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My self-summary
East Bay Explorer. Radio nerd. Unabashed foodie. White feminist trying hard not to be a "White Feminist". Part-time poet (recently demoted to quarter time with promises of promotion). Arts & culture junkie. Bookstore wanderer. Friend of felines. Novice meditator (my teacher would argue that there's no such thing as a self-summary). Extrovert who hates the spotlight. General enthusiast. Hufflepuff.

If I had a catch phrase, it would be "Pun Always Intended". Or "Time for a Dance'mergency!".

Steeped in stories. Stewing in laughter. Burnt by ambition. (A thing I wrote once that seems to sum me up).
What I’m doing with my life
Moved back to the Bay a few years ago and am loving living in East Bay. I'm thinking of creating a personal atlas of the East Bay to help me document all of its amazing places. I recently landed my dream job at the CA College of Arts helping art students do work in the community. I also started a magazine with a friend on community-engaged arts, and I'm about to be a professor teaching freshmen about creativity!
I’m really good at
Laughing. I love to laugh. So, I surround myself with hilarious people.

Urban exploring!! And by that I guess I mean exploring the culture of an urban environment. I've a little obsession with trying to do everything around me. If you have any suggestions of places I need to check out in the Bay, please let me know!!

Writing? Well, I'm working on being really good at it. I used to write a short poem everyday on a #MetaphorADay twitter. I hope to one day turn them into a zine.
The first things people usually notice about me
My enthusiasm. "Let us step out into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure." - Dumbledore

Maybe's it's just my curly hair. What do you think?
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
As an aforementioned arts & culture junkie, I have a very long list of favorites. So I shall give you the highlights, for mystery! And science.

I love Thao Nguyen's music so much that I am tempted to end the list here. Seriously, seeing her perform feels like church to me (the church of live music). But for the sake of variety, other favs include Lake Street Dive, Chairlift, The Wild Reeds, Radiation City, Electric Guest, Architecture in Helsinki, Black Kids, Pink Martini, Louis Armstrong and Camille. Also, I have been listening to Hamilton non-stop for 4 months. Update: continually.

Movies that have given me an art coma (a haze of wonder that renders you speechless): Moonlight, Pan's Labyrinth, A Separation, Babel, Revolutionary Road, Pina.

If I could have an actress play me in a movie, it would be Jenny Slate. And my romantic lead would be John Mulaney.

Books that I pause to say hello to every time I'm in a bookstore: A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norwell, Everything is Illuminated, The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Alif the Unseen, The Phantom Toolbooth, anything by Aimee Bender or Rainbow Rowell.

Give me a tv show with strong female leads any day: Parks & Rec, Gilmore Girls, Veronica Mars, Firefly, Jane the Virgin. Also, I could watch Gael Garcia Bernal in Mozart in the Jungle forever. And I think Please Like Me is the best written TV show I've ever seen.

I have a podcast recommendation for everyone. Currently, it's Magic Lessons. I listen to Code Switch, Politcially Re-active, Pop Rocket, Democracy Now, Dear Sugar, Judge John Hodgman, Dinner Party Download and Wait Wait on the reg. I was an avid fan of Gilmore Guys. If you are a Gilly, please move to the front of the line. The Memory Palace is the most beautiful thing ever created.

I will stand in line for veggie Southern food, brunch, or weird ice cream.

I have wished I could live in the theater so I could see all the plays. I seriously considered moving to Ashland for the summer to do just that.

If I were to come across an Andy Goldsworthy artwork in nature, I would cry. I dressed as Cindy Sherman for Halloween once and it was my greatest achievement.

And that's my attempt at brevity.
Six things I could never do without
I am interpreting this prompt as if you took away these 6 things, I wouldn't be me (or at least the me I currently know).

1) a community
2) art to absorb
3) good food
4) a purpose
5) creative constraints
6) something to explore
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How much easier my life would be if I could teleport. Then how chaotic the world would be if we could actually teleport. I have this idea that there should be teleportation depots at similar named streets like go from one 1st St to the next 1st St. Somewhat controlled chaos. At least strangers or worse relatives wouldn't be popping up in your house all the time.

There are so many things to do in life. So, I spend a lot of time thinking about how to best use my time (thus wasting time). Again, teleportation would help.

A bulk of my time is spent reading/thinking/talking about sexism, racism and all the intersectional isms.
On a typical Friday night I am
Well that all depends on what is happening Friday night. Know of something radtacular?
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have a big celebrity crush on Darren Criss (also Daveed Diggs but that's a given). Any Very Potter Musical fans out there?

Also, I can rap all of Gold Digger by heart (sans the n word). I'm actually quite proud that I can pull this off.
You should message me if
If you have something more to say than "hey". Or basically you find something in my profile that you want to talk with me about. That's why I packed it with info! I'm just looking to connect with someone. You know that energy you feel when there's chemistry there? And also looking for someone who has good ethics (aka down with intersectional feminsm and walks the talk i.e. communicates/doesn't ghost people). It would be great to find a spark that leads to something real, but let's not get ahead of ourselves.

Still looking for something to say?

Tell me about your perfect weekend. If your Lazy Sunday involves making breakfast and listening to Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, then you are made of solid gold stars.

Or share with me something you consider to be beautiful. I'll start: https://youtu.be/mT8itwSlFx4

And if you have a great punny name for a roller derby or quidditch team, then you must tell me immediately!

The two of us