33Fort Irwin, United States
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My self-summary
I spend my days either creating things or destroying them. Don’t worry, I’m an Engineer for the US Army. It’s my job. I do it in my spare time as well, but through creative writing. I’ve even created a series called Dogs of War, a military-themed adventure set in the Soviet Union.

I love to read too and recently finished Dilemma, a book by Father Albert Cutie that challenges the notion of clergy being celibate. Though I grew up Catholic, I’m becoming more Anglican in my thinking.

By the way, on my first parachute jump, I bellowed out the fastest “Our Father” ever. I’ve since jumped five times and qualified as a paratrooper in the US Army.

When I was in the Navy I was enrolled in one of it's toughest schools, the Surface Rescue Swimmer Course, but was unable to complete it when I was faced with a test designed to evaluate who had the priority to be rescued. Even though I failed the course left it's effects as four words are part of my psyche now and forever, "So Others May Live."

Though I lead a life with serious implications, I balance it with a lot of laughs. In fact, if you want a good one – ask me to dance. I swear I have no rhythm.

I also like to cook and that too can have funny moments. Ask me about the time my Aunt screamed at my Uncle to call the fire department while I was making Thanksgiving dinner. For the record, nothing burned – not even the steaks.

On a final note, what I appreciate most are simple things - from watching my dog play to watching TV with a special someone. If you’re a positive, compassionate girl who likes good food (a little on the cooked side!) and good laughs, I’d like to hear from you.
What I’m doing with my life
On the career side in 2009 I moved over from the Navy after four years to the US Army as an engineer. I completed the Engineer Captain's Career Course and recently earned my Master's Degree in Engineering Management at the University of Missouri Science and Technology.

I do believe I must be a glutton for schooling as I recently signed on to do a graduate certificate (and maybe a second masters) in Explosives Engineering at the University of Missouri of Science and Technology.

I moved to my old duty station, Fort Irwin, CA, in the Mojave Desert, but whenever I've got time off I travel south to the Inland Empire and San Diego areas quite often.

One of these days, if my schedule in the Army allows, I would like to go run a sprint triathlon.

In my spare time I like swimming, surfing, weight lifting, rock climbing, rugby, reading literature, fiction, cooking, and history and doing a lot of creative writing. But I'm just as comfortable curling up on the couch or favorite easy chair with a good book and/or watching a film.

My three places of deepest thought are bookshops/coffee shops, gyms, and churches.

I can be described, thus, as a living study in contrasts. I routinely go on 'walkabouts' on weekends.
I’m really good at
I'm good at creative writing, speed reading, and going out on the water.

Pondering the Pareto Law of Economics and its relation to physical fitness.

Making literary references.
The first things people usually notice about me
The first things people usually notice about me is my intelligence, kindly and compassionate nature and my love of a good joke (both telling and listening to them).
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
My favorite books include Alan Lightman's Einstein's Dreams, Ernest Hemmingway's the Old Man and the Sea and A Farewell to Arms, Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, and EM Forester's A Room With A View among others.

I am especially fond of the love story in A Farewell to Arms. While the story ended tragically for Fredrick Henry,the fact that he was willing to forsake his uniform and career for his beloved Catherine and their child was quite compelling. I liked A Room With a View's love story because of the fact that the main couple were socially mismatched by the rigid Victorian standards but still overcame those rather stiff odds.

My favorite TV shows are Futurama, South Park, NCIS, various Discovery, Animal Planet, and History Channel documentaries, the Unit, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

My favorite movies include The Guardian, X-men: First Class, Run Fatboy Run, and Johnny English.

Run Fatboy Run is a favorite of mine because I saw how Simon Pegg's character put his 'heart and soles' into an endeavor where he had a been career loser beforehand.

As for music my tastes include everything from instrumental and classical music to '80s music (The Police, Men at Work, and Richard Marx are all favorites of mine) and even the occasional country song. One of my all time favorite songs is Fields of Gold, by Sting. It's touching and romantic without being overly sappy.

My favorite line from Fields of Gold is this one: "I never make promises lightly, and there have been some that I've broken."

To me that speaks of the human condition, we're not perfect but our best trait is making love work when we truly love who we are with. When Sting sings that line of the song I imagine he has broken his lover's heart in some manner, likely by a broken promise, but he goes with her back to the fields of gold and somehow they make their love work.

As far as food goes, I don't mind trying new things and eating out but I'm a good cook but would love a romantic dinner in. My tastes range from Middle Eastern to the neighbor grill type restaurant.
Six things I could never do without
Even though I've been in parts of the world where people live by some fairly constrained means I do have a 'list':

1. A Good Book (or my Nook nowadays)
2. My Dog
3. Coffee
4. My Family
5. A Good Meal
6. Good Music
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I like to plan ahead but I can appreciate a good surprise.

Mulling how the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics proves the existence of God as was first taught to me as a youth.

Musing on the notion how to balance strength and cardiovascular conditioning. I reason that if cardio conditioning can be gained or lost relatively quickly and strength tends to be gained slowly but persists longer that the latter is a good focus for all around fitness.

Wondering about just what Mountain Athlete is going to publish for the week's workout.
On a typical Friday night I am
going to get some dinner (or more likely to cook it for myself these days), or staying in and enjoying a good read or film as part of recovering from lifting heavy weights.

I might also be out with friends, barbequing, or watching a movie.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I said the fastest Our Father in history on my first parachute jump.

Well, for a variety of facts of my personal life, I earned the nickname Falling Squid Goat. Ask if curious how I came about that nickname...

I was also compared to Russell Crowe from a Beautiful Mind. Long story having something to do with the purported Asian stereotype of mathematical aptitude.
You should message me if're interested in laughter, intelligent conversation, and good food.

It is also highly advisable that you love to read.
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