A little over a year ago I moved to Seattle from New York City. I quit a really swell job that people always tell me is like their dream job to get a doctorate in history in a place where people don't litter as much and wear functional fabrics like gore-tex. Honestly, though I do miss the delicious bagels, I prefer the access to the wilderness that we have here over savory breakfasts almost any day of the week.
I'm an Appalachian-born Ashkenazi with mild tonsurephobia (fear/aversion to haircuts; I didn't know that word myself until I just looked for it). I'm a red diaper baby (4 generations of documented socialists in my patrilineal line) who despite five years of wearing a badge and uniform still reflexively distrusts authority and hierarchies.
I'm a history grad student, so it goes without saying that I am fascinated by history and the ability the past has to shape the way our world is run and the way we live our lives. I especially like the weird synchronicities that individual spaces can have over centuries of human use. Consequently, I often spend far too much time thinking about bygone eras or heading to climate-controlled archives to read strange business documents from two centuries ago. I also have developed a series of historical conspiracy theories starring Booker T Washington as an evil mastermind, which probably proves I should pay more attention during grad school lectures.
I also am noted for my exquisite sense of direction and my ability to make really good hummus.
I'm also a pretty mean scrabble player and appreciate a good challenge in word games.
Filmically, I most especially enjoy the screwball comedies of the 1930s, especially Hepburn/Tracy fare such as Pat and Mike, Loy/Powell fare such as The Thin Man. I am also a big fan of Nouvelle Vague films, with a particular soft spot for Jean-Luc Godard films. As far as modern films go, I enjoy Tim Burton and Wes Anderson and the Coen Brothers (though far from unreservedly).
I really like to listen to twee/indiepop, and will often be found with Heavenly, Tullycraft, Helen Love, Los Campesinos!, and other suchlike bands that feature harmonies and sunny melodies. That said, I am an inveterate downloader of music and avid multitasker so I've heard lots of rad stuff that I love that steers far clear of my stated preferences.
Food-wise, I'm an adventurous eater and an avid cook and prefer my food extra-spicy if that is an option. I prefer homemade to restaurant-made and have never found a culinary challenge I couldn't take on, from making pasta or vinegar (I have a whole cabinet full of homemade vinegars, which could substitute for those fancy 'drinking vinegars' I've seen for sale) or hot sauce. The real question is: What do you like to cook and what can you teach me to cook?
2) Mason jars; I'm a serious pickler and my (full) refrigerator is mostly filled with mason jars containing fermented foods
3) My spices; who wants to cook bland food?
4) My library card; it is a passport to adventure
5) My passport; it is also a passport to adventure
6) Seersucker in summer and tweed in winter
B) For School: 19th and 18th century African-American life in Appalachia. I know history isn't cool and black history isn't that much cooler, so perhaps this really belongs under the heading of "most private thing I'm willing to admit."
2) I once had to get shoulder replacement surgery in china; I am now bionic and partially Chinese.
or you'd just like to go for a bike ride.
You need a new cooking partner (is anything better than cooking elaborate meals for each other side-by-side?)
or you'd like to have some cocktails and go to a museum