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My self-summary
I'm a mix of creative, physical, and technical. I was massage therapist and tech support for one friend for a few years. I like to run, have enjoyed indoor rock climbing in the past and could easily be persuaded to pursue it again, and have a Concept 2 rowing machine that my schedule hasn't let me use as much as I'd like lately. I studied tai chi for a couple of years in Sacramento before moving to San Francisco, and life has settled to the point where I'm just about ready to get back to it.

I've been a tablet PC user since 2003, and am excited by the latest developments in the category. Not so much with the iPad and Apple's closed development environment, but with the form factor, Android, and the potential of a webOS tablet. I'm also looking forward to powerful but light Windows tablets, especially for the stylus & handwriting recognition.

While my social skills aren't well-suited to parties, I love engaging conversation. Politics. History. Computers & technology. Culture. I'm not so good at small talk, but if you want to share an opinion, I'd love to engage you on it.

I'm a cat person. I'm hoping to move in the first part of next year to have more space, and one of my priorities at that time will be getting a cat again. I've been without feline companionship for too long, and don't have enough close friends whose cats I can enjoy.

Finally, I'm a fan of nuance. Details matter. Perhaps on the questions section of the profile, we have some differences in areas that are important to you. I've offered explanations with many of the questions that may put some of those differences in a new context.

Oh, I'm also a bit more of a fan of the Chinese zodiac than the western zodiac. Still just for fun, but I feel a better connection and more complete representation as a Pig in the Garden.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a massage therapist with my degree in Chinese medicine. Ultimately, I want to build a school for integrative medicine where health providers in different modalities can learn to practice together. I'd like to help alternative & complementary care providers implement tech advancements in their practices, especially with electronic health records and social networking.

I'm also just starting a progressive-leaning political project with the goal of making it easier for people to get informed about important issues of the day while highlighting persistent attempts to misinform. It may not go anywhere because I'm not a lawyer or a journalist, and I haven't got any significant connections to people who are or to prominent politicians. But I think it's a worthwhile windmill at which to tilt, so we'll see where it goes.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I absolutely love Pandora. I even got a smartphone for the first time in 2010 just so I could listen at work. I've created a bunch of stations, but my favorite I've called Alternative Rock: a Touch of Whimsy. It introduced me to a singing comedian named Stephen Lynch, and I found out Weird Al is still making music with "White and Nerdy". Crash Test Dummies, They Might Be Giants, and the Squirrel Nut Zippers are some of the other artists on the station. There's a much broader range I'd be happy to share with you if you're a Pandora fan as well.

I've been reading The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher, about a wizard detective. It's almost an adult version of Harry Potter, though there are definite differences aside from being set in Chicago rather than Great Britain. Timeless favorites include the Dune series by Frank Herbert and the Count of Monte Cristo by Dumas. I waited in line for the midnight sales of the last three Harry Potter books, and finished each within 24 hours (straight - not multiple sittings).

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, It's a Wonderful Life, The American President, A League of Their Own. I love Pixar movies and enjoyed How to Train Your Dragon more than Avatar.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Politics. A massage client and I once spent 40 minutes during a session coming up with a proposal for campaign finance reform. Hmm. I wonder if this should go under the heading of something I'm willing to admit...
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I shave my feet to reduce the chances of being mistaken for a hobbit. A tall hobbit, granted. Not that I have anything against hobbits as a people. I just think they have unattractive feet. Legs got shaved, too, when I first started training as a massage therapist, but not since. Royal pain.
You should message me if are in San Francisco - outside San Francisco is a wee bit complicated for me. I'd consider it under the right circumstances, but it's an additional hurdle. have a cat. Not required by any means, but a nice bonus. have opinions you like challenging in intelligent conversation.
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