*Update- I just started back on this site recently. Some stuff is out of date. My hair is now halfway down my back, at least for now!
Welcome! I'm a reformed emo kid who has learned to love life. I decided to stop taking myself so seriously, and search out and enjoy the good things in life.
I enjoy sitting in the forest communing with nature; I also very much love the city, so I feel very lucky that I live somewhere with easy access to both. There is frequently a battle in my head between environmentalism and commercialism - every day I tip a little more toward the former, but damn, it is tough sometimes! I try my best to be a vegetarian but sometimes I just can't resist delicious, meaty temptation. I mostly do it for sustainability reasons nowadays.
I drink beer and I like it. I also can't say no to a good pinot noir.
I am pretty nerdy: I took a class on the native flora and fauna of California for the fun of it, I watch Jeopardy (and am damn good at it), and I always have a book with me. I also like going to places that fall under the category of "good for elementary school field trips": Monterey Bay Aquarium, Tech Museum, Exploratorium (the zoo kinda makes me sad)...what's life without a childlike sense of wonder? Science is fucking cool!
My demeanor tends toward the quiet, laid-back side, but certain things bring out my passion - good conversation, good times, any of my favorite activities- or, on the flip side, someone behaving disrespectfully or unjustly. I can get my righteous bitch on when it comes to protecting my friends (and I take bitch as a compliment, because the people that call me that are usually just intimidated by my superior intellect, confidence, and general raditude). I also harbor a serious case of bleeding-heart-syndrome. True to my hippie nature, I think a lot of the world's problems could be solved if we all tried to understand and take care for each other a little more.