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Well, i'm a nerd living in the desert. I work for a local aerospace company, helping develop lithium battery products for airplanes. I like my job and my work, but it's not my life. I've been in Tucson since late 2009, and i love it here. It feels more like home than any other city I've lived in.
A collection of semi-formed, random bits that make up me:
I live in a strange house on a hill near Sabino canyon. The views are amazing (sunrise and sunset) but the house itself is kind of strange and decrepit. It does have built-in bookshelves, which makes up for a lot. I've been filling them with books. I love books - i love used bookstores, libraries, and reading. I've been known to buy books purely for the smell of old binding.
I believe in humanity, feminism, gender equality, the overall empowerment of women in the third world as the best way to bring them out of poverty, kindness to our neighbors, giving to the poor, helping strangers, and doing more than I "need to" for those less fortunate. I think the only way any of us get through this is by helping each other. Luckily, my work leaves me in a good position to do that.
When I was an undergrad, I worked for the Jet Propulsion Labs, where I was lucky enough to work on the Phoenix Mars Lander. I made some recommendations for design changes, and they were accepted. I say hi whenever I see Mars in the night sky.
I tend more towards the introverted side of things, so i like mostly quiet nights in and a few nights out with friends. I'm at a point where i'd like to find my last relationship, but i know that takes time to find and build. I tend to be relatively reserved at first, even guarded. I like to get a little more comfortable with new situations and new people before really opening up. I'm trying to do better with that. I do believe that, in a relationship, openness and honesty are essential for success.
I love exploring Tucson and the rest of Arizona. I like the periphery of the city - the desert and the mountains, the canyons and the cacti. I also like the city itself, just not great crowds of people. I'd like to explore many other parts of the world as well - northern Europe and part of southeast Asia, in particular. I'm looking for a partner to share that journey with.
I greatly value kindness (as opposed to niceness), conscientiousness, and intelligence - of all varieties. I aspire to Neil DeGrasse Tyson's "meaning of life" - to know more today than i did yesterday, and to try to lessen the suffering of others. I hope to be always learning and always helping.