I have been an academic and a researcher, but then I took a corporate job. After 6 years, I am looking for something different, more challenging, more varied, and more inline with why I stuck with the university-world for so long.
Downtime for me sometimes consists of thinking about future trips, sitting in a coffee shop with a computer keeping up with news and friends who are scattered all over the world, or going for a run in Forest Park.
I like to slip out of town to go floating down a river or hiking in the woods. If I can go dancing or hear live music a few times a month, it is a good thing. With most of my friends, spending sometime talking over a beer or a coffee is really rewarding.
I consider myself extremely luckily to have lived in various countries of Africa over the past decades. Thinking of the people I met and the places I went fill me with joy. I love telling stories about my experiences, but I often thought about what it would be like to have a less intense path. I learned that balance would be good.
I want to find someone for whom adventure and reliability co-exist. Other things are probably being interested in doing things and seeing what the possibilities are, having patience, and being deeply curious about humanity and the world. (I can't tell if this is too vague or too specific...)
A final thought: If nothing else, there are so many restaurants I would love an excuse to try.
I wish I had more time to learn and be creative at work or at home. Since coming back from a trip to China with my Mom, I am learning a bit of Mandarin - for fun - and for if I can manage to visit again soon.
I am thankful for my cluster to running/drinking/outdoorsy/travel friends, who are willing to travel around the country or the world to hang out, go hiking, and do a race in new places. I am often the coordinator/team captain to organize a team of folks to run a relay as an excuse to travel with friends.
Switching from teaching/academic mode to just goofing off
Gaining people's trust
Getting past mishigas & drama
Movies are great, but I am not an expert. I like them moody, with flawed/tragic characters, and subtitled. I am often pleasantly surprised by Italian movies.
Music should be danced to and/or seen live (if possible). I have African, dance, blues, jazz, rock, new wave, guitar, salsa, etc. in my collection.
2) Going for a run to clear my head and having a quiet night in
3) Going to see some live music or theater
4) Heading out of town
Or, if you are just twitching to ask me something.
Or, if you want to find out if I am unusual-odd or unusual-interesting.