38Somerville, United States
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My self-summary
"Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up." -- Inigo Montoya, "The Princess Bride"

Experience and the input of others tells me that there's no one quite like me on this earth, and I am increasingly happy that this is the case. That can make getting to know me a tricky and entertaining endeavor.

For all the important stuff, there won't be a lot of surprises. I have a steady job. I have a place I like to be on Sunday mornings. I mostly want the same stuff out of life that Joe and Josephine America want--pleasant people to be around both in and out of the home, a slate of activities that are both diverting and fulfilling, a body of experiences that can be fondly remembered. And indeed, except for one notable omission that has motivated use of this web site, I pretty much have all of that.

As always, the devil (and angel!) is in the details...

To get to know me is to assemble a puzzle while convinced that the pieces originated in twelve different boxes. This probably stems from my having very broad interests--board/card games, ringing bells, reading books of most sorts, travel, the outdoors, sports, the odd TV show--but may also come from having cobbled together a worldview from a fairly eclectic set of sources. My childhood was dominated by socially conscious, service-oriented parents who raised me in the suburbs. My adulthood has been dominated by a socially conscious, innovation-oriented scientific academic community in the big city. Sprinkle in some rather noticeable (and apparently, fairly charming) personality quirks, the variety of ways in which my age doesn't match my traits, and a tendency to save both my goofy and serious sides for those that know me best, and there's a bit of a tangle to unravel inside my skull.

I find that I am still continuing to work hard at maintaining and refining my core values while adding new nuances to my sense of self in order to grow into each next stage of life. I think that I would relish both having someone to help me do this, and helping someone else do the same in turn.
What I’m doing with my life
I design reprogrammable computer chips that can run on watch batteries for years at a time. When I'm not doing chip design I can usually be found either with a handbell in my hand, playing board games or card games, or watching sports or movies. Thanks to a bus ride to and from work I also get a lot of reading done.
I’m really good at
Teamwork, mental math, giving hugs, making deep dish pizza
The first things people usually notice about me
That I walk about twice as fast as everybody else, that I'm reserved, and that I have a...unique...command of the English language.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe," "Cryptonomicon", "The Blind Assassin", "Possession", "War for the Oaks", and others. Best book I've read more recently was undoubtedly "The Martian".

Shows: Lately "Jessica Jones", "Arrow", and "black-ish". I also haven't given up on "The Muppets", and for the last few episodes that seems to be paying off after they nearly destroyed Kermit the Frog's persona.

Movies: I find that I don't watch movies by myself much anymore. I do enjoy movie dates, however. :)

Music: I'm mostly a handbell junkie. Beyond that I tend to graft the music interests of others onto my own.

Food: The combination of peanut butter and chocolate, sushi, Indian cuisine. Also the country style pad Thai at Lemon Thai in Somerville.
Six things I could never do without
Peanut butter, a bell choir to ring in, cinnamon rolls and hot chocolate with the family on Christmas morning, a deck of playing cards, hugs, and my trusty knapsack.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How to develop the next phase of my life both professionally, personally, and spiritually, places I want to travel, books I want to read, games I want to play.
On a typical Friday night I am
Laying low so I can make the most out of my Saturdays. I usually have a couple of active weeknights per week, so this just provides the right balance.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
My sense of smell is so atrocious that my nose makes up aromas that aren't even there. You don't want to rely on me to detect whether a room is full of poisonous gas or not...
You should message me if
*Any of the following sound like a good time: a Red Sox game, a day hike in Middlesex Fells, or a trip to London.
*You need advice on the next book you should read
*You're trying to find someone to teach you how to play cribbage
*You've been sitting there staring at your computer screen asking yourself "Hmmm...should I message this guy?" for more than thirty seconds.
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