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My self-summary
I'm equal parts retired farm kid, science nerd, gamer geek, and outdoor explorer. So I confess to being rather "Pacific-Northwest typical" in having a big geeky streak as well as an inclination for outdoor activities. I appreciate games of all kinds- board games, video games, and role playing games. I like garden in my p-patch, and I've been doing a lot of hiking and camping this year. I appreciate science and learning, and I enjoy learning new things just for the sake of learning. I love museums and can often be found working or wandering in a local museum, aquarium, or zoo. I care about social justice and try to do my part on that front.
What I’m doing with my life
I tend to keep myself very busy. I'm working on my Ph.D. at UW, after finishing my second master's degree. I also have a lot of interests. At a certain point in my life, I realized I loved learning, and learning a new thing was more important than ultimately doing that thing in many cases- from archery and astronomy, to scuba diving and Shotokan karate. Currently, I'm leveraging my access to the UW yachts and learning to sail, as well as taking violin lessons.
I’m really good at
Getting things done, strategic thinking, making pancakes, empathizing, foot rubs, some games, writing quickly, synthesizing complex data into meaningful frameworks and relationships, imagining possibilities. Math and science stuff. Apparently I would be good at surviving a zombie apocalypse, since I made it through the Walking Dead Escape at San Diego Comic-Con this year when 80% of my wave got infected, and I made it to the end of Humans Vs. Zombies the last two quarters at UW.
The first things people usually notice about me
My long hair. I have been told my eyebrows by multiple people, which was kind of unexpected.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Yep, Fantasy & Sci-Fi. Chronicles of Prydain, Dragonlance, R.A. Salvatore, Anne McCaffrey. Terry Pratchett is one of my favorite authors, and yes I like George R.R. Martin (and my one and only hipster comment ever is that I loved the books long before they were popular). Some of my favorite books are "idea" books that spark good conversation, like Oryx & Crake, and random Sci-Fi books not a lot of people have heard of (e.g. Hellspark). I read a lot of graphic novels and comics and have a fairly large graphic novel collection. I read a fair number of webcomics, but it is hard to keep up.

Movies: Two of my favorite movies are The Crow and Contact. I don't watch very many movies, but I like geek stuff like comic movies and LotR trilogy.

Shows: I don't watch a lot of TV, but I do like Joss Whedon's work, and the Big Bang Theory. I enjoyed The Office... mainly because I used to work with a lot of archetypes in the show. I enjoyed the new Battlestar Galactica.

Music: I have moderately broad music tastes- some hard rock, some world and folk music, some classical music. Over the past eight years I have made it a hobby to go to all of the video-game-themed orchestral performances.

Food: I grew up in a community that was 86% Hispanic, so I can eat Mexican food for every meal, but I enjoy a wide variety of different foods and I like trying new things. My other two favorite types of food are Thai and Indian. I eat mostly vegetarian, but sometimes I'll eat seafood.

Games: (Board) Euro-style games, Carcassone, Puerto Rico, Pandemic, etc. I like some story games, Tales of the Arabian Nights, Fiasco, etc. (RPGs) Pathfinder, Shadowrun, D&D 3.5, (Minis) Warhammer Fantasy/40k and Warmachine, (Video/Electronic) RPGs like Skyrim, Dragon Age, Mass Effect. I LOVE puzzle games like Puzzle Quest or Professor Layton. I have been a StreetPass addict on occasion. I am a long time Legend of Zelda and Metroid fan, and have an affinity for emulating old school Nintendo games. For me, the process of learning a new game and it's little quirks is extra fun, so I am always willing to try new games.
Six things I could never do without
I try not to be too dependent on anything, but I'll play along.

My Kids
Good coffee
Game nights
Mexican food
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Innovative, low-tech solutions to problems. High tech solutions to problems. Science literacy in society, minority under-representation in science fields. Trips I want to take and my next outdoor adventure. Communication strategies. Weird things for projects I work on- games, systems, programs, etc. Geek stuff.
On a typical Friday night I am
Gaming every other Friday night, sometimes I am playing a video game. Working on research or a paper. Sometimes reading. I do like to get out too, especially for a decent dinner. Once in a while I'll be camping or backpacking on a Friday night.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I love McDonalds coffee. I think in Seattle that almost makes me Satan.
You should message me if
If you want to! If you think I'd be a nice asset to your game group or next outdoor adventure. I am always happy to hear from Nispees (NSPP).
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