35Ann Arbor, United States
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My self-summary
A wise man once told me that the key to being happy was to let all which truly doesn't matter go. I've found that it works for me.

Very much a pet person, I love the idea of starting an exotic animal rescue one day. Disappointed that the local rescue closed down and I haven't found a good replacement to support yet.

A geek at heart, I love learning new things, and being intellectually challenged. I am looking for someone who shares that passion.
What I’m doing with my life
I've reached a point in my life where I have a stable career, good friends, and a plan for my future. I am missing someone to share and explore that future with.

I am an avid reader and enjoy playing assorted, card, board, and other tabletop games with friends.
You can also find me experimenting with new recipes and expanding my ever growing spice collection. I love to cook new recipes for others, but when it is just me more often than not I am just tossing together a chicken caesar salad, or a beef and broccoli stir fry.

Soccer fan, and while I mainly follow the English Premier League, I never miss the World Cup. Despite the US losing in the round of 16 loved what I saw from the team, and I look forward to 2018. Trying to enjoy the current Women's World Cup, but the combination of a poor artificial turf, and the terrible officiating is making it difficult.

My plan was to play in a spring/summer league this year, but I ended up breaking my leg into 4 pieces last winter. So the new plan is for spring/summer league next year. We shall see if that happens, running on uneven ground is more than a little scary with the ankle muscles not yet back to where they were.
I’m really good at
Telling funny stories. I like making people smile, and I am fortunate to have enough oddball experiences I can look back on and laugh. Just ask how I broke my leg..

Cooking. I love to cook interesting meals for others, but if I am just making dinner for myself it tends to be pretty basic.

Creating detailed shopping lists for all the ingredients I need and then leaving them at home when I go to the store. I am a professional at this.
The first things people usually notice about me
Mostly that I am rather tall. Occasionally it will be the small boats that I have commandeered for shoes.
I also talk with my hands when I am excited or passionate about a subject, which is most of the time.

Or perhaps it is that my smile is uneven. A fedora is actually to blame for that. Well a fedora and a pair of Converse anyway.
No, I wasn't wearing the fedora, or the Converse either. But I did end up with free ice cream.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Hard to pick just a couple authors or books from all that I read, but here goes...
Brandon Sanderson, Timothy Zahn, Terry Pratchet, and Isaac Asimov. Ender's Game, Dune, Wheel of Time, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Dresden Files and Catch 22.
I am currently reading the remainder of the Discwold series, with the occasional side trip through a Robert Heinlein novel.

I don't watch a lot of TV. So when I find something I like, I tend to binge watch all the episodes. I also have a major weakness for B grade Sci-Fi monster movies.
Princess Bride, Crash, American Beauty, and the original Star Wars trilogy. Firefly, Castle, Dr. Who, Sherlock, and Top Gear.
Trigun, Bleach, Witch Hunter Robin and Cowboy Bebop.

In the non-TV sense of shows, Waiting for Godot is my favorite play. I wasn't able to see it live on Broadway with Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen. I will carry that sorrow to my grave. Seriously, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen together on Broadway in a play which is basically just two dudes talking? And then they didn't even record it.

I have pretty eclectic tastes in music, so you can find all sorts of genres in my collection. Some favorites would be Breaking Benjamin, Bleeker Ridge, Art of Dying, Imagine Dragons, Red Elvises, Thirteen Senses, Simon and Garfunkel, and Hurts.
Not a fan of rap or most country, but I have a strange affection for bad 90s music when that mood hits me.
The most beautiful piece of music I've heard is Gabriel's Oboe by Ennio Morricone.
Six things I could never do without
An Internet connection
Friends and Family
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How much better life would be if I had one of those refrigerators that dispense ice cubes. Well, no, not really. Mostly I only think about that when I run out of ice.

More realistically, trying to plan for the future during an uncertain present. What is my next career move? Where do I want to buy a house? What is my next personal goal?

But seriously, that fridge will be mine one day.
On a typical Friday night I am
Out with friends. We do cookouts, pencil and paper RPGs, different card and board games, paint tiny figures, and whatever else seems interesting at the time.
If not out with friends, I am back at home reading, goofing off on my computer, or just recovering from a long week.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I tend to read this question as the most embarrassing thing you would admit to on the internet.
I suppose this depends on who I am admitting it to. I mean, if I tell you that I've never played Portal and you don't know what I am talking about, well that just defeats the whole purpose.

Other than that, I once drove 90 minutes to play in the finals of a volleyball tournament and left my jersey at home. Needless to say, that was a difficult conversation with the coach...

And no, I have never played Portal.
You should message me if
You want to go canoeing on the Huron, biking around Ann Arbor, or play a pick up game of soccer.
You agree that fruit punch is the worst drink flavor ever
You are a bit or a nerd, or a geek, or both.
You want to build a pillow fort. You know where that reference came from.
Above all else, you should message me if you like to smile.
The two of us