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My self-summary
I've traveled to over two dozen countries, but I think I was too young to appreciate most of them. I don't travel much now. Someday I want to go back and see what I missed the first time around.

One of my fondest memories traveling is from the first time I went to Madrid, Spain. I taught students all the English needed to play soccer so we could spend our class period outside kicking a ball around. As thanks they took me to a bull ring and convinced the managers to throw me in and "fight" a bull! Really, it was just me running away from a small bull while everyone else laughed... There's a video of this somewhere, but you'll never see it.

I get hopelessly lost without a smart phone (Yay GPS!). I get this from my dad. We once went biking around my childhood neighborhood and got lost. For 6 hours.

I like to go into the city alone and talk to random strangers. I've met some wonderfully interesting people this way-- a former surgeon general, the guy in charge of designing Disney theme parks, a stoner who believes he is god, someone who thinks they can cure arthritis with copper wire and gemstones, and the list goes on...

I have a collection of hundreds of Spiderman comics that I started when I was 8 years old, but I haven't seen it in a few years. It's in my parents' basement somewhere in New Jersey.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a chemist.
My life is like Breaking Bad and yes, I will make you drugs.

Just kidding.
I’m really good at
I love to cook; it's what piqued my interest in chemistry. I make all sorts of weird things and they're usually edible! Some of the weirder things I can make are vegan ice cream, chocolate wine, hot and cold tea, and multiphasic liquors. I own quite a few books on molecular gastronomy, which you're welcome to borrow once I get to know you.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
The Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy
Only Forward by Michael Marshall Smith
I also like to read various fantasy and science fiction books by authors like R. A. Salvatore and Orson Scott Card

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Princess Mononoke
Spirited Away
Moonrise Kingdom
Cinema Paradiso

TV :
Adventure Time
The Daily Show w/ John Stewart
The Colbert Report
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

Two Door Cinema Club
The Eagles
Kate Earl
Rachel Platten
The Who
Olafur Arnalds
Fabrizio Paterlini
Imogen Heap
Jimmy Eat World
The Foo Fighters

I spend a lot of time thinking about
I am fascinated by how the world works, and I wonder how things would be with small differences.

Grass looks greener on the other side of the fence because the more shallow viewing angle prevents you from seeing as much dirt.

I miss the word playdate. When was it replaced by "hang out" and "chill"? I think playdates should be brought back.

What would life be like if I was immortal? I wish that I could live forever.

I love the worlds created inside books. I think it would be fun to live in them.

I just got the 5-volume series "Modernist Cuisine". I'm going to spend a lot of time thinking about that as I read it over the next few weeks.
On a typical Friday night I am
Out with friends. I might be dancing (swing or blues) or hiking.
You should message me if
You think it is fun to meet new people.
You like hiking off the beaten track.
You want to try weird and exotic food.
You can have fun doing things that you are bad at or completely new to.

Your message does not need to be witty. Your talent for prose is unimportant to me, because I don't think it's indicative of our compatibility. I'm not trying to hire a writer...
The two of us