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My self-summary
I'm a government worker who plans on having some grand impact on life one day, but who just moved to the UK to get some new experiences and travel in at the same time. I almost always accept challenges, and I enjoy witty humor particularly if it includes banter. Being outdoors in nature is fun, especially for hiking or camping; I've had fun everywhere I've hiked, but the best times were in Yosemite and around the Colorado River.

I generally prefer to spend my time exploring restaurants, museums, festivals, and historic sites. I enjoy wandering around new places, which earned me a traditional Buddhist monastery in Hong Kong for the cost of an asthma attack, and blisters in Rome from trying to see all the major monuments in one day. It was worth it though! At the same time I value the mental exploration I get from downtime just as much if not more than what I get from physical exploration; I'm quite happy reading a book or watching a documentary at home.

I love testing new ideas and experiences and trying to figure out how they fit in the world, so when my friends suggest doing something that I haven't done (like help build a race car) I'm usually down for it, even when I know nothing about it. I have a favorite historical period (Rome), a favorite philosopher (pre-Wagner/Ayn Rand Nietzsche), and a favorite sport (UFC), which makes for a pretty interesting list of friends. I'm always up for a good restaurant if you have a suggestion, and I try to emulate the eating techniques of Andrew Zimmerman, but I put my foot down at fish sauce; I can admit when I'm beaten. Thankfully, I enjoy working out as well.

The kind of woman I'm looking for is self-confident, intelligent, affectionate, and has no problem laughing at any Americanisms I make. She is a little quirky, but thinks that makes life more fun. She doesn't have to go to the gym every day and eat tofu, but she takes care of herself. She also has mostly, but not entirely, the same interests I do; it means we have fun and see life in different ways, and can introduce one another to new things.
What I’m doing with my life
Exploring Europe!
I’m really good at
I'm excellent at thinking on my feet, which has helped me build computers without burning them out, and deal with greedy taxi drivers in Italy who suddenly forget they speak English. I'm also good at public speaking, but that's more through repeated, amusingly humiliating exposure more than anything else (I remember once during a work speech asking the crowd if I was doing okay).
The first things people usually notice about me
If they hear me first, it's my deep voice. If they see me first, I don't know, I've never asked.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: I have a lot of favorite books because I love a good story, but most of them are world histories and novels. If I had to choose two it would be the Dresden Files because the main character actually goes through the process of figuring stuff out, and 1493, which is about how the Columbian Exchange impacted the entire world, not just Europe (which the book largely avoids).

Movies: Thirteen Days, the Hunt for Red October, and Kingdom of Heaven. I love a well told, well crafted story, but I also really enjoy the 13th Warrior for some reason.

Shows: Archer, Rome, Supernatural, Hell on Wheels, the Daily Show, and the Sherlock series from the BBC. Otherwise, BBC documentaries are pretty good overall.

Music: Hip hop of the 90s and the last few years (I never really got into the Dirty South), R&B, and hard rock (Lacuna Coil and Stream of Passion are old favorites, as are A Perfect Circle and Tool). My music taste goes from Azam Ali to Two Steps from Hell to Eminem.

Food: Indian (Dishes of India) and Sushi (Mikaku Sushi), bar none. I like most foods, but those two are my favorites. There is a place in Alexandria with the best milk tea I've had in the US.
Six things I could never do without
The Internet
A problem to solve
A story to find (I say find because it's just as cool to craft a story as it is to tell it and see what people think about it)
Indian food
Passport (cliche, but true)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
how events, places, and people connect and leave impressions of that connection. It's why I really like reading about history; it provides much of the background and even reasoning for why we do what we do and where we are going. It's also why I enjoy people watching; you can learn so much about someone just from what he or she is doing at one particular time in one particular place.
On a typical Friday night I am
I'd have to say 60/40 split between staying in and going out. If I'm going out with friends, then we are probably going to a bar to drink, maybe see a movie. My going out is usually spread through the week, and if I'm going to drink a ton on Friday I don't want to do it on Saturday, and vice-versa.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I did karaoke once in a high pitched voice once, even though I sound like Dennis Haysbert (black guy from the Allstate commercials)
You should message me if
you smile at the thought of getting lost in a conversation while people watching during a lazy afternoon, or if the idea of going to Rome makes you wonder why you haven't bought a ticket yet.
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