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My self-summary
I like to have fun! – intellectual fun, silly fun, sporty fun. I’m sociable, playful, and affectionate by nature.
I love deep, intense discussions one on one, about topics such as politics, environmental issues, psychology and relationships. I equally love interacting with my friends at a party or a pub. Most people would say I'm an obvious extrovert, but one time I did a personality test and I was very close to the middle on the introvert-extrovert continuum.
Gardening is a favorite pastime of mine, as I have a fascination with flora, fauna and nature in general. A couple of years ago, my son and I put together a cold, saltwater aquarium that was supposed to be something like an Oregon tide pool. We populated it with sea anemones, crabs, some little fishies, seaweed, limpets, snails, that we collected at the coast. It was really cool! After about a year it started to run down, so at that point we returned the surviving critters to their native habitat. Lately I've taken up the captivating past time of mushroom hunting and joined the Oregon Mycological Society. Foraging for mushrooms in a light rain in a lush, drippy forest is one of my favorite things to do on a weekend day in the fall. In the winter, well, I mostly wait for the days to get long again, but while waiting, I'll go back-country or cross-country skiing, which is gorgeous and exhilarating.
I'm well travelled and have lived in four countries on three continents. I like exploration and adventure. This year, I went to Burning Man for the first time. I worked for months with a team of creative, inspired people to build a large art installation that we reconstructed on the playa and then burned down. It was an incredible and complex experience, and I will go again. For next year, I have this mad notion that I will get there on my BMW F650, but in order to pull that off I will have to gain a lot more confidence riding the bloody thing. That will be my New Year's resolution.
I'm interested in art and am concerned with the aesthetics of my environment. I have an interest in architecture, furniture design, and fashion. I'm very appreciative of dance of all kinds (I especially like modern dance), and really enjoy dancing.
I read a lot.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a research scientist working in the biomedical sciences. It's very rewarding intellectually, and I love the freedom of academic life.
In the coming year, I'm committed to pursuing a path of personal discovery and growth.
I've come to realize that the only regrets I have thus far in life are things that I haven't done, and nothing that I have done (despite mistakes). So, I want to do more things!
I’m really good at
Lateral thinking and discovering connections and insights that are often overlooked by others. Motivating and inspiring others. Strong problem solving, trouble shooting skills. I'm very resilient and adaptable.
The first things people usually notice about me
My smile, my energy, my perpetually messy gray hair, no TV.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Reading is one of my favorite past times, and when reading for pleasure, I prefer fiction. I like a range of genres from classic British lit like Jane Austen and EM Forster, to contemporary (mainly from US, Canada, UK, Australia). I'm quite a fan of well written Sci Fi/fantasy and futuristic stories. I also enjoy works that illuminate life in other parts of the world or other times in history.
Here are a few books that I read in the last few years: The Windup Girl, The Name of the Wind, Oryx and Crake, IQ84, A Thousand Splendid Suns.
Some contemporary authors that I favor: Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, JK Rowling, Peter Carey, AS Byatt, Haruki Murakami, and more, but I can't remember all their names right now.

Movies, I've fallen a bit behind lately and saw very few last year, but here are a few from 2012 that I thought were good: Seven Psychopaths, Hunger Games (surprisingly), Beasts of the Southern Wild, Searching for Sugarman, Argo

Music, my taste is pretty broad. I love rock, funk, blues, classical music. I have a thing for Eastern European folk music. Not keen on country.

Food, I love it!
The six things I could never do without
Wilderness areas, art in my environment, modern anesthetics (so glad I didn't have to go to the dentist 200 yrs ago!), opportunities for experimentation and self expression, books, love n' friendship.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Lately, I have been thinking a lot about emotional growth, self actualization, and the interplay between one's relationships and development of one's personality.
On a typical Friday night I am
At a bar/pub with friends. Sometimes music, sometimes dancing, sometimes darts, always drinks. Otherwise, I will be at home reading.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm an alien. There, I've said it. Feels good, actually. I will even go so far as to admit that I am British and Australian.
You should message me if
Message me if you think I sound interesting and if you get the impression that I'd find you interesting.
I'm currently separated. For the time being, I am interested in friendship. I like men who are highly intelligent and intellectual, creative, non-materialistic, and kind.