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My self-summary
(This currently a work in progress. I'm doing a very needed overhaul of my profile and with almost everything in my life going great, this seems like a perfect time.)

I'm geeky, but I don't let that define me. I like movies, comics, games, but I also like hiking, travel, cooking. I have too many interests and never enough time to indulge in all of them, so I tend to get into an interest for a few weeks, drop it for another, and repeat the cycle.

I have a lot of interest in Japan. I lived there for two years previously and I had a great time. My Master's thesis was on anime fans in America and how a Japanese cultural export became so popular in the U.S., a place notorious for ignoring the rest of the world's entertainment. I love talking and learning about other cultures and places. My degrees are in anthropology, but I have a lot of other academic interests as well, like history, linguistics, and geology.

I like cooking and know a few Japanese recipes. It's a fun hobby and great to share with someone. I hate cooking for myself and will eat instant crap too often without a motivation to cook.

I love playing games. It doesn't matter if they're board games, video games, word games or whatever. There is something about the mental exercise and the competition that I love.

I am a certainly a smartass at times. I like to make people laugh, but I can content myself to making myself laugh if no one else gets my humor.

What I’m doing with my life
I currently work at a plumbing specialty hardware store. It's not my ideal career, but it is light years better than the corporate hell of Home Depot. I'm still looking for a better job, but this job gives me full time, benefits, and a set schedule.

Otherwise, I just got a vehicle after 5 miserable years without. I need to have the freedom to go wherever I want whenever I want. I find myself so much happier now.

Related to getting a vehicle, I've been going through my storage unit after all this time and it's been great to get rid of some things and rediscovering other stuff that I had forgotten about.
I’m really good at
Possibly cooking. I can make decent salad sushi, fried rice and a few other dishes I learned in Japan.
Telling stories about teaching, Japan, retail, and growing up in rural Idaho.
Cracking jokes. Often either a bit too inappropriate or just horrible puns.
I'm really good at trivia games, a mostly useless, but fun skill.
Ruining songs for people by making up alternate lyrics.
Crane games for stuffed animals. Japan had really cool prizes, and I got a bit obsessed with it for a while.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm tall or maybe my eyes (blue with green in the center).
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Authors: H.P. Lovecraft, Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Carl Hiaasen, Kurt Vonnegut, Haruki Murakami, George Orwell, Anthony Burgess, etc. Murakami's Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World might be my favorite book.
I've read all the Harry Potter books and liked them.

Movies: Ikiru, The Incredibles, Wall-E, The Big Lebowski, Grosse Pointe Blank, The Princess Bride, Kikujiro, Tampopo, Water Boys, Star Wars (the original trilogy), Let the Right One In, Godzilla (2014), Guardians of the Galaxy. I'm a bit of a film buff. I like serious dramas, but I think there are times when you just need a popcorn movie to sit back and enjoy. I need to spend more time at Scarecrow Video because no description comes close to how amazing their selection is.

Television: I don't watch too much tv, but I love Bizarre Foods. I like seeing people eat weird foods that I couldn't eat. I also like Supernatural, Arrested Development, and Arrow. I tend to watch a lot of cartoons and I especially like Avatar, Adventure Time, and Gravity Falls. Counting anime, I'd add Cowboy Bebop, Slayers, GTO, and Azumanga Daioh.

Music: My music taste is extremely eclectic. At any point in time I could be listening to Lana Del Rey, Santogold, The Knife, Gorillaz, Bill Withers, Queen, Polysics, Kanye, David Bowie, K'Naan, Dean Martin, Lykke Li, Aqua, Tegan and Sara, Die Antwoord, Goldfrapp, Crazy Loop, The Killers, Fever Ray, Ben Folds. I listen to a lot of Japanese music like the Blue Hearts, Utada Hikaru, Yaida Hitomi, Mr. Children, and Kishidan. I've recently been introduced to eleki, which is a mix of surfer music and traditional Japanese music and I love it. My interests in music go everywhere and depend on what I feel like at any particular moment. The current favorite are the Protomen and if you know who they are, you are already pretty awesome in my book.

Food: I love trying new things. I don't always like them, but that's a risk that worth taking because sometimes you find something wonderful, like hummus or taiwan ramen. And sometimes its bizarre like jellyfish or just nasty like sea cucumber (so nasty, just bitter with a chewy yet hard texture).

Board Games: Settlers of Catan, Arkham Horror, Betrayal at House on the Hill, Trivial Pursuit. I love board games and if I haven't played it yet, I'm down to try any game.

Video Games: Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy IV and VI, Dragon Quest games, Katamari Damashi, Tetris, Fallout 3 and New Vegas, Skyrim, Disgaea. My favorite games by far are the Fallout games, I love post-apocalyptic stories and the retro-futurism style makes it even better.
Six things I could never do without
Learning new things.
Good friends who understand me.
Computer and the internet.
Nostalgic media (books, video games, movies) from my childhood.
Good cheese.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Everything. The past, the future, you name it. I tend to over-think things in my life. It's a hard habit to quit. Or what type of rock/bug/plant that is, or wtf am I doing back here, or what the origins of some everyday word might be.
On a typical Friday night I am
I almost always work on Saturdays, so Friday nights just aren't too special.

That said, I usually have Fridays and Sundays off and I'm making up for 5 years of being car-less by going out and being social. I just got back from watching a friend's debut as a Lucha Libre wrestler.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I tend to curse often and I'm pretty sure that's why a date ended very abruptly. Whoops.

If that bothers you, we probably won't get along.
You should message me if
You liked what you've seen so far.

You can spell and use basic grammar properly.

You have any questions on Japan, academic or otherwise. I'm always up for conversation.

I was going to put this huge list of traits that someone must have to write me, but I realized that people actually are serious about that sometimes and that took the fun out of it.
The two of us