29 Urbandale, United States
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My self-summary
I am a musician, and science is my instrument...
What I’m doing with my life
I'm working as a quality control chemist at a local ethanol plant. It's not exactly a permanent career, but it's a job. I'm looking to go back to graduate school for environmental science at some point. (I was out at Johns Hopkins for graduate school in biomedical science, but I hated it, and moved back to Iowa.)
I’m really good at
In addition to science and music, I am also pretty good at calligraphy. It's a work in progress, but I enjoy it.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm both quiet and loud. Sounds oxymoronic? Probably is, but I'll explain. I am rather reserved by nature, and generally not one for small talk. However, if I'm excited about something, then it's hard to get me to stop talking... I also have a very loud voice. People can hear me coming from a LONG distance away.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books - Mystery novels, both the classics (Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie) and the so-bad-it's-good ones. I also read a LOT of science books for the general public; it's fun to see what writers think about science and how different it is from the actual life of a scientist. I like non-fiction in general.

Music - Classical and Jazz; I like complexity in music. I play clarinet (as my user name implies) and saxophone -- each for over a decade -- and I am trying to learn more instruments. I like listening to both live music and recordings. I'm learning to appreciate music written since ~1960, but it's a slow process. I have an appreciation for classic rock and bluegrass.

Movies & TV - Haven't been to a movie theater in this millennium, haven't actively followed a TV show since high school. (I did see most of the last season of Breaking Bad, but none of the rest of the show! I am working on watching Avatar: the Last Airbender, and am amazed at its quality.) I do watch/listen to a lot of news shows, and follow Iowa Hawkeye football on radio/TV.

Food - I'll eat just about anything. I particularly enjoy Asian (Chinese, Thai, Korean, Indian) and Mediterranean (Italian, Greek) cuisines. I really enjoy food in general.
The six things I could never do without
1.) Caffeine. Coffee, tea, soda, doesn't matter. I don't function before noon (and sometimes even after that) without some amount of caffeine.

2.) Science. I'm a logical person, and I'm always curious about what I don't know. It's especially cool when I'm learning something that no one else knows, which is the goal of scientific research. I also like trying to solve problems, which is all that science really is!

3.) Clarinet (or saxophone, or music in general). I really enjoy playing music, especially after a long day of (trying to do) science. It works the other side of my brain, and it's a lot of fun to do, especially after I get a piece down.

4.) Books. I love to learn. Even trashy mysteries teach me something (like how not to write a mystery novel).

5.) Food. I enjoy eating, and cooking to a lesser extent.

6.) My computer/iPhone/iPad. Like most 20-somethings, I am constantly connected to the Internet, reading blogs, watching YouTube, etc.

Obviously, my friends and family (and family friends) are super-important. But they aren't things; they're people...
I spend a lot of time thinking about
- Where I'll be in a few years. (Graduate school? Teaching? Government work? Science policy?)
- The Mozart Clarinet Concerto (and other clarinet and saxophone pieces)
- Did I forget to do something today?
- What I should get/make for dinner.
On a typical Friday night I am
My work schedule is a bit wonky. So when I'm free, I am practicing clarinet or saxophone, looking for a concert, passed out due to a long week, or just hanging out.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Not really that private, but there's nowhere else to put this. I tend to be a bit old-fashioned (but not conservative) in many ways (musical tastes, viewpoints, entertainment). Also, not private, but I hate the heat and like the cold.
You should message me if
You think any/all of this is cool.

As I am reserved by nature, I tend to not message people, so feel free to start the conversation!