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My self-summary
I can't resist anything new or unusual, nor help myself around anything I don't yet understand. The possible and the unexpected are my favorite things to play with—being bound by "just how it is" makes me bored and unhappy. I smile a bit when I see OKC's matching algorithm try to figure me out.

Also, I lived in a sorority house my freshman year.
What I’m doing with my life
I alternate between working in the acquisitions department of an academic publishing house and (for something completely different) doing the advertising/graphic design/working with customers at a local bike shop. Also, there's the whole art thing, especially ceramics.

One of these days, I'll have to pick one, but that day is not this one.
I’m really good at
being interested in almost anything. I think I may be curious to a fault; there are very few things I won't try at least a couple of times–blacksmithing, pottery, beer brewing, glassblowing, dodging busses while biking through Georgetown (you only get to screw up once with that one), 'cello playing, guitar-tuned-like-a-'cello playing . . .
The first things people usually notice about me
The hair. Definitely the hair.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Hmmm . . . combinations that might go together, or at least are now:

1. Pascal's Pensees, Meet the Feebles, 20th century classical, Thai stir-fried eggplant.

2. Eco's The Name of the Rose, The Name of the Rose, Rush, green or Christmas chiles relleno.

3. Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations, The Triplets of Belleville, French café jazz, cassoulet and pale ale.

4. Fuentes' Death of Artemio Cruz, A Clockwork Orange, Gustav Mahler, homemade pesto with fresh pasta.

5. Brodo & Brodo's Lichens of North America (long story), Waltz With Bashir, Jethro Tull, tortas ahogadas.

6. Webster's The White Devil, In Bruges, assorted folk/bluegrass/western swing, anything with my weird home-grown chiles.

7. Emily Post's Etiquette, 1937 edition (where does the cake fork go?),What's Up, Doc? Rah Brahs, various animated short films, Lebanese okra stew.

Other random people/things I like: Cartier-Bresson, Joanna Howells, Yoshiyuki Iwase, Carlo Crivelli, Paul Delvaux, Rhodia pads, fountain pens, handwritten letters, Bianchi and lugged steel bicycles, anything that went out of fashion 70 years ago, old cameras, strange glassware.
Six things I could never do without
Books, new ideas, frequent walks/bike rides (I start going insane if I'm inside for too long), chile peppers, tea/coffee/the occasional good beer, Standard 153 Cone 10 Stoneware Clay

And just because lists should always have an odd number of items, I'm pretty sure half the things I wrote above should really be down here--but I do have a special fondness for my pens.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Mostly, the above seven items. A lot about philosophy, since it's what I studied (and what our press publishes); plotting another semi-insane bike ride; whatever I'm planning on doing the next time I'm in the pottery or glass studio; and a little bit about most everything else.
On a typical Friday night I am
Probably out walking, enjoying the atmosphere of various neighborhoods, occasionally stopping in at a cafe or bar to take things in from a seat near the window. I'm still getting used to being able to enjoy weekends without feeling like I should be working.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
It's a long story as to why, but I spent grad school studying unicorns.
You should message me if
—You have an artistic sensibility, too many ideas and opinions to keep them to yourself, and/or enjoy exploring graveyards.
—You truly believe the "rules" dictating how people interact in relationships should be scrapped in favor of honesty, openness, and equality.
—You want to argue about some finer point of grammar, syntax or usage in my profile.

Oh yeah, the usual addendum that everyone adds after they play around here long enough: it's pronounced "Ariston." Long story.
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