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My self-summary
I'm Alex. I'm originally from Boston but I moved out here over three years ago for grad school. I spend a lot of my free time rock climbing, hiking, biking and generally just finding any excuse to be active. It's been great living in Seattle since you can be outside pretty much all year!

I like to be around people who challenge me and who help me look at the world and myself in new and different ways. I like to think of my sense of humor as being quick and witty, but not all of my jokes are "winners". Either way, I laugh a lot, and it's a nice bonus when other people laugh too!

My favorite board game is Settlers of Catan and I will gladly stay in to drink beer and play. I am really good at tying knots.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a grad student at UW in Mechanical Engineering. I'm currently working on a marine animal monitoring program with the Navy. The project involves a lot of different stuff, but my work is focused on monitoring and predicting underwater noise from navy training exercises. If that doesn't sound exciting to you then, then I'll probably tell you that I'm working on saving whales. For some reason people seem to like the save the whale answer a lot more.

Outside of work I'm just trying to enjoy life and get outside of the city to explore. I I've gotten into alpine climbing over the past year and I try and spend my weekends in the mountains. Although, I still enjoy a nice relaxing weekend in the city.
I’m really good at
I'm really good at raffles. Some people don't think raffles are a skill, but I have won a lot of raffles.
The first things people usually notice about me
The red beard. Everyone seems to notice the red beard.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I love to read. Two of my favorites are Confederacy of Dunces and Lord of the Rings. I have recently been making my way through the Game of Thrones books and they are very addictive. If you have any good book suggestions let me know!

Music: the Grateful Dead, bluegrass, folk, Blind Boys of Alabama, Rage Against the Machine , Yo Yo Ma, Bob Dylan, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Stan Rogers, Richie Havens, Phish, John Butler ( )

Movies: Breaking Away. I still hold my breath at the last scene even after seeing it a hundred times. The Big Lebowski is second on the list, followed closely by the Lion King.

I don't know if this counts as a movie, but I think Planet Earth is just the best and every time I watch it I want to quit grad school and join the camera crew. I also have a small crush on David Attenborough because of it. Truth be told, it's not a small crush...
The six things I could never do without
1) outdoor activities
2) green leafy vegetables
3) waterproof jacket
4) wool socks
5) bike helmet - I crashed once and broke my helmet. Other than a few cuts and bruises I was fine. Wear a helmet!
6) toothbrush and toothpaste
I spend a lot of time thinking about
My next climbing trip and acoustics. I also think a lot about how important communication is, both professional and personal, and why so many people have trouble with it.
On a typical Friday night I am
Hopefully driving somewhere for a climbing or hiking trip, but sometimes in the city grabbing a drink with friends. Balancing both is important.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
When I leave a job I keep the stapler
You should message me if
-You are happy being you and confident in who you are.
-When you say "I can't" you try anyway.
-You're passionate about something. It really doesn't matter what.
-Being active is a priority for you you
-You've found any errors here with my spelling or grammar