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My self-summary
Few sentences? Heh. At this rate, I'm going to max out this box one of these days...

I'm an anime fan, pinball enthusiast (own one machine), am skilled at cooking and mechanical hackery, and enjoy classic films and animated sitcoms. I've been a chef at a Mongolian barbecue, a temp, a press monkey, and a computer programmer. I've ridden a bicycle 75 miles in a day, driven 1100 miles in a day, flown from Milwaukee to New York City and back in a single day, but would rather travel by train than any of those. I take 3-d photos. I'll try just about any restaurant at least once.

I cook with meat and fish, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, butter, MSG, coconut oil, heavy cream, chili garlic paste, and wines so you can expect to encounter sulfites as well. I can substitute some of these sometimes if I know beforehand. I'll happily cook rabbit, lamb, veal, venison, bear and buffalo as well as beef, pork, poultry, etc. I'm perfectly willing to eat something smarter or cuter than I am. I found (then lost) the butcher that carries rabbit, and am thus seeking reasonably-priced meat market.

I make fantastic cocktails. Fresh juices and good booze beat sour mix and top shelf liquor any day. I've got more bottles of aperitif and bitters than I do liquor, and I've got at least six gins, three vodka, a dozen whiskeys and eight rums on hand at any time. Flavored things don't count. (Secret tip: They don't really put cake in cake vodka.) If you really want Boone's Farm, I can probably find that buried somewhere too.

For internet stalkers, I'm trivially easy to trace. I've used the same email address since 1999, and the same login ID since 1990. The only big exception is AIM. Finding the current one for that is left as an exercise, but should present little difficulty. I kinda miss the days when what the site now calls "visitors" it called "stalkers".

I've never seen ET, and I never plan to.

I'm very aware that women get ten times the message load that men get, at the very least, and that 19 out 20 of those are wildly inappropriate by match criteria, interest, or grammar. Go ahead and send your own message; don't wait for me.
What I’m doing with my life
Programming computers for a Very Big Company, playing Guild Wars 2, watching fansub anime and visiting friends all over southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

My "won the lottery" plan involve buying a big sailing catamaran and doing charter work in the western Caribbean. Okay, maybe just skip the "work" part and just visit friends. In the meantime, I look at charts, read navigation texts, look at pretty photos, price solar arrays and wind turbines for fitting onto boats, keep track of how much passage through the locks on St Lawrence and the Panama Canal cost (about $350 and $800 plus costs for line handlers and buffer fees, respectively, but the Panama fees were supposed to go up again in Oct 2013), and stare at marina websites. I also know more about flying than anyone without a pilot license really needs to.
I’m really good at
Cooking, arrant hackery, taking a lot of tests, ambiguous wit and bitterness.
The first things people usually notice about me
Black wardrobe and that I usually am wearing a hat. Possibly, my long hair.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food

Books) Elizabeth Moon's The Speed of Dark, Donna Tartt's A Secret History, most things by Terry Pratchett, Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan cycle, Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody books, Maison Ikkoku

Movies) The Wizard of Speed and Time

Music) Oddly, I'm not terribly particular about music. I like mid-century jazz best, though, and novelty songs.

Foods) Anything I cook, within limits of experiments, and a good amount of Japanese and Sichuan and northern Chinese cuisine

Currently reading: Jim Butcher's stuff. Finishing up the Alera Codex books and reading Skin Game.

Six things I could never do without
Computers, manga, the 'droid, good weekends, my wok, and seasons changing. I really miss my Newton. I'd think about an iPhone the month after it comes with notepad software as good as the Newt's, and includes handwriting recognition. Maybe now that Steve Jobs isn't involved anymore.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Very complicated relationships.
On a typical Friday night I am
Visiting friends, with refreshing beverages. Often, this will involve spending time hanging out the distillery. (You can figure out which one that is easily enough.)
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I've an almost pathological aversion to talking on the phone, especially answering ringing phones when I don't know who's calling.
You should message me if
If you're not Alyssa Bereznak, and aren't looking for someone to join your Warcraft guild. And I'm well aware of how scattershot and overwhelming men messaging women on dating sites is, so I'm not gonna add to your workload that way. You're officially in charge of first contact. After that, it's negotiable.
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