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My self-summary
I'm a scientist - specifically, a geologist working in the environmental consulting field. Restoring environmentally impacted sites is motivating, and the site investigation process is interesting and enjoyable. (I'll leave it to the engineers to design the fix, based on the conceptual solution developed during the investigation.)

I enjoy the physical sciences, especially reading about physics, astronomy, & cosmology. I like hiking locally and backpacking in the Appalachians of NC, VA, GA, & TN. When it's quiet at home (particularly late at night), I enjoy listening to music (e.g., the Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, Eno, Patti Smith, Tom Petty, REM, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Joni Mitchell, etc.). I consider analogue (vinyl) to be much more aurally rich than digital (CD, mp3, etc.), but I appreciate the portability of the latter (i.e., it's hard to play 12"-vinyl in the car.)

I'm open minded and politically liberal. I can't tolerate intolerance (hahaha).

I am intellectual, outdoorsy, and can't spell well.
What I’m doing with my life
Working - I enjoy my work quite a lot.

Looking after the significant others in my life (kids, pets, parents, in-laws, spouse - you'll have to contact me for more info regarding the latter).

Hiking & backpacking, either alone, with my dog, or with friends/family.
I’m really good at
Analytical thinking and problem solving.

In addition to collecting data on-site, I spend a lot of time at the office working with spreadsheets, models, maps, etc. to develop solutions to multivariate environmental problems.

I'm decent at packing, & have a good spatial sense. I'm also decent at navigating - I may go off on the wrong trail, but I've never gotten lost (at least, not for more than 12 hours).
The first things people usually notice about me
I have no idea. This sounds flippant, but it is an honest admission of ignorance.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I mostly read non-fiction - topics primarily related to physics & ecology (at a lay level).

I'm not very particular about movies, and I don't have a background that allows me to critique films. Hence, my tastes are all over the map (Solaris, O Brother Where Art Thou, several of the Star Wars & Star Trek movies, Vanilla Sky, Eyes Wide Shut, 2001, Clockwork Orange, Dr. Strangelove, Thank You For Not Smoking, Pulp Fiction, ...).

Unlike movies, I tend to be opinionated in my musical preferences, despite the fact that I have no more background in music than I do with cinema.

I'm definitely am not particular about food. I can eat a wide variety of foods, and I'm not invested in the subject to any signficant degree. (As fate would have it, I do much of the meal preparation, which tends toward the basics.)
Six things I could never do without
Let's assume for a brief moment that one can move beyond the fallacious elementary school mantra of "food, clothing, shelter." (Really now, the latter two aren't necessary - they are recent inventions that allowed for the species' dispersion into less hospitable environs.) Recasting that mantra in a more modern version, one might need only include (given a suitable but realistically available natural setting), "water, energy-rich nutrients, oxygen." And even there, I can go for days without eating, well over a day without drinking, and several minutes without breathing. (As for "never", at some point I will die, no longer exist, and my decaying corpse will need nothing.)

Hence, I choose to offer some things that, in no order, I would prefer not to do without:

good coffee and good (or at least decent) beer
the newspaper (yeah, I know - old school)
the internet
my computer
my mind
my dog & cat, my friends & family (only counts as one, using the rubric of "interpersonal relationships" and assuming, as I do, that cats and dogs are persons)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Fundamental physical properties that underlie existence, especially issues associated with randomness and determinism (and how that relates to free will, deterministic physical law, and true random physical states). On occasion, I like to stop and think about all of the intense activity that is theorized to be happening every 10^-44 second in the vacuum. I also like planning out my next backpacking trip.
On a typical Friday night I am
If I'm not at work, then I'm most likely at home, cooking dinner, tending to the mundane, and looking forward to reading & crashing out (admittedly, not exactly exciting, but an honest response).
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm here.
You should message me if
If you can get past the revelation that I'm married & in a committed relationship, then contact me & I'll fill in the relevant details. If you can't get past even an inquiry, then I doubt we would get along.
The two of us