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My self-summary
*Just a note, I don't have the A-List feature and you may enjoy this more if you actually imagine that I have a very dry and irreverent sense of humour. As of November 2016 I've met someone and I'm in a committed relationship but I leave this profile up so that any new penpals or people seeking new friends might still find me.

My profile is pretty much me in a nutshell. You won't find too many bombshells or surprise superficiality and I don't pretend to be something other than what I am.*

Just got back from an archaeology dig in E. Europe and pondering a third such trip so I do have a few stories to share... Sadly, though, Indiana Jones doesn't portray the less exciting sides of archaeology (such as cleaning pottery sherds).

What can I say? I'm your stereotypical American-born Chinese guy from Idaho who was educated as a Roman historian in Britain. There must be hundreds of thousands of us, no? I'm here to find someone who will read my profile and find it amusing or, perhaps, endearing if a bit eccentric. I find the Pacific Northwest, in general, to be quite amusing but I'm open to the possibility that it will all work out.

After finishing my work in Britain I had no choice but to leave my beloved London and return home to the US and find a job here as a professor. Apparently, I was not quite British enough to stay! I don't know why; surely drinking copious amounts of tea, eating scones with cream and jam, and liking Doctor Who should be enough. Perhaps it would have helped if I understood cricket...

I work in higher education where I often get to wear tweed. After all, film and literary stereotypes tell me that's what professors do but I suppose I could also get a guest spot on Downton Abbey somehow...

I enjoy what I do because I truly believe that the study of the past is important and even more relevant in our incredibly fast-paced world. I think it also does us moderns some good to remember that most of our problems aren't new and to see which solutions were tried in the past. It must sound cheesy but I also really believe in the power of education to change the world.

So much for 'What can I say', eh?
What I’m doing with my life
When I'm not teaching or researching, I shockingly try to have a life. In my spare time I like to do a lot of cooking and I enjoy travel. I do hit the gym and work out at home to offset my love of cooking/baking and eating great food.

I'm trying to visit every country that was once part of the Roman Empire and to also explore as much exciting new food as I can.

If the Roman world doesn't fascinate you then, well...I also love Hong Kong and parts of the Far East. I'd like for someone to share my love of learning (formally or informally) as well as someone to go out/stay in with.

I once tried to learn to salsa but the results were...novel. Ok, it wasn't that bad but I'm quite rusty and would quite fancy someone to re-learn it with.

I'm also writing a scif-fi novel if you like something a bit more unorthodox.
I’m really good at
I can cook fairly well and I used to enjoy baking. I suppose, ironically, I'm awful at cooking Chinese food. My parents run a Chinese restaurant and I suppose they're disappointed about that.

I'm also pretty good at goofing off and being lazy when I have the time. I like to cook since it gives me the chance to be creative and to improvise different recipes and I'm fairly good at baking English style scones.

Also, all of us Idahoans sound like Brits or Major Winchester from MASH. Honest.
The first things people usually notice about me
Well, I think this varies from person to person but many people notice how passionate I am about some things and I am also a dependable friend once you get to know me. I guess people notice I'm a bit of a nerd/geek. I won't try too hard to hide it, either.

Also, I guess people notice I use a lot of long words. ...and maybe I'm can be a bit scathing. Perhaps a bit cynical too...

People also say 'You're not from around here, are you?' No, I'm not but that's okay. :)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Some of my favourite books include literary classics like the Aeneid or the Iliad. Though I can hardly turn down a good zombie book (World War Z, anyone?) and I have a soft spot for sci-fi and fantasy novels.

I am an avid reader when I can find the time and I also enjoy films as well as TV shows. Some of my favourites are MASH, Simpsons, Futurama, Firefly, other Joss Whedon stuff, Warehouse 13, and Family Guy as well as British shows like Midsomer Murders, Red Dwarf, Doctor Who, Blackadder, and Yes, Minister/Prime Minister. If you know British comedies and dramas well then you could have guessed most of that from elsewhere in my profile.

My favourite foods include just about anything, really. I enjoy Thai, Indian, German, British, Chinese, Japanese, and the list could go on! :) I'm not quite as bad as the Bizarre Foods guy but I'll give most things at least one chance.
Six things I could never do without
1) Books
2) Good music (classical and rock, among other genres)
3) My fountain pen(s)
4) My spectacles.
5) Good conversation.
6) Oh, wait...tea. I don't think I could go without a good cup of tea. Perhaps an electric kettle as well. ;) Those two count as one item, right?
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Well...lots of things. It's what I do. ;)

Ok, just a choice selection: Public transit and walking (I'm an avid pedestrian when I can manage it). I am very keen on walkability and good public transit.
On a typical Friday night I am
At home just quietly enjoying the evening or out with friends/colleagues. It just usually depends on my mood and I am as happy to stay in as I am to go out.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I like the Police Academy films.

Ok, more seriously, in spite of (or perhaps because of) my love of the metropoleis I've lived in and seen there is still a part of me which is the idealistic kid from small town Idaho who thought he could make a difference in the world. (Remember the slightly corny line about education changing the world? Yes, that idealism).
You should message me if
You are interested in just getting to know someone like me. I'm always keen to meet new people from all walks of life as long as we can both enjoy good conversation and doing new (or old) things.

Also, feel free to write if :
1) You are okay with a man who dresses up often or who wears ties from time to time. That's just who I am. If you prefer someone who dresses like they're a 40 year old fratboy then that, I'm afraid, is not me. Not a judgement but it's not me.

2) You've gotten this far and still don't think I'm a prat.

3) You knew what 'prat' meant.

4) You think I'm a prat and wish to message me anyway.

5) You'd enjoy spending time with someone who probably belongs at Downton Abbey.

6) You think I can't possibly be real.
The two of us