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My self-summary
Finally after too many years of threatening, I have moved to Texas. I'm a real Southerner now, y'all!

I love to snorkel. I love almost anything involving a beach, as long as the beach is right next to an ocean. A beach at a lake is just some sand next to, well, a lake.

I was meant to live in the Keys, I think. I'm still not over the fact that I was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and am not a citizen of the Conch Republic. I tried to make up for this lack by having a margarita at Margaritaville in Key West. Seriously, mine are better.
What I’m doing with my life
I've managed to fight my way out of the Great Frozen North. Or should that be the Meh? Frozen North? Anyway, I live in Austin, in a great house in a cool neighbourhood . I finished EMT school and am now working as an EMT and loving my life!
I’m really good at
Making people laugh, even when it isn't intentional. I'm passionate about music. I am a gardener and am interested in wetlands restoration, as well as creating wildlife-friendly gardens. I am interested in sustainable agriculture, maintaining heirloom varieties of plants and domestic animals and in creating livable cities. Talk to me about green roofs and I am yours!

I'm also really good at singing loudly and enthusiastically when friends take me out to a karaoke bar. Note how I did not claim to be good. As with everything else, enthusiasm counts for at least as much as actual ability. Unless you're a doctor. I'm just saying.

I'm really good at being happy and positive and so are those closest to me. I plan on waking up each morning knowing that the day will most likely be the best day of my life. I believe that every day should be that kind of day. If you do, too, then we'll have something to talk about.

Oh, and I also make the second-best biscuits in the country. My grandma was from Alabama, and hers were the best. My fried chicken isn't nearly as good as hers, but my sweet tea is great, and my Hurricanes can make a strong man weep. In fact, some did this past summer, at least the next morning.
The first things people usually notice about me
Um, my Kinky For Governor tee shirt? Ok, maybe not so much, but I did follow that race. Besides, the shirt got me on stage in Nashville, even if it was only to get a kiss from a bass player- but how many people can say that?

People, even strangers, always stop me to tell me what a big and contagious smile I have, and when I laugh, people come up to me to see what there is to laugh about. I love that, not having a shy or quiet laugh. In a way, though, that's sort of sad, beings as there is just so much to laugh about in this world. When I write, I always make fun of myself- partly because I really am that funny, but partly because jokes at the expense of others are usually really not all that funny. In other words, laugh at me, not with me.

People notice my curls, my curves, and when I'm working out, the serious look on my face. No idea what that's about, but apparently I look like I take fitness seriously, which I do.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I like all books as long as they aren't true crime or celebrity gossip. Some of my favourite authors are: Mark Helprin, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Isabel Allende, Romesh Gunesekera (Reef is incredible!) , Annie Dillard and Eudora Welty. In fact, you could replace this list with an entire list of Southern writers, they have produced the best writers the U.S. has to offer.

I recently read 'The New Jim Crow' because of a fellow Cupider's recommendation, and it was a life-changing book for me. Tell me about a book which changed yours?

I love music. I think it's as vital to living as air or food. I listen to most kinds, from classical to country. At the risk of sounding like a cliche, my favourite composer is Beethoven, whose music always reveals a new and fascinating bit every time I listen to it. I coudn't begin to list all my favourites, but here's just a tiny taste: Prince, Stevie Ray Vaughan,Ray Charles, Bela Fleck, Jimmy Buffet, Bob Marley, India Arie, any of Rachmaninoff's piano music, Verdi,Garth Brooks, Immortal Technique, Jill Scott,Willie Nelson, Darius Rucker, Tupac, Mark Cohen, Parliament and Bonnie Raitt. And I haven't even gotten started on the blues musicians- blues is my favourite genre if I have to choose just one. But really, I love almost all music and couldn't imagine a life without it.

I enjoy art museums and have some favourite artists, but I really don't know enough to have a huge list. One of my favourites is Dale Chihuly. I also love Mark Rothko, but I've resigned myself to getting that horrified stare when I say so. I won't hold it against you if you roll your eyes at that choice as long as you don't make gagging sounds. I hate gagging sounds.

I love to cook, and to eat out occasionally. When I do go out, my favourites, in no particular order, are Greek,Vietnamese and Indian. I love southern cooking even though I don't indulge very often. If I am in the mood for a good steak, it had better be rare.

I like movies but you probably know more about them than I do. Some of my all-time favourites are 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon', 'Sideways', 'Being There', 'The Princess Bride'and 'Little Miss Sunshine'. I will watch 'Love, Actually' at least four times a year and I cry at the same places every single time. I'll watch Chow-Yun Fat in almost anything, and the same goes for Johnny Depp. Daniel Craig is probably the only celebrity who can make me drool uncontrollably.Ok, and The Rock. If you invite me to watch a James Bond movie, you'd better not say 'Pierce Brosnan' or 'Roger Moore' in the same breath.
Six things I could never do without
Friends and family(both here and in England), my gym, travel, summer (want my share of winter? Just ask, I'll happily give it all to you), music and the ocean. Note: despite what folks from Michigan say, the Great Lakes are not either a good substitute for the ocean.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Politics, injustice, racism and poverty. What I am doing to change my corner of the world. I am opinionated and put my beliefs into action. I consider this to be my warning label.

My other passion is urban farming and eliminating food deserts in inner cities. If you know who Will Allen and Ron Finley are, we should talk.
On a typical Friday night I am
out with friends, in with family or throwing great dinner parties. If I'm not doing those things, I'm most likely gardening, working on my beehives or at the gym.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Is best said in a whisper...
You should message me if
You should send me a message if you're also funny but serious on the inside. Or if you like collies, or are wondering why on earth I hate lime Jello. If you also wish OKC would have a category "Just wants to hang out and listen to music". Make me laugh. If you make me cry, it should be because of a sweet story involving you saving kittens from a burning building. Bonus points if they happen to be Siamese.
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