notice about me
I like laughter (my own and others). I have a pretty youthful,
unburdened personality type, I think. I've also been accused of
being overly expressive and smiley. However, these are accusations
I can live with.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: I'm afraid I'm mostly reading work-related items. But, Game
of Thrones has managed to innervate my freetime these days.
Movies: My interests are bimodal- I love well made kids
entertainment, and high-minded period films.
Music: I know it's not helpful, but I like a lot of things (e.g.,
Bjork, Madonna, Frank Sinatra, Cajun Zydeco (it's like the happy
French answer to Bluegrass)).
Food: Ethiopian, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Cuban, sea
food, steaks, and crunchy, hippy cuisine. As for 'burgh cuisine,
I'm fond of Salt of the Earth.
The six things I could never do without
A great circle of friends
Old school Nintendo titles
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Writing papers, editing papers, reviewing papers, grants, my
bosses, my students, traveling, prospective manfriends, pop music,
spiders, places to hike, my future, and "what's important in life?"
On a typical Friday night I am
Watching sea snails run for their lives from hungry, five-legged
monsters that can push their stomachs out of their mouths.
Or, watching Hulu and going to bed at 9:48pm.
Or, having a beer at the Rock Room on Polish Hill. I have a
fondness for dive bars.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I've larped; I've larped a lot; and, I liked it.
You should message me if
If you like going on walks, or eating ethnic foods, or you enjoy
the company of "silly" people. Perhaps if you like art or science,
or how art influences science, or vice versa. Message me if you're
funny, or if you're easy to make laugh, or if you'd like to laugh