I suppose the essentials are that I'm laid-back, introverted, and I can be pretty funny--or at least I can produce a lot of groans. That sounds dirty, doesn't it? I was referring to my propensity for punning, but now that you mention it...
Ahem. I guess I could take this opportunity to summarize a few things I'm not. I'm not spontaneous; I like to know what I'll be doing in advance to avoid being jittery, at least if I'm expected to go places and do things I've never been or done before.
I am also not interested in travel. I'm truly astonished by the number of profiles I read on here by people eager to get out of the country and "experience other cultures." I'm skeptical about a tourist being able to experience much of a culture and still make the flight home, but more importantly I just don't like wandering around unfamiliar cities. I get a little nervous just visiting Louisville, and that's just a nice southern town full of people eager to commit vehicular homicide--or at least vehicular assault. I'm sure I'd enjoy a cruise or a long train ride with someone, but I'd rather explore the myriad random things to do in my own back yard than fly across the globe.
A year later, the economy blew up in everyone's face. Apparently I ducked at just the right time because by some miracle, nothing changed for me. In short: I'm here in Lexington, working full time writing embedded software to control assorted hardware devices. I love this work, which feeds my techie side and enables me to engage all my other random low-tech interests. You can read about some of those below! The only thing I'm really lacking is companionship of some sort...which might have something to do with why I'm telling you all this in the first place. Hint hint.
More generally, I love to learn new things in a pretty broad variety of subjects. I'm prone to buying a chemistry or music history textbook on a whim to refresh or acquire knowledge. I pay an unreasonable sum for access to the Grove Encyclopedia of music where I can research obscure composers and decide what to hear next. Since I have an engineering degree it almost goes without saying that I enjoy taking things apart and failing to put them back together correctly; I also love programming and computers but as that's my day job, I do much less of it than I used to in my free time.
I've become a food enthusiast, and I'm dramatically less picky than I used to be. I like both high-end restaurants and total dives. In fact, if you e-mailed me and invited me to dinner somewhere, I'd almost certainly go. Hint hint.
Netflix enables me to watch a movie a week, and I try to let it surprise me by shuffling my queue around. Probably my favorite movies of all time are 2001: A Space Odyssey and Tartovsky's original Solaris. This is a bit odd because otherwise I don't watch much science fiction. I love classics and foreign films. There's even a special place in my heart for silent movies.
I could probably write for a decade about music. In fact, I did write for several months about John Cage at cageblog.blogspot.com. This correctly implies an enthusiasm for difficult music--here's to melody-less, atonal high modernism! But that's not everything. I also love indie rock, not-very-indie rock, punk rock, emo, depressed female singer-songwriters, cornball oldies, scratchy old blues records, occasional Christian bands like mewithoutYou even though I don't believe in God, baroque music with a good harpsichord rhythm, long-winded Romantic symphonies, and attempts at performing medieval songs. About the only genres I'm not into are jazz (dammit, I don't have time!) and modern country (some sort of rebellion against my dad, most likely). And all the other stuff I haven't heard, too.
I'll eat most things once. A few favorites are good fried chicken, an extraordinarily tender steak, any kind of hamburger under the sun, Chinese buffets, crazy fancy meals with French names I can't translate, and meat-and-three southern-style fare. I never cook at home because it's no fun to cook for myself. I'd love someone to cook for (and with!) though. Hint hint.
It would be awfully hard to get anything done if I lost my glasses, and while having clothes to wear doesn't strictly improve my own productivity, I suspect it improves others'.
It's obvious that I can live without love, but it would be depressing to stop hoping for it. Finally, it's hard to go for too long without a good conversation with someone.
Crazy ideas for classical and popular internet radio stations. Academic subjects I wish I had studied.
Books I should buy so that I can self-study academic subjects I wish I had studied.
How it would be nice to have a dog.
How to improve the probability of being married in the not too distant future.
After that I read or listen to music. At some point I'll take a nice long walk, assuming the temperature is at least a little above zero. Late in the evening a friend and I read over the phone--novels, plays, poetry. Incidentally, if you enjoy reading over the phone I'd love to add you to my schedule!
I also hate laundry. I wash nearly everything in one load once per week and it only leaves the dryer when I decided what to put on each day.
Oh yeah, I also have a bit of social anxiety. This explains why I'm on OKC instead of out in the real world.