circlepines
25 Burlington, VT
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My self-summary
The geography of my life so far: grew up in a little town in Vermont, went to college in a little town in Ohio, spent some time in London and Italy, lived in a Jewish collective in Chicago, kept going west until I hit Portland. I recently completed the circle and moved back to Vermont, which feels really good. Hoping to stay here for a long time.

I could spend hours getting lost in a strange city, wandering through a museum, or leafing through a book, especially with a big mug of tea. I love languages, trivia, word games, and all kinds of new knowledge. I like to hike, go for late-night runs, and don't consider a day complete unless I've been on my bike.

I'm more of a listener than a talker; I like folks who can fill the gaps in conversation without being overbearing.

I spend a lot of time thinking about sexuality and gender. A few concepts that are important to me: body positivity, enthusiastic consent, queer and trans identity politics, pro-choice movements and reproductive justice. If you're nodding at this list of buzzwords, high five! Let's get coffee or tea or something.
What I’m doing with my life
In undergrad I studied archaeology, classics, and chemistry, and all the ways that they intersect. (Is it really really old? Can I grind it up, dissolve it, run it through a machine, and tell you what it's made of? Awesome.)

Somewhere along the way I got diverted into medicine, and after a couple of years working as a health educator and a medical assistant, I'll be starting med school in fall 2016. My dream is to have a primary care practice focused on serving queer and trans folks and people living with HIV.
I’m really good at
being late. finding data on that one random thing that you've always wondered about. getting lost on a bike. baking. figuring out that last bewildering crossword clue. trimming latex gloves into non-standard barriers. getting really worked up over bad science. accidentally telling the same stories over and over.
The first things people usually notice about me
The top of my head.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: I'm a pretty omnivorous reader with never enough time. Right now I'm rereading the Earthsea quartet and about to start a book on the forensic science behind Sherlock Holmes. Goodreads, probably not up to date: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4300624

Movies and TV: One time someone asked me what my favorite movie was during a job interview, and the only thing I could think of was Shortbus. He said, "Isn't that basically soft-core porn?!" and I sputtered something about it being a really sweet movie about queer community and relationships and self-discovery and also having Justin Vivian Bond, who is amazing. It was mortifying at the time, but I got the job.

Shortbus aside, I've seen Angels in America about a half-dozen times, loved Weekend, have a soft spot for Kubrick (one of these things is not like the others...). I have recently discovered a guilty pleasure for Victorian detective procedurals and historical medical dramas. Slowly working my way through Scrubs.

Music: Josh Ritter, Richard Thompson, Girlyman, The Magnetic Fields, Andrew Bird, The Mountain Goats, The New Pornographers, The Avett Brothers, Coyote Grace, Dirty Projectors, &c. (On last.fm, probably not up to date: http://www.last.fm/user/linearbbq) I was a fairly serious musician when I was younger and still pick up a clarinet occasionally.
The six things I could never do without
- someone to be with
- something to wonder about
- somewhere to go
- something to do with my hands
- something to listen to
- deep breaths
I spend a lot of time thinking about
what to make for dinner.
On a typical Friday night I am
My house is Very Serious about fancy-ass Saturday morning waffles, so usually on Friday nights I'm prepping ingredients. (Recent highlight: ginger plum waffles with sour plum coulis. Upcoming goal: pesto waffle with tomato jam and a fried egg.)

In an ideal world: cooking Shabbat dinner; going to a contra dance or a folk show; hanging out with friends to bake, watch obscure movies, or play board games.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm a big spoon trapped in a little spoon's body.
You should message me if
- you're in the mood for someone short and sweet.
- you need a companion for a hike or bike ride.
- you appreciate tea and board games.
- I can play with your dog. not a euphemism.
- this sounds like a fun experiment to you: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/11/fashion/modern-love-to-fall-in-love-with-anyone-do-this.html
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