Doppelt-Mordent
28Pasadena, United States
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My self-summary
Hey! How's it going?

If your ideal weekend consists of watching Netflix and going clubbing, if your friends would describe you as a pretty typical person, or if you consider your work or schooling to be boring topics of conversation, this profile is probably not for you.

If, on the other hand, you are passionate about doing something amazing, absurd, crazy, comical, awesome, epic, world-changing, or downright silly in life; if you frequently find yourself scratching your head at the world around you; or if you try to push the envelope in your life so much that the post office has you on a frequent mailer list, then we might have a thing or two in common....

I'm a graduate student at USC, where I study classical music. I'll be starting my PhD there in the fall. (Well, technically, you get a DMA in music.) I'm an organist by degree and profession, but it's fairly common for me to play piano too. In case you're into classical music, my favorite composers are Mendelssohn and Schubert, and violin is my favorite instrument (after organ, of course).

Being a grad student can be pretty time consuming, but in my free time I'll often go hiking or driving around the mountains and desert. I suppose I have a soft spot in my heart for broad sweeping vistas and beautiful views. I also like to go walking around the city, especially in areas with lots of historic buildings.

I also spend a lot of time volunteering at a railroad museum where I maintain and run a steam locomotive from 1922. I suppose you could call it my first love in life. Had I been born a century earlier, I would have done it for my career, but alas, I was born too late for that. I think because of it, I've developed an appreciation for history and historic preservation in general.
I’m really good at
Knowing my way around without a map or GPS. It's a happy consequence of all of the exploring I've down around southern California over the years.

Knowing where to get ice cream. It's a happy consequence of me liking ice cream a lot. A very happy consequence.
Six things I could never do without
--Clear blue skies
--A desert highway stretching off to the horizon (My favorite place to be)
--Steinbeck-esque golden rolling hills (My second favorite place to be)
--Crispix
--Good pedal flues (it's a classical music thing)
--Sunsets as seen from the mountains, from a desert highway, or in clear (formerly blue) skies.
On a typical Friday night I am
Ideally: Preparing to do something awesome on Saturday morning.

More likely: Practicing.

Most likely: Avoiding practicing while acting silly with the other organ students. (I'm not sure that anybody engages in more nerdy silliness than classical organ students). (We often make up opera arias on not-opera-worthy topics. Like frozen yogurt. Or tax forms.)

Also possible: Wondering if I've gotten enough done in the past week to keep my teacher happy at my next lesson.

On occasion: Giving my classmates relationship advice.
You should message me if
...your friends would describe you as exceedingly smart but slightly crazy in your own wonderful way.

...you're not a Trump supporter.

...you have a soft spot in your heart for stained glass windows, frescoes, carved plaster ceilings, Ionic columns, or chandeliers.

...you can tell me whether "Ionic" in reference to columns needs to be capitalized.

...the thought of your car breaking down in the middle of nowhere sounds less like a horrifying situation and more like the making of a fun adventure.

...you like Mendelssohn or Schubert. Or classical music in general.

...you have strong opinions and well developed insights on ice cream, pie, and cake.

...you feel quite comfortable taking part in very nerdy, silly conversations.
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