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My self-summary
I came to Chicago via indirection, and I'm damn proud to have the privilege to be living in this city. I identify as feminist, although actions speak louder than words

I'm continuing my mantra of the previous four years by trying to live by the following phrases:

Do good. Do well.
Live. Love. Learn.

So far, it's been mostly good. :)

An engineer by education, a software engineer by trade, and a writer by heart. I am passionate about being well-informed, social justice causes, cycling, and the City of Chicago.

A jack-of-many-trades, but master of few.
What I’m doing with my life
I code, engineer, and design software for online stores (e-commerce FTW). I used to be one of those traveling tech consultants (think George Clooney in Up in the Air), but I missed connecting and collaborating with coworkers.

When not in the office, I'm typically volunteering at one of a few non-profits, cycling (albeit much more carefully after my bike accident and not so much during the frigid winters), or trying to figure out where to hang the stray pictures in my not-so-new apartment.
I’m really good at
Knowing a lot of random knowledge, especially trains (CTA, woot woot), automobiles, and Chicago landmarks. Some factoids has been proven to be useful at trivia. Others have not. Oh well.

I'd fancy myself a good writer, but eh, I'm often my harshest critic.

I'm passionate about helping friends through times both good and bad.
The first things people usually notice about me
My nose. It has its own ZIP code. And the post office still can't figure out where it is...

Depending on the context, some people observe that I appear to be a serious, intense, focused person. Other times, I might come across as less engaging and more observational.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
The first steps to recovery are to admit that you have a problem. I'm addicted to NPR podcasts. I'm a fan of This American Life, APM Marketplace, Radiolab, Sound Opinions, Serial, Death, Sex, and Money, 99% Invisible, Snap Judgement, The Moth, and The TED Radio Hour. See? Problem.

Kurt Vonnegut has a writing style that pulses with a very intelligent, conversational, sarcastic wit. I've recently discovered Harvey Pekar, Daniel Clowes, and Joann Sfar (a big fan of The Rabbi's Cat)

Do the Right Thing, The Meaning of Life, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, Bridesmaids, The Big Lebowski, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Big Fish, O Brother, Where Art Thou, A Serious Man

Community, Arrested Development, Masters of None, Firefly, Orange is the New Black, Battlestar Galactica, Fringe.

Live Performances
I believe the Chicago Shakespeare Theater can do little wrong, and I go at least once a year to a performance at The Theater School at DePaul.

I'm into many different genres and artists. I feel that each type has its place and time, depending on mood and situation. I'll listen to: Merrill Garbus/tUNe-yArDs, Courtney Barnett, Rihanna, Fleet Foxes, Noah and the Whale, Beastie Boys, Decemberists, Blondie.
The six things I could never do without
1. Community through friends, family, and companionship
2. Good, intelligent conversation
3. A decent cup of coffee (The Grind has my heart now. Sorry, Asado)
4. Chicago Reader
5. A sense of purpose, a sense of passion, and self-motivation (Three items, similar scope, hard to summarize)
6. A working bicycle
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The meaning of life. The answer isn't 42. More of an existential examination of our very existence.

When that's not on the mind, I'm definitely motivated to think about the direction in which I'm headed both professionally, personally, and spiritually.
On a typical Friday night I am
Typically out and about. Most likely at a potluck (or hosting one with my roommates).

Otherwise, I'm at home, resting up from a busy week and preparing for a farmer's market, a morning bike ride, or a group run on Saturday. Maybe I'm doing all of the above.

Saturdays tend to be a bit more interesting. I try to explore the culture that Chicago has to offer.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I crashed my bicycle in the middle of Boystown while wearing a wrestling mask and high-fiving someone on the sidewalk.

It was epic.
You should message me if
...you enjoy exploring the city!

...you have a recommendation for a good restaurant or coffee shop.

...you are sympathetic to social justice causes.

...you'd eventually like to explore the city in person! Yes, I know it can be intimidating (who is this person?), but realize that (often) we meet new people through the course of our lives. High hopes and absolutely no expectations! If it goes poorly, if there is no connection, at least you'll have a story to tell your friends. :)