TheShoulderThief
30Baltimore, United States
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My self-summary
I'm a guy who spends way more time than he needs to working on something and thinking deeply about numerous other things while doing it. I'm an introvert; I like to spend my free time doing low-key things like reading, writing, or escaping from the hustle and bustle of city life... and yet I can be quite outspoken, very much an open book if one can get me started. My true love is the great outdoors and the open country. I've spent most of my life being physically active and try my best to keep myself moving all the time.

Currently rebuilding, recovering from essentially missing my twenties. What I want now is to hopefully find people to share my current happiness with, explore new things and build new experiences with.
What I’m doing with my life
I have a 9-to-5 (well, a 7-to-3) at a biotech company near DC, which does work for the U.S. government and international scientists. On the weekends, I work at a supermarket near Baltimore, which does work for hungry suburbanites.

In my free time, I work on a story I've been writing for the past... twelve years (gah), ride my bike all around the city, ride my bike all around the other city, ride my bike to and from other cities, try to learn how to cook and be handier, work on my art skills, read... a lot (science literature, just science blogs, oh and of course novels too), and work on a house that desperately needs some love. Sometimes I can be found binge-watching a thing on YouTube, Netflix, or Crunchyroll, or possibly even playing a video game.
I’m really good at
-writing
-bicycling
-avoiding traffic (comes with being a cyclist)
-drawing
-forgetting negative signs
-fixing things
-finding out how to fix things
-navigation (the human GPS, they call me)
-striking up random conversations with strangers
The first things people usually notice about me
...if they notice me at all because I'm so quiet
Everyone knows I work hard. Even if they don't see me do it, they see how much I fixed everything up afterward.
And if they do see me, they think I'm the fastest thing alive. On foot, mostly, and especially on the DC Metro/MARC Train because I'm invariably the first one on or off that platform... but on my bike, too. Every driver that talks to me thinks I have a motor somewhere. And here I thought I was actually slow!
Many people also say I look really young.
They might then notice my bicycle accessories, especially in the winter when I have so many more of them. I'm a walking advertisement.
After the fact, people have said that I am odd. I wear this label proudly. Normal is boring.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
the tomes
Science fiction, nonfiction, and autobiographies tend to be right up my alley. Currently reading Kindred (Octavia Butler).

the pictures moving around
Okay, for real though... I'm not much of a movie guy. Sometimes I go out and watch 'em when I have some time, but nyeh. I guess I'm drawn to action films and sci-fi? I have resolved this year to watching all of the Star Wars movies for the first time, though. Unfortunately, Star Wars ain't the only thing I'm new at. Ask me if I've seen something and prepare to be amazed.

the picture box the shameless streaming
I don't really have a television at the moment, so everything I watch is online. Give me anything post-apocalyptic or adventure-oriented and I'm good. Only watching Attack on Titan right now, though I need to catch up on The Walking Dead. Once watched Avatar: the Last Airbender/The Legend of Korra, numerous science shows, and some others I forget and will need to update this later with

the skillful soundwaves
As of late, I tend to be ridiculously busy and find my music library shamefully neglected. A music library that is mostly metal, rock, electronica, while I'm newly (re)discovering hip-hop/rap and saying it proudly! I'm actually pretty eclectic and don't believe there's music you shouldn't listen to. If music is good, it's good. Like... soundtracks from TV shows and video games? ...oh, you know you have some too.

the fuel for my ambitions
I know I love Chinese, Thai, and Italian food. And now that I know that, I should try some vegan food. Or African foods. Or more Southeast Asian foods! On that note, I am completely pro-GMO, because scientific consensus.

the button mashing
I can't believe this doesn't ask about video games, so I'm putting it here anyway! RPGs are my favorite, especially Final Fantasy and the Tales Of series (working on Zestiria now, have been for months). Waiting for Shenmue 3. Also not unopposed to various indie games that don't require a significant time investment (Papers, Please was amazing). FPS and fighting games, though... well, I was never any good at them, so you can imagine I'm not terribly crazy about 'em
Six things I could never do without
My bicycle
Freedom of movement / travel
Science
Moments of solitude
The open country
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Why people think the way they do.

Story plot lines, plot holes, and what makes people do the crazy or awesome things they do.

The things stopping me from taking my yearly bike ride to Philadelphia.

What things are in the universe that we just haven't discovered yet, and how much discovering those things will completely change everything about everything

When I'll get the chance to travel again. Or, at the least, go on a multi-day bike tour or a hike.

Various routes of self-improvement.

Can I fix this object on my own, or will I blow myself up in the process? Hmmm.

When we are going to get high-speed rail in this country that actually uses infrastructure that isn't as old as high-speed rail itself

What is Cheeto Mussolini going to do before noon today?

The effects of gentrification on the people already living in a space.

Various political issues: the rise of the far-right and the implications it has upon our future as a nation and as a species, how race relations have fallen as far as they have, the obsession with taking away women's rights, the dawn of the anti-science era which I blame social media for, and the role both parties play in us getting to where we are.
On a typical Friday night I am
asleep, because my Saturday job starts early. Very early.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm Batman.
Shh, it's a secret.
You should message me if
If you accept a quiet person, possibly exceedingly so at times. I don't like crowds.

I'm very much attracted to intellectuals, people who are willing to learn more all the time and not afraid to change their viewpoints when they're wrong... and those who are quiet and fellow introverts that prefer small, subdued settings to large gatherings. A fellow bicyclist is a nice bonus, or at least loves being outside! I would love to find a woman who is active and willing to get her hands dirty. And someone who is responsible is an absolute must.

And you probably shouldn't message me if you have anything against:
* liberals and progressives (but not necessarily the Democratic Party)
* atheists
* any race or ethnicity (or if you ever use the terms "all/blue lives matter")
* LGBT
* settled science, like evolution and the importance of vaccines. I am also very pro-GMO.

In any case, far be it for me to stop you from messaging me for any reason. Or no reason! Keeps things interestin'.
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