wordnerdery
34 Los Angeles, CA
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My self-summary
I have, like, ridiculously prolix inclinations, so I'll try to keep this short and sweet. I am a Philadelphian, by birth and at heart, but I fall more in love with this damn fine LA-town on a daily basis. I am a welcoming, thoughtful goofball with a slight penchant for danger and much greater penchant for cheese. I don't like 5-year plans (or most plans not whipped up in a fit of inspiration), but if I had one, it would include getting my Masters in Linguistics, visiting Pitcairn Island, and seeing my name on a marquee (for any reason, really - I would just really like to Instagram that). I act, I sing, I conduct, I play instruments (piano, cello, kazoo), and I create grand, elaborate paintings in my head that I would never be able to technically execute. I'm a little obsessed with architecture. I like being on trains, among the trees, over the moon, and in stitches. I'm one smart cookie, but I have no qualms about ceding a point if you're more smarterer. I once gave a fluoride treatment to an elderly native Mapuche feller in Chile with one tooth. That made him happy. Which is pretty much how I like to live my life; making others happy and simply hoping to get some of that sunny, shiny warmth in return.
What I’m doing with my life
Teaching kids how to read, write, and be decent human beings; volunteering at the library, teaching adults how to read, write, and pass their citizenship tests; doing standup comedy; trying to master the bass guitar and keytar; doing all the things in theater; making soup; creating - characters, a home for me and my cat, melodies, a mess.
I’m really good at
Crossword puzzles. Magically transforming leftovers. Making pickles. Not getting killed on my bicycle, despite my often poor route, neighborhood, and lane-changing decisions.
The first things people usually notice about me
Well, I'm usually heard before seen. "Complete lack of volume control" might be the way my friends would put it. I'm somewhat kinder to myself and will just say that I'm loud. But after that: eyes, legs, laugh.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Dorky linguistics books (Chomsky, Pinker), Bryson, Steinbeck, Twain, Sedaris, O'Connor, Updike, rock and roll biographies, lots of non-fiction.

Raging Bull, The Sound of Music, Fargo, Airplane, The Royal Tenenbaums, West Side Story, Amadeus, The Three Amigos, Back to the Future, On the Waterfront, Rear Window, The Wizard of Oz, Taxi Driver, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Apartment, Ken Burns' docs. I'm on a current mission of knocking out the AFI Top 100... Finally watched The Graduate, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (how is it even possible to have that much good-looking on one screen?!?!?), Sunset Boulevard, The French Connection... THANK YOU, NETFLIX.

Jeopardy!, Portlandia, Curb Your Enthusiasm, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Real Sports, Friday Night Lights, SNL, Game of Thrones, I Love Lucy, Workaholics, My So-Called Life, The Cosby Show (shit, we're not allowed to like that anymore - for good reason - but stilllllll), Parks and Rec, Top Chef, Project Runway (I don't have TV, so I'm not super up-to-date on what's going on in TV land).

Sleigh Bells, Cults, The Clash, Elliott Smith, A Tribe Called Quest, Nirvana, Johnny Cash, Radiohead, Pixies, Michael Jackson, Ludo, Operation Ivy, Le Tigre, Eels, Billy Joel, The Roots, Beck, Sigur Ros, Pavement, X, Wu-Tang Clan, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Gorecki, Vasks, Smokey Robinson, Otis Redding, The Shangri-Las.

Hieronymus Bosch, Jeremy Lipking, Andrew Wyeth, Chuck Close, Kris Lewis, El Greco, Edward Hopper, Cindy Sherman, Jasper Johns, Matt Bone, Egon Schiele, Marina Abramovic, Eero Saarinen, Frank Gehry, Richard Neutra, Antoni Gaudi, Frank Furness.

I'll eat anything and everything; I don't prepare much meat at home, as I don't eat a lot of it, but I can make a perfect rib-eye. And cooking some fish en papillote with fresh veggies is pretty much my go-to lunch. But my last meal would probably be some amazing yet horrid mix of salmon sashimi, cauliflower, and a Philly cheesesteak. With a black IPA to wash it all down.
The six things I could never do without
Family.
Something to look forward to. (Something to which to look forward? Assholes.)
Comedy.
Airplanes.
The city.
A bra.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Others.
Words - etymology, language relationships, meaning, grammar; all of it.
What to make for dinner.
How to be funnier.
What I love about the ones whom I love to love.
The misallocation of resources (and products) globally, specifically food.
How to help.
How I should stop whistling Dixie. But, like, for real. I whistle the tune of Dixie a lot.
My next adventure.
Monkeys.
When it's okay to end a sentence in a preposition. (As Churchill said, "This is the sort of bloody nonsense up with which I will not put." Sometimes we sound like pretentious dicks.)
On a typical Friday night I am
Drinking good beer with friends. Unless I'm in bed with a book. Or on my bike. Or in a play. Or at rehearsal. Or dancing in my kitchen.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
The theme from The Munsters was on every mix tape I made for myself in middle school.

Whenever we play Name That Tune, my best friend thinks I'm humming the theme from Growing Pains. So, either I'm really bad at humming, he is just as obsessed with TV theme songs as I am, or pop tunes are terribly derivative. It might just be a combination of the three. None of this is "private" information, but I thought it somewhat revealing.
You should message me if
...you're outgoing, love a good debate, can discuss the merits of comedy, art, foul language, and cryptozoology, are kind and giving, and don't mind a girl who might know more about baseball than you do.
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