After five years in Seattle and a long summer in northern San Diego county, I have returned to the Midwest for a bit to spend time with family. Other than this paragraph, I have made no effort whatsoever to make my profile current.
I would probably classify as nerdy based on my interests and curiosities, but I've got tattoos, and used to have piercings and motorcycles. I've lived in a vegetarian dance commune, but I'm not a hippie. I've made money building computers and websites, but I dance and teach movement. I grew up on the East Coast, but was born and went to college in the Mid-West, and now I live in Washington State. I am equally smitten by the library and REI. I have a wide array of handy-person type skills that are primarily self-taught. I am very outgoing and sociable, but frequently live the lifestyle of an introvert. I don't particularly think any of this makes me special.
I teach, I read, I dance. I bicycle (a lot) and like to explore Seattle. I go to museums, movies, and shows, often alone. I love cooking excellent food for dinner parties or just for myself. I try to frequent the symphony and Town Hall, which sounds awfully pretentious. I listen to NPR a lot. I'm totally into board games and the occasional card game. I very much enjoy outdoorsy things (kayaking, hiking, etc), but do not pursue them as a lifestyle; a few times a year is wholly adequate for my personal needs, though I am unopposed to more frequent excursions. I have VERY recently started to do some (indoor) bouldering, and am not yet sold on whether I want to allow it to take over as much of my life as seems common for people who do such things.
I sold my Jeep and motorcycle and now bicycle full time. I can't even TELL you how much I love not owning a car. ( edit - not having a car is much more enjoyable on the west coast than it is in central Illinois ) I once smoked and drank, but don't now. I don't care whether other people do or not. I like to take pictures, and sometimes I think I'm good at it. I like coffee, but I probably like tea more. I love having dinner parties, ideally of the potluck variety. I have a number of house plants, and they are important to me.
At 32, I don't make too much money and am noticeably starting to lose some hair. Alternatively, I'm educated, I've got beliefs, I've cooked professionally, and I own a massage table. Got to pick your battles I suppose.
If you are a power-career person or life-long academic, we'd probably get along well. If you also need your friends or partner to be, then it's much less likely. I've got a number of ambitions and variably well-defined goals, however it doesn't seem that the paths to them inherently result in a stack of either degrees or money. At least, not at present.
I. Love. Ice Cream.