nickelbolt
35Saint Paul, United States
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My self-summary
Okay, I gotta be real for a second... I'm a bit of a shut-in--wait, wait, don't hit the back button yet! I definitely appreciate a night out for a drink or two, or catching a live show, or traveling somewhere new and exciting, but I think this idea is more my thing. Are you up for a date at the bookstore?

I have found a lot more peace in introspection, and much more fun in living a thoughtful, examined life. Give me something to learn, practice, and perfect, and I couldn't be happier!

I'm looking for the joy and intimacy of communicating one-on-one with the right person, listening to their passions and sharing stories. If it involves a healthy dose of absurd humor, I'll enjoy your company all the more.
What I’m doing with my life
Former math teacher, aspiring corporate sell-out. But it's not quite how the Reel Big Fish said it would be back in '96...

Three months into the new gig and I've already been tapped to facilitate a break-out session at our big fall conference. I'm doing research on emotional intelligence and active learning strategies. It's been an excellent career change for me!
I’m really good at
Mario Kart.

Back in grad school, I would host dinner parties and cook for my friends. A long-time female friend commented that I would make an excellent wife for someone someday, haha!
The first things people usually notice about me
I dunno about most people, but my grandma says I'm a catch.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Wanna hear something crazy? I don't have Netflix.

I really like movies, especially "good" movies. But I don't watch them often. The last movie I really liked was Mad Max: Fury Road. I loved the elderly matriarchal biker gang; the one woman reminded me of my grandma, you know, the one who says I'm a catch?

Some Songs:
Dance Hall Girls by The Duhks
Trusty Chords by Hot Water Music
Confessions of a Futon Revolutionist by the Weakerthans
Disconnected by Face to Face
Sorrow by Bad Religion
A Speculative Fiction by Propagandhi
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
Why is it that every single bookstore puts the sci-fi/fantasy section on the opposite side of the same aisle as the romance novels? Is this some kind of passive-aggressive, judge-y hint, Barnes and Noble?
On a typical Friday night I am
Sometimes I am floating on a glass-calm lake in my kayak listening to wildlife and watching the sunset.

Sometimes I'm pretending I'm a wealthy arts patron and taking in some theater (I saw Wicked last spring, it was amazing!)

Sometimes I'm at one of my favorite places in Minnesota: Target Field.

Sometimes I'm in bed because I've got a date with my bicycle or my yoga mat at sunrise.

And sometimes I'm staying up super late getting super nerdy playing nerd games with my nerd friends at the nerd shop :D
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're interested in an intermediate-ish yoga partner and/or you'll convince me to get back into cycling after years away. (Update: I have dug my bicycle out of storage! I just need to buy a helmet.)

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

... you're passionate about something that you'd like to share with me, and/or the idea of learning new things together with your partner is attractive.

... you are Carmen Sandiego. (Hey, a man's gotta dream, right?)
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