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My self-summary
I've climbed Lion's Head in the dark, tested tuberculosis diagnostics in rural Malawi, hosteled through Europe alone, tripped at Lollapalooza and rolled at Bonnaroo, been to more concerts than I can recall, talked a millionaire into getting me a job, ripped the tag off my mattress, and built an apartment full of Ikea furniture. I prefer unfrosted Pop Tarts. I live dangerously.

Southerner born and raised in a two-stoplight town 40 miles east of Memphis, went to school in Chicago, now living here. I miss real storms, cicadas, and the smell of honeysuckle heavy on the air.

In terms of women, I like those whose intelligence, competence, and confidence are borderline intimidating.

What I’m doing with my life
I'm a biongineer/biochemist/medical scientist and I do cool shit that I love. I'm particularly passionate about global health and right now my baby is the development of a cheaper pertussis vaccine for India. If you're that interested, ask me about it and I'll talk your ear off.

I subscribe to Alan Watts' philosophy that the path to fulfillment requires blurring of the line between your work and play. I'm not career-obsessed, I just love what I do.
I’m really good at
Science. Reading people. Intentional mispronunciation. Yelling at sports. Stubbing my toe. Spilling drinks. Standing on things. Manners. Cursing. Taking the piss out of you, me, and everything within my cosmological radius.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm tempted to say my "distinguished" peppering of grey hair or "striking" green eyes, but let's be honest, it's probably my towering stature and that I say "ma'am" a lot.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I will eat anything once. Seriously, anything (okay, no poop). Thai, Cajun, Southern, Indian, Italian, German, Japanese, whatever. Give it to me.

Everything else gets a sampling of five favorites because I no more want to list them all than you want to read them.
Books: House of Leaves; The Weeds of God; The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test; I Am A Strange Loop; The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are. Right now I'm working on Danielewski's new book "The Familiar: One Rainy Day in May".
Movies: Requiem for a Dream; Black Swan; Snatch; Tucker and Dale vs. Evil; Sunshine. Recent favorite: IT FOLLOWS HOLY SHIT
Shows: The Wire; True Detective; Parks and Recreation; Hannibal; Louie
Music: According to my Last.fm, my top 5 artists are Mew, Nine Inch Nails, Porcupine Tree, Efterklang, and Radiohead, but I've been listening to a lot of Yeezy lately.
Six things I could never do without
Empathy, laughter, science, music, bourbon, wilderness, and NBA basketball because fuck your limits. GO GRIZZ
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Everything, really. I think about politics, my research, about everything I plan to accomplish (it's laughable to be honest). About what things I need to do to be the best that I can. Imaginary arguments and disaster scenarios. How much I hate Chris Paul.
On a typical Friday night I am
Planning my hike the next day, meeting a friend for drinks and conversation, watching basketball, lifting, or reading. I'll try most things once, but not karaoke. Because fuck you, that's why.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have a chronological "Soundtrack of My Life" playlist with songs important to me at various stages in my life. Listening to it summons all those old emotions because I have a ridiculous sense of aural associative memory. It includes a Backstreet Boys song. Shut up. Stop laughing.
You should message me if
You think we'd enjoy each other's company. Frankly I don't think I'm in the right place right now to actively pursue something serious, although if I met the right person I wouldn't rule it out. But for now I'm really thinking something low-key and fun.

You have a dream you're actively pursuing.

You appreciate the stillness brought by exhaustion and the smell of the earth.

If you made it this far, you should probably just hit me up. Seriously, I'm not smelly and I will make you laugh (if not with then at least at me).
The two of us