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My self-summary
Moved to Albany at the beginning of May. Settling in. Looking for native guides and crazy random happenstance meet-cutes. And maybe frozen yogurt dates.

I write Science Fiction & Fantasy and will likely be opening a tea house some time soon.

Stand Up kind of guy. Decent head on my shoulders.

Ridiculously incurable romantic. Massive nerd. Love child of Optimus Prime and Gomez Addams.

I dig on tea, cats, comics, costuming, and generally nerdy things. I like personal responsibility, social equality, the democratic process, and aquariums.

I think women's clothing should have more pockets, and am all about smashing the pocketarchy.

Give me the whole package: romance, family, silly dance numbers, waffles.

- This has come up a few times in recent weeks, so it needs to be said. Ladies, I love dogs. Pooches are awesome. But I am *crazy* allergic to all but a handful of breeds (a few terriers, daschunds, and the like... smaller dogs, mostly, really). The rest... I can only handle many of them in short doses, and the shots do nothing. Of course, I am totally willing to put up with that sort of discomfort for someone who is awesome and groovy and fabulous.

Also, I have a not-so-secret affection for The Muppets.

I am literate, comedic, and a huge fan of otters.

You will probably beat me in miniature golf, but that doesn't mean I won't try!
What I’m doing with my life
Doing the right thing, and riding the bomb to hell.

Taking some time to get my compass back on track after spending thirteen years in the world of High Tech. Before you ask - this is a deliberate choice. If I'm going to go crazy, it's going to be on my terms, damn it. I've also serialized the alpha draft of a science fiction detective novel online. It's called "The Widow Wore Gold," and apparently some people like it. Woo!

It's questions like these that cause unrest, you know.
I’m really good at
A good many things. Cheering up my friends. Being cynical and sardonic and optimistic and cheery all at once. Being silly. Dealing with cats, door to door salesmen, and those weird people who want to spray you with perfume at the clothiers. Cooking. Reading. Listening. Drawing cheesecake (of the pin-up kind), or so I'm told. Being blunt and honest. Making fabulous lasagna. No, really. It's absolutely fabulous. In that British Telly sort of way.
The first things people usually notice about me
I say please, and thank you, and "pardon me," and I never say "I'm sorry" when I'm in someone's way - I prefer to say "excuse me," and "beg your pardon."

At work, I am almost never without a cup of tea.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books - Snow Crash. Just about anything by William Gibson. Joe Haldemann's Forever War/Free/Peace trilogy. Rob Grant & Doug Naylor's Red Dwarf books. The Hitchhiker's Guide, duh. Already mentioned Comic Books. Current faves are Invincible, Ultimate Spider Man, Swamp Thing, Animal Man, and Powers. Astro City never fails to make me happy. I also appear to be the only person who goes to my comic shop who understood the ending of Grant Morrison's The Invisibles. Given half a chance, I will go on at length about why I feel that Alan Moore long ago jumped the shark with his writing, and why even though I love William Gibson's works, I think his X-Files work was so far below sub-par for him, that I wonder why he hasn't disowned it.

I'm not sure what that says about me.

Movies - I recently added Antonio Banderas' Automata to the list of movies that I consider amazing. The chocolate bar scene ALONE. Wow. Other favorites... The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou. Oh, okay, anything with Bill Murray. Give me a Mel Brooks film, and I'll be happy as a hungry man in a steak house.

Music - I think Post Modern Jukebox is amazing and I will fight anyone who says otherwise. With laser sharks at dawn. I dig Gorillaz, AC/DC, Pink Floyd and a host of other groups. I'm currently really fond of Kamelot, Monster Magnet, Mumford and Sons, Atomship, Seatbelts, Weird Al, and Cake. Evanescence, Sex Pistols, The Ramones, Kaiser Chiefs, Scissor Sisters, and The Killers are pretty damned spiffy, too.

And, frankly, it blows my mind that Skindred doesn't get more airplay in the 'States. These guys are fantastic, you don't even know.

Food - I'm mildly allergic to onions, but I love garlic. Go figure. I've recently come off of a mostly-vegetarian diet, having run into some issues surrounding it and a long talk with my nutritionists. It's cool if you're vegetarian, vegan, or omnivorous. I can cook just about anything. Because I'm wicked cool like that.

Otherwise, I'll eat just about anything I'm not allergic to. Sadly, I am allergic to shrimp. Boo. If you bring me British confections, I will love you forever. Mmmm. Jelly Babies. I have more types of tea in my house than most people have pairs of socks.
Six things I could never do without
My imagination and ability to create. That's only two. Um... Hell, I don't know. The problem with this question is that it's so easy to come up with six things, and then five minutes later, you're slapping yourself in the head going "Dammit! I forgot sock monkeys!" or something like that.

By the way... I totally cannot do without sock monkeys.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How to get people to read my serial science fiction. Want the link? Ask me!

Wondering how to make my cat mellow out around new people.

Whether or not I can justify the dessert. (The answer is usually "yes.")
On a typical Friday night I am
Saving the world from evil, a jaunty hat with an enormous feather perched at a devil-may-care angle upon my head, cape billowing in the wind, and this weeks sidekick at my heels. Witty banter and amazing alliteration are my primary weapons, as I strike fear into the hearts of cowardly villains everywhere!

I am not only a super hero, I am also a mad scientist and quite possibly in possession of a cranky blue box that's bigger on the inside than out.

Okay, seriously, it depends on what's going on in the world. I could be doing anything. I admit I'm something of a homebody, but I can be found at the movies, taking ballroom dance classes, or hosting a video/board/card game party. Who knows?!

(For the record, my crew is DEADLY with Cards Against Humanity. You have been warned.)
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Does anyone actually read these things? I mean, really? Two points to you if you read this part, and send me a note with the word "Centaur" in the title. I'll thank you and say "Thanks for reading all the way through!" It'll be wacky.
You should message me if
Seriously, just do it. Send me a message. The worst I can say is that I don't think we'd have much to talk about or connect over.

Got a question? Ask me!
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