UPDATE: I'm still in New York City, but moving to Virginia this summer for grad school.
"In a world where finding a mate is no small feat, some Anglerfishes have evolved an extraordinary strategy. The tiny male angler searches for a female by smell, then bites into her and becomes permanently attached. Eventually his mouth fuses to her body, his gut degenerates, his blood vessels merge with hers and he becomes little more than an attached sperm sac available at any time to fertilize her eggs. In some species females have several males embedded in their bodies."
You want commitment, ladies? Are you sure??
Amphibious intellectual: (noun) A person who loves self-enrichment, learning about the world, and pursuing truth, but who can also fit easily in a sportsbar or other less intellectual crowds. Or maybe just a smart fucking frog.
I grew up fiercely rejecting my family's hyperintellectual tendencies, instead throwing myself into sports and comedy in order to define myself separately from them. However, the older I get the more I find that I was also largely rejecting a significant part of my own true identity. When I was a child, my mother did not like the idea of me being left-handed and would pay me a dime every time I wrote the alphabet with my right. Although naturally it didn't work, growing up with not just a mother but a world that catered to right-handers made me ambidextrous in a number of different ways. Nature made me left-handed but I was nurtured to be right. This same idea made me an amphibious intellectual. These days I'm likely to watch a baseball game (go Phillies!) and then an episode of Jeopardy. Or perhaps to hear some classical music followed by a trip to a bar to joke with friends. My most intellectual friends don't get the sports and the joking; my blue-collar friends don't understand NPR or Jeopardy. I'm looking for someone else like me who gets both and could hang out with either group. Can anyone out there relate?
I am funny, serious, and contradictory