82skylark
43 Saint Paul, United States
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My self-summary
I'm a loud karaoke singer, a poor accordion player, and an enthusiastic photographer. I also like parallel structure in my writing.

For a few years, I was a world traveler. I lived in Korea for about a year and a half teaching English, and tried very hard to fill up my passport with stamps all across Asia. Recently, I've been rediscovering Europe, visiting friends in Wiesbaden and Toulouse. My last trip was to Norway. I'd like to head to Eastern Europe in the next few years, and I still think about Korea. If I could lead a trip to help take my students to Thailand and Laos, that would be amazing. You could probably find photos from my travels on flickr if you used some ingenuity (or not; ask if you're interested).

Things I love: good mechanical pencils, Sharpies, extra sticky post-it notes, dark chocolate, French Roast coffee, snoozing my alarm to listen to MPR, good Korean BBQ, multilinguals, brass bands playing in the streets, photo booths, and the Minnesota State Fair.

Things I hate: IM-ing, cold toes, gum disease, dogmatic types, waiting for the number 5 bus, sleep deprivation, tree pollen, and cigarette smoke (I secretly love that last one, but it doesn't love me so much).

I am sometimes romantic, frequently fantastic, and often pedantic
What I’m doing with my life
I'm teaching English as a Second (or third, or fourth) Language to middle school students.

I'm working out how I can fit some traveling into the next year.
I’m really good at
picking out swear words in foreign languages.
The first things people usually notice about me
I don't know--my glasses? Possibly my tendency to make awful faces when I'm concentrating on something (see "bitchy resting face".)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
The last book I really loved was The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, but I read too many books to play favorites. Except when I am crushing out on Pico Iyer, Raymond Chandler, William Dalrymple, Greil Marcus, Lester Bangs, and Lisa Delpit. At this moment I'm reading The History of White People.

I love old movies of all stripes, and used to spend a lot of time at the Oak Street. Favorites: Pierrot le Fou, or anything by Godard; Black Cat, White Cat; Beat Girl. I also am partial to Judd Apatow's movies.

Music: Yep, music is good. I am partial to records. Recent listens: The Lowest Pair, The Wedding Present, and Anderson Paak.

Podcasts: I listen to podcasts more than music these days. Favorites include 99% Invisible, Gastropod, The Allusionist, and Pop Culture Happy Hour.

Food: Vietnamese, Thai, Korean, and Indian are at the top of my list. I love sushi, but not in the winter. I'll try just about anything, although I don't think I'll ever eat Korean silkworms--they just stink too much. Oh, and Brasa and Broder's are two of my all-time favorites. Lately, I've been eating a lot of picnic meals. Clubhouse Jäger and Eat Street Social have some very nice patios.
The six things I could never do without
nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, prepositions, and articles. Sometimes my iPhone tries to make it on the list, fighting with coffee.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How to use my tent more often.

Fitting meditation back into my schedule.

Social justice.
On a typical Friday night I am
Fridays are usually chill during the school year, unless I'm at happy hour with coworkers. Vietnamese food, art, and live bands appeal. I enjoy baseball games, but I think I like being outside more than the game itself.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I've been known to sing along to Beyonce in the car.
You should message me if
you know of any good shows coming up, or if you are in the mood to dress up for dinner, or if you know of a good protest.

You might also want to message me if you'd like to geek out about fonts, poster artists, twee vs. indie, digital vs. film, or sociolinguistics. Or if you think we might get on. Or if you want to play some cribbage, watch some soccer, or go for a hike.
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