I was born and raised in the twin cities with a brief but influential stint away. Although my name (when you find out what it is) doesn't reflect it, I am Scandinavian to the core. My grandfather was from Sweden and he talked so little I question whether he actually spoke English. I completely relate to Garrison Keillor short stories.
My parents were teachers by trade to I grew up with New Deal, Great Society politics. I maintain many of those values... you could say those values have morphed into an even more progressive category. So if you don't like "liberals" you probably won't like me, although I get along quite swimmingly with Libertarians (I just don't understand their crazy rants about the gold standard).
I've exposed myself to numerous occupational hazards. I've schlepped food and cocktails, run the family business (into the ground), schmoozed with investment bankers, and watched people's loved ones leave this world. Work has been pretty interesting.
The first college degree didn't work out so well as planned, so I took my ass to another city in my late twenties and got another one.
I've traveled all over the world by myself. The combination of all these things has built an amazing cadre of friends -- some with Ph.Ds, some with GEDs -- who have enriched my life more than I can express. And I'm positive all of them think that you should ask me out.