Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
To the handful of people who 'liked' me: thanks, I'm flattered. Too
bad I have no idea who you are. To those who are considering
'liking' me, how about just messaging me instead?
I saw a comment on a woman's profile that said she only got one
reply per 100 messages she sent; hrm, I thought that was something
that happened just to us guys...
I've seen too many comments like "I'm a tee and jeans kinda gal,
but I also like to dress to the nines," I.E. vague. That's what
inspired me to come up with my sliders:
..quality ---|------- quantity
.Indoors ----|------ outdoors
...woods --|-------- beach
.....dogs ---------|- cats
.eat out -------|--- cook
..recipes ---|------- improvise
....liberal -|--------- conservative
...winter ----|------ summer
..boozer --------|-- teatotaler
......beer ---------|- cocktail
....bland -------|--- spicy
..artistic --------|-- technical
......bold ------|---- shy
.humble ---|------- proud
.....timid -------|--- confident
focused --------|-- flighty
.....stick -|--------- automatic
...teams ----------| indiv. sports
nightowl --|------- early bird
.....suits -------|--- jeans
..lawyer ---------|- scientist
.love job --|-------- hate job
......lefty -|--------- Righty
I'll add more sliders as they occur to me. Or you can suggest a new
one. Feel free to plagiarize my idea; it's not copyrighted!
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
My work history is a long and winding road, including in no
particular order hotellery, teaching English abroad, freelance
language teaching, a brief and miserable stint in retail, and
cruise ship work. I started out as Guest Services on the cruise
ships, then switched to the onboard IT department, which is where I
found my calling. I now do IT support for an engineering firm in
Glastonbury, but I'm studying for Linux certification, because I'm
tired of supporting Microsoft; it's like being a vegan chef in a
steakhouse. So in a nutshell, that's where a BA in French
Literature will take you.
I'm in a state of flux right now. I own a condo, but I don't really
care for condo life. So I am fixing it up with intent to sell, and
then I'll look for a proper house. In the meantime, to streamline
the process, I'm living at my mother's place. It's mutually
beneficial because my father passed away in January and it's not a
good time for her to be alone. So if you won't date a guy who lives
with his mother, even under special circumstances, then get back to
me in 6 months when I'm living in my own new house. Or better yet,
just don't get back to me. ;)
I am also proudly the original owner of a 1995 Saturn SL. I'm
mostly proud in that I've kept it running all this time. I'm no
gearhead or grease monkey, but with a Haynes manual and some
patience, I've done a lot of the repairs and maintenance myself.
Unfortunately it´s developed a coolant leak that would cost more
than the car to fix. I'm determined to have an electric car for my
next vehicle, specifically a Tesla ( which is a main reason why I
want to sell my condo; nowhere to charge). I look forward to never
having to change oil again, or deal with filters, pumps or leaks.
But first I have to sort out my living arrangements before my
financial advisor can tell whether I can swing a Model S;
otherwise, I'll have to wait for the Model 3, which is due out in
2017. In the meantime I'll have to keep topping off the coolant in
my Saturn. So if you're the type who only dates guys with hot
rides, then get back to me in a year or so when I have my new
Tesla. Or better yet, just don't get back to me. ;)
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Self deprecation, and I'm really not even that good at it.
coming up with project ideas. My home-improvement dreams can be
pretty wild and ambitious sometimes. I do come up with realistic
ones, too. Also, saving energy and recycling. And I have a killer
oatmeal raisin cookie recipe and an awesome falafel recipe.
...and procrastinating; I'll elaborate more on that tomorrow...
The first things people usually notice about me
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
My outward appearance. That includes my current facial hair
Yes, for those keeping track or with strong feelings either way
about facial hair: I recently shaved off my thick, raging beard-on
and am growing back my Van Dyke, which is my usual and preferred
look. Occasionally I'll go full beard for a month or three, but
this last time I released the Kraken. It's the longest I'd ever let
it grow (December to July). One thing's for sure: I don't like
Or that I'm quite reserved in a mix 'n' mingle scenario. I've got
no problem with one-on-one; not so great in a room full of
strangers where I'm supposed to just walk up to people and strike
up a conversation. Maybe that's why I'm on OkC. I'm just not into
meet markets (or is it "meat markets?")
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
[Feel free to skip over this section for now. If you'd like to
say hi after seeing the rest of my profile, then you can browse
through this list to look for a nice ice-breaking nugget. That's
what I do ;) ]
Northampton, it's got the best fun to driving
distance ratio of any place around (and yes, it's not a book,
movie, show, music or food, but it's got all that going on);
Postmodern Jukebox; I like French-press coffee as
much for the ritual as for the good coffee; mostly sci-fi books,
particularly James P. Hogan or William Gibson (Go
Wintermute!); Unforgiven is the only western I like; Good
Eats (which luckily lives on in the YouTubes. We'll miss
you Alton); Perhaps my favorite song of all time is "In the
Waiting Line" by Zero-7; sushi; I have read the entire
Harry Potter series, and I'm not ashamed of it; Memento; the
Daily Show; Just recently discovered
Reggie Watts; he's my commutin' buddy; Indian
cuisine; I've read four Dan Brown novels, and I definitely see a
pattern/formula to his stories, but he's still a pretty good
page-turner; the Matrix (just the first one);
Futurama; Lately, I've been "tuning in" to
SoMa FM (digital streaming out of San Fran) and
enjoying several of their channels, particularly the randomness of
"Cover Me;" Alton Brown's breakfast smoothie; the
Abyss; some of the home improvement/woodworking shows on CPTV
Create (971 'round here); my own music collection is pretty
diverse, to the point that I don't think one could categorize me by
it; fresh baked bread (particularly when the
weather's cooler); Shaun of the Dead; Used to love HGTV and Food
Network before everything went all reality/competition; Admittedly,
for a long time I pretty much listened to whatever Clear Channel
and Mtv threw my way, but those days are over;
blueberry-cornmeal pancakes; Serenity; loved
Dexter right up until the finale, then I deleted the entire series
out of disgust; Italian...especially lasagna and ratatouille; the
Princess Bride; Big Bang Theory isn't bad; I own just about
everything xTc has ever done; I miss Firefly and
wish it would come back like Futurama did. Or at least a sequel to
Serenity. And I guess here is the best place to
confess my addiction to the Walking Dead. I can't
walk through a hardware store anymore without asking myself, "would
that hammer stop a walker? Could I make a crossbow out of that
spring steel?" It's my only must-see TV, and if I could figure out
a way to stream or download episodes, I could probably quit the
rest of TV cold-turkey.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
...in no particular order:
1)My cast iron skillet; it does pancakes, braised chicken, home
defense, fly swatting... what doesn't it do?!?
2)Linux; Kubuntu in particular, but open-source software in
3)the Daily Show/Colbert Report hour (I'm still in denial about
that second half; I'm sure it's all just a big prank.)
4)Toe socks. It would be hard to go back to regular socks
5)the Dvorak keyboard layout. Ask me or Google it.
6)My slow-cooker. The ultimate bachelor accessory.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Hydroponics. I've always been fascinated by the concept, but lately
I've been considering practical applications. Alas, it will have to
wait until I get my living arrangements sorted out.
Sous-vide cooking. I just got an immersion rig and have been trying
different things with it.
Has there ever been an all-poultry restaurant? There should be.
There are steakhouses and seafood restaurants, but I don't know of
any poultry restaurants... aside from some all-turkey restaurants,
but I'm talking about all types of poultry. Think about it:
chicken, turkey, duck, goose, pheasant, quail, cornish game hen
(which yes, I know, are just young chickens), maybe even ostrich
steaks. Of course there'd be the token beef and fish entrees, but
otherwise, the possibilities are virtually endless, especially if
they included both farmed and wild-caught birds.
Also: pressure cooker recipes; Crock-Pot recipes; skillet recipes;
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
up for anything. What did you have in mind?
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
I spent about nine months studying in Spain on an expired visa. We
all (the students in my group) went over on 3-month tourist visas
and were supposed to stop by the town hall to get a student
extension before it expired. But the day I passed by, the line was
out the door, so I skipped it and never went back.
I photoshopped (well, technically "gimped") the extra depth of
field into three of my pics.
I have the same laptop as Wolowitz and Sheldon
I baby-talk to my cats.
You should message me if
Offer a few tips to help matches win you over.
and ONLY IF you're sitting in front of a computer right now (or on
your smarty-phone or tablet). As long as you're sincere, I'll
You don't base your relationship expectations on what you've seen
in romantic comedies. I don't think replying to an OkC message
could qualify in any way as a "meet cute" anyway.
You're in CT or MA and your county starts with an H, or your town
borders one of them (I'm lookin' at you, neighbors in Tolland
County...). Anything else and we're probably too far. Pro-tip: the
Phillipines, Russia, and Puerto Rico are all too far, and I won't
bother to reply. My work is in Glastonbury and sometimes takes me
down to New Haven, so I will take that into consideration as
Also (and I guess this goes without saying), you're modern enough
to agree that it's cool for a woman to make the first move
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