RunningMallory
36 Newport News, United States
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My self-summary
The torment of filling up a blank white space by writing something witty, informative and relatively accurate about yourself... horrors. Thankfully, I fancy myself a cunning linguist , and will bravely charge this particular windmill.

Beyond what the basic profile and the other entries say, I'm newly single and new to the area. I'm a tad (read: rather) quirky, too smart for my own good, and in addition to working as a professional academic, I like endurance sports and activities (marathons, triathlons, hiking, etc.). P90X is quite possibly both one of the best and worst things that ever happened to me.

I've lived lots of places, both here and abroad, and I've seen lots of things, both wonderful and terrible, but I'm always hungry for more. I've got a rather dark and wicked sense of humor, which is all the better for keeping the sensitive romantic inside from being hurt too easily.

I have a penchant for many things geekish (see the mc chris song: "Nerd Girl"), and do a very good impersonation of a homebody, but I secretly love being dragged out for a good time. One acquaintance once described it: "Dude, I would call you the biggest nerd I've ever met, but you're a little too self-aware, much too dirty, and a tad too high functioning socially. You're some new breed of supernerd. I fear for the future of mankind."
What I’m doing with my life
Currently, the government seems to think I'll make a decent cross between a professional know-it-all and a babysitter of gifted children between the ages of 25 and 65. I've just gotten back into the endurance sport routine of eating healthy home cooked meals and obeying Rule #1 of Zombieland (cardio) after several years of grad school. I also enjoy writing various types of fiction in the spare time I can find.
I’m really good at
Running, creative and academic writing, public speaking, analytical thinking, classical and jazz musicianship, remembering all kinds of useful and not-so-useful information (read: pub trivia), bull-shitting (particularly making it appear I know more than I really do), relating to animals and small children, playing devil's advocate, long-distance driving, hiking or sailing (endurance meets a good sense of direction).
The first things people usually notice about me
Since getting Lasik and losing my glasses, probably my eyelashes and my relatively poor ability to tan. Personality wise, probably intelligence, a subversive sense of humor, and the ability to continuously surprise.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I like it somewhat dark and fairly ecclectic.
Books (Authors):
- Douglas Adams
- George Orwell
- Tim Dorsey
- Neil Gaiman
- Dorothy Parker
- Saul Bellow
- Goethe
- J.K. Rowling
- R.A. Salvatore

Movies:
- Shawshank Redemption
- Inception
- The Usual Suspects
- Silence Of The Lambs
- Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
- Pulp Fiction
- Jaws
- Gravity
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Batman Begins & The Dark Knight
- The Lord of the Rings trilogy
- The Monty Python films
- The Cornetto/Blood & Ice Cream Trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, World's End)
- Traffic
- Lost in Translation
- Pleasantville
- anything from Pixar
- Apocalypse Now
- Ocean's Eleven
- the first two Godfather films
- quality anime

Shows:
AMC: Breaking Bad (RIP), Better Call Saul, Mad Men, The Walking Dead (gave up after season 3)
Showtime: Dexter (needed to be put out of its misery), Masters of Sex
HBO: Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, Veep, The Sopranos
CBS: Elementary, The Big Bang Theory
Other: Adult Swim, Good Eats, House of Cards, Neon Genesis Evangelion, South Park... and Beavis and Butthead

Music: Genesis, Eminem, Green Day, Javier Calderon, Portishead, Dave Matthews Band, The Black Keys, Mary Chapin Carpenter, mc chris, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Rammstein, Sheryl Crow, U2, Vanessa-Mae, Wir sind Helden, Yoko Kanno, Mozart, Rachmaninov

Food: sushi, hibachi, dim sum, big salads, seafood (Scandinavian and New England offerings are tops), Italian food, German food, Austrian desserts, TexMex, Texas BBQ, anything good off the grill
The six things I could never do without
- Word processing program or a pen & paper
- Running Shoes
- Reed Instruments
- Comfy Chair
- Lap Top with wifi and an iTunes account
- Sunscreen (thank you Baz Luhrmann)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
- The nature of life, the universe and everything (yes, 42)
- Things I've experienced that have had made an impression
- What story to tell next
- What to do with the salmon of doubt
On a typical Friday night I am
Going for a run during/after sunset, catching up on recorded TV and doing laundry, or going to the movies.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I make mistakes, which is something we all seem to be desperately trying to conceal from everyone else.
You should message me if
You're looking for a running/workout partner

You're looking for someone to bounce ideas off of

You're looking for some fun (romantic or otherwise)

AND
Someone who's intellectually stimulating and has a cyncially humorous shell protecting a gooey idealistic center sounds like your particular brand of vodka.
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