I am kind, open-minded, fearless, and optimistic.
I enjoy spending time outdoors, especially in the Driftless area of southwest WI and in the western US (Rockies, Sierras). I have a slight addiction to flyfishing for trouts, but it hasn't yet affected my productivity in the workplace. I own a 17’ canoe and wonder sometimes if it would be suicide to try to take it to the Apostle Islands. Someday I will try snow camping.
I am a member of the Red Cross Gallon Donor Club. I have never been arrested, and to my knowledge have no active warrants.
Teaching cats to fetch little crumpled up balls of paper
Being a father
Free diving to incredible depths
Speaking crappy French with a Russian accent
I am a massive fan of the all-metal flange metal scene that grew up around Saugus in the late 80s and early 90s. Favorite albums include Chicken Burrito Black Beans by Itchy Doily, Bad Hair Day (No Bubblicious) by Mommy Train, and Non Compos Mentis by the Semper Ubis. Recently I have been listening to the German thin film deposition/deep house collective Sputteranlage; their concept album Mass Flow Kontroller is an underappreciated gem.
Films I like include A Touch of Evil, Badlands, Chungking Express, and Soviet comedies from the 1960s and 1970s.
I think that routines involving trained hedgehogs are a nice addition to any travelling circus. I especially like the one where the clown chases a tiny little hedgehog into a long skinny tube and a big spiky hedgehog emerges from the other end.
I can prepare 3 dishes with little or no adult supervision, one of which involves fried spaghetti. I enjoy eating most types of food.
Stable funding for basic science
Scallops wrapped in bacon wrapped in scallops (counts as 3 things)