Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
[A friend looked at my profile and gave me some advice. Instead
of changing the whole thing, I'm going to add her comments
throughout in brackets and italics. First, the user name: the day I
made the profile, I got up way too early on a hungover Saturday,
and all my witty attempts were taken. 13 is my favorite number. No,
I have not been in 13 disastrous relationships or anything like
Relatively new to Oregon; I've been here just over three
I was born and raised in Wisconsin, moved to Alaska to get my
Master's Degree in English, stayed for a while until I no longer
wanted to be cold ever again, went overseas to teach English for a
couple years, and now I'm back in the states. For the reasonably
I tend to live a fairly quiet life, punctuated by occasional bursts
I like to be outdoors, try new foods, and just sit and chat. I have
a Master's Degree in Poetry, but I need to start writing again. I
used to teach literature, but I need to start reading again. I've
been away from the snow for too long and need to start snowboarding
again. Fortunately, these are curable problems.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
I love trivia. I'm good at knowing useless facts.
The first things people usually notice about me
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I have no idea. I've never asked anyone this question about myself.
I have been told I have a very recognizable walk.
[My friend said that I should point out that I am not "gimpy,"
as one message asked. I just don't swivel my hips much.]
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Books: "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien, "Song of Solomon"
by Toni Morrison, "Atonement" by Ian McEwan, "The Brothers K" by
David James Duncan, "The Rings of Saturn" by W.G. Sebald, "In
Patagonia" by Bruce Chatwin, "Lives of the Animals" by Robert
TV: "Lost," "How I Met Your Mother," "Chuck," "The Office"; I just
finished plowing through the first four seasons of "Mad Men."
Movies: I have a soft spot for stupid comedies, otherwise some
favorites are "The Big Lebowski" and "Tombstone."
Food: I'll try anything once (this includes cobra, ants, and calf
testicles, which have all found their way into my mouth in the
past), but I have an affinity for southeast Asian cuisine, as well
as anything with cheese on it (grew up on a dairy farm). I like
making risotto and homemade pizza.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Family and friends and, um, a sense of wonder? (Cf. Louis C.K.'s
bit about planes and technology.) Other than that, I'm pretty much
However, I lasted a year+ without acceptable cheese, and I'd prefer
not to do that again. Coffee and beer make my days somewhat more
Oh, and running water is nice. Did without that for a while, too,
and probably don't want to go that route again.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Comma splices. Or the lack thereof. Seriously.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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I have no sense of smell. I've been told that this trait is shared
by several serial killers.
[My friend said I shouldn't mention serial killers. Even though
I'm not one, I shouldn't even put that idea in anyone's
I've also had a couple disasters involving pits. (Not the arm kind,
the hole in the ground kind.)
And I sometimes read magazines from back to front. I probably read
your profile from bottom to top.
You should message me if
Offer a few tips to help matches win you over.
you were interested by something in my profile. Don't worry, I
[Lastly, my friend said that there is nothing interesting in my
profile that would make someone want to message me. I don't think
that's true, but I'll let you be the judge.]
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