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My self-summary
I'm a Jack of All Trades, admittedly sometimes just a Jack-ass of All Trades -- When working I have to maintain a serious/professional demeanor but when I'm around family and friends I can be pretty goofy.

I like and I'm good at what I do professionally (and un-professionally) but there's always plenty more to learn and my life is made richer by the people around me and the experiences I share with them.

I'm not religious, but growing up I had to go to church *every* Sunday so some of the values (Be honest (No those jeans don't make your butt look fat -- Not really fair to blame the jeans), be nice to other people (unless they're just douches), put your shopping cart away (instead of randomly ditching it in the parking lot), etc.) have ostensibly rubbed off.

With that said, the one thing I'm absolutely certain of is that I don't want to spend the rest of eternity with the people from Bible Study.

I'm an idealist but my idealism is tempered by the practical realities of life. I like to dream of things like world peace, but I think real progress happens slowly, one tiny step at a time, so maybe just getting people to return their shopping carts would a good place to start.

Any children or dogs in any of my pictures are not my own -- I do desperately want a dog, though I don't want to be a single parent.
What I’m doing with my life
I've spent most of my adult life in academia and developing my career.

I moved to Colorado to focus a little less on working and more on living. I then moved to Philadelphia and Cambridge, MA (For professional reasons -- Apparently, the working less thing didn't completely take).

I have experienced the un-holy trinity of bad weather, heavy drinking, and sports fanaticism, and I have lived to tell the tale. With that said, I'm very happy to be back in Colorado.
I’m really good at
Filling out these essays and returning shopping carts.
The first things people usually notice about me
That I might say totally outrageous things -- The ones who laugh often become friends.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: My brother gave me a copy of "The Rosie Project" saying, "This book is about you." Turns out, it was really more about him, but it was fun to read.

Movies: Like books, there are just too many to list. . .So, for 2015, I thought "The Martian" was actually pretty entertaining and it was kind of nice that the science geeks (in a Hollywood movie, anyway) are finally the heroes.

Music: I'm listening to a lot of stuff by The XX, The Decemberists, and Florence and the Machine lately.

Food: I love it all.
Six things I could never do without
1. Contact lenses -- Seriously, I wouldn't last long. I'm like Mister Magoo without contacts and I never adapted to wearing eyeglasses.
2. Mental stimulation
3. Exercise (preferably outside)
4. Laughter
5. Something to look forward to
6. A sense of purpose
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How to keep our country from succumbing to the English model of society, that ants are, collectively, smarter than humans (Ever seen ants get in a traffic jam). That the world would be a better place if everyone rode a bicycle. Why my brain keeps interpreting OK Cupid as "OK Stupid."
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have a secret fear that as things like phones get faster and smarter, that I am getting dumber and dumberer.
You should message me if
You won't immediately assume I'm conceited just because I'm so smart, good-looking, and successful -- Come on, you shouldn't come to that conclusion until much, much later, after you have the chance to really get to know me! Also, you look good in tight jeans.

If you did immediately assume I'm conceited, you should message me anyway, maybe you'll change your mind.

Oh, and thanks for all the "Likes" and the like, but since I can't actually see who my fans are here, you might as well send me a message.
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