Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
I’m still warming to the idea of online dating. It makes sense
though. Computer algorithms seem to guide us in nearly every other
aspect of our lives now (go a day without your phone if you don’t
believe me), so why couldn’t they help me find someone with similar
likes and interests?
My life is currently in a state of flux. Six months ago I moved to
a new town and started a new job. I recently finished my Ph.D. and
now I’m working at a university until I find a permanent professor
position somewhere. So I’m not exactly “settled”, but I’ve been
saying that for years now and love waits for no man…or something
like that. So here I am on the World Wide Web broadcasting a signal
for a fun, intelligent, attractive woman who appreciates that the
simple things are actually the finer things in life. One who’s
skeptical and argumentative, but occasionally sweet, and is
possibly equally comfortable being sweaty and dirty as she is
dressed up for a nice night out. More than anything I’m looking for
a woman who gets me, and I want to get her too. I’m talking about
the sort of comfort level where you can just look at each other
without talking and everything is just right with the world.
My work involves research in the outdoors and the conservation of
wildlife, so I have a pretty strong environmental ethic. However, I
don’t own a single piece of tie-dye clothing. I take a lot of
enjoyment in my work and that’s where most of my time and energy
goes these days. I used to be an avid outdoor athlete (lots of
climbing, skiing, kayaking, etc.) but for the most part I’m in
retirement due to the demands of my job. If that’s your thing, good
on ya, but just know that it’s unlikely I’m your next adventure
partner. I’ll enjoy hearing your stories though. I still try to
stay in shape. I enjoy international travel and have had the good
fortune to do so for my research (mostly Central America).
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
Scientific research in wildlife ecology and evolutionary biology.
If you don’t know what that is, I’m happy to explain it to you
sometime if you’re interested. For a mental image, sometimes I’m in
a laboratory with a white coat and goggles on, sometimes I’m in the
rainforest traipsing around covered in mud, but mostly I’m sitting
in front of a computer trying to learn some new program and banging
my head against the desk. My work has a great balance of different
challenges and I love it.
The first things people usually notice about me
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
I literally have no idea. I’m tall-ish. My grandfather taught me
how to be charming and I think he did a pretty good job. Lots of
people think I’m funny. I only say that because they tend to laugh
at what I say, but I guess it’s possible they might be laughing at
me. I’m also a good listener and I love good conversation. I ask
people a lot of questions while I’m getting to know them, sometimes
to the point of cross-examining them. If this makes you
uncomfortable, just ask me questions right back.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
I love music and play a few different instruments, but I haven’t
been feeling very inspired by anything I’m hearing these days. I
keep coming back to The Black Keys. When I walk down the street
“The Desperate Man” plays in the background. All-time favorites
include: Ryan Adams, Wilco, Cake, Steve Earle, Colin Hay, Calexico,
James McMurtry, Neil Young, Gillian Welch, blah, blah, blah. I love
movies and probably see one a week. I also love going out to eat. I
think most TV is garbage, but some of it I love! Current favorites
include Archer, Louie, Breaking Bad, and I watch The Daily Show
compulsively. You don’t want to know what I’m reading. All
nonfiction and mostly technical scientific stuff.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
an internet connection (ok, but only if I'm in the
The contradictory nature of this list is not lost on me.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
My research. I totally get the whole “absent-minded professor”
thing now. Seriously, I’ve zoned out and run red lights. Also, how
there seems to be so few good people in politics. Why it’s so hard
to make a good movies despite spending millions of dollars. Why I
can’t embrace using one space after a period.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
I’m in a new town and don’t really have much of a social life yet.
Friday nights these days typically include making dinner and
unwinding after a long week with some TV or God forbid…wait for
it…video games. That’s right, I admitted it. I know, sexy right?
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
I’m afraid I might be boring. But who knows, maybe I’m just your
kind of boring!
You should message me if
Offer a few tips to help matches win you over.
You’re some combination of good looking, fit, smart, well-educated,
tall, or self-confident. You’re interested in lots of different
things and like talking about them, like politics, the environment,
art, philosophy, and all the other things in life worth knowing
about. You don’t object to occasionally wearing a dress. You think
scientists are sexy and get hot hearing about esoteric research
ideas. You don’t hold it against someone if they use the Oxford
Who are you looking for?
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