BaWangLong
39 San Antonio, United States
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My self-summary
So, after a painfully comic (in retrospect) series of events I am back living in America (after 5 years in China), and I figure I should try to meet some new people in this hemisphere. - Also my username is my chosen Chinese name (It means T.rex)

I've got some readjusting to do (I'm super, accidentally rude by US standards sometimes) but my dog and I are making great cultural strides. I no longer (usually) jump in surprise when people are nice to my dog and have stopped saying "thank you" in Chinese, mostly.

I laugh at really terrible things - like the word doody and love swears (the more inventive the better). I love to sing, but am absolutely awful at it. I play no instrument well but imagine that I should.

I am a hopeless, unapologetic nerd. Also, a serial hobbyist. I've done or am planning to do most of the artsy type things. I occasionally play an old school table top RPG, and can probably quote the entirety of Ghostbusters.

A minimalist with cluttery tendencies. I love travel and attempting new languages. I've been all over Asia (except North Korea and Laos and Cambodia). My favorite place on earth is Slovenia. The entire country.
What I’m doing with my life
Work related doings involve me forcing computer nerds improve their terrible processes. It's less interesting than what I did in China, but the constant threat of being run over by a bus is less here, and the US can't kick me out. (My exit from China was horribly funny, or funnily horrible, depending on your point of view. I'll tell you about it sometime.)

I've lived in a lot of ugly places, so any time I can get outside and meet awesome people or have a picnic in a park, that's a pretty good day. If I can make someone laugh, even better.

I'm also a little obsessed with geology and love digging up dinosaurs.
I’m really good at
I wish I was better at physics, but instead I'm good at doing things with my hands. I'm also pretty good at discussing improbably absurd things in crazy detail.

I am no good at chess, but play a mean game of Cards Against Humanity .

I also like learning the best words in foreign languages - SPOILER: it's not always the swears. But usually.
The first things people usually notice about me
Until recently it was that I wasn't Chinese. Now, glasses? I don't know. I think it's probably that I just cut in line because someone was lollygagging and I forgot that you don't do that in the US because it's rude, but I only sort of care because you were dawdling.

Let's say glasses. Or tattoos. Whatever, you choose.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I'm a pretty voracious reader. I love science history, hard sci fi, creative fantasy. I have lots of favorite books but only a few that I'll read over and over.

I love movies - Monsters, ghosts, weird and well told. I love super serious movies (like Winter's Bone) and ones that are made of explosions and punches as well - I'm particularly fond of a good horror movie.

Music tastes are always weird to describe. I can name almost no one currently being played on US radio (I argue that's not a bad thing), but not because of some dumb hipster reasons. I love the good bits from the 80s to Nerdcore hiphop to Australian bluegrass.

Food is an impossible list. Let's go with a few things I don't like: Mangos. Watermelon. Stinky Tofu.
The six things I could never do without
Why six? That seems so arbitrary. Here's 6 things I would not like being in a world without:
1. Passport
2. My dog (His name is Sushi)
3. Kindle (I need books for life)
4. trees
5. walking/hiking shoes
6. Adventure - of the planned and unplanned variety
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How to be American again and did I ever think it was so dead normal to make small talk with cashiers? And how to tell my stories without making it seem like I'm constantly in danger of death or dismemberment when traveling.

In Shanghai we played a game called "Is that stain pee?" - I'm pretty happy I don't have to think about that here.
On a typical Friday night I am
Up to no good, when possible.

Or playing video games. Or looking for a good beer.
Or throwing my dog in the car to go somewhere that sounds fun for the weekend.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I once got drunk with 40 of the most powerful men in Shanghai. And taught them to sing a children's song (Señor Don Gato) because my mind went blank when the microphone was shoved in my hand.

This isn't really private, but: I've neglected to discuss any sort of sexual preference label because I generally dislike labels. I tend to avoid them, but use bi on here as I dislike artificially limiting options for friends and partners. I understand this label comes with its own limitations, but there you go. I don't apologize for using it (but in general I prefer the ladies).
You should message me if
You lack whimsy in your life. I have buckets to spare. And if you aren't too seriously annoyed at all my parenthetical asides.

Also, I have little to zero tolerance for text speak. If you can't take the time to type out "you" don't bother writing me. I love words and love what they represent. Linguistic evolution aside, I hate text speak.
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