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My self-summary
[I'm in the process of moving to San Diego and will arrive around August 1.]

The hardest thing about this entry is what order to put things in—anything I put first will sound like I think it's the most important thing about myself. So I'll start with the stipulation that these are in no particular order:

I'm a dialectologist. I've loved both maps and pronunciation my whole life and have been lucky enough to get into the field where I get to think about both professionally.

I'm from Massachusetts, but in academia you have to follow the jobs. I lived in Philadelphia for 10 years, Toronto for 4, and now San Diego.

I'm a performer. It's hard to find time to actually get on stage now, but you can always find opportunities to perform in some way, even just among friends. I'm a better actor than I am a singer, but I like singing more. Teaching sometimes scratches that itch for me too.

I'm a geek; I'm a puzzle solver; I'm an unexpected extrovert; I'm a distributor of peppermints.
What I’m doing with my life
Thinking about vowels a lot.
The first things people usually notice about me
The first thing people notice about me is usually that I've got a pencil behind my ear. (You never know when you might want one!)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Apparently I don't spend a lot of time ranking books and movies with respect to each other to decide which ones are my favorites. Well, my favorite book of all time has to be Charlotte's Web; The Little Prince ranks very high as well; and beyond that I might add in Amy's Eyes, much Thurber, Terry Pratchett, possibly the Baroque Cycle, and maybe A Song of Ice and Fire standing in for a lot of fantasy/SF.

Movies is a little harder. Maybe Beauty and the Beast, the Rhapsody in Blue segment of Fantasia 2000, Contact, The Great Muppet Caper, Amélie, maybe Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Spirited Away, Moonrise Kingdom?

Current favorite TV shows include Orphan Black, Steven Universe, and Only Connect; all-time favorite shows include The Muppet Show, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. I want to interpret "favorite shows" though as meaning favorite Broadway shows, in which case my favorites include My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls, A Little Night Music, and In the Heights, among I suppose many others.

Favorite music, relatedly, is largely showtunes; also very fond of klezmer and I have a soft spot for the Grateful Dead and other '60s–'70s rock.

Favorite foods: Fresh mozzarella and basil. Gelato. Hot chocolate from Burdick's, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Spaghetti sauce with a lot of mushrooms and peppers. Corn chowder. Grapefruit. The Thousand-Layer Bread from the Burmese restaurant in Philadelphia. Peppermint.
Six things I could never do without
Hot chocolate with peppermint in it; public library card; showtunes; easy access to maps; crossword puzzles; occasional hugs. (Also semicolons?)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Vowels and language change. Wordplay and puns. Puzzles and games. Songs for a New World. Occasionally, fighting sexism in geek culture.
On a typical Friday night I am
Cooking dinner with friends.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Experiences are best shared. If I see something beautiful, I don't feel like I've really seen it until I've shown it to someone else too, or at least told them about it.
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