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ygolyadkin

26 M Houston, TX

My Details

Last Online
Mar 31
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
White
Height
6′ 0″ (1.83m)
Body Type
Average
Diet
Strictly anything
Smokes
No
Drinks
Socially
Drugs
Never
Religion
Other, but not too serious about it
Sign
Pisces, but it doesn’t matter
Education
Working on university
Job
Student
Income
Relationship Status
Seeing Someone
Relationship Type
Offspring
Doesn’t have kids
Pets
Likes dogs and has cats
Speaks
English (Fluently), Spanish (Poorly), Latin (Poorly)

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My self-summary
I recently went through a kind of re-invention of my life. I've had a few big changes happen that are too lengthy to describe here, and after first buying a bunch of furniture, I am trying to expand my social life that was limited for a long time.

I have become somewhat of a beer snob. I love a great many beers, although none of those I like come from larger American breweries (I'm looking at you, Miller) or ever have the prefix or suffix "lite."

Quickie bio: I'm from near San Francisco. I've lived in Manila. I'm now in Houston. I will likely move quite a bit over the coming years, with grad school and my personal studies.

I live with two cats. I would say I own two cats, but they are cats, and as such the distinction of owner/owned in the relationship is rather blurry.

I list my religion as "other" because neither atheist nor agnostic fully accurately apply to me. I'm a secular humanist. If you're curious about that, the first two paragraphs on Wikipedia explain it quite well:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secular_humanism
What I’m doing with my life
I'm working on a degree in History at the University of Houston, with minors in Art History and Anthropology and an additional focus in Latin. I plan to get a Masters (and one day a PhD) in History. My main focus of study is French Indochina (Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam). Eventually I hope to become a university professor. Or open a restaurant. Or win the lottery.
And I'm still in college at the age of 25 because I'm a part time student and have a job. I only take a few classes per semester, so it's going slower than it would for a normal (read: full time) student. On the plus side, the job pays for the school, so while it'll take me longer to graduate, I will graduate completely debt-free!
I’m really good at
Fixing cars. No idea why. Never studied anything about them, but as soon as I started messing around with my car, I knew exactly what I was doing. Go figure.

Making people laugh. My life isn't complete without making everyone I meet a little happier. Or at the very least a little more confused as to why I just randomly made a joke at an inappropriate moment.

Identifying the locations where pictures were taken just by the background. If there's anything slightly uniquely identifiable in the background (like more than a single solid wall or trees or something), I can usually work out where it was. My proudest moment of this was identifying the inn that a friend of mine stayed at in California based entirely on a small section of chair visible over their shoulder and the creek in the background. I think Geoguessr is one of the best things ever invented by man.

Random trivial knowledge. Once people know me for long enough, they start to be surprised when they ask me something about something that isn't really that important, and I don't know the answer. Wanna know the real name of Bangkok? I know that. Wanna know how thick Saturn's rings are? I know that.
Wanna know something useful? I probably don't know what you need.
The first things people usually notice about me
My hair. It's over two feet long.

EDIT: I got it cut. The horror! It's only about a foot long now. Although now I no longer sit on it when I get into my car, so that's a plus.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books:
Fiction: Anything by Kurt Vonnegut. I'm also a sucker for Russian novels - Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, etc. A Dostoevsky novel is actually where my online name comes from (points to you if you can name it without the help of the googles).
Non-fiction: mostly history books, and then mostly relating to Vietnam, Laos, or Cambodia. Sideshow, A Bright and Shining Lie, etc.

Movies: It's easier to just say that if it's made by Francis Ford Coppola, Quentin Tarantino, Guy Richie, Stanley Kubrick, Dreamworks, or Pixar, I like it. There are other movies I like, but I don't like making long lists and having to remember "oh, yeah, that movie that had I think Tom Hanks in it that I saw maybe 10-12 years ago was good..."

TV: Doctor Who and Quite Interesting. BBC programming in general, really.

Music: Pretty much anything except violent, obscene gangster rap and country music. I don't generally like artists so much as songs. Most artists have some good songs and some shit ones, so I don't make blanket statements about liking specific artists generally. The only artist I can point to right now as someone I really like across the board is Phil Ochs. He's like Bob Dylan, but way, way better.

Food: I love it. All of it. Anything edible I'll eat and probably enjoy. Except nuts. I just can't stand nuts. I will eat (and have eaten) things that aren't even dead yet, but I will not eat nuts. Go figure. Vietnamese food especially, though. It's cheap, delicious, healthy, and as of the past 2 or 3 years, really readily available throughout the city.
The six things I could never do without
Food
Water
Shelter
Clothing
Hey, I did it in 4! :)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Lots of different things. The ADD makes thinking about one thing for a long time difficult. ;)
On a typical Friday night I am
At home. Or at my friend's apartment. Or out somewhere. I don't exactly have a "typical" Friday if I can help it. The only really regular night I have is Wednesday when I'm at a nearby pub for steak and pint night.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have a stuffed animal collection larger than the armies of some small countries.
I’m looking for
  • Everybody
  • Ages 18–35
  • Near me
  • For new friends
You should message me if
You have read this far. I like talking to people. Message me for no good reason whatsoever and I'll probably respond.
Although do try and put at least a little effort into it. One sentence messages with no capitalization and no punctuation will be deleted without a second thought, and a message with no effort at all just saying something like "hey, you should message me" will be ignored.