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 in California. Mostly, I enjoy hanging out with and getting to know interesting people in a quieter place.
I'm in a Ph.D. program in research psychology (cognitive neuroscience) at UCLA, and although I sometimes wonder if it's worth it (Ph.D. Comics makes some good points! :-) ), I'm generally excited to be in academia, especially after it took me a bit of time to figure it out and get to this point... (I sometimes take a while to actually figure out which direction I want to go in, which is where my username comes from...but once I do figure it out, I'll go all out for things...)
L.A. is maybe growing on me a little, now that I've been here a while, although there is still a lot about this crazy city that I don't really get. But it does have its charms... Like the random, intellectually stimulating lectures/programs that occasionally come up, for one. There's also the fact that you can find so many kinds of tasty food around the city. (I haven't managed to explore enough of the restaurants around here, but I know that there are some good ones. There were also the food trucks that used to come to UCLA, many of which had really tasty food, but they sadly got replaced by something more permanent but less tasty.) Oh, and the weather, of course. (Well OK, I actually still think the weather here is kind of strange--why can it be hot during the day but cold at 8 PM??--but I mostly can't actually complain about it.)
I'm originally from St. Louis, and I lived on the East Coast for 8 years (Philadelphia area for 6 years, and then Connecticut for 2 years) until I moved out here for grad school.
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...