I'm looking for a friend (and a job) in NZ - but before hearing the voices of accusation (that I don't actually live there), I would like to be upfront on that, I actually currently reside in upstate NY in the US. I am *hoping* to find a job in NZ (oohhh, a hard prospect! can you help?) when I complete my degree. I recently came pretty close to landing one but it didn't work out. But I'm going to keep trying, and if I can make some friends there who can tell me about life and cultures of NZ that'll be great. (Like, insider scoops on good middle/high schools for my son?!)
If you are not looking to make a new friend but a potential mate, below describes who I am - it's a pretty lengthy profile so read the next couple of paragraph first before deciding to move on if you want to read on the rest. If you want to become just friends/penpals (like I do), you don't really need to read the rest of somewhat of an intense "profile" full of my not-so-humble opinions. Just send me a message and tell me things about yourself and your views about your country, that will be really helpful. It's helpful if you are articulate, open-minded (no racial bigotry please), and green in personality.
For a conversation starter, what do you think of this article? It says Kiwi men lags behind when it comes to sharing household chores with women compared to Scandinavian countries, UK and US. Australia ranks pretty badly. It's sorta sad given the great history ...
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10790468 So I don't know, given that I've been living for some 12 years as a single mother, I take no BS from guys ... (Ideally I wish women could answer this question ... but oh well it won't be possible here, is it?)
I am a proud mother of a wonderful child - he is the priority number one to me. (who is a handsome, gentle, sweet boy - an honor student, an honor band member, and more).
I think it may be apt to say that my personality is closer to that of Vulcan, if you know what I'm talking about (if not, watch Star Trek, esp. Deep Space Nine - well DS9 doesn't have a Vulcan character - but my favorite series - so perhaps watch Voyager or the Original Series first. ). I'm no-nonsense type of person. I just consider myself very logical, logical here meaning based on most reasonable premises and trustworthy data. I detest people with colorful opinions even though they don't even have basic facts straight.
Far too often, I observe people acting more out of territoriality and for popularity contest rather than what's really at stake or what's the right thing to do. In my opinion, that's why we are in the mess we are in today, on the verge of destroying the planet. I am strongly opposed to nuclear power, nuclear weapons, the US wars, any militarism, and racist jokes and racisms so if you are not together with me in these areas, rest be assured it'll be a waste of both your and my time to talk to me. I'm a news junkie about conservation, environmental protection, anti-racism and gardening.
Things I like to do (some of the things if I have more time): traveling, hiking, biking, traveling, sightseeing, eating good, whole foods, camping, gardening, and visiting historical sites and national parks. Generally I enjoy learning new things and trying new activities.
I like watching my son play basketball - no matter how clumsy he is, I have hope for him. I guess I must add parenting to one of the things I really like to do.
Traveling is in my bones. I used to travel abroad many places when I was in college in Japan - Thailand, New Zealand, PRC, the Philippines, Mexico, etc.
I've actually been to NZ before - I was like 21 then - I hitchhiked from Auckland, Rotorua, Nelson to Christchurch. I trekked on Routeburn Track there - although I have to say my English was pretty bad then so I am very much sure I would appreciate things in NZ far more now than I did back then. "Pay you? Apple pie!" My guess is that I will probably do better today.
I hadn't traveled as much since the birth of my son but as he grows older, the options of places we can visit has began to expand. In the past year, I visited Yosemite in California and Everglades National Park in Florida. This past summer we went on a camping trip to Acadia National Park in Maine. Amazing hiking trails. Very special places.
I'd love to visit NZ's national parks too - I would have much better appreciation of the things I see there if I visit there now. Do NZ parks' have junior ranger books? In the US national parks, they are usually geared toward children up to the age 12, but I always learn something new working on them with my son.
Currently I am a Ph. D. candidate/ABD at a university. I think I am okay with what I'm doing, although I feel my career trajectories would have been totally different under different circumstances. Something like a journalist or environmental conservationist. I may just enjoy working at a food-coop than becoming someone all-important.
NZ is on my mind firstly as the nuclear-free zone. I think the zone establishment is such an amazing accomplishment for NZ. Strong on women's rights, too (well, historically at least)?
By a relative standard, I am a simple person. I like shopping at thrifty stores to save my wallet & the planet. I'm very low maintenance and will likely remain that way for the rest of my life. Not interested in destructive debaucheries of celebrities at all. I don't have a TV at home. I watch documentaries on the internet.
I eat local organic food whenever possible. I get food directly from farms through CSA. I'm also trying to avoid sugar/sweet things (save special occasions), but this has been hard.
I recently bought a cast iron muffin tin (?) and into baking biscuits these days. Got any good recipes? Please share.
I compost and try to recycle as much as I can.
I'm very low maintenance. I detest makeup. That stuff is laden with chemicals that are the cause of cancer and multitude of the other modern illnesses. I like my face just as it is. If I'm not pretty for you, that's your problem. Find yourself more girly-girls.
I attended an HBCU and I have an affinity with immigrant rights and the Third Worldism. Google HBCU if you don't know what I'm talking about.
I think Fox News channel should be brought to the court of justice, one that's actually functioning.