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My self-summary
Communicative, full-time teacher, w/ car and house; enjoys hiking, cooking, gardening, and animals.

If you think we might get along, send me a message or a wink and let’s chat over coffee.

I will stop dead in my tracks to check out something cool. I'm fascinated by Life and how stuff works, the flow of water, the texture of a leaf, the growth habit of fungi I might find on a hike. Maybe that's why I enjoy lighting up young minds with curiosity every day… and I'm getting paid to do it! (I also wait tables, especially now that school's out. Wahoo!)

I've watched the aurora borealis after eating fresh caught fish at the end of a day hiking to the top of a fjord (fueled by blueberries picked along the way). However, eating strawberries picked in my front yard still wet with dew on my way to work in the morning is also really satisfying. A trip to the grocery store can be a terrific adventure. It's all about attitude and who's aboard for the journey.

Speaking of travel, for a while I was the one "randomly" selected for security checks at airports. I guess I must look like a terrorist. Apparently I also look like a vegetarian, since I am often assumed to be one of those as well. There has got to be a connection there somewhere...

Permaculture is an interest of mine. I like growing plants and edibles in particular. This spring I planted most of my front yard with strawberries. Edible horticulture: beautiful and yummy.

I've been getting back into playing music a bit. I'm rusty, but looking for others to play with. Not a prerequisite for a match, just info about what I'm up to lately.

I volunteer at the Penn Working Dog Center on occasion, and I sometimes visit animal shelters just to give the dogs someone to play with. Love really can conquer just about anything. The relationships in our lives and how we treat others are what define us.

I hope that I can find someone that I just click with; someone who will be as glad to see me as I will be to see them. It's really all about that nebulous chemistry thing; so complex on so many levels, and difficult (if not impossible) to convey here. We can only learn so much from reading profiles, but that's the way it goes. I'm less interested in joining a family that's already been started than in starting one (if that happens, although that's increasingly unlikely), but don't let that stop you from contacting me. Smoking however is pretty much a deal-breaker for me.
What I’m doing with my life
Teaching middle school math and science;
Waiting tables a couple of nights a week;
Free time: shooting pool; juggling; Quizzo/Trivia;; Ultimate Frisbee (no it's not the thing with the dogs, although I love dogs). Lately, I've been actively trying to rekindle my musically creative side by playing guitar.
I’m really good at
...being a team player
...being supportive
...pursuing spontaneous adventures
The first things people usually notice about me
No idea. Eyes?
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I like movies; the ones I'm drawn to fall into two categories:
a) Big screen fun that doesn't make me think (Avatar, Ironman, The Incredibles, etc.).
b) Good stuff that might (The Hurt Locker, The Black Book, Amelie, Waking Life, etc.)

I generally avoid truly gruesomely violent and scary (Saw, Friday the 13th, etc.)

I mostly listen to NPR, but for music it's WXPN, sometimes WRTI. I've found that my ears can come to appreciate all sorts of music.

iPod sample:
The Seatbelts, English Beat, The Meters, Propellerheads, Gillian Welch, Jay Farrar, Jerry Douglas, Bela Fleck, Tony Rice, Victoria Williams, Miles Davis, John Scofield, King Crimson, Taj Mahal, Uncle Tupelo, Cake, Lyle Lovett, Tom Waits, Michelle Shocked
I guess I'd say that the bulk of my CD library is a melting pot of Jazz, R&B, Funk, folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae, ska, and various international influences.

I tend to read when:
a) I'm traveling and don't have anyone to talk with.
b) I want to find out stuff
Some that I've enjoyed:
Douglas Adams cracks me up, DaVinci Code, Dune, Siddhartha, Harry Potter series, Ishmael, A Pattern Language.
Occasional Sci-Fi, Mystery, Adventure, Eastern Philosophy.

My library has a lot of edible and medicinal botanical references, (as well as a large section on ecological design).

...which brings me to...
Well, I have a saying... Remember: Life is Food... and I think that's true on many levels, but that's another discussion.
I like a wide variety of foods, but I really like Indian, Thai, Mexican, Middle Eastern, sushi ... well heck, I just like food and cooking, but I tend to keep it pretty healthy; good ingredients.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
There was a young man who said "Though,
It seems that I know that I know,
But what I'd like to see,
Is the 'I' that's called 'me',
When I know that I know that I know."
On a typical Friday night I am
When the weather is warm, I could still be on the road, driving to an Ultimate tournament.

Hang out with friends to cook together, play pool or darts, check out some live music, play music (guitar/mandolin/harmonica), see a movie.

Lately (on non-tournament weekends):
All of my friends are married / parenting, so hanging out together is difficult without booking things a month in advance. As a result, I'm usually cooking dinner, or heading out to a film solo.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
It took me three tries to get that STALE - STEAL question right.
I'm a little bit dyslexic.

It didn't occur to me that my screen name could be interpreted in any way other than Homo sapiens with an XY chromosome pair.
You should message me if
If you are looking for a potential date / relationship:
- you don't smoke
- you are not married

Major bonus points if you can tell the difference between you're, your, and yore; its and it's; their, they're, and there; then and than; affect vs. effect; accept vs. except... I could go on.

if you are looking for shared activities on a platonic basis:
- you want to go shoot some pool
- you play ping pong
- you like to juggle or want to learn
- we share some other interest

If you've managed to get all the way down to the bottom here, thank you very much for taking the time to read what I've written. When I read your profile I will give it the same respect.
The two of us