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My self-summary
I'm an INTJ (sometimes intp), for those of you into Myers-Briggs typing. I am, however, a very OUTGOING introvert. I just need my personal downtime to recharge.

I miss the few shows I WANT to watch half the time because I just forget to turn the TV on. I have a dog, two cats, and sometimes other pets (currently two cute little girl rats). I will go far out of my way to help others just because I like to. (Is that altruistic or selfish?) In my own time, I'm definitely an artist (albeit a poor-ish one), I love to go out dancing at a few select clubs, I enjoy reading, I go to the Ren Faire every summer... I'm probably over-educated (Chemistry, Molecular Biology, and Computer Science), but I seem to get by. There are few topics on which I can't hold my own in a conversation, unless we diverge into current "culture" or sports. And I can usually fake it then. :-)

My longest-term rant: I've seen too many people grow old before their time from deciding they have reached an age where they are "all grown up." I am not that person, and I have no intention of ever being that person. Learning, growing, and just plain enjoying life is too fun to give it up until it's torn from my grasp.

I am not what you see, persistently there, and connected
What I’m doing with my life
One of these days, I'll have a house with a nice library (or at least some nice shelving for my books) and a recessed deck on the roof for relaxing, looking at the stars, etc...
I’m really good at
Solving other people's problems. Noticing things that don't "fit." Coming up with effective, yet sometimes fairly odd, solutions.

Writing profiles so long that I've had people write me to laugh and tell me there's no way they're reading that much. What-the-f-ever.

Being articulate, as long as there's not a pretty girl right in front of me, or an answering machine on the other end of the phone. Then all bets are off, and I'm likely to babble.

Having the best worst timing in the world.
The first things people usually notice about me
I don't know. I've been told my smile, followed by my eyes.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Music is important to me. I'll sit in silence at times, but I do like to listen to a fairly eclectic mix. Call it Alternative, Industrial, New Wave, Post Punk, Industrial Metal, and a number of other genres. You just won't find any rap (can't spell "crap" without "rap") or much country. Now, I'll *dance* to country at times. As the Dead Milkmen said, "You'll dance to anything."

Best movies ever, in no particular order:

Highlander (only the first one {{shudder}} ), Better off Dead, Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan, Fight Club, Stripes, The Princess Bride, Big Trouble in Little China, Clerks, Some Kind of Wonderful, Say Anything, Valley Girl, Serenity, Matrix (again, the first one), The Incredibles, Pan's Labyrinth, Meatballs

I read for fun. Weird.

I'll eat almost anything, except maybe that tasteless mush they call food in New England. Spicy is awesome; I'll take some lamb vindaloo, a bean burrito smothered in chile verde, and maguro sashimi with a big wad of wasabi to go, please. :) I love Mexican food, it's as much a staple as anything around here... I eat vegetarian a measurable fraction of the time. I love a good steak. I adore sushi. I get as much enjoyment from the food when I travel as anything else. I live for new, "pure" flavors and styles. Good beer is heavenly, but so is a great white tea. To balance all that, I work out a few days a week. It also helps with work, so it's a win-win-win. Yay, Dexter!
Six things I could never do without

My kids. Thank god I've only got to do without them every other weekend and part of the summer
My pets. They're all special.
The Internet. It's for more than just porn, seriously.
Sushi. I could probably live on just sushi. Throw in the occasional burrito, and I'm all set.
My friends and family.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What I've done or not done to make the world a better place today.

Why we're here.

What I should learn to cook next. Green curry, I think I've got pretty set. Now for red curry and naan. :)
On a typical Friday night I am
Right now? My Friday night is usually spent recovering from my Friday, and getting ready for Saturday, which is MY Friday, if that makes any sense. On Saturday, I'm either home with my kids and pets, or out dancing and listening to music with friends and acquaintances.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I still hang out with some of the same friends I had in high school. At one time, under a very particular circumstance, I chose my dog over my (now ex-) wife. I'll explain that later.

I didn't fib on my age, though I could have shaved 5-10 easily, and none the wiser.
You should message me if
You're not typical. If I would clearly trust you to have my back, meaning you're self-actualized, aware, and strongly ethical. Smarts is good. Athleticism and smarts is killer.

If I'd stand back-to-back with you in a hypothetical Zombie Apocalypse, and *know* you'd have *your* 180 degrees covered, that's half the battle right there. No pun(s) intended, of course. ;-)
The two of us