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My self-summary
New to Austin.

Lifelong dabbler. I like to think this makes me a "renaissance woman" rather than a "person with commitment issues."

I love to travel- preferably road trip style if not abroad. I love desolate places, abandoned buildings, ghost towns, etc. I once drove solo down the entirety of old Route 66, and it was awesome. If you don't care for antique malls, neon lights, shag carpeting, and 60's-70's decor, you'll probably find my sense of aesthetics absolutely appalling.

I would love to learn glass sculpture, welding, woodworking, taxidermy, and engine repair. I'm trying to teach myself to be a home mechanic, and it's going swimmingly. Mechanical and logical systems make sense to me, but for some reasons computers and I have never gotten along. It's not that I don't like them, but I think they don't like me. I'm a big fan of trivia nights, but have not been fortunate enough to live near a place that hosts one (yay for moving to Austin!) Mostly I just do stuff outside. I could hike forever, and am in the process of getting bike-fit. I learned to ski a couple years ago and hope to live near regular snow again within a few years.
What I’m doing with my life
When I started college, I was a psychology major. I used to joke with friends that I would end up like the guy in the movie Clerks who smashes eggs on the floor out of frustration with his job as a guidance counselor. Oddly enough, I ended up graduating with a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, and became the woman from the movie who said "It's important to have a job that makes a difference, boys. That's why I manually masturbate caged animals for artificial insemination. " (To be fair, it wasn't caged animals, but I did wank fish into a bucket for a while at a salmon hatchery. Admit your jealousy!)

I've spent the past few years working as a contracting biologist on various conservation and resource management projects, and filling in the off-season gaps with odd jobs, temporary assignments, etc. Ideally, I do field work collecting breeding and migration data on bird populations, but I have a history of dabbling and have worn many, many hats. I've been a food server, bar tender, ski resort toilet scrubber, executive administrative assistant, IT administrator, foundry safety personnel, teacher of English as a foreign language, tour guide, academics director at a summer school program, construction cleanup worker, college radio disk jockey, ESPN camera crew lackey, portrait photographer, the list goes on. I can't believe I've been lucky enough to find people who are willing to pay me (albeit not much) to run around outside, climb trees, and grab wild animals.

It's been a blast, but I'm looking forward to my new permanent job in Austin.
I’m really good at
Road trips. Knowing a few words or phrases (usually not useful ones) in several languages, while being fluent in none of them. Stalking birds. A recently rediscovered talent in drawing. Parenthetical statements, run-on sentences, and comma splices.

Oh, and grinning like a dufus while holding animals for photos. Really, I do other things with my time as well, but I'm usually behind any cameras involved.
The first things people usually notice about me
That I'm tall. Or maybe that I'm doing something strange at that particular moment.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books! I like books! Science fiction, non-fiction science, modern literature, smartassy social commentary- I am a fan. Kurt Vonnegut makes me happy, as does Jonathan Safran Foer, Milan Kundera, Carl Sagan, Carl Safina, Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, Tom Robbins, H.L. Mencken. If it can teach me something, tell a good story, or shed a different light of a familiar idea, I'll read it.

I don't watch much TV, but there have been some series that have grabbed me- Northern Exposure, House, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Arrested Development, Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, and Downton Abbey to name a few.

Movies- Goodbye Lenin!, The Seventh Seal, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Metropolis, bla bla bla.

Favorite music includes Opeth, Isis, Lamb Of God, Florence and the Machine, Neko Case, Sufjan Stevens,
Trampled By Turtles, Yonder Mountain String Band, Radiohead, Yeasayer, The Dodos, most varieties of mid-nineties grunge. I'll give pretty much anything a fair chance though, really. Try as Texas might to force it upon me, I still don't care for most modern country music.

Oh, and my appreciation for tacos should not be underestimated.
The six things I could never do without
I could do without this question.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
My seemingly-uncertain future. (But if it were certain, how fun would that be?)
On a typical Friday night I am
Maybe embracing chaos, maybe at home reading a book. Depends.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Dunno, maybe you should ask me that in private.
You should message me if
I said I'm looking for "everybody" in the above section because I'm totally unopposed to making friends on here with women, men who are spoken for, etc etc. Feel free to message me if this applies to you.

If you think we have something in common, etc.

If smartassery and poking of fun don't offend you.

If you're one of the people who has apparently rated me highly on here, and then slinked away without saying anything.