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My self-summary
Hi there! I'm Zeke. I'm the kind of person who never bites off more than he can chew, but often tries to drink more than he can swallow.

Inability to drink a beverage like an adult human aside, I'm an excitable feminist geek and current college student who can be found talking to crows on campus, or excitedly watching squirrels bouncing around. I'm a former journalist (I got paid to eat food and talk about movies!), and still a recreational writer when I find the time. My best friend spontaneously told me I'm like a combination of Rupert Giles and Jake the Dog, and I'd say that's all I strive to be in life. Smart, reliable, loyal, prone to adventure and everything burritos.

I'm passionate about psychology - I originally returned to school to get a journalism degree, but ended up becoming a behaviorist! I'm also passionate about food, and I'm pretty sure I know how to combine the two. Cookies and counseling? Talking and tacos? These are things that will happen.

In my off-time, I love to run role-playing games (usually in Star Wars settings, because that's my jam). It's a fun way to get some creative writing time in, and because it's collaborative it keeps me thinking on my feet.
What I’m doing with my life
Just graduated with a bachelor of science, just wrapped up 3 years of volunteer work at Portland State's women's resource center. Now looking for meaningful work in mental health and a good grad program.
I’m really good at

I'm also pretty good at cooking, writing, and explaining why you shouldn't say something is your spirit animal (but you should definitely call it your patronus).
The first things people usually notice about me
My very long hair and my resemblance to Silent Bob and/or Mick Foley stand out pretty well. I was also told that I'm a great host by someone I'd just met, and I appreciate the uniqueness of that compliment.

People who notice shoes notices that I totally wear those weird shoes with the toes. I'm so used to them now I forget they're unusual until someone mentions them.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Raptor Red, various Star Wars books (I’m so sorry), Hyperbole and a Half. Currently reading: Tokyo Vice, Year Zero, About Behavior. Do comic books count? Because I just realized I'm lacking The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and Atomic Robo, if so.

Movies: The Fifth Element, Repo: The Genetic Opera, Tron, Big Trouble in Little China, Snakes on a Plane, In Bruges, Death at a Funeral, The Power of One, The Lion King, Lost in Translation, The Big Lebowski.

TV: I am terrible at watching TV that isn’t Netflix. But faves include Rachel Maddow, Adventure Time, Bob’s Burgers, Futurama, Comedians of Comedy, Steven Universe (gay space moms!), Orange is the New Black. I gave up on Breaking Bad. I tried, it lost me early in.

Games: Lunar - The Silver Star, Portal, Half-Life 2, Beyond Good and Evil, Sonic CD, Ace Attorney, Mass Effect, Bulletstorm, Soul Calibur, Kingdom Hearts, Wing Commander, Phantasy Star, House of the Dead, Gone Home, Secret of Monkey Island, Digital: A Love Story, Flower, Yakuza 4, Ace Combat, Professor Layton.

Music: I rarely listen to music as its own activity but I work to Cee-Lo, Garbage, Genki Rockets, David Bowie, Dethklok, Gorillaz, Bad Religion, Offspring, Lady Gaga, and Green Day.

Food: Japanese (at Shigezo!), Chinese, Indian, frozen yogurt (Tartberry!), citrus, and pizza (Sizzle Pie!). Thai food and pesto are banned from my life.
The six things I could never do without
Electricity for my non-book entertainment (and to power my ebooks).
A feeling of being useful.
The ability to help people feel better.
A chance to be creative.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Wondering what Picard would do, wondering what Winona LaDuke would do, wondering what my friends are up to, where to spend my social justice warrior experience points when I level up.
On a typical Friday night I am
Studying, gaming with friends, writing a paper, eating at a favorite local restaurant. All of the above, if I'm really ambitious.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I don't know how to ride a bike. Portland sin, I know.
You should message me if
You're up for a game night (video, board, whatever) or maybe a trivia night. Where's a good one of those around downtown, anyway? That isn't on a Tuesday night. So many good ones I can't make on Tuesday night.

If the inherent classism of someone describing themselves as "a professional" makes your skin crawl.

If you think gender roles are gross.