lorelein
33 Austin, TX
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My self-summary
Fair warning - I often don't reply to anyone whose profile is less than an 80% match or more than a 15% enemy match to mine because we disagree on social issues I personally find important.

I am: a punster, eccentric, silly, serendipitous, effusive, intense, chameleonic, travel-sized, a minimalist, honest, ethical, liberal, empathic, compassionate, outspoken, crude, queer, and so on.

I'm the kind of person who organizes pubic hair-dyeing parties. My favorite quote comes from Joseph Fort Newton: "People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges." I also have a particular soft spot for the Latin phrase "Dum spiro, spero" (While I breathe, I hope).

Prior to the past 7+ years in Austin, I've lived in the Houston area, small towns around Sugar Land, TX, and two years in Berlin, Germany.

I have some fabulously muscular legs from cycling and other activities, and I'm fat. If you think someone weighing about 180 lbs. and wearing a size 14 in women's clothing is outside of your criteria for personal attractiveness then I am definitely not a match for you.
What I’m doing with my life
I studied computer programming at Austin Community College but didn't find enough passion in it to pursue as a career. When my financial aid unexpectedly dried up, I upgraded from volunteering to working within the library system. It's my dream job, and I'm so fortunate to have it. I recently returned to college for statistics and sociology courses, although I had to drop out due to ongoing health issues.

I spent a year living in two co-op groups in east Austin. Now I live with a married couple that I used to date. I have a strong interest in co-housing, living off of a local garden, etc. I'm a budding gardener; my new rows of lettuces and other veggies are thriving in spite of myself and the cold weather.

I cycle around a lot less than I used to since I have car access for work, but I'm trying to get back into the swing.

My interest in card games like Dominion, Magic: the Gathering, and DiXit waxes and wanes. I also hang out with the Burner crowd and go camping every few months.

As an autodidact I try to practice speaking German and Spanish via DuoLingo. I have a special fondness for learning languages because I love to learn how people use different sounds and gestures and other ways to communicate the same concept to other people. I love people-watching (in the least creepy way possible).
I’m really good at
friendships, exploring, causing people to laugh, quoting Internet memes, squealing in glee, arguing for the cards of other people in card games, dividing small numbers into their lowest common denominators
The first things people usually notice about me
I laugh often, hard, and loudly. I giggle-snort. If you see it then you'll definitely hear it.

If I'm cycling then people usually notice I'm wearing a helmet because that's rather unusual in Austin.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Book recommendations:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/36917151-merecolai?shelf=favorites

Do you have a favorite book? Tell me about it! I devour sci-fi and fantasy anthologies, and I'm fond of most of the writings of Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, James Alan Gardner, and Mary Roach (to name a few among many). I enjoy poetry as well - Ex: Rumi, Rainer Maria Rilke, Walt Whitman

I sometimes watch TV shows online like Gravity Falls, Steven Universe, or Adventure Time, and anime. I watch some fantasy, action, science fiction (naturally) and darker movies as well. I also like PBS shows and documentaries Ex: David Attenborough

I like most music; give me some drum and bass, and I'll shake what my mama gave me. My playlist consists mainly of folk music, bluegrass, electro, pop, EBM, gothic, industrial, musical hits from the 1960s to the present, and JPOP/KPOP. I also like bands like Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio because they have song titles such as "Three Is an Orgy, Four is Forever" and "Who Stole the Sun from Its Place (In My Heart)" and I cannot tell if they're serious or it's all a big joke.

I cannot think of a food that I wouldn't try once. I have tried switched from a social vegetarian to a full-time pescetarian, but I found myself less happy and healthy, so I'm researching ways to address that. I'm especially fond of Asian/Indian, Mexican, and African cuisines.
The six things I could never do without
(Please replace "could never do without" above to "prefer not to do without.")

pockets
a bicycle in good, running condition
needle and thread
computer+Internet access
intellectual curiosity
ginger milk tea - I'd put ginger in everything from cereal to birthday cake if I thought it would improve the taste.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
- how to make library policies and practices more efficient
- the digitization of literature, libraries, and other massive databases
- linguistics
- bartering and non-standard forms of currency (Ex: tacos!)
- radical self-sufficiency
- kinetic sculptures
- biospheres; co-housing; tiny house; underground living
- non-violent communication (The name sounds woo-woo, but it has some sound guidelines.)
- spelunking
- space exploration
- why I highly value efficiency but also love watching Rube Goldberg machines in action
On a typical Friday night I am
... error, does not compute
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
There's very little off-limits to me. I have an active Fetlife account. I find The Red Green Show hysterically funny. I have been known to sing the theme song of Schnappi das Kleine Krokodil complete with hand gestures.
You should message me if
... you're neither misogynistic nor misandrist. These are deal-breakers with me. Discriminating against an entire gender (or discriminating in general) is nothing to be proud of.

Some more points that raise compatibility but aren't deal-breakers:
... you don't use the terms "boys" and "girls" to refer to adult men and women respectively
... you wear sensible shoes (or rarely wear shoes)
... you often have a good time without drinking alcohol
... you voted in your national and local elections
... you're looking for a cycling partner
... you would like to volunteer with me
... you don't carry or own a firearm

I prefer local dating partners, but I would consider a long-distance relationship if I meet someone extraordinarily well-suited. Either way, I love hearing from people outside of the greater-Austin area as well as inside of it.
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