alaskanerin
28 Ridgewood, United States
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My self-summary
I grew up in Alaska and, as much as I love New York, I sometimes miss the trees and mountains and people who think 'rugged' is a compliment.
I love exploring and discovering, which for many years led me to travel around the world and now has landed me in NYC, where I can explore and discover every day without the airport security. Not that I've given up on travel... :)
In addition to 'rugged', I find compliment in these words: (Not to boast that I necessarily am these things, or that I will not get along with you if you aren't either, but they begin to describe the group I would call 'good people', and if my 'good people' are similar to yours then we already have a lot in common.) Passionate, intelligent, spontaneous, reliable, engaging, bizarre, confident, easy-going, independent, earnest, loving, loquacious, curious...
What I’m doing with my life
"Encouraging CURIOSITY and DISCOVERY along with generally USING YOUR BRAIN FOR THINKING among the often apathetic and sometimes genuinely idiotic mass of semi-humanity known as 'high-school students' is what I do." ---A remnant from when I was working as a classroom teacher that I just couldn't delete when updating.

No longer in the classroom, I still consider myself a teacher, but in a broader sense of the word.
I’m really good at
Teaching, being happy/ positive even when things go a bit awry, Mario Kart 64, cuddling, pulling things off at the last minute, cooking a delicious meal out of whatever random ingredients are available, fixing cocktails sans nasty sugary mix, geography, logic (puzzles and real-life figuring shit out), navigating/giving directions...
The first things people usually notice about me
I assume my height? My tattoo I guess when it's on display.
Beyond the physical, likely my earnestness (which I think initially manifests itself as a flaw, but in the long-run becomes a positive trait).
I am generally rather reserved, not quite myself until I have felt out the situation (could take seconds or weeks) so the first thing you notice about me is probably me noticing you, once we're done noticing, we can meet each other.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
My favorites are always evolving, but what I'm thinking of right now...
To Read: The World Without Us by Alan Weisman. I think everyone should read this book. Elegantly written and somehow void of bias, it takes a really meaningful look at the relationship between humans and our earth. Check it out:) Some go-to authors: Kurt Vonnegut, Paulo Coelho, Orhan Pamuk, Jon Krakauer

To watch: I don't have much of a memory for movies, my classic favorites include Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, Evita, The Labyrinth. I don't have a TV, but am into a few shows like Mad Men, Modern Family... recently I've been trying to get my hands on the old show The Wonder Years. Plus, there are so many awesome documentaries out there- I could park it in front of Planet Earth for days:)

To Listen To: I love Pandora radio stations and I'm into a lot of different music. LCD Soundsystem, Radiohead, Led Zeppelin, Beatles, Ratatat, Lady Gaga, White Stripes, D'Angelo and so much more...

To Eat: I love good food, and recently have been eating mostly vegetarian in an effort to reduce my impact on my plant and be more conscientious about where my food is coming from. I'm also trying to avoid processed and artificial foods, especially corn syrup. Apart from those self-imposed restrictions, I love pretty much all good food and have a blast cooking or eating out. In the summers I try to grow my own produce, which is possible even in NYC.
The six things I could never do without
I've always prided myself of being very adaptive... That said, I would certainty never choose to live without a cozy bed; trees and the chance to play in them; dairy products- especially cheese; whatever it is that allows me to think- mind, soul, brain whatever; and things to think about.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I like thinking in general, and even thinking about thinking...
I've been thinking a lot about the planet, how I can live and have a positive impact on my earth.
I've been thinking about humility too, because I've been reading this book a Hare Krsna gave me on the train. And what it means to be at peace, and to be born and to die.
Since I've been teaching, I've been thinking a lot about history, and what it is like to be young, and what it means to grow up.
On a typical Friday night I am
...recovering from the week OR ...out to dinner with my brother (also my roommate) OR ...meeting friends to hear some music or go dancing OR ...
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I think armpit hair can be sexy:)
You should message me if
You want to meet me and my giant boyfriend for something new ;)

Addendum: I hate to seem shallow, but I also like to be straightforward. If you're shorter than me or younger than me, I have to admit those are not attractive traits.
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