I have a pretty wide footprint of interests that has introduced me to a lot of different kinds of people, but has unfortunately meant I never quite fit in with a group either. I played hockey ever since I was a little kid, and think I'd like to get back into it when I get the chance. I don't watch professional sports that much but appreciate a good game when I see one. I also have enjoyed theater in the past (I played Charlie Brown in you're a good man Charlie Brown), both on stage and behind the scenes, and similarly might like to get back into it. I prefer straight plays over musicals generally speaking, but some like "A Funny thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" were fun to watch.
I am an academic at heart, and in addition to my required studies I take time out of my day to listen to TED talks (especially older ones, they've drifted to being more activist than cerebral lately) and enjoy a good article about technical fields. Though my studies have taken me to Economics, I enjoy science with a passion and greatly respect those that can study it well. This stands in some contrast to my recent military experience. I can't say that I've enjoyed a lot of my experience but it has been unique to say the least. I don't intend to renew my contract when it expires, but I've enjoyed the teamwork and camaraderie aspects of being part of a platoon, and sometimes I think I'd rather be on missions with them than being on night shift in the office.
Other things I've done with my life include working with kids, as a volunteer in City Year Boston and also working at a local rec center during summer vacation. I do enjoy kids, but they can definitely be a hassle. At the time I was stressed and hating it, but looking back I think its the most rewarding work I've ever done, and if my ambitions of higher Academia don't pan out, I think I'd be a teacher.
I spend a lot of time thinking and talking about religion and politics without getting heavily involved in either. I think both subjects (but more so politics) have the potential for interesting, lively, and productive discussions. That's not usually the way they go, but there's little I appreciate more than someone who can engage me in a discussion like that with the best of intentions and the most upbeat of spirits. I have a friend who already does this for me, and if you're a female and can do this there is a lot I will overlook when it comes to marriage ("You killed those guys? Where are you going to hide- Oh, alright yeah lets talk about the minimum wage!") Religion can be a bit touchier for a lot of people, but when I say I like talking about religion, I mean discussing the philosophy of our lives in relation to the universe, the whole "why are we here?" and "what are the implications of a higher power?" and things like that. I think discussions about the nature of the universe are important because they inform so many of our day to day decisions. I am an atheist, but if I did believe in a religion I would have to be an absolute zealot. Because this is temporary, the afterlife is like, FOREVER!!
And finally, I'm not all brain and brawn, I do enjoy video games as well. Not so much first person shooters (boring), but more MMORPGs and turn based strategy. I can't see my life not involving some level of entertainment with such games, so my partner would have to at least not mind. Like talking about politics, there is a lot I will overlook if a female wants to play with me ("I don't know if we can afford another zebra, the shipping alone could put us into bankru- Civilization V? You're on!")
If you've read through all of that, I say kudos to you. In all I'm a fairly introverted, pensive individual, but get me fired up about a topic and I can be very outspoken.