Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
I really enjoy having conversations with intelligent people who are
curious about the world--whether about politics, Jewish cultural
stuff, stories of my past (or yours), or something else. I tend to
be opinionated, but I'm also happy to be shown why I'm wrong if I
am. I usually prefer a friendly (but intense), rambling discussion
to a head-to-head debate, though. I can be shy in certain contexts,
but I'm pretty talkative and open once I get into a
I like exploring new places (museums, neighborhoods, restaurants,
etc.), and I also like going to see interesting movies. I'm
generally not so interested in bars/clubs. I usually wouldn't be
the first to sign up for a long hike, but I can definitely admire
the natural beauty of the outdoors. Mostly, I enjoy hanging out
with and getting to know interesting people in a quieter
I just finished my PhD in research psychology (cognitive
neuroscience) in Los Angeles, and moved to Chicago for a postdoc. I
grew up in St. Louis, so it's nice to be back in Midwest, although
we'll see how I feel about that when winter comes. :-) (I can't
believe how many strangers in Chicago have told me that they can't
believe I'd move from California back in this direction! There are
things I'll miss about California, but Chicago seems like a great
place to live, and I'm really expecting it to be a better fit for
While I can be serious at times, I do have a sillier side, too...
And finally, last but not least, even if I'm a bit awkward
sometimes, I usually try to be a nice person, and I'm almost
incapable of lying...
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
I'm working as a postdoc at Northwestern, and hoping to be a
professor in a few years.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
- taking tests in school (although, hmm, unfortunately that's not
actually a useful life skill beyond a certain point, is it?)
- intense conversations
- With close friends, being a sympathetic ear to help when they
have problems, and trying to help analyze their problems (but
despite the fact that I study psychology, I really am only an
amateur psychologist in that sense...).
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
Reading: The Steve Jobs biography was really interesting. I don't
manage to read books as often as I'd like, but I do spend a fair
amount of time reading about current events (in the NY Times and
other Web sites).
TV shows: House, The West Wing, Monk, Law and Order, Rachel
Food: I like a lot of different types of food, as long as it's
tasty, especially Indian, Thai, Ethiopian, or Mexican...
I often prefer (intelligent) talk radio to music, but I've also
somehow never paid close attention to the names of the artists that
I do like. Generally, stuff that's a little bit rock-ish, but not
too much of a beat (I have no rhythm, ok...)
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
- The Internet
- My computer (OK, that's partly a repetition of the above,
- Trader Joe's
- Air travel, to occasionally see my family and friends around the
country--although now that I'm in Chicago, I guess I can replace a
lot of that with car travel!
- Intellectual stimulation of some sort
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
A lot of things, but here are a few:
-- Politics (especially wondering how the Republicans manage to
convince so many people to vote for them despite a complete
disregard for reality)
-- My research (trying to figure out what the next steps
-- What's going on inside the heads of the people around me (and
what's inside my own head, too, sometimes...)
-- How I can take advantage of the good parts of living in a big,
diverse city, and wondering where I can find more like-minded
people to explore with...
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Some Fridays, I'm at Shabbat services and/or dinner. I've been sort
of off and on over the years in terms of how active I've been
Jewishly, but I do think that's a nice thing to have in common with
new people (definitely not a requirement, though). I wouldn't
consider myself particularly "religious", but being culturally
Jewish is important to me.
When I'm not busy with that, my Friday nights usually aren't all
that exciting, if I'm just relaxing from the week (some combination
of reading stuff on the Internet, listening to the radio, talking
to friends online, watching TV, etc.).
You should message me if
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You're a good person at heart, but also intelligent and
interesting, and a little bit off-center (because being too normal
is boring...). I generally like people who are intellectually
curious, really valuing learning and knowledge for its own sake.
And also someone who is willing to be a sympathetic ear, but who
can also tell me / convince me when I'm wrong.
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