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travellinguist

37 M Philadelphia, PA

My Details

Last Online
Today – 1:14am
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
Hispanic / Latin
Height
5′ 9″ (1.75m)
Body Type
Fit
Diet
Mostly anything
Smokes
No
Drinks
Socially
Drugs
Never
Religion
Catholicism, and laughing about it
Sign
Leo, and it’s fun to think about
Education
Graduated from Ph.D program
Job
Education
Income
$40,000–$50,000
Relationship Status
Single
Relationship Type
Offspring
Pets
Likes dogs and has cats
Speaks
English (Fluently), Spanish (Okay), Russian (Okay), German (Okay), Hungarian (Poorly)

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My self-summary
I am not a minimalist... at least with words, as this profile clearly demonstrates.

I crave knowledge and information from all areas and I love to teach. I am a passionate linguist (speaking five languages- some better than others, and some with more confidence than others as well), and love to travel, and read, and watch TV, and all manner of things. I just have oh so many interests, so I probably will have something in common with just about anyone.

I've been here for 12 years, originally as a VISTA (bonus points for knowing what that is), then as a volunteer at the same project and graduate student, simultaneously. I've been an Adjunct Professor for five years now, building up a pretty diverse teaching portfolio. I teach such courses as American Government, Socio-Cultural Foundations of Education, Gender Studies, US History, The African-American Experience, World Religions, The Modern Novel, Basic Spanish, and the Politics of Industrializing Nations. I am finally teaching grad school now too, Leadership for Sustainable Communities, which is awesome. So yeah, I have a lot of interests. I'd teach even more classes if they'd let me.

Teaching is my passion, above all passions. It is my joy and my sanctuary. I can have a bad day, and then go to class to teach, and my mood will turn around completely.

If you see properly used commas, it is because I went back and inserted them, because every time I look at my profile I find areas where I should have used a comma and I feel compelled to insert it. I teach writing, so I model the revision skills, which I teach. If you happen to find a comma I missed, I will be immediately impressed!

My female friends (of course, those who are married or otherwise taken) say that I am brilliant, passionate, and a great conversationalist. I like to believe them, because it makes me feel good. ;)

I am a gentle soul and animals tend to love me, and rather quickly. This is how my FIRST cat came into my life. She just walked over and fell in love with me, and then I fell in love with her. Her little brother was chosen to complement her, but he loves me, too! :)

I can be a bit blabby, but don't mind being told to just be quiet, as long as it is done in loving way.

I like to give out five stars as much as I enjoy getting them! :)
What I’m doing with my life
I am spend my days running around teaching my various classes at various universities. I do this to help keep gas in my car, because I am a "Transporter".. no, not that interesting(?) Jason Statham movie, but I spend a great deal of time transporting animals out of the main Philadelphia animal shelter to the various rescues throughout the region, who want to save them.

My animal shelter work is a new found passion, and one which has brought me profound joy. I will brag a bit and say that many of my fellow volunteers and shelter staff consider me to be something of a "Cat Whisperer", though I am pretty good with dogs, too! :)
I’m really good at
teaching, travelling, thinking, talking. :) I am also apparently pretty good at alliteration, though a wretched poet. I always tend towards prose and polemics. I enjoy good poets, though. With some good revisions, I tend to have good way with words.

I tend to be pretty awesome at transporting animals from the city shelter to rescues, on account of my flexible schedule, but it really hammers my finances to use all that gas. It is worth it to save the lives, though.

I am good at making scared cats come around and relax, as well.

I'm also really good at being confused or at confusing others! :)
The first things people usually notice about me
Jawline? People have remarked on my jaw line.

I also have broad shoulders, the kind that can shoulder heavy burdens (physically- and metaphorically-speaking), not sure if that is something women notice, but I assume so, and I definitely look out for my friends, family, and students, help them with their burdens.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
J. M. Coetzee, Jorge Luis Borges, Salman Rushdie, Harry Turtledove, Julian May, Edward Rutherfurd, AND Marvel Comics graphic novels... yep child at heart, after all the seriousness, or alongside the seriousness. I adore Ted Rall, his political cartoons, his snarky insights, and his fearlessness.

Snarky is one of my favorite words.

I read Alternet, Pro Publica, and Mother Jones, regularly.

I love all kinds of movies, way too many to list out here. Chances are, I will have at least one and probably a dozen movies in common with anyone. Some of my favorites: Syriana, Troy, Enemy at the Gates, Agora, The Invention of Lying, Lord of the Rings, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, pretty much anything by Focus Features or Overture Films.

It is the same with music. I listen to so very much on my iPod. It is a "classic" 160 gigs, which is about 90 gigs full of music.. yeah LOTS of variety there.

Oh yeah, TV shows.... Lie To Me, House, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Supernatural, Smallville, Family Guy, The Simpsons, Futurama , etc. Cleveland Show has its moments, and American Dad is way too under-appreciated. I don't pay for cable, but I buy DVDs, so yes Mad Men , which makes a great illustration of gender issues in my Gender Studies class. Community is a new favorite; I simply adore it. (I really got into this bracketing stuff, too.)

I am a bit quirky. I don't pay for cable, but I buy a lot of DVDs instead. This includes a lot of The Discovery Channel and The History Channel. I like to learn stuff, and I get to write off many of these DVDs on my taxes, because I use them for the classes I teach. :) It is a win-win, and a sign that I truly love my job.

I am insane for pizza in all its many iterations, but love food in general. I enjoy eating, though these days not as much as I used to eat. Gotta stay healthy and fit. I love Mexican food very much, Italian, Chinese, Russian, Georgian (the country not state), Arab, Turkish, Greek (well, the whole Mediterranean I guess) and all kinds of healthy, delicious food. I've recently been enjoying sushi a great deal, a great deal, especially with lots of wasabe.

I like to try new things, but tend to enjoy simple basics. I know it is cliche, but I have literally gone to supermarkets in Paris, bought wine, cheese, cookies, and bread, and sat in a park eating and drinking it. Yes, seriously. I really did do that, not just trying to seem cool, but come on, you do think that is pretty cool. I know you do.
The six things I could never do without
-My Books (got hundreds of them)
-My Travels (finally back to doing this- YAY!)
-My Camera (how else to document said travels)
-My Cats (Stubbie.. a sweet, cuddly blessing who helped bring a smile to my face during dark days. I also got her a little brother, Snuggle, and I have a couple of foster cats for the moment, who are awesome!)
-My Intellect (though I sometimes think I might be happier without it- constantly thinking and analyzing can be a nightmare.)
-Good people. Good people remind of why life is worth living and bring joy.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Teaching, Travel, Language. I want the world to be better and want to know how to do it, but I also want to be happy and do fun things, so I wonder about striking the balance.
On a typical Friday night I am
either out with friends at a nice restaurant or pub, hanging "in", grading piles of homework, or driving an animal to rescue.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
My "quarter-life" crisis was triggered by watching the TV Show Angel on DVD, and realizing that I couldn't remember the sequence of plot development. This inability to remember chronology made me think about time, and how it was "wasting"... then I went crazy. I am no longer in crisis, thank goodness, but yeah, the most random things can set off profound existential crises in me.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 24–39
  • Near me
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating
You should message me if
you think that I am interesting and/or smart.

Any yoga teachers out there? I want to do more yoga, but need social motivation. Staying fit and healthy is important to me, and if it is important to you then we will definitely get along well.

you should also contact me if you are looking for a good guy, and a kind man. My interpretation of manly emphasizes the best parts of manhood.

If you like a man who is proud to call himself a feminist, while recognizing that being equal doesn't mean being the same, then I might be someone you'd like. I do enjoy femininity in women, even as I recognize that it is not required, and that ideas of femininity have caused many problems in our society. I am thoughtful and balanced with my sense of this, and think about it, probably, far more than the average guy (or woman for that matter!).