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

I'm a graduate student at USC, where I study classical music. I'm an organist, but I play piano pretty often too. If you've been pouring over okcupid in hopes of finding somebody who will passionately discuss the cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach with you, well congratulations, you need look no further!

Or, umm, otherwise, well, we might still get along well.... :^P

Being a grad student keeps me pretty busy, but in my free time I volunteer at a railroad museum where I maintain and run a steam locomotive from 1922. 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, though, I have a general appreciation for history and all things old.

Hmm what else....

Ever since high school, I've been fond of what you might call exploring. Sometimes I'll hike or drive around the city, the mountains, or the desert with no real destination in mind, just seeing what I discover along the way. It's amazing what you find in the most unassuming places--beautiful vistas, interesting characters, remnants of abandoned gold mines (actually, a couple of active ones too), historic buildings with beautiful stained glass windows or majestic marble columns, and stores that sell a variety of items so eclectic that it defies description in the English language. On longer road trips, I even once found the world's largest metal fish sculpture (in North Dakota), and the world's largest Czech egg (in Kansas) (apparently a Czech egg is like a Ukranian egg, but, well...Czech).

While you do get some very nice views in the mountains, and as much as I do like the beautiful old buildings in downtown LA, my favorite place to be is out in the eastern Mojave desert far away from...just about everything. There's something about the peaceful solitude and incredible vistas that I really love. Mostly to see the views from the top, I've been working on hiking/scrambling/climbing up some of the mountain ranges out there.

So yeah, that's pretty much me in a few paragraphs!
What I’m doing with my life
Practicing Bach organ sonatas, making puns, eating ice cream, practicing some more.
The six things I could never do without
Clear blue skies
Broad, sweeping vistas
A desert highway stretching off to the horizon
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.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The fact that in Finland, when you get your doctorate, you also get a sword and a tophat. (No, seriously, you do.) If I am ever a professor supervising doctoral students, I'm going to buy swords for them when they graduate.
You should message me if
your friends would describe you as brilliantly intelligent, but kinda wacky in your own wonderful way.

Also, if you like Schubert. Or Mendelssohn.