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My self-summary
Hi there.

Sooooo... I sort of dropped off this site for a few years, either because I was too busy, or because I was in a relationship, or because enough time hadn't passed since the end of my last relationship.

Or from uninterest in persevering against the sheer tedium of online people-meeting. Mainly that, actually.

ANYWAY, I'm diving back in, because being single is frankly getting kind of old too. I know I'm supposed to be super enthusiastic and ultra-positive here (seriously, what the hell IS it with you people and running marathons?), but to be honest, this is all very much in the spirit of "eh... why not?"
What I’m doing with my life
I work with international students and professionals here in DC, teaching them (and sometimes their children) high-level English and whatever other smarty-pants wisdom I think they might find useful for living and working in America. With the kids in particular, this usually involves a lot of history. I am an expert in making that stuff awesome.

Meanwhile, I'm a senior department head for a giant annual nerd party called MAGFest (the Music and Gaming Festival). We have 20,000 people descend on a convention center in National Harbor, MD every January to spend four straight days playing games, listening to music, and generally boogeying down. It's a hoot.

Also I train and occasionally perform with a local community of stunt performers. I am incredibly lame compared to most of these people (serious martial artists, gymnasts, dancers and actors) and mostly help out behind the scenes with writing, directing and producing shows, although I have picked up some of the very (very very) basics of stage and screen combat and I can perform dialogue rather well, so that's fun.

I'm a committee chair for the big DC Cherry Blossom Festival, and work as a stage manager for one of the main concert stages on the day of the Sakura Matsuri.

Hmm... what else? I dunno, always reading something, learning something... I think minds are like sharks: they have to keep moving or they die, you know?

Oh, and I'm learning Russian with a wonderful teacher in St. Petersburg whom I skype with about six hours a week. Haven't been at it very long but certain things are beginning to get easier, which is an encouraging sign.

I'm kind of in a phase where I'm reaching out and trying lots of new things (and hopefully meeting new people). I don't have any trouble going after the things I want in life, but the last few years have left me reconsidering what that is, exactly.
I’m really good at
Many things. A friend once described me as a "jack of all trades and master of most." That said, there are areas of striking, hilarious, childlike deficiency - I'm the classic absent-minded professor.

As far as relationships go, I try to be a decent listener, which is difficult because easily my most useful skill, in every aspect of life, is talking. [Sidebar: once when I was leading a group of Russian students on a tour of DC - the kind of thing I like to do as often as possible - I was busy explaining some statue or other, when one of the girls turned to me with those big beautiful Russian eyes and exclaimed, "You speak delicious!" In case you're wondering, this is what I want on my tombstone.]

I'm interested in just about everything under the sun, because it's all connected. This means I learn and remember things pretty easily, and synthesize ideas in ways that people seem to find interesting. I've actually been told by several friends that listening to me talk about nerd stuff is therapeutic for them; it's not uncommon for me to get a phone call along the lines of, "I'm depressed. Tell me something about history?"

Relatedly, the most fun I've ever had was my experience in radio. For three years, back in high school, my best friend and I did a weekly drivetime show on a local FM station. It was an absolute blast from beginning to end and we were shockingly successful. My prom date was the winner of a call-in contest. We sold t-shirts around the school and boosted the station's operating budget by over 10%. We were - dare I say it - popular.

(then it was off to college and everything went to crap)
The first things people usually notice about me
Generally speaking, probably the fact that I laugh like a supervillain. Once, I had a cold that somehow disabled the lower registers of my voice; consequently I was in full-on Joker mode for an entire weekend. The illness was miserable but I'd be lying if I said I didn't miss that part...
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Oh, everydamnthing. I never stop. The nice thing about this is that I'm completely impervious to boredom. Metro delays, plane flights, long waits for tardy clients, you name it; I generally don't even bother bringing a book anymore. It's stupendous. The flipside, of course, is that it never. sits. still. This makes ordinary mundane activities of daily life surprisingly difficult.

It's also the reason I really have to work hard to be a decent listener. This is still a skill I'm building, but it's WAY further along than it used to be. Help meeeeee?
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I included "short-term dating" on the list of things I'm looking for below, just for searchability's sake, but honest to God, I have no earthly idea what it means.
You should message me if
For what it's worth, there is a dizzying array of traits I find attractive, but very few particular musts. By far the most indispensable quality is a razor-sharp, desert-dry sense of humor.

Similarly, I should emphasize that if you are very, very smart, and/or knowledgeable about subjects where I'm not, and eager to share, these are good things. Smart women often tell me that the men they meet seem to be put off by this quality, but this is one fault from which I do not suffer. Go ahead and knock my socks off.

I believe the foundation of a romantic connection is a great friendship, but I'm long past the point where I bother with "just friends." I'm lucky enough to enjoy many close, deep friendships in my life already, so if you know that it's not gonna happen between us, let's not waste each other's time.

With this in mind, message me if you are intrigued, morbidly curious, or otherwise inspired to further investigate the wonder and mystery that is me.