Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
So, the quick basics: I finished my phd in what amounts to public
policy analysis just over a year ago and am now working as a
postdoc on a big NSF-funded project at UVM, studying governance
systems through Vermont's efforts at improving water quality. yes,
the nerdiness from that does cross over to outside of the office
and most of my day to day interests fit in that, but maybe not as
much as could be expected. aside from the books, I very much enjoy
skiing and sailing, and I have a taste for travel (though I've
lived in a tourist trap, so I can also recognize a touron from far
off and know something of how to travel without being one), along
with enjoying something so simple as happy hour w/ friends.
though I've had trouble finding outlets to fully practice it lately
(grad school is very unhelpful for these kinda things), I've always
found the best way to balance work and fun is: 1. work hard, play
hard; and 2. all things in moderation, including moderation.
I'm on OkC to try to find my long term companion. I know that
doesn't happen overnight, that it takes time to get to know someone
well enough to know whether they are the right person or not, but
I'm ready for and looking for the chance to put in the time and
effort to grow a relationship at whatever speed feels right in that
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
How technical do you want me to get? I research governance systems
using network analysis and computer simulation. Right now, I'm
working on climate change, but I want to get back to working on
disaster response and preparedness and post-conflict stabilization
and reconstruction, and understanding how to build and manage these
systems for their best performance.
in short...I'm two years out of grad school and trying to get
established as a public policy researcher and use some of my
newly-found greater than slave wages to actually enjoy myself a bit
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
I'm the worst person to answer this question for the things I do.
1. I've always been really hard on myself (working on that) and 2.
I discount my own assessments as inherently biased.
That said, I know my way around a grill and a kitchen, a ski slope,
a computer, power tools/wood-working, and a sailboat, not to
mention the research I do professionally. Whether or not I'm
actually good at these things is for you to decide...
The first things people usually notice about me
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
I've been told I have beautiful eyes, but I have no idea if they
actually get noticed or not. other than that, I could take a few
guesses, but I'd be amazed if I get them right...
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Books: anything by Ken Follett; A Song of Ice and Fire; LOTR; the
Ender's Game series; Tom Clancey; the Jason Bourne series
TV: Being Human (I actually prefer the US version...), Doctor Who
(and a host of other Brit SciFi), BBC Sherlock, Warehouse 13,
Eureka, Bones, House, West Wing. Hockey (Penguins) and Football
Current Music: Flogging Molly, Mumford and Sons, The Clarks, and
similar, through Pandora.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Friends and family, and that's about it, though losing the data on
my computer could be difficult to deal w/. The rest are just
things. Sure, some are expensive and hard to replace, but no thing
What I'm more interested in experiences. I enjoy travel, seeing new
places, and like trying new things, even as I often have trouble
getting myself to try them; it can take an effort for me to try
something but it's very rare that I regret doing so. I spent
a week in Haiti for dissertation research not long after the 2010
earthquake. I was terrified of the trip, but ended up having one of
the best experiences of my life. I followed that up w/ some of my
own "Anthony Bourdain-experiences" trying street food in Sarajevo.
One of the things I like the most about being in academia is the
frequent travel to interesting places that conferences provide.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
short and long term plans, both figuring out how to best fill an
evening, what to make for dinner, and what jobs I need to be
applying for and what I need to have in place for those
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
The short answer is that I'm in, enjoying a quiet evening w/ a
book, movie, or tv show, and a nice dinner. The longer answer is
that it varies. I enjoy a good evening out for drinks, dinner,
and/or a movie. I generally need someone to go out w/ to make this
worthwhile, but then I usually very much enjoy myself. And I'm open
to suggestions for more varied experiences; as much as I enjoy a
good happy hour, the list seems a little cliche to me but I'm still
too new to the area to know a lot of options...
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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As we get to know each other, I will start sharing these...
You should message me if
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If you're looking for someone w/ whom you can share stories of past
experiences, or someone who enjoys nerdier ways of filling time but
still likes to go out for an evening or spend a day outdoors from
time to time.
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