34 Issaquah, United States
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My self-summary
If you know where my user name came from, without using Google, chances are that we'll get along like a house on fire. Just thought I'd throw that out first.

And now back to the regularly scheduled self-description...

When my car caught fire in my driveway (mouse nests on exhaust manifolds are a bad combination if you're wondering) I calmly walked inside, picked up a fire extinguisher, and put the fire out. Within two hours I had the damage assessed and new parts on order. But I can't keep my desk even remotely organized.

My e-book reader has the phrase "Don't Panic" etched into it.

I have run out of bookshelf at least twice in the past year.

Caffeine is a necessary part of my life.

I am a technology junkie, but I often carry a fountain pen and I still have a rotary landline and I appreciate both without a touch of irony. (The rotary dialer app I used to have on my smartphone may have been a bit over the top though.)

I'm an inveterate tinkerer. I can change brakes and rotors, rebuild a carburetor, fix a running toilet, wire a lightswitch, build a computer, root a smartphone, and waste hours playing with those Buckyball magnets. Basically, if I can take it apart to see how it works, I probably will, or at least I'll look up schematics somewhere.

I'm definitely a geek, even if life gets in the way of it sometimes. I'm dreadfully behind on reading A Song of Ice and Fire and even on Wheel of Time, but I do at least know the difference between Sindarin and Quenya. And yes, I do enjoy video games when I have time (not often lately), but I don't let the geek stop my involvement with the three-dimensional world; my Coleman stove, tent, and sleeping bag see real use too.

I know that's sort of all over the map, but that's why I came out to Seattle after all. Where else is better for a tech geek who loves the chance to pack it all up and unplug in the woods for a weekend, or a week?
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a "baby" attorney, toiling for probably a few too many hours each day in an effort to make a name for myself and build a career. Sort of like every other young(ish) attorney.

I also spent a week in the Alaskan interior a couple Februaries ago helping native villagers with their taxes as part of a volunteer program. Nothing quite like riding 3.5 miles in a sled behind a snowmobile from the airstrip into town to prepare tax returns. A ridiculous amount of fun and I really hope I'm able to go again sometime.
I’m really good at
Eating deep-fried food, making bad puns, laughing aloud at whatever Terry Pratchett book I happen to be reading at the moment, and using the Oxford comma.
The first things people usually notice about me
Honestly, I don't know. Probably the beard.

If you're looking for a better answer, you'll have to get to know me and then ask my friends.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: I've already alluded to a fondness for Pratchett, and listing everything else would take too long, but my bookshelves do contain several commentaries on Sherlock Holmes, the complete works of Jane Austen, the Pelican Shakespeare, a lot of Heinlein, a fair bit of Tolkien, and, of course, Harry Potter.

Movies: Everything from "Dirty Harry" and "Bullett" to "The Muppets." And the original Star Wars trilogy, but not the prequel crap.

Shows: I'll admit it, Star Trek is up there. Along with Community, Scrubs, Bones, and How I Met Your Mother. I also have to admit to taking a guilty pleasure in watching Magnum P.I. on Netflix.

Music: Mostly rock (especially classic) but you can catch me listening to just about anything except rap/hip-hop/R&B. I appreciate that there are incredibly talented artists in those categories but I've just never been able to get interested.
The six things I could never do without
Self-determination, the outdoors, caffeine, a vehicle with character, time in which to have a life that's more than just work and responsibilities, and a camera to play with.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Where I go from here.

Otherwise, just the usual things: Whether hopping on the ferry up to Ketchikan is a feasible random trip and, if not, whether riding to Glacier National Park on the motorcycle is a good alternative. Realizing that I have no way to strap a tent and sleeping bag to the motorcycle. Devising a way to fix that.
On a typical Friday night I am
Sitting down with a good book and a gin and tonic. Recently finished the first book in the Wheel of Time series and am currently working on a lighter re-read through the city watch books of Terry Pratchett's "Discworld" novels.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I own a Ke$ha album. I guess that's not really "private" so much as "potentially embarrassing."
You should message me if
You think you'll get along with a guy who thinks this is funny:

You have a lack of impish people in your life.

You can understand that people with whom you disagree are not evil, not even bad, rather, that they simply view the world through a different lens.

You are OK with the fact that I own firearms; you don't need to love shooting or even be remotely interested in anything firearms related, but if you think it's "wrong" to own firearms we're not a relationship match.