essaysmith
33 Boulder, United States
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My self-summary
I'm a work in progress. So is this profile.

I try to live my life deeply and well. I want to understand the world around me, to try new things, and to see where life will take me. And that's best done in good company.

I'm an INTP, which means that I often keep to myself, and that I think too much. But I'm looking for good conversations, and people who can enrich the journey and remind me to have some fun along the way.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm currently working on a Ph.D. in Geography at CU Boulder, looking at the history of the American West, and how it's presented to visitors. Somehow, that doesn't give me as much chance to get out and enjoy Colorado as I'd like to. But when I do, I hike and ski, do a little climbing, and generally look for roads I haven't followed before.

Research and teaching--and inevitable procrastination--keep me busy, but I'm also a fan of good stories, good music, tasty food, and the occasional nip of decent whiskey.
I’m really good at
Pacing back and forth as I distract myself.

Keeping a desk that looks like a mess to everyone else but makes sense to me.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I love Neal Stephenson and Lois McMaster Bujold, both for their engaging plots and their snarky, witty language. Ender's Game, though not so much its sequels. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Least Heat-Moon's Blue Highways. The poetry of A River Runs Through It. And (sigh) whatever I'm *supposed* to be reading--from time to time I'll remember why I enjoy it!

I follow Questionable Content, Girl Genius, Gunnerkrigg Court, and Hark a Vagrant, though that's not updating as much anymore.

I don't watch all that much TV, but I loved Firefly, am on-again, off-again with Doctor Who, and keep meaning to catch up on Breaking Bad and Battlestar Galactica. I watch old Daria episodes, and wonder how something so hilarious could be so corporate. And then MST3k, RiffTrax, and cheesy online review shows.

I listen to a lot of folk and bluegrass, but also smatterings of indie, synth-pop, and whatever the Magnetic Fields qualify as. I'm a regular contra dancer, and keep meaning to learn to play something one of these days.

I love ethnic food--thai, indian, ethiopian, and good green chile. Spicy food is a good thing.
The six things I could never do without
Deep landscape.
Lazy mornings.
Good conversation.
Procrastination.
My family.
Thinking too much.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Just about everything. My research is on how we understand places, and I hope that one of these days I'll spend more time in the field than in the office. But I keep distracting myself with politics, random articles on Wikipedia and TvTropes, whatever has come across the internet recently, and bits and pieces of Boulder that I've never noticed before.
On a typical Friday night I am
Probably at one of the Denver or Boulder contra dances--it's a great way to be active, and it's introduced me to some good friends. And the music is amazing.

Otherwise, hanging out with friends, or perhaps at a movie.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I own a kilt, and wear it in public every once in a while.
You should message me if
....you think I sound like I'd be more interesting in person.
....you'd like to spend a few hours driving up in the mountains, and seeing what we might find.
...you like making snarky comments when you watch movies, but wish you had someone to listen to them.
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