36 North Beach, MD
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My self-summary
My pseudo-niece says I "rock awesome!" To maintain said awesomeness, I stay physically active, enjoy traveling, catch my favorite bands when they pass through, photograph frequently, and seek adventures in and out of the city. Seriously though, a bold statement such as publicly declaring my awesomeness seemed like the best way to tackle the fact I don't open up super easily. While I tend to be a bit reserved, with the right person I open up pretty quickly. I'm told I have a unique sense of humor. I'm super loyal to the people in my life and would take having a small number of close friends over a large number of acquaintances any day.

I'm a friend of the earth and take recycling and sustainability seriously. Growing up in West Virginia contributed to my love of the outdoors and when I've got good company to share it with, I'm always up for hiking, kayaking, camping, or the like. I stay very active and am looking for new challenges to push me out of my comfort zone. In that past couple of years, I've gravitated toward obstacle races because they make running interesting and challenging for me, but I'd like to try rock climbing or train for a sprint triathlon to take things up a notch. I did my first 10k last year and am aiming for a half marathon this year.
What I’m doing with my life
My love of photography and interest in history primed me for a career in digitization for the federal government. I have reformatted some truly spectacular maps, photographs, documents, and artifacts for my agency's publications, exhibits, and special projects.
I’m really good at
Photography: I like to relinquish control by shooting primarily with toy cameras and love the surprises newly developed film brings. I enjoy taking workshops that explore alternative and/or historical photo processes. Gum bichromate printing is my new favorite alt process.

Cooking: Cooking well for myself (and others) helps me maintain a balanced and healthy lifestyle. I also find cooking to be an expressive art form that is calming and brings me a lot of gratification. I taught myself to make sushi and love trying out new recipes on unsuspecting friends and co-workers.

Sharing my passion for music: I am constantly searching for new music that reinvigorates me. Though an antiquated practice, I absolutely love sharing my finds with friends by making them mix CDs.
The first things people usually notice about me
My mini-ness--"Though she be but little, she is fierce!" pretty much applies to me.

I haven't had a lack of compliments on my eyes--normally blue, but sometimes green. My nose is also pretty unique--even though it's a result of my Czech heritage, I was once told many years ago that my profile resembles Dutch portraiture.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: I'm currently reading A Walk in the Woods.

Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies and the Truth About Reality, Devil in the White City, Unknown Pleasures, Touching From A Distance, The Book Thief, The Blind Assassin, Youth in Revolt, The Zen of Fish, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Atonement, The Brief History of the Dead, Apathy and Other Small Victories, Band of Brothers, Alice I Have Been...

Movies: Hot Rod, Wet Hot American Summer, Cannibal! The Musical, Hamlet 2, Jacob's Ladder, The Assassination of Jesse James, The Fountain, Pan's Labyrinth, Mirrormask, Take This Waltz, Moonrise Kingdom, Atonement, Beginners, The Last Station, Never Let Me Go, Secretary, Sunshine, Blade Runner, Aliens, Evil Dead, Inglorious Basterds, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, The Woodman's, Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow...

TV: The Walking Dead, Parks and Recreation, American Horror Story, Brew Dogs, New Girl, The League, Boardwalk Empire, Wonderfalls,The State, Kids in the Hall, Lost History, Ancient Discoveries, Mysteries at the Museum, If Walls Could Talk...

Music: Joy Division is my all time favorite band. I adore live music; however, it's far easier to list the bands I've seen over the years.

Purity Ring, Morrissey, The Vaccines, Man, Man, Murder By Death, Alt-J, Every Time I Die, The Joy Formidable, How To Destroy Angels, Psychic Teens, Diarrhea Planet, M83, Band of Horses, A Place to Bury Strangers, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Fort Lean, The Drums, Chromatics, Metallica, Hot Snakes, Arctic Monkeys, Modest Mouse, Zola Jesus, Freelance Whales, Silversun Pickups, Primus, and Local H.

In previous years I've seen The Violent Femmes, Black Sabbath, Ministry, Social Distortion, Pixies, OHGR, Skinny Puppy, Frontline Assembly, Pigface, KMFDM, The Revolting Cocks, Bile, Gogol Bordello, Siouxsie Sioux, Einsturzende Neubauten, Project Pitchfork, Peter Hook and the Light, The Sisters of Mercy, The Cure, Front 242 and more.
The six things I could never do without
My beat-up water bottle
A sense of wonder
Travel and adventure
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Why some people only come into our lives for a short time, while others come into our lives to remain.

Something best said by Anselm Kiefer..."In boredom you are at the base of existence. You don't experience yourself when you're not bored".
On a typical Friday night I am
Perfectly happy either meeting up with friends or taking it easy at home working on photo stuff, making a new playlist, or enjoying a good beer and a movie.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm pretty sure I was filmed sneaking a whiff of the Magna Carta while photographing the 700 year old document on the job. What can I say, I love the scent of old parchment!
You should message me if
You... prefer a lady that is low maintenance, super easy going, and not overly girly.

Can be OK with the likelihood that I will not live super close to you-- I live some distance from D.C., Baltimore, NoVa, and some parts of SoMD.