Okay. My name is Melanie and I'm new to Portland. I recently concluded my education at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and moved here from Minneapolis to intern at Bitch Magazine.
In the past I worked on a web design team editing content and doing basic layout and html formatting for the web. I was also a political columnist for the Minnesota Daily and still work as a freelance journalist. For several summers I worked at a camp in northern Wisconsin facilitating and coordinating their art programming and working with the kids.
I'm also very involved in activism and social justice. I'm an environmentalist, a feminist, and very very queer. I like the animals and have a great value for life. I spend a lot of time thinking about the things that are important to me and taking action.
I'm originally from a suburb of Madison and still love to go back to visit. I also lived for a short while in Milwaukee before transfering to the U of M and moving to Minneapolis. Now I'm in Portland and dying to find new people to connect with, preferably those who can show me something new and exciting to do in the city.
I'm a vegetarian, lactose-intolerant, and a big supporter of buying local food. I eat a lot of produce (it's my favorite and my diet is a bit limiting), and do most of my shopping at co-ops and farmer's markets when they're open. I love to cook (and eat) delicious organic, vegetarian/vegan dishes.
When I'm not working, organizing for social change, exploring, or cooking, I'm generally either with friends or enjoying one of my many hobbies. These include: frequenting coffee shops, drinking egregious amouts of black tea, biking, hiking, camping, laying in the grass, crafting, knitting, singing, listening to music, watching movies, writing, dancing, acting, reading, wandering the streets, smoking cigarettes, playing Bananagrams, watching and playing roller derby, climbing trees, facebooking, devising plans to suprise my friends and cohorts, and so forth.
On a more theoretical note, I'm a thinker, a duscusser, an INTP, and about as open-minded as anyone I've ever encountered. I tend to dismantle social constructions and rebuild the world in my head and on my own terms; that's not to say I'm out of touch from reality. On the contrary, I'm acutely awair of the real world, the norms, and other peoples perceptions. However, I tend to have a very different perception of what lables like age, gender, sexuality, and various identites actually mean. In this sense I confuse some people, but it can also make for amazing and stimulating conversation if you take the time to listen and open your mind.
In the end, people are people. I'm a person. I enjoy my life and respect the life of other living things. And I'd love to talk about it all over a cup of tea.