30 Ottawa, Canada
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My self-summary
My best quality is my intelligence. I was never the pretty or popular girl, I was always the smart girl and that is what has paid dividends for me in life -- never make fun of the nerdy girl in high school because she grows up ;) I am someone who is painfully self aware and fiercely loyal. Many would describe me as a princess but I won't hesitate to throw out more sports knowledge than the average guy who likes to think he knows what he's talking about, especially when it comes to baseball or football. I am very liberal and passionate about social issues and making the world a better place -- I have seen humanity in places where people assume it does not exist. I love to travel and the location does not matter. Animals make me happy, as a result I do not eat them. If you get me going, I challenge you to keep up as there is nothing more stimulating than good banter.
What I’m doing with my life
I am very career driven and have worked hard to establish a name for myself in my field. I travel a lot and have the opportunity to work with many amazing criminal justice practitioners (mainly in the US). I always endeavour to succeed but also remain grounded. My educational area of expertise is Criminology and I have remained committed to making positive changes in justice and correctional policy for many years (usually in a volunteer capacity). I recently returned from South Africa which provided me with a lot of perspective and would jump at the opportunity to head back to that continent. In the past I have settled for less than I deserve and the goal is to not do that again.
I’m really good at
making a quick-witted or sarcastic remark. I also tend to exceed expectations.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'd like to think it's my eyes but that simply is not the case. My dry sense of humour does not take long to pick up on as well.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
My educational background is Criminology which dictates my interest in books, movies, and television. True crime is the genre I'm most likely reading (In Cold Blood, The Executioner's Song, anything by John Douglas).

The Silence of the Lambs, Goodfellas, and The Shawshank Redemption are my favourite films.

Dexter and Criminal Minds are on my tv along with Real Time (and previously Countdown - I adore Keith Olbermann). I rarely miss San Francisco Giants or Pittsburgh Steelers games.

The one thing my father did right was ensure that I grew up with impeccable taste in music. I will listen to most genres but nothing is better than classic rock (although alternative rock of the 90s comes close). And Blue Rodeo holds a special place in my heart.

I am a vegetarian although I am unique in that I am not a huge fan of veggies. I like my Italian food and I like my chocolate even more. I am a Diet Coke addict.
The six things I could never do without
Laughter, critters, high heels, Diet Coke, baseball, and mental stimulation.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Social issues. I'm passionate about human rights, criminal justice, animal rights, and politics. Or I might be thinking about how the Giants are going to win the World Series once again this season. Or lamenting about Big Ben's health and the struggles of the O-line at the moment. I'm also plotting world domination when I'm not struggling to remember where I put my glasses.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I bawled in the middle of O'Hare when my favourite baseball player got his curtain call during his final game. I'm sure hundreds of people questioned my sanity.

I also have the most irrational and embarrassing fear of spiders. Arachnids are not my friends.

Finally, if someone close to me is murdered and investigators peruse my library, I'm going down for the crime.
You should message me if
You're not a douchebag - to put it very bluntly (if nothing else, I'm straightforward). If you are not a substantive person, my interest will not be piqued. But if you are a good guy who can throw out a witty remark at the drop of a hat or engage me in debate, then feel free!