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My self-summary
Like so many of us here in the metro area I'm a transplant. I grew up in California, went to grad school in Georgia, had a short stint back in Cali and here I am.

I'm a well-educated professional looking for more from life. I’m a chemist by training, but work as an analyst now. I’m not doing what I thought I would do when I was in school. But I like it more than I expected. Life certainly has a way of surprising you, doesn't it?

I’m looking for someone to enhance my life, someone to share experiences with. I don’t have a certain set of criteria. I’ll know if you are right for me if it feels right. I’ve met a few fascinating people and I’ve learned to keep a very open mind.

Describing yourself is hard, but as my name indicates, I’m driven by curiosity. I would love to chat with you about science and technology, sports, pop culture or which Jane Austen book is the best (I’m going with Pride and Prejudice). I am a great conversationalist as well a listener.

When I get out of the house I’m more driven by who I am with, than what I am doing. That isn’t to say I don’t have interests, I do (see more below), but the right company can make anything interesting.

I have two wonderful children that I love (13 and 9). I'm very comfortable if you already have them.

I look forward to meeting many of the interesting people on this website, and good luck to you whatever you do.
What I’m doing with my life
I’m probably doing the exact same thing you are doing. Trying to balance all of the crazy parts of my life and move forward. I’m making a point to try more new things in my life. It might be a new food, a new place, or a new activity.

I am a fairly introspective person. I’ve had an interesting past few years, and I’m trying to learn and grow from it.
I’m really good at
I’m good at lots of things! Some of them are even useful! I’m good at remembering minutiae, so you want me on your trivia team. I have a very analytical mind, so I’m very good at breaking down a big problem into smaller pieces.
The first things people usually notice about me
I love to learn new things. I am a very curious person.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I read a lot. I love to read fantasy (George R. R. Martin, the late Robert Jordan, Terry Brooks, etc ...) mystery (Michael Connelly, John Sandford, etc ...), technothrillers (Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, Michael Crichton, etc ...) and a bit of non-fiction (e.g. Malcom Gladwell, as well as technology and history). I read so much at work that most of what I read is what I call tripe (fun, but hardly literature). I haven't bought a novel for myself in years, the library is my friend. If I can ever get to a point where I'm not overwhelmed at work (Hey, let me dream), I really would like to read more classic literature. For some reason I've got an itch to read Atlas Shrugged. I'm not an objectivist, but for some reason it interests me. I just got a subscription to Marvel Unlimited (think Netflix for comics), so I've also been catching up on some guilty super hero pleasures.

When it comes to films I tend to prefer action, comedy and horror flicks. The last three movies I saw in the theater were Antman, Terminator Genisys and Pitch Perfect 2. I get my share of dramas, but that is usually when I'm in the mood. Lincoln, for example was an absolutely fabulous movie!

I don't watch that much television aside from sports (and then not as much as I want). I got Netflix about a year ago (was I the last one?) and I think I've seen most of the movies I want to. Still some good TV though. I got HBO Now and I've been spending some time catching up on stuff I missed. I absolutely *LOVED* The Wire. Going through Game of Thrones and Band of Brothers now and True Detective is coming soon.

Music is usually the radio with a mix of Pop, Alternative and Hip-Hop. It may surprise you to know know what over 75% of the albums I own are hip-hop (but, to be fair, the last album I bought was probably 15 years ago). I still like hip-hop, but have included more pop and alternative stuff as well. I also like musicals as well, in particular live. Haven't seen a show on Broadway yet, but it is definitely on my to do list.

Food is awesome. I wouldn't call myself a foodie (I don't even know how to define that), but I do love to eat. My favorites are Chinese, Mexican and Indian. I love dim sum on a Sunday morning. Recently my son has gone through an experimentation phase so I have cooked live crabs (that was an adventure), eel (purchased live at the store), squid (didn't work out well) and most recently lobster (much easier to cook than I expected). I had a blast doing them all, and I'm looking forward to trying some new stuff at home. I really need to get better with sides and vegetables though, that is my weakness (well that and presentation, I'm not an artist).
The six things I could never do without
My two children
Friends and extended family
The internet
The library
Yummy food
did I mention the internet?
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Too many things to list here! Things I read or see always get me thinking.
On a typical Friday night I am
Probably the same as you. I might go out with friends for a Happy Hour, or dinner/movie. If I'm with the kids we'll probably hang out at home and either watch some Netflix (we seem to argue a bit about what to watch, who would have thought a 13 year old boy and 9 year old girl have different interests?) or play some board games. Our current favorites are Ticket to Ride, Pass the Pigs and Settlers of Catan (all good games).
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I've got more of an edge to me than I can convey with words on this profile. Take that as you will.
You should message me if
You want to meet a fun guy that will treat you well, and share some adventures.