hilljb
37 Broomfield, United States
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My self-summary
I'm Jason. I'm tall. I'm bearded. I'm a nerd that does outdoors stuff and crushes it.

I know who I'm looking for. Be able to hike/backpack with me. Be political and left leaning. Don't be religious unless your religion is nature. Like sarcasm. Don't be freaked out when I eat meat. Mock me and laugh with/at me. Enjoy the honest stupidity and aweful puns that are my daily self.

I was born and raised in Michigan, spent a year in Sweden, lived in Vermont for a while, and then found my way to Colorado. I miss the hardwood forests and water, but I love the mountains and weather here.

I'm a mathematician turned software engineer and data scientist. In my spare time, I travel, hike, backpack, snowboard, and do landscape photography. I've been to Europe ten times and north of the Arctic Circle six times.
What I’m doing with my life
I work as a data scientist. I'm finishing up my dissertation while working in industry.

But, my work isn't my life. I'm a serious hobby landscape photographer and outdoorsman. I spend too much time staring at maps and planning trips, calculating which peaks or lakes to be at for sunrise or sunset. I spend a lot of weekends in the mountains.

I also sometimes just come home and crash on my couch and watch Netflix.

I play on two softball teams during the summer.
I’m really good at
1) Mechanical things. I've always done all the work on my vehicles, from oil changes to replacing a transmission. I recently lifted my SUV in my tiny apartment garage. It gets me to more trailheads now.
2) I'm better at building a campfire than anyone you've ever known. (I'm an Eagle Scout and I've made a ton of campfires in rain, shine, snow, etc.) If I get to a campsite within a day of someone else having a fire, no matter how well they put it out, I can usually restart it.
3) Snowboarding.

What am I not good at?
1) I don't recognize people by their faces as I'm faceblind. Google: prosopagnosia. I recognize people in many other ways.
2) I am bad at producing my own insulin as I'm a type 1 diabetic.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm relatively tall. Actually, people taller than me sort of freak me out.

My eyes don't always line up. I never got a good explanation from the parents on that one.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: One Hundred Years of Solitude, As I Lay Dying, The Alchemist, Dune, CLRS's Intro to Algorithms.

Movies and TV: Snatch, The Big Lebowski, The Shawshank Redemption, Stargate, Doctor Who.

Music and Radio: Lots of stuff could go here. I pay for Spotify and Hearts of Space, and listen for a few hours every day while at work. Scrolling through my lists randomly on Spotify brings up: Vance Joy, Silversun Pickups, Toto, Royksopp, Falling You, Jose Gonzalez, Iron and Wine, Calexico, The Shins, and a lot more. I listen to NPR a lot and keep a load of podcasts ready for car trips: This American Life, Radio Lab, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, The Moth, Skeptics Guide to the Universe, Intelligence Squared, 99% Invisible, etc.

Food: Lots of stuff could go here. I'm not picky. I like to cook, I know the difference between boiling and blanching, I like my steaks rare, and I make a mean jambalaya.
The six things I could never do without
1) Time with my family, especially my father and twin brother. They're my two best friends.
2) Puns, sarcasm, and humor in general.
3) A fun side project, or five, to work on.
4) Getting outdoors.
5) Coffee (although I think I like tea more)
6) Insulin injections (literally)

I could do without some things though: hunger, AIDS, and cancer in the world; people without a sense of humor; and Ohio.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
what exactly the difference is between "co-mingled" and "mingled." It seems like "mingled" would be sufficient for recycling purposes.
On a typical Friday night I am
getting out of Dodge, or having grand ideas of what I can cook only to find myself making brats and kraut in the crockpot.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have a stuffed animal, a moose, who travels everywhere with me. He's scared of heights.
You should message me if
You (at least try to) write and speak with proper grammar. You have a goofy or nerdy side. You like to spend time in the mountains. You're inspired by this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHK0uFb6Vzw
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