I'm a graduate student studying Physics at the University of Oregon. I think of myself as a social person who likes to have people around to talk with, but I'll admit it sometimes takes a little bit for me to warm up to people. I can be a little nerdy, but I like to balance that out a little with my other interests. In my free time, I like to go running. A lot. Following the philosophy of one of my friends in undergrad, I also do a lot of races, because there's nothing better to motivate you than thinking "well I mean... I already paid for it..." I signed up for the Seattle Marathon in December, and right now I'm in training mode. As a result, I've lost a ton of weight (45 pounds since April). All my pictures on here are before any of that, but I like them enough to keep them up. So.... surprise?
I also like hiking, and I've been doing my best to branch out and explore some of the surrounding areas. Still, I have a soft spot in my heart for Spencer's Butte, and I like to go up multiple times a week.
I've mentioned it a couple times in the questions, so it's probably a good idea to say here that I don't drink, smoke, or do drugs at all. I have a few reasons for this that you can feel free to ask about, but I wanted to make it clear that I really couldn't care less if you drink. In fact, I generally get along better with people who do, because most sober folks are complete tight-asses. I am not. Full disclosure, I don't like dating girls who smoke. Sorry.
I'm also fairly close with my family, and I go back home (Seattle) about once a month. When I was a kid, I always said I wanted to grow up to be my dad, and I think that this sentiment has only grown over the years. I'm also a proud uncle of four of the smartest kids (and I assure you I have no bias, haha).
I should also mention that I can have a very dark sense of humor, but I'm a very positive person. It sometimes throws people off a bit. Basically, sarcasm is my best friend, but I'm not a whiny idiot and I like loving life.