I've been living in the Philadelphia area for six years now, but I still feel kind of new to the area. I spent almost two years trapped in the purgatory of northwestern suburbia, and then a year in a very undesirable part of South Philly. Now I'm in Roxborough and appreciating the quiet, which probably means that I'm old as hell.
Also, I'm seeing someone. It's not exclusive (we're open, not poly), but I am really, definitely, absolutely not looking for a girl to join my girlfriend and me in bed. Mostly, I'm looking for people to hang out and have a few beers with either in Philly or while I'm on the road, since I travel a lot for work (I totally welcome messages from guys, by the way!). That said, if we do hit it off and hook up, the girlfriend will know about it.
So yeah, if you can show me a good bar in a city that I'm not familiar with, we'll get along really well!
I work for a big clinical research consulting company that's based in Massachusetts. The job keeps me on the road about four days a week on average, and I work from home when I'm not traveling. It's pretty great.
When I'm at home, I spend a lot of time on the Wissahickon Creek trail, at my local dog park, and at local breweries. Dogs and beer are my favorites.
I'm also a fair cook, although my knife skills could use a *lot* of work.
Also, an we add a section for radio shows and podcasts here? Give me Alice Isn't Dead, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me, Sawbones, Girl on Guy, and The Black Tapes/Tanis.
Okay, so maybe a semi-serious answer would be good.
1. NPR (specifically Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, Ask Me Another, and Morning Edition.)
2. My infuriating, troublesome, entirely-too-clever, idiot dog
3. A whole god damn lot of black coffee
4. Google chat (Hangouts, or whatever they're calling it these days), which is the only chat client I can use at work
5. Gadgets, in their many wondrous and questionably-useful forms. Seriously, I read blogs about mobile operating systems on a regular basis. It's embarrassing.
6. Post-It notes. I go through about two pads a week.
I think about science a lot. Specifically, I'm really interested in the way that public perception of science and the scientific method affects awareness of and attitudes toward everything from medical research to health care to general public policy. This generally results in fist-clenching and raised blood pressure.
A quick note, by the way. This prompt is not ironic. If you think that it is, then you don't understand either the question or the meaning of irony.
Also, do you have a dog who might like to run around and wrestle with a mouthy, stupid pit bull? Let's hang out while our idiot animals gleefully maul each other.