nickelbolt
35Saint Paul, United States
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My self-summary
My best friend's significant other often says that I'm going to make an excellent wife for someone someday. I assume it's a compliment based on culinary prowess, but I'm a little uncomfortable about the implied gender norms of that statement. But if you are in the market for a wife and/or want to help me not eat the same leftovers every day, then maybe you should message me.

But we need to get our story straight, because if we say we met in a coffee shop, it's going to get real awkward when they find out I don't drink coffee. So lets say we met when I tried to enlist your cat in the impending class-war, and our first date was at the Harry Potter fan fiction seminar. No one will suspect a thing!
What I’m doing with my life
Former math teacher, aspiring corporate sell-out. Unfortunately, it ain't as easy as the Reel Big Fish said it was back in '96...
I’m really good at
I slay at Mario Kart.
The first things people usually notice about me
My grandma says I'm a catch.
Six things I could never do without
My griddle, because it's exactly the right size to make enough pancakes and bacon and they finish at the same time. My rice cooker, because I eat a lot of rice. My crock pot, because I'm Minnesotan. My single serving blender, because I love chocolate malts. My 32 oz. HydroFlask, because I get thirsty. And... wait, did I already use five of my six things???

If that's the case, the last one is my Mazda3. It's been a wonderful companion on a couple of cross-country road trips.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Sometimes I enjoy thought-experiments about culturally important ideas, and sometimes I wonder why it is that every single bookstore puts the sci-fi/fantasy section next to the romance novels. Is it some kind of subtle hint?

But games capture my imagination in ways that few other topics do. Games are fascinating on so many levels: developing optimal strategies for winning using logic and mathematics, games as sociological experiments and social lubricant, game design, games as a medium for storytelling, games as educational tools, games in a historical context, games as high art, and games as crass entertainment. I've taken multiple mathematics classes on game theory, I've spent a good portion of my career in education as a gaming evangelist, and I look forward to using my gaming knowledge and experience in my future Instructional Design career. Games will always be a significant part of my life.
On a typical Friday night I am
On a typical Friday night, you'll find me at the local nerd shop. In general, the social scene doesn't really help me unwind. I don't mind hitting up a happy hour with coworkers or my good friends, but if I'm left to my own devices, I'd prefer to flex my creative muscles at home. Hey, stop fantasizing!
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
When I was in middle school, my favorite TV show was Sailor Moon. That show was a formative experience; Sailor Moon was very clearly "for girls" but yet I loved it. (In case you're wondering, Sailor Jupiter was my favorite.) It's also kind of interesting that I share my birthday with Junichi Sato, the director of Sailor Moon.
You should message me if
...you think this idea is amazing.

...you're interested in an intermediate-ish yoga partner and/or you'll convince me to get back into cycling after years away.

... you're nerd-curious and/or interested in dismantling the "boys club" feel of nerdy hobbies.
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