34 San Rafael, United States
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My self-summary
Bay Area native, and I like it here (though some parts more than others). I have a bunch of awesome friends with whom I spend a lot of my free time, when my free time isn't evilly consumed by the various things in life I find fascinating. I'm working at a local Elementary school where the kids call me, no joke, "Mr. Awesome," so that's cool. I get lost in thought a lot, but that's ok, since there's a lot of cool things in my head floating around to get lost with; I generally don't mind that much, unless I'm driving. I probably WOULD like long walks on the beach at sunset, if not for the fact that I don't know any cool beaches around here, and they generally get really damn *cold* at night, so that's probably not as pleasant as the stories make it out to be.

Update! Ok, so it's been a while since I used this site, and I thought these text bubbles could use a bit more. I no longer work at that Elementary school, instead teaching classes to kids on engineering... I've found the trick to teaching a child anything is to trick them into having so much fun that they don't realize they're learning, which has the side benefit of making them incredibly happy. One kid asked me if I could be his second dad! I like kids, by the way.

I am engaging, compassionate, and reflective
What I’m doing with my life
Doing the Elementary school thing, studying, hanging out with friends. Wow, I just regurgitated the above section... how lame is that? What else do I do... I volunteer at a Big Brothers program, I read books that I think are cool, I go jogging from time to time.

Okay, three more things. Not lame.

Update! I'm currently focusing my attention on Grad school, with an eye towards a School Counseling degree, which I think I'd do pretty well at. I hate paperwork, but what are you gonna do? In the mean time, I'm set up pretty well with a great job, and life in general, so I can be patient.
I’m really good at
People. People make sense to me, and I inherently like them (what can I say, I'm biased). I'm really good at getting to know people, once I make a connection and start to get my foot in the door. I'm easy to talk to, which is good, because that's sort of my job. It helps that I'm a good conversationalist, too.
The first things people usually notice about me
That I have a beard, and most people don't? Actually, for some reason, about a third of the people I've met think I have a British accent, or that I use big words. A lot of folks think that I'm doing it to sound pompous; actually, I'm just used to talking that way. Specificity never hurt anyone.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: I've dug Orson Scott Card's stuff before, primarily "A Planet Called Treason," and not just because everyone else's favorite Card book is Ender's Game. I really liked the main character's, um, character.

Update! I'm reading Naomi Novik's Temeraire series, which is some great historical... "fiction" about the Napoleanic wars. Actually, since moving to a nicer house not too long ago, I found my appetite for books has increased quite a bit. Having a kick-ass reading couch really counts for a lot.

Movies: In a movie, I look for one of two things: Either some energetically entertaining fantasy (I lost my taste for drama when I lived through a lot of it), or something poignant to say about life. So, ass-kick or philosophy... I love movies that do both! ;p

Music: I will unabashedly confess to liking any genre of music, even the much-maligned country/bluegrass, boy-band, or electronica, if it's performed with talent. So, naturally, I'll listen to most anything and am hard to annoy, just so long as any specific song is good.

Foods: Um, the good kind? I don't really peg down my favorite foods, because I'm not too picky (at least not about genre). Though, my desire for cookies is such that my friends joke I have a cookie-shaped hole in my soul that I'm perpetually attempting to fill.
The six things I could never do without
The ability and opportunity to do well by the children I work with, and by virtue of extention from that, the world.

Real, meaningful, heart-to-heart conversations.

Quietly reading a good book late into the night, well past the hour that I should have gone to bed.

My friends (and the time I spend with them).

My faith.

The ability to laugh at a joke, no matter how dumb, if it was presented with heart.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
This website's servers couldn't handle the amount of stuff I'd put down here for what I end up randomly pondering all day long. Let's see, some examples include, but entirely are not limited to:

if I should have said a certain something I didn't, if I shouldn't have said a certain something I did, why people do what they do, why I do what I do, life, death, love, hate, and the meaning of the universe.

I have a lot to think about, you see.

Update! I've found that, as life progresses, you take on more and more responsibilities, and I've been doing a lot of thinking about that. How did adulthood look so easy when I was a kid?
On a typical Friday night I am
Meeting up with friends to do some social function/event, or snoozing unconsciously, knocked out flat by the week. On several occasions, my friends have raided my home to wake me up to go do something... I couldn't tell if I was supposed to get angry at them.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I virtually have no sense of direction. The only way I memorize getting somewhere is to get lost going there at least once, often more.

Update! Actually... this one's still true. But I have a GPS now, thank God! It's named Susan, and she takes me everywhere. I'd be lost without her (har har).
You should message me if
You think you're interesting, you think I'm interesting, or even better, you are interested in some sort of meeting of our joint interestingnesses.