Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
Me in two words: Idealistic cynic.
Me in a few more words:
A quirky, snarky, whimsical, and scrappy person who, despite all
odds, still believes in the goodness of people. I enjoy doing lots
of outdoor stuff, from wandering through parks and beaches to going
and putting in a few hours here and there to help keep the Sound
When I'm not working or volunteering, I like to be creative,
ranging from making origami to building models to cooking. (I do
try to keep the three apart.)
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
As far as what I do for a living, I'm a project/test engineer for
Boeing - I basically help make sure airplane stuff gets tested
before it gets put on airplanes. Working for Boeing has sent me to
some interesting places - China, Israel, and most recently Japan
(for three months!) In general, the travel was fun, both for the
sake of seeing new things and getting to meet new people (and
getting to entertain people with my bumbling attempts to speak
Chinese, Hebrew, and, most recently, Japanese), but I won't deny
that it always felt good to come home.
Outside of that, I spend a lot of time volunteering with
environmental concerns around the Sound, helping to make the Sound
a healthier place for wildlife, and especially salmon. It's really
neat watching a work site evolve over the years and turn from a
field overgrown with blackberry into a fledgling forest, with trees
and shrubs and everything. I'm seriously thinking about going back
to school and getting an environmental degree and working for an
environmental nonprofit - this sort of thing means a lot to me.
I'll talk your ear off about the importance of riparian wetland and
estuary habitat if you let me (or want me to.)
I also play in the Society for Creative Anachronism, and am a
pretty good hand with sword and bow (though not both at
For relaxation, I like to read and do craftsy stuff with origami if
I'm not doing stuff with friends (going to a show, having a meal
together, or just chillin'.)
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Cooking and baking. Making bad puns and well-timed rejoinders (or
entendres.) Pitching in to lend a hand. Giving reasoned advice and
being a devil's advocate. Entertainingly, apparently being upbeat
even when I'm being grumpity.
I also enjoy singing and being sarcastic (especially songs that let
me be sarcastic). And cats seem to generally like me - I've had
several experiences with "unfriendly" cats who'll wander up to me
and start headbutting my hand.
The first things people usually notice about me
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Usually it's my hat, I think. I've got several.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Favorite books: The Discworld series for their humor and deft
skewering of Roundworld (this one). The Lord of the Rings and A
Song of Ice and Fire. Dostoevsky's in there too, along with Dumas,
Austen, and Anne McCaffrey. For non-fiction, I tend to read a lot
of histories and political discourses.
Favorite movies: Anything by Jean-Pierre Jeunet or Hayao Miyazaki
will get my attention. Miyazaki will probably turn me into a dreamy
five-year-old, though, to my eternal shame, I have not yet watched
My Neighbour Totoro. Stardust and The Princess Bride are high up
Favorite shows: I don't watch a lot of telly, actually. I've got
Babylon 5 and Firefly on video, though. I still have to watch
Season 1 of The Office (a friend got it for me for a present) - it
reminded me too much of work to be anything other than painful. I'm
slowly getting back into anime, as well.
Favorite music: I'm pretty eclectic, really, though my tastes run
to J-pop, classical music, and a lot of Canadian indie bands.
Favorite food: Again, I'm kinda eclectic here too, though I've a
weakness for Mediterranean food as well as Japanese. And thank
goodness for all the wonderful local cheeses.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Good company (good friends, if you like), I think, is the one thing
I couldn't do without.
Nice to have:
Being close to nature, and especially the water (oceans or
Music, live or otherwise.
Lately, a pack of origami paper.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Trying to figure myself out and what I want to do with my life -
working for Boeing certainly isn't in the long-term cards. A degree
in environmental science and public policy (or maybe renewable
power?) seems like a good idea right now - if I'm going to make a
career change, I might as well choose a field I believe makes a
Lately, I've been considering making another thousand origami
cranes to send to Hiroshima as a wish for world peace.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
I'll let you know once I have typical Friday nights. Right now,
they're kinda all over the place.
You should message me if
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If you enjoy wordplay and silliness. If you think that what each of
us does matters in the greater sense of things, and think it's
worth trying to make the world a better place.
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