Staven
30 Eureka, United States
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My self-summary
I am a laid back kind of person. I would rather sit back and watch TV than have to run around town to catch a movie, although I am the exact opposite when I travel. On vacations and trips I can't be a tourist just taking pictures - I have to be doing, learning or experiencing something.

I live a very frugal life. I know the value of money and I enjoy financial security more than showing off to friends. Personal finance is a hobby of mine. My goal is to have the means to "retire" if I so choose before the age of 40.

As far as my spare time, I enjoy gaming. Guild Wars 2 is what I play currently.

I work out every week and follow a loose paleo diet - its really brought out the best for my health. I avoid grains - especially wheat so no beer for me (despite my previous love of craft beers I recognize I have a severe gluten intolerance).

I am a civil engineer. I design sewers, sidewalks, parking lots and lots of other boring stuff. I love the business side of my job - developing client relationships and networking.

I lean towards the nerdy side of things but am not reserved - I enjoy meeting people and having meaningful discussions on just about anything. I love to read and to learn more about the world.
What I’m doing with my life
I am active with Toastmaster's International a group dedicated to improving public speaking and leadership skills.
I’m really good at
Making funny faces
The first things people usually notice about me
My sense of humor, the random facts/trivia I inject into conversations (I waste too much time on Wikipedia)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books:
Bogleheads Guide to Investing, The Primal Blueprint, Dune, Ringworld

Food:
Sushi, curry, watercress soup, bok choy, eggs and pretty much anything weird. I've tried everything from fried grasshoppers from a roadside stand in Mexico to durian and chicken feet dim sum (delicious!).

Music:

Mostly into instrumental, video game music, Indie, 90's rock. Recently introduced to Garbage "Not So Ordinary People" through the latest Metal Gear Solid trailer. Yep, I'm a nerd.
The six things I could never do without
Internet
Library
Pork Belly (including Bacon!)
Dark Chocolate
Chinese Buffets (Seafood galore)
Getting places without traffic
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How to improve myself and how to get ahead in life. What I can do to change the world and help others.
On a typical Friday night I am
At home gaming, streaming TV or browsing Reddit. I am not a party animal.
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