A desire for ongoing (if gradual) self-improvement and learning
makes me feel in perpetual beta. I try to be willing to change myself based on new information and reasoning. Despite championing reason, though, I've got a pretty strong emotional side, which I believe is to blame for my secret affinity for melodramatic music.
My enthusiasm for NPR programming knows few bounds. I don't own a television, not in the I-watch-TV-through-the-internet way, but in the I-pretty-much-haven't-watched-TV-for-over-a-decade way.
I place a lot of value on openness to new experiences. In a former
phase of my life I was an overachieving art student, and I'm
trying to incorporate more creativity back into my life.
Lifestyle-wise, I'm quite into health-promoting behaviors and fitness activities such as hiking, jogging (I am a hash house harrier), and generally maintaining a regular exercise regimen. I follow a flexitarian diet and could easily lapse into vegetarianism again.
I thrive on high quality social interaction and I guess I'm
extroverted (or so say personality tests).
I will not tolerate lies, but, ironically, I love statistics.
Many excellent things make me swoon, for instance computer geekery (while not a geek myself, I am a geek zealot) and farmers' markets (while not a farmer myself...).
I spent the first 18 years of life in the same small town in Ohio,
and despite moving around to a few different cities while pursuing various gambits to become more cosmopolitan, I remain afflicted by a stubborn streak of very polite, Protestant-work-ethic-laden, Prairie-Home-Companion type tendencies.
I think this description might make me sound sort of earnest and
square, but actually I'm a conniving cyborg supervillain.
MOVIES: (I don't watch a many movies and actually would like to date someone who encouraged me to watch more of them.) The Big Lebowski; Brazil; Fight Club; Gigantic; I Heart Huckabees; Kill Bill; The Princess Bride; Rushmore; Silence of the Lambs; Sleepwalk with Me
MUSIC: Baltimore Rock Opera Society (they're really performance art, but I think they count in this cateogry); Ben Folds [Five]; Brave Combo; Cake; Decemberists; Flaming Lips; Girl Talk; Magnetic Fields; Mates of State; Mountain Goats; Soul Coughing/Mike Doughty; Talking Heads; They Might Be Giants; Tom Waits; Ween
FOOD: palak paneer and 2 of the categories in which it falls - Indian foods and dishes containing spinach; dark chocolate; grapefruit; bran muffins and other ultra-grainy baked goods; feta cheese; apples - the tart, firm varieties; black beluga lentils; garlic; coffee (coffee is a drug, I know, but usually sold as a food); beer - (another drug, I know!) - I never thought I'd say this, but I have become sort of a beer snob, although still not a big drinker.
ALSO, PODCASTS!: Bullseye with Jesse Thorn; Judge John Hodgman; Sound Opinions; Dinner Party; Jordan, Jesse, GO!; Stuff Mom Never told You; Stuff You Missed in History Class; This American Life; The Best Show; The Moth
a small collection of slightly luxurious writing utensils
potable water in containers that enable me to transport it on my person
healthy* appreciation of the absurd
near-daily opportunities for physical exertion
an industrious team of oompah loompahs doing my bidding
..........*or so I tell myself
-I harbor secret nucular ambitions.
- I'm kind of becoming a frat boy in my old age.
- I'm judgmental towards men who are only interested in dating women younger than them and inclined to think they are shallow and immature.
There may be other valid reasons to message me; please use your personal discretion.
ADDITIONAL INFO FOR THOSE WITH QUESTIONABLE DISCRETION:
I'm looking for someone with a great sense of humor, who syncs with my communication style. This fellow should treat others ethically and have some interest in fitness. In a relationship, I want a good balance between togetherness and independence, although I like to be affectionate (hopefully not in a cloying or clingy way). I am only interested in pursuing monogamous, could-end-in-being-life-partners dating situations --- I'm old school like that.