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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.
What I’m doing with my life
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I'm working full time as an electrical engineer. I enjoy hiking,
exploring, finding and photographing local wildlife (everything
from tiny bugs to our large mammals), and creating things at home.
I've started learning leather-working and other crafting skills,
partly due to my interest in steampunk stuff.
planning a trip in 2016 to Scotland and Svalbard, with stopovers in
Iceland and mainland Norway.
i occasionally get the chance to do educational demonstrations
about local reptiles and "bugs" (including spiders, scorpions,
centipedes and as many other creepy things as i can). I really love
getting the chance to educate people on the importance of all the
parts of our local environment.
i'm also pretty active with the local atheist community, and am an
organizer for one of the hiking clubs. I'm trying to get out to
different parts of Arizona this year. I am very firm in my atheism,
but I don't take it too seriously. I prefer the term "heathen" with
all its connotations. File it under mischief.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
I'm not sure i'm *really* good at anything, but i am pretty good at
a lot of things - fixing things around the house, creating new
things with electronics (and to a lesser degree with leather, wood,
and metal), making people laugh, and general mischief.
I'm also pretty good at finding and photographing our local
wildlife. I've had great encounters with mountain lions, many
rattlesnakes, tons of scorpions, and more.
I can make a great camp fire, and I can turn the flames blue and
The first things people usually notice about me
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I'm mostly pretty quiet and more observant than obvious, but when
people do notice me, its often because i've got a snake or bug in
my hands and am trying to find someone to show it to. or because
i'm on fire.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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My favorite books are: For Love of Insects, by Thomas Eisner; Born
on a Blue Day, by Daniel Tammet; Romance of the Three Kingdoms, by
Luo Guanzhong; Pale Blue Dot, by Carl Sagan; and Lord of the Rings,
by JRR Tolkien.
I don't spend as much time with movies and tv, but i do enjoy Game
of Thrones, Star Trek (mostly TNG), Archer, the new Cosmos series,
Mock the Week and Peaky Blinders.
I love music. I have almost 40k songs in my music library...i used
to have a long list of artists i like, but that was kinda
cumbersome. I like classical, new wave, old industrial, about half
of the 90s grunge stuff, and lots of other stuff. i like music that
is interesting or challenging in some way, not the pop drivel
manufactured by focus groups. Recently i've been listening to : Tom
Waits, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, Pet Shop Boys, Johnny Cash, Sisters
of Mercy, Sigur Ros, Julie Fowlis, Fad Gadget, Alestorm, various
Nick Cave projects, and Propeller.
i don't have a very good relationship with food. i'm pretty picky,
though not nearly as bad as i was when growing up. i'm mostly
vegetarian, though i eat fish sometimes when i'm out. i love spicy
tofu pad thai, and i really like scotch. I absolutely do not expect
it to be my partner's job to cook for me. It's nice if you like
doing that, though, and i do appreciate when someone cooks for me.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
my music, my friends, my gerber multitool, my trusty pilot precise
V5 (or a BIC #2 mechanical), nature, and a puzzle to solve.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
how things work...how people work. people are a great mystery to
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
in sabino canyon, leading a group of people on a stroll to try to
find animals. I've been known to miss this on occasion, but by the
end of the week, i pretty much need to get out into nature. This is
done through the Tucson Hiking Meetup Group. It's open to everyone.
Feel free to join if you like; I promise to not assume anything if
i recognize you! This is probably one of the better ways to get to
know me. These introductions are formulaic and somewhat forced and
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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Filling out this profile makes me feel a bit like a Bird of
Paradise, hoping that i'm fluttering my feathers in just the right
way to attract someone.
Anyway...I'm somewhere on the autism spectrum. More on the higher
functioning end of things. I've worked as a tutor for twenty years,
and i'm good at it, so i'm pretty good with communication and
empathy and all that. Sometimes "normal" people just confuse the
hell out of me, so i work to be as straightforward as i can be.
You should message me if
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if i seem interesting; if you have a question about snakes or bugs;
if you'd like to get dinner some time; if you want to.
I can't abide cigarette smoke, so if you do smoke, it ain't going
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