Me in a nutshell? Well, In primary school I used to sneak thumbtacks (aka pushpins) into the chairs of the boys I liked. You'll be glad to hear that eventually getting caught + detention cured me of that stage and these days, I'm a tad more subtle but still love a bit of mischief.
I s'ppose I have a "follow the beat of your own drum" life philosophy. This June, I returned from living in Algeria for a year. I'm an ethnomusicologist (music anthropology). The last ten years, I've been working and living in North and West Africa, doing what I love most: learning music of other cultures (particularly the Sahara Desert region), traveling, and writing. Before that all started, I worked in multimedia as a music editor and composer.
Despite (or maybe because of ) being in the world of academia now, I keep playfulness and humor at the center of my life, including regular mischief and harmless pranks (thank you, Trigger Happy TV for the inspiration).
I'm quite young for my age (I really am 40); I'm an active and energetic kid at heart. The outdoors have been a big part of my life, having grown up near the mountains. I've spent many a year backpacking, mountaineering/climbing, and some sea kayaking for kicks. While I love being physically active, getting dirty in the outdoors, I very much enjoy nights on the town, a date for the "theeatah,"darling, live music, etc.. In other words, I'm not IronWoman. I'm also sensitive and cuddly and try to be available to others, making time to relax, ponder life, be creative, have genuine connections with people, and enjoy a 12-year old single malt curled up on the sofa.
My weakness? I have a strange and unexplainable love for submarine films
What I’m doing with my life
As mentioned above, following the beat of my own drum, which is sometimes easier said than done.
I’m really good at
Finding humor in most situations, seeing the big picture, making
connections between distant ideas and thinking in poetic metaphors,
transcribing and learning music by ear, writing, thinking and
acting creatively, seeing the "undercurrents" or subtleties in
situations, analyzing, listening, empathizing, teaching. Admitting
when I'm wrong or have made a mistake.
The first things people usually notice about me
Most commonly my "expressive face" which I suppose means I'd be a
lousy poker player.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Here's a sampling that might be telling: Monty Python, Mongrels, The Office (both UK and US), The Daily Show, Curb Your Enthusiasm/Larry David, Zoolander, Waking Ned Devine, Office Space, The Three Amigos (possibly my favorite movie) and similar kinds of humor.
The six things I could never do without
Nature, love, humor, learning, quiet time, music.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Culture, what makes people tick, communication, meaning in life,
traveling, music, my next trip abroad.
On a typical Friday night I am
Looking for live music to watch or play along with
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
That thing about the thumbtacks. :)
You should message me if
any of this rings a bell