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My self-summary
Mandatory questions freak me out. It's as though this is the most important bit of information on the whole profile and none of the rest really matters. It's the 65%-of-your-grade final in a class, it's the sudden death shoot-out in a hockey game. It all comes down to this and bam, I get choked up about the implied importance of the question and forget to actually answer the damn thing.

Well..I was on a roll. I'll get back to this thing eventually (read: 6 months from now)

Back when this site had us summarizing ourselves in just three words, my words were trustworthy, sardonic, and uplifting. I think they still apply pretty well.
What I’m doing with my life
I’ve just moved back to Boston after a foray in the hills of western mass for a few years, hopefully I haven’t forgotten how to live in civilized society.

I'm dealing with several newfound facts:
-I identify as being from NJ (no, I do not pump my fist.. Yes, I can pump my own gas..), and yet, I've spent most of my adult life living in Massachusetts.

-Despite officially having a degree in rocket science, I'll probably never get to be an astronaut, which has always been my dream job. I'm actually having the most fun I've ever had at a job at my current one, which is pretty far from what I went to school for.

-When I was younger, I said I’d have to start eating entirely healthily at some far away age (meaning turning vegetarian and not eating steak and bacon ever again) and now I’ve reached that age. Silly me-from-the-past, moderation is the key. ..I hope

-I found that living in the country worked for me, more than I ever thought it would, though Five Guys _really_ needed to get around to building a location out there and I won’t miss the internet not being faster than utilizing a carrier pigeon.

There are definitely things I will miss about living out west, but being this much closer to old friends, family, and Craigie on Main will make up for those things, I believe.
I’m really good at
-Finding and seeing new bands and forcing all my friends to listen to them.
-Using the Oxford comma
-Knowing all there is to know about movies, TV shows, fine art, and books
-Fixing anything. No, seriously, anything.
-Figuring out the least direct, most windy-road way from point A to B. Sometimes I drive a Lotus. An old one, like Colin Chapman would have liked.
The first things people usually notice about me
My friend Becci once said, "fabulous hair."

I think she may have been being less than forthright.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Off the top of my head, my favorite movies would have to be To Kill a Mockingbird, Shawshank Redemption, The Endless Summer, High Fidelity, Mallrats, The Rocketeer, Midnight in Paris (an arts and literature geek-out movie in the extreme), The Last of the Mohicans, 500 Days of Summer, Star Wars, Back to the Future, all the Pixar movies, and anything made by the Coen Brothers. You know, for kids.

The Brothers Bloom is sublime.

I've fallen out of watching TV recently, but Dirty Jobs, Mythbusters, Good Eats with Alton Brown, Jon Stewart, the continuing hilarity of House and Wilson, Chuck, Venture Bros., Archer, and Community have total power to suck me back in if I'd let them. When Doctor Who, Sherlock, and Top Gear come back, though, that's serious TV watching time.

Historically, in as much as TV, there is of course TNG, The Middleman, Firefly, and any number of 90s cartoons that I would rank among my favorites.

Being a double major of both engineering and English, my bookshelf has always been a bit of an odd variety. Way too many engineering and history nonfictions to list. My favorite fiction, though, would have to be To Kill a Mockingbird, High Fidelity, Travels with Charlie, Dahl's BFG, Different Seasons, The (Increasingly Inaccurately Named) Hitchhiker's Guide Trilogy, The Demon-Haunted World (the title makes it sound like a completely different book than it is, serious bonus points if you've read it), and anything written by James Thurber, Nick Hornby, Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, Thomas Pynchon, or Kurt Vonnegut. Ah Vonnegut, my one time favorite-living-author.. I'm not really a tattoo person (in as much as I think they're cool on other people but don't have any myself), but if I were ever to get one, it would have to be either a Vonnegut quote I have in mind or a muted post-horn.

Music: well, there's another seemingly endless list ...lately I've been listening to a lot of Guster, the wrens, Soul Asylum, Cracker, The Benjamins, The Bouncing Souls, and The Rolling Stones. When The Beatles mono sets came out, I went through and listened to every album in a row for a while, but now I'm a little over-Beatles-ed. Other than that, it's the normal mix of pixies, Talking Heads, David Bowie, Warren Zevon, and all the classic and 90s rock that will fit in a respectable milk crate of records. I also cannot get enough of listening to Vin Scelsa on WFUV and quite enjoy checking up on what's new in Night Vale on my way home from work.

Foods: boston market, burgers (Five Guys), sushi, steak, and pizza. I've recently determined I don't so much 'like' pizza as I'm always up for eating it. With any other food, I want it on occasion; "Gee, I could go for a burger right now." With pizza, though, it seems that there's never a time when I'm not in the mood for it ...shrug. Also, pretty much anything that has enough sriracha sauce on it. (mmmmm sriracha )

I've been learning to cook all sorts of new things now that I have an actual full size kitchen and can get food from the local farms. I've also been adopting a more vegetarian-centric diet. I definitely still enjoy meat-based food, believe me, but it's becoming less and less a central stand-by. It's been something of an adventure, but it's a lot of fun. I would have never guessed I'd be as good at cooking as I've become, but there it is. Hooray for basic chemistry.
Six things I could never do without
-My music collection
-The Moon
-The beach and the waves (I'll count that as one thing) (seriously, I go a little nutty if it's been too long since I've seen the ocean)
-A comfortable chair to sit in
-Good friends to talk to
-A comfortable pair of sneakers (made in the USA era Chuck Taylors, of course). Hm, time to hit up ebay. I need to find a "new" pair of sneakers...
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The place of government in the lives of the people, linguistics, aircraft design, flying, finding new ways to spend my money on music, places to go hiking and/or rock climbing, and what my next project car is going to be.
On a typical Friday night I am
Hanging about with some of my friends, watching TV, talking big talks...hitting the bars on occasion..

Sometimes the big talk is about planning for the coming zombie apocalypse, sometimes it's about how [insert band here] is the only band in the world worth listening to, sometimes it's about the inner workings of stellar fusion, sometimes it's about ridiculousness of the FoxNews Tea Partiers, sometimes it's just about...stuff.

But it's always important that it's big talk.

Also, why The Roost does not have any electrical outlets. Mrph.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
this is my natural hair color
You should message me if
You want to explore the greater Boston area.

You want to find all the cool goings-on in town.

Alternatively, you already know of the cool places and are dying to tell the new kid in town that's been away for the last few years all about them.

You enjoy banter and want a new partner with whom to engage in aforementioned activities.

If the idea of someone who defines themselves by way of a combination of these two xkcd stips is appealing to you:

Let's say we amscray out of here and have a wild wingding at the Cyclotron, doctor?
The two of us