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My self-summary
Self-summary... geez, no pressure there! Well, I've been with me a long time, and I like my own company (I tend to crack myself up), but how do I throw something out there someone else might connect with? Here goes... I'd say I'm a very kind and easy-going guy who loves to laugh almost more than anything else. I'm very content with where I am in life right now; I love my job, my kids are the light of my life, and I have an eclectic blend of interests and activities that never leave me feeling bored or lonely. I guess I'm hopeful someday of finding someone cheerful, witty, enthusiastic, and fun with whom to share life and new adventures, someone to *add* warmth and excitement and comfort to my life as I might add to hers.
What I’m doing with my life
I've been teaching physics/astronomy at a local community college for the last 13 years and was a software engineer immediately before that and after grad school. I absolutely love what I do and have a real passion for science and being an evangelist for the subject to the general public. In the down-time from work I love road trips to explore new areas and experiences, playing sports, catching up on my packed DVR of shows, watching movies (hence the username --- believe me, the available namespace is pretty small), reading, exercising, and listening to either live music or my own collection. Recently I really enjoy acting in the local theatre scene which has eaten up pretty much all my marginal time during the rehearsals and runs. Each time a run is over, I'll think that's probably my last one since the schedule is pretty grueling, but then a month goes by and I'll start poking around audition notices and think, "oh, now *that* would be fun to do"
I’m really good at
I think I'm really good at teaching. Conveniently, that's my job. There are many other things I enjoy, though I don't know how good I actually am. I'm active in community theatre, running, softball, golf, writing, cooking, digital artwork/animation, and playing drums.

I'm good at getting excited over small things. Poring over the Ikea catalog, small sublime musical moments in my favorite pieces, the taste of really good Parmesan cheese, the way my daughter makes me laugh, small containers (I have no idea why), Adrian Coorte's paintings, the sound of baseballs hit from wooden bats, the smell and feel of the crisp air early in fall and spring mornings. Also bacon.

I'm pretty good at reciting baseball history and trivia, though I understand the appeal of that is, um, somewhat limited.
The first things people usually notice about me
I have no idea what they usually think, but I've been told that people notice that I'm smiling and happy almost all the time. Probably after that would be my sense of humor. I'm living the dream, peeps.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Movies: Shawshank, Contact, Groundhog Day, Gandhi, Lord of the Rings, Pride and Prejudice (BBC!), Harry Potter, Before Sunrise/Sunset, all Pixar films, Bourne trilogy (not so much the last one), It's a Wonderful Life, Much Ado About Nothing... so many more

Stage: I'll love pretty much *any* live Shakespeare performance, and I'm a sucker for comedies and musicals.

TV: Lost, Star Trek (Next Generation!), Ed, 30 Rock, Modern Family, Office, Mad About You, 24, Daily Show. And yes, I was hooked on Downton Abbey. I'm a sap. My recent achievements include watching Arrested Development (based upon many friends' recommendations) and Homeland. Man, there's some really good stuff out there.

Music: Too many to mention. Oh, okay: Bill Evans, Rush, Yes, Brad Mehldau, Stacey Kent, Jane Monheit, Five for Fighting, JS Bach, classic Jazz, old standards, 80s hits, and classic rock in general. The albums "Kind of Blue" and Pat Metheny's "One Quiet Night" are staples. And Vince Guaraldi's Charlie Brown Christmas -- the wistful and warm celebration of the holidays always gets to me.

Books: I've tended to read mostly non-fiction books, but have started on more classic literature and good modern fiction (in the middle of Eco's _Name of the Rose_ now). I'm also reading the Harry Potter books to my daughter now and really enjoying it (in the middle of book 4), and we're working through the Complete Calvin and Hobbes (again).

Food!! I love Italian, and I'm a chicken's worst nightmare. I'm pretty impressed with the dishes and desserts I whip up for myself and I really enjoy cooking for a crowd. Next up for me to tackle: puff pastries. Wish me luck.
The six things I could never do without
Hugs from my 2 amazing kids
Luke the Dog, my buddy
music collection
Apple products
The _America's Test Kitchen_ cookbook. Jeez, I love that thing.
I always seem to have a Dt. Mountain Dew around.
And I'd way rather have a mug of rich hot chocolate than coffee.

Yes, I can count. I'm a rebel.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How the Universe works at a fundamental level
The decreasing amount of product in packages at the store (*3* pints of ice cream???)
The show Lost, and what the hell actually happened.
New approaches to communicate science to the general public
The stars, forgers of our atoms, and our intimate connection to them
The music I'm listening to at the moment
The next road-trip/getaway/exploration trip
New recipes to try
How to fold a fitted sheet
Things that make me laugh from moment-to-moment, though most don't make it past my "filter" :)
On a typical Friday night I am
I usually have my kids Friday nights, which I treasure. Nights when I'm alone and not actually working, I'm usually chipping away on my writing project, out at a movie, with friends playing music or chatting at a favorite restaurant, catching up on shows, or reading with Mr. Dog. I kind of hate to admit that I'll occasionally read to the dog, but he's a good listener, and it helps if I'm trying out new voices or approaches to plays that I'm in.

During a theatre run, Fridays are show-days, so I'm on stage.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have no idea what to write here. I'm usually pretty open, at least in private. I guess I'll come right out and admit that I'm all in for rom-coms and 19th-20th century British period pieces (Austen, Downton Abbey, Remains of the Day, ...). I like to cook, but in the mornings I eat like a toddler (Lucky Charms!) and for lunch I could eat PB&J about every day. I can't imagine that being remotely intriguing to anyone, but there you go.
You should message me if
-- You think of life as a series of opportunities for adventure and growth.

-- All the above stuff doesn't strike you as hopelessly lame and/or dorky and you want to start a conversation.

-- You aren't making a duck-face in your photo

-- You'd describe yourself as being enthusiastic about many things

-- You think you're funny. Bonus if other people (especially strangers) think you're funny. I'd consider stalking you if you get paid to be funny (I've got crushes on Tina Fey, Kristen Wiig, and yes, hopelessly, Ellen DeGeneres).

-- Your default state is happy and cheerful.

-- You compliment people much more than you criticize them, and smile much more often than frown.

-- You have a strong emotional reaction (not just fist-pumping or head-bobbing) to music. Extra credit if that music is jazz. Super-mega-credit if it's some classical composition.

-- The moments in movies that make you cry the most are the ones showing extreme compassion or goodness.

-- You enjoy questioning things without necessarily having to know the answers.

-- You might aspire to be (or to be with!) someone who has the "heart of an explorer and the soul of a poet"

-- You think the origin of the above quote is cool

-- If you already knew the origin of the above quote, you should drop everything and message me instantly. It's a done deal.