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My self-summary
Hello, my name is Edwin.

Like most of you, I'm here for the free toaster giveaway. I kid. Or do I?

My life's journey started a long time ago. Then some stuff happened. Now here I am. And where is that? Well... typing up some information about me that should interest you in some manner should I initiate a 'hello' (or should that be "an 'hello'"?).
What I’m doing with my life
I work with students and instructors in the chemistry department of a local community college as a lab technician. As of late, I've been working more on the instructional aspects of the job than before, and I'm liking it quite a lot.

I've recently returned to university, this time to get my chemistry Master's degree. Since I'm doing this while keeping my job, it hasn't been an easy transition. There is progress, albeit slow, but since the ultimate goal is to teach, I need to see this through.

On the hobby side, I do a little bit of work with coffee. [I'll elaborate more on this bit should I luck out on a conversation.] About once a month (or two), I have weekend rides with some of my fellow coworkers/motorcycle enthusiasts, going for breakfast/lunch. It's a collection of different riders - cruisers, sportbikes, adventure bikes, touring, scooters. On the subject of motorcycles, I have two that I switch between to use for commuting. Neither of them are fast sportbikes nor are they Harleys. For those who are curious, I also have a car which I use when it's raining or just desire to cruise around without having to wear riding gear.

My last two trips to the Philippines have really awoken the traveler/adventurer in me. I'm hoping that once school commitments mellow out a bit, I can plan another trip to other destinations that require a passport (Europe would be nice), though road trips are good too (New Orleans, Pacific NW).
I’m really good at
Spinning a book on my finger.

Acquiring random facts.

Grilling and barbecuing. I prefer charcoal over propane.

If there's one thing that I believe I was put on this Earth for, it's humor. I enjoy making people laugh, especially the knee-slapping, snort-inducing, belly-aching kind.
The first things people usually notice about me
If I'm wearing my glasses: my glasses
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, World War Z, my Biochemistry Textbook

Movies: Mel Brooks movies, Jon Favreau movies, Christopher Nolan movies, and there's a bunch more

Shows: Marvel shows on Netflix (except Iron Fist, that thing was bad), Battlestar Galactica, Sherlock, The IT Crowd, Hu$tle, Arrested Development, Northern Exposure, M*A*S*H, Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul

Music: A lot of variety

Food: A lot of variety
Six things I could never do without
Oxygen, food, and other life necessities are obvious, so I'll say...

Faith, hope, and love, and the past, present and future.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Continuing my education - I've done quite a lot with the BS Biochemistry degree that I finished many years ago, but working at the college has given me insights I wouldn't have had otherwise if I had continued working in the chemical industry.

How I will be as a chemistry instructor.

The perfect roasted coffee.

That special someone - it might sound hokey, but I am still hopeful of meeting her.
On a typical Friday night I am
These are not typical Friday nights, but I do:
- visit my brother and his family.
- drive down to San Diego to visit my buddy.
- try out a recipe (yes, I cook a bit).
- hang out with a friend or two or several for dinner and/or movie and/or drinks.
- doing late night research work in the lab.

These are what I do infrequently or rarely:
- go to clubs (rarely).
- go to bars (infrequently).
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I've intentionally left "Body Type" blank. I think the pictures do more justice. And while we're at it, I'm actually 176 cm in the morning, going down to about 175 (or 5'9") after a day on my feet.

Also, I occasionally do it up and down and sometimes side to side, but mostly prefer it in circles, and as of late, with my left hand...

... brushing my teeth, that is.

Simple Minds "Don't You Forget About Me" sometimes plays in my head when I walk away from people with whom I've just given solid advice on something.
The two of us