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My self-summary
The rest of the questions cover everything important.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm getting a PhD in religion (I am not in divinity school. I do not want to be a minister. I am neither "religious" nor "spiritual." I am interested in how we all learned to identify ourselves with those terms.).
I’m really good at
For a rank amateur, i'd like to think I'm pretty good at photography, guitar, and cooking. i've recently started making little wood projects with a router, as well, though i'm really at a beginner level there.

I like playing and recording guitar music, bike riding, going on trips, taking pictures, cooking and listening to music (at the same time, that is;  throw in a beer, maybe, and that's perfection).  
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm pretty nice. I try to give everybody a chance (as people, not necessarily as partners), and I try to reduce tension, because I don't like tension.

Maybe also the fact that i'm fairly quiet, until I get really excited about something, at which point I am NOT quiet.

My hair can be pretty striking, too, depending on the humidity.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I am very turned on by people who use language precisely and creatively, either to understand the world, or to make it more fun.  

I haven't done much pleasure reading in the last few years, but I loved The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and (as of 12/2015) Good Omens by Gaiman/Pratchett - so good.  I like Thoreau, and Stephen King's short stories.  I just spent a lot of time reading Michel Foucault for school.  That was great, and I enjoyed "Discipline and Punish" most of all (it's about prisons and political power, not BDSM).  I love Wallace Stevens.  I like Rilke a lot, though i haven't spent a lot of time on him.

I would lose my mind without Netflix.  It has brought me Archer, Top Gear, 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, Bob's Burgers, Portlandia, Adventure Time, and A Bit of Fry and Laurie.  I was Ron Swanson for Halloween last year.  I wrote a speech,  made a breakfast utility belt out of Tupperware, and ate the food I carried in it. The second season of Little Britain is delightfully horrendous.

1/9/14 - I just discovered Mad Men. I don't want to emulate any of the characters, but that show is a work of art. Halfway through the first season, totally hooked.

I don't know how the music I like really fits together, but let's say i like classic rock, the blues, prog rock, and some acoustic, folk and experimental stuff.  Some, not much.  I have never once found myself getting tired of Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, or Stevie Ray Vaughan.  I have seen Rush in concert five times.  Neil Peart stands alone.  

Lately, i've been listening to Bill Frisell, J.J. Cale, and Springsteen's "Nebraska" album.

Fans of Opeth, Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson, and Bass Communion should definitely write.

I'm not a big movie buff.  The answer to "have you seen…" is almost definitely "no."  
I just have other interests (that said, Star Wars, LOTR, The Big Lebowski, Easy Rider and Ghostbusters are near and dear to my heart).

My favorite foods are pizza, hummus (a term I use loosely), Indian, Thai, deli sandwiches and Irish pub food.  
The six things I could never do without
Mountain bike, guitar, camera, router (the power tool, not the Internet box), olive oil, veggie burgers.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How I can (or if I should) move to Washington or Oregon after I'm done at SU.
On a typical Friday night I am
Getting my bearings for the weekend, cooking, relaxing, maybe playing guitar, usually getting a drink.

Most of my close friends are very busy, so it's tricky to plan things, but I love getting together with them at a bar, in someone's yard or living room, or wherever.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
The movie Twister changed my life.
You should message me if
"I like a strong, confident woman at the top of her field. Your Stephi Graffs, your Cheryl Swoopses."

You should message if (1) that describes you, or (2) you know the source of the quote and love it as much as I do.

Also a fan of short hair, although long is fine as well.