jrhodes
32 Victoria, Canada
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My self-summary
I'm a teacher. I've been teaching English to international students ever since my eventful stint in South Korea six years ago. I also did my best to start learning the language while I was there and I continue to make sporadic progress.

I'm a distance runner and cyclist. I commute by bike, and leisure rides on calm summer nights can be exquisite. I'm proud to be training for my third marathon. Running keeps me grounded and aware of my body and surroundings, but it also allows me to push my limits and transcend them from time to time.

I like to juggle. A few years ago, I was drawn to the eerie fluid grace of contact juggling, and now I've added that skill to my repertoire of traditional juggling.

I'm a book worm. I read widely, but I've always had a soft-spot for sci-fi, fantasy, and coming-of-age stories. My library keeps growing despite having bought an e-reader in a well-intentioned attempt to keep it in check.

I'm a philosopher (and I have the degree to prove it, ha). I like discovering and turning over new ideas. I'm a pluralist, and I believe in the adage "live and let live," but I also think this is best achieved when we actually come to understand, if not respect, the views of others as well as our own.

I play the piano. Last year I bought a new full-length keyboard with weighted keys. It's been a thrill to get back into making music after moving around for several years without a piano.

I find nature awe inspiring. I enjoy short camping trips, day hikes and beach fires, preferably in summery weather. As for pets, I'm a cat person at heart, but I like dogs too, and I grew up surrounded by rabbits, turtles, hamsters and fish as well as the raccoons, squirrels, humming birds and deer that would frequent the back yard.

Logic puzzles, board games, and puns are underrated sources of amusement. I also appreciate art in its many forms, including the peculiar and the offbeat. I'm always seeking harmony between the logical and the intuitive sides of my personality.

All that being said, I like kicking back with good friends and a few beers, hanging at the beach or watching a brainless movie.
What I’m doing with my life
Teaching English to people from all over the world. Training for my next marathon. Juggling. Brushing up on my French. Attending weddings (there seem to be a lot of those these days). Diving into another philosophy book. Hanging with my homies--whether at a pub, cafe, movie, or just chilling at my condo. Considering a whirlwind trip of Europe.
I’m really good at
Distance running. Juggling. Piano. Philosophy. Editing. Making breakfast. Procrastinating.
The first things people usually notice about me
My height? People have characterized me as easy-going, curious, nervous, geeky, principled, perfectionist, thoughtful, and occasionally articulate. I've heard it said that I have a broad sense of humour, that I'm easily entertained, and that I'm a bit of a klutz. I can't really argue.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
A slew of science-fiction and fantasy classics like Flowers for Algernon, The Lord of the Rings, Stranger in a Strange Land, The Man in the High Castle, Brave New World, Ender's Game, Dying Inside, The Time Machine, The Princess Bride etc.
.... as well as modern takes on the genre: Cloud Atlas, The Magicians, Red Shirts, Stardust, Kafka on the Shore, Haroun and the Sea of Stories
... and coming-of-age stories: Siddhartha, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, The Kite Runner, The Catcher in the Rye, The God of Small Things, In Praise of Older Women.

In the non-fiction department, I'm usually reading philosophy, memoirs, books on writing, running, or contemporary cultural analysis.

Movies I dig: Room, Spotlight, Whiplash, Rust and Bone, Safety Not Guaranteed, The Station Agent, The Guardians of the Galaxy, Spirited Away, Big Hero 6, Ratatouille, Pan's Labyrinth, Adaptation, 12 Monkeys, Gattaca, The Matrix, Serenity, The Lord of the Rings, About A Boy, Shaun of the Dead, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Almost Famous, Amadeus, The Princess Bride, Die Hard, The Kids are Alright, The Shawshank Redemption, Back to the Future... and a bunch of films by Woody Allen, Clint Eastwood, the Cohen brothers, Wes Andersen, Hayao Miyazaki, and Monty Python

TV Shows: Community, Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, The Daily Show, Colbert Report, Breaking Bad, Louie C.K., House of Cards, Archer, Sherlock, Sense8, Daredevil, How to Get Away with Murder

Music: Metric, The Decemberists, Arcade Fire, Sam Roberts, The New Pornographers, The Shins, Old Man Luedecke, The Beatles, The Stones, Tom Cochran, Amy Winehouse, Green Day, The Slackers, The Bare Naked Ladies, Ben Folds, various K-Pop groups, Beethoven, Handel, Tchaikovsky.

Food: I will try anything at least once--probably more than once. I was vegetarian for a couple of years, but now I just eat meat in moderation. If I'm not eating pub food when I go out, then it will likely be a delicious Korean, Japanese, Indian, Thai or Vietnamese dish.
The six things I could never do without
Setting aside family, shelter, and cell phone, in no particular order...
Running shoes
Juggling balls
Bicycle
Books
Fresh fruit
The sky, the ocean and a sense of wonder.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The last book, blog, or news story I've read. The political and spiritual landscape of the modern world. The relationship between technology and culture, psychology and fiction, fitness and happiness, ice cream and chocolate sauce. How best to communicate my passion for whatever I think is beautiful and worth remembering. What my friends are up to. Whether or not we really learn from our mistakes.
On a typical Friday night I am
Chilling at the pub with friends, hosting a board game or movie night at my condo, seeing some live comedy or music, hunched awkwardly in bed with a book, going to bed early so I can actually make it out to my Saturday morning run.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I wrote a cheesy pop song for my high school grad class.
You should message me if
You're curious about the world. You think we might get along. You read to the end of my profile. You are passionate about something and unafraid to share it. You enjoy both deep and frivolous conversation in equal measure. You think I'm hot stuff (here's hoping).
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