Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
*Just a note, I don't have the A-List feature and you may enjoy
this more if you actually imagine that I have a very dry and
irreverent sense of humour.
My profile is pretty much me in a nutshell. You won't find too many
bombshells or surprise superficiality and I don't pretend to be
something other than what I am.*
Just got back from an archaeology dig in E. Europe so I do have a
few stories to share...
What can I say? I'm your stereotypical American-born Chinese guy
from Idaho who was educated as a Roman historian in Britain. There
must be hundreds of thousands of us. I'm here to find someone who
will read my profile and find it amusing or, perhaps, endearing if
a bit eccentric. I find the Pacific Northwest, in general, to be
quite amusing but I'm open to the possibility that it will all work
After finishing my work in Britain I had no choice but to leave my
beloved London and return home to the US and find a job here as a
professor. Apparently, I was not quite British enough to stay! I
don't know why; surely drinking copious amounts of tea, eating
scones with cream and jam, and liking Doctor Who should be enough.
Perhaps it would have helped if I understood cricket...
I work in higher education where I often get to wear tweed. After
all, film and literary stereotypes tell me that's what professors
do but I suppose I could also get a guest spot on Downton Abbey
I enjoy what I do because I truly believe that the study of the
past is important and even more relevant in our incredibly
fast-paced world. I think it also does us moderns some good to
remember that most of our problems aren't new and to see which
solutions were tried in the past. It must sound cheesy but I also
really believe in the power of education to change the world.
So much for 'What can I say', eh?
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
When I'm not teaching or researching, I shockingly try to have a
life. In my spare time I like to do a lot of cooking and I enjoy
travel. I do hit the gym and work out at home to offset my love of
cooking/baking and eating great food.
I'm trying to visit every country that was once part of the Roman
Empire and to also explore as much exciting new food as I
If the Roman world doesn't fascinate you then, well...I also love
Hong Kong and parts of the Far East. I'd like for someone to share
my love of learning (formally or informally) as well as someone to
go out/stay in with.
I once tried to learn to salsa but the results were...novel. Ok, it
wasn't that bad but I'm quite rusty and would quite fancy someone
to re-learn it with.
I'm also writing a scif-fi novel if you like something a bit more
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
I can cook fairly well and I used to enjoy baking. I suppose,
ironically, I'm awful at cooking Chinese food. My parents run a
Chinese restaurant and I suppose they're disappointed about
I'm also pretty good at goofing off and being lazy when I have the
time. I like to cook since it gives me the chance to be creative
and to improvise different recipes and I'm fairly good at baking
English style scones.
Also, all of us Idahoans sound like Brits or Major Winchester from
The first things people usually notice about me
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Well, I think this varies from person to person but many people
notice how passionate I am about some things and I am also a
dependable friend once you get to know me. I guess people notice
I'm a bit of a nerd/geek. I won't try too hard to hide it,
Also, I guess people notice I use a lot of long words. ...and maybe
I'm can be a bit scathing. Perhaps a bit cynical too...
People also say 'You're not from around here, are you?' No, I'm not
but that's okay. :)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Some of my favourite books include literary classics like the
Aeneid or the Iliad. Though I can hardly turn down a good zombie
book (World War Z, anyone?) and I have a soft spot for sci-fi and
I am an avid reader when I can find the time and I also enjoy films
as well as TV shows. Some of my favourites are MASH, Simpsons,
Futurama, Firefly, other Joss Whedon stuff, Warehouse 13, and
Family Guy as well as British shows like Midsomer Murders, Red
Dwarf, Doctor Who, Blackadder, and Yes, Minister/Prime Minister. If
you know British comedies and dramas well then you could have
guessed most of that from elsewhere in my profile.
My favourite foods include just about anything, really. I enjoy
Thai, Indian, German, British, Chinese, Japanese, and the list
could go on! :) I'm not quite as bad as the Bizarre Foods guy but
I'll give most things at least one chance.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
2) Good music (classical and rock, among other genres)
3) My fountain pen(s)
4) My spectacles.
5) Good conversation.
6) Oh, wait...tea. I don't think I could go without a good cup of
tea. Perhaps an electric kettle as well. ;) Those two count as one
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Well...lots of things. It's what I do. ;)
Ok, just a choice selection: Public transit and walking (I'm an
avid pedestrian when I can manage it). I am very keen on
walkability and good public transit.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
At home just quietly enjoying the evening or out with
friends/colleagues. It just usually depends on my mood and I am as
happy to stay in as I am to go out.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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I like the Police Academy films.
Ok, more seriously, in spite of (or perhaps because of) my love of
the metropoleis I've lived in and seen there is still a part of me
which is the idealistic kid from small town Idaho who thought he
could make a difference in the world. (Remember the slightly corny
line about education changing the world? Yes, that idealism).
You should message me if
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You are interested in just getting to know someone like me. I'm
always keen to meet new people from all walks of life as long as we
can both enjoy good conversation and doing new (or old)
Also, feel free to write if :
1) You are okay with a man who dresses up often or who wears ties
from time to time. That's just who I am. If you prefer someone who
dresses like they're a 40 year old fratboy then that, I'm afraid,
is not me. Not a judgement but it's not me.
2) You've gotten this far and still don't think I'm a prat.
3) You knew what 'prat' meant.
4) You think I'm a prat and wish to message me anyway.
5) You'd enjoy spending time with someone who probably belongs at
6) You think I can't possibly be real.
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