VoixVide
33 Washington, United States
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My self-summary
I'm a half Martinican DC native who grew up in a diverse, silly, intellectual, and musical family surrounded by French-Caribbean food and drink. I used to speak French fluently and even thought in French as a child. Now I have trouble holding a conversation but am making a conscious effort to practice it more often. I also started learning American Sign Language with my family.

To say that I love music would be an understatement. Music is my life force and often embodies my emotional state. I love discovering new, weird, and obscure songs and bands, and I used to review albums of all genres (ask me about the time I interviewed a band at the Ambassador of Iceland's house).

Fun fact: I recently won a "Geekiest Listener" contest held by one of my favorite podcasts in which listeners were asked to describe their geekiness in a single sentence.

I highly value logic, reasoning, science, and just general knowledge about the world and people around me. Willful ignorance, lack of critical thinking, and pseudoscience are some of my biggest pet peeves. But, I also try to be as objective and open to other people's beliefs as possible, and I love having science-based philosophical arguments. For instance, do you believe in free will or not? I find compelling arguments in either direction.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm an editor who reviews psychology books and tells their authors how to improve them prior to publication. I also write for two blogs professionally: one about academic writing style and another about topics covered in the books I edit. Topics I've covered range from the Dark Triad (yes, that's a thing) to the proper use of the serial/Oxford comma. I love my career because I'm constantly immersed in fascinating literature, and there's a lot of satisfaction that comes from holding a book in my hands, knowing that I helped shape its contents. (I also get to write the description on the back cover, which I think is really cool!)

I also enjoy reading books nonprofessionally and I do a lot casual reading on the internet for both pleasure and intellectual stimulation, which often go hand-in-hand. Some websites I love are Smithsonian.com, Science-Based Medicine, SMBC... basically, anything thought-provoking or funny that begins with an S sound.

I work out a lot and try to mix up my routine with a wide variety of exercises so that I'm always challenging my physical limits. Participating in advanced Pilates and resistance band classes at work has really helped me develop greater body awareness, core strength, and flexibility. When not in a class, I take full advantage of my office's free fitness facility during my lunch break. I've also studied various styles of martial arts on and off for over 20 years and am currently practicing Muay Thai.
I’m really good at
Witty banter. I'm inquisitive, talkative, and always up for an intellectually stimulating conversation seasoned with surreal silliness. I'm quick to crack wise and make funny observations (making people laugh is one of my greatest talents and joys), so I try to work my offbeat sense of humor into any conversation. An English professor once told me I could be a stand-up poetry analyst.

My hand–eye coordination is pretty on point, despite occasional bouts of slapstickesque clumsiness, but it only comes in handy for catching receipts or dollar bills flying off an outdoor table on a windy day.

I'm also very good at improvising silly stories on the spot. Give me three random nouns, and I'll come up with something ridiculous and amusing.

I love karaoke and am known to randomly interject bits of song into conversation. I used to be an okay drummer (never actually played in a band), but I'm out of practice and trying to get back into it.
The first things people usually notice about me
People notice that I'm a psychologist, a lawyer, and a veteran of the Israeli military. Well, not really, but I've been mistaken for those things before. I've been told it's because I'm smart and have a "commanding personality." I've also been told that I'm a "health nut" and that I give wise advice. I appreciate the sentiment and am willing to accept most of those compliments (I think the "health nut" comment might be a bit of an exaggeration given my unabashed love of carbs), but I'll leave it up to you to determine whether or not those are accurate observations.

Some have also described me as being pathologically honest. I don't know if that's something to brag about, but I have no poker face whatsoever and strive to be very upfront with my thoughts and feelings—tactfully so.

Physically speaking, people tend to comment on my eyes, which can be rather big and expressive, as well as my calves when shorts are afoot (or "aleg" I suppose).
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Trying to pin down my varied taste in music is like trying to pin down a gust of wind. Good luck. I discover a new artist, album, and/or song practically every day thanks to Spotify and EveryNoise.com (definitely check out that site; it changed my life).

Here are a few random musicians I've discovered/rediscovered in the recent past: Nancy Ajram, Groop Dogdrill, Beach House, P. M. Dawn, Banda Black Rio, The Sword, Laurel Halo, Googoosh, Autolux, I Am Robot and Proud, Jackie McLean, and Avi Avital.

And now the typical, boring lists of favorites…

Movies - Die Hard, 12 Angry Men, The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra, The Princess Bride, Groundhog Day, Mother, The Avengers, Spirited Away, The Searchers, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Alien(s), and most anything by Quentin Tarantino, Terry Gilliam, The Coen Brothers, Alfred Hitchcock, and Akira Kurosawa

Books - American Gods, The Immortal Iron Fist, Ender's Game, Slaughterhouse-Five, Dreams from My Father, Little Big Man, Mules & Men, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, A Song of Ice and Fire, Passions and Tempers: A History of the Humours, and French comics (Les Aventures de Tintin, Astérix, etc.)

TV - The Walking Dead, The Wire, Bob's Burgers, Day Break, The Venture Bros., Mystery Science Theater 3000, Arrested Development, Cowboy Bebop, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Band of Brothers, Seinfeld, and the original Dark Shadows

Podcasts - The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, Inquiring Minds, TBTL, Slate's Political Gabfest, and Doug Loves Movies

Food - Anything associated with brunch, salads, noodle-based dishes, Indian, Korean, Japanese, Caribbean, Peruvian, Italian, Chinese, and Thai
The six things I could never do without
In no particular order...

1) My life's soundtrack
2) A sense of humor about life's ridiculousness: I find that I'm better at just about everything when I can laugh about it.
3) A breezy, improvisational attitude
4) Intellectual curiosity
5) Self-motivation
6) All the other normal, mundane stuff everyone else lists: friends and family, my iPhone, some guy named "Chester" (seriously, he's popular), etc.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Human behavior and psychology; new exercises to try; awful (i.e., awesome) puns; the eternally present and ever-changing playlist in my mind; strange metaphors and analogies; tangents; the really weird hat that guy is wearing (if only you could see him!); and a huge variety of other random thoughts and observations. For example, if shirtless selfies are awful—I think we can all agree that they are—then would an x-ray selfie be even worse?
On a typical Friday night I am
Going to fight night at my Muay Thai studio, which consists of training, sparring, and maybe watching one or two non-competitive, just-for-fun fights (one day I might get into the ring myself). Then, I go home to relax by reading, watching Netflix or Hulu, and/or playing video games.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm a pretty open person, so there are a lot of so-called "private things" I'd be willing to admit. Here's a couple random factoids about me:

- I grew up in a super nerdy family playing complex strategy games and role-playing games with my dad (I still play lots of board games); laughing at horrible B movies; and watching British TV, like Monty Python, Red Dwarf, and old school Doctor Who.

- I don't believe in so-called "guilty pleasures." If something makes you happy, enjoy the hell out of it and don't worry about what other people think (unless your guilty pleasure is puppy punting or something like that). Example: I think Nicki Minaj's music is a horrible, but I unashamedly love "Beez in the Trap" and "Anaconda" and will randomly find myself singing bits of them in my head (maybe sometimes out loud?).
You should message me if
You're a smart, witty woman who highly values logic and reasoning, loves to learn, has a philosophical bent, and can be simultaneously funny and serious in conversation.

You practice the improvisational art of "Yes, and…" in everyday life.

Like me, you are looking for a long-time partner with whom you can be comfortably vulnerable (see this awesome TED Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability).

You're interested in having a fitness companion. (I've recently rediscovered the value of stretches and other exercises for which you need a partner.)

You'd like to go for long walks and explore some of DC's hidden (and not-so-hidden) gems. You'd like to explore non-DC cities as well.

You love music and know of some awesome/obscure musicians, albums, or songs you'd like to share.

And if you think you can beat me in Scrabble or Bananagrams, I'd like to see you try, he said boastfully.
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