*Update- I just started back on this site recently. Some stuff is out of date. Ask me what!
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 I am also very passionate when it comes to things like social justice and environmental ethics. My closest friends would describe me as initially stand-offish, but once I have accepted someone as a friend, very warm and accepting. I tend toward the realistic/cynical side but always try to find the silver lining. True to my hippie nature, I think a lot of the world's problems could be solved if we all tried to understand and care for each other a little more. Kumbaya you guys.