29 Somerville, United States
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My self-summary
Hi, everyone! I was born and raised just outside of Hartford, CT and graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in music. I teach privately (mostly math), but I am also an active member of the Boston classical music scene.
People wouldn't guess it of me, but I love German power metal and Jorn Lande. Lest this little factoid scare folk away though, my tastes are bizarrely eclectic, as my internet radio station at work shows, and I do not worship the Devil (how could I...I'm a ginger!) I love hiking and being outside, and I've been told I have a wicked sense of humor (including South Park to the work of Christopher Guest to more, errrm, sophisticated avenues).
What I’m doing with my life
I run a small business doing private teaching. Basically I will teach anything you will pay me for (with a slight partiality to math, physics, European History, and music). I also just hired my first minion, so on track for world domination, of course
I’m really good at
I am a musician first and foremost. I've played viola since I was 8, guitar since I was 10, have dabbled in the djembe and kemanche, and I sing opera (contralto) and metal (think a female Dio or Michael Kiske). I've also been told that I am a decent writer and I was a bowler for 15 years on local leagues. I also played softball for 10 years. I also love badminton, hiking, and being outside. I adore dogs, cats who act like dogs, and other furry creatures and they seem to like me back--or at least like my ability/willingness to not let them die horrifying deaths (ask me about Pele the baby squirrel).
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm a terribly hard nut to crack...and yes, I am aware of this and there are reasons for this. People are shocked when they get to know me and see how bubbly and open I can be. Also, I can be extremely sarcastic and have an extremely warped sense of humor.
The one thing about me that immediately grabs people's attention is my hair. It is long, thick and a pretty unique shade of red. I donate it to Locks of Love every 2-3 years, and at the moment it's getting pretty long again. The color's the attention grabber though. It's my one point of vanity.

Also I'm klutzy.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Classic literature is my go-to, everything from Beowulf to Jane Austen's works to Crime and Punishment. I especially have a soft spot for Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre because I am a hopeless romantic at heart. But I am also a fan of Ayn Rand (I don't buy into the philosophy so much, and yes, I have read everything she published, but she fascinates me on so many levels). I had to buy a second copy of Atlas Shrugged because I read it so many times that the binding literally broke in half. I read a lot of mysteries--especially Sherlock Holmes or Durrenmatt's Der Richter und Sein Haenker--but modern books as well. And in true nerdy fashion, I adore Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, and George RR Martin (and I did for years before the Game of Thrones tv show happened :P). I'm basically a literary omnivore.
My taste in movies is really eclectic. I saw Iron Man 4 times in the theater and love good action movies. Despite my initial fear, Iron Man II was also quite good. I prefer Timothy Dalton's James Bond and am willing to debate anyone on that issue. Favorite comedies include A Mighty Wind, Best in Show, Dr. Strangelove, Monty Python, and of course, Hot Fuzz. Then again, I am a hopeless romantic and a red blooded girl, so sometimes you just need the 5 hour A&E Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth. I will NEVER not watch The Fifth Element, Das Leben der Anderen, or Stardust if the choice is given.

**I did not see Disney movies as a child. When people hear this, there is always outrage and the claim that this needs to be changed. To date I can now say I've seen The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, and the Little Mermaid. If anyone wants to help me see the rest of the bunch, I'm in.**

My musical taste is eclectic, but absolutely a crucial part of me. I have too many favorites to list, so here are my favorite artists at the moment: Scorpions, Franz Liszt, Desmond Dekker, Edguy, Jorn, Helloween, Jethro Tull, Mozart, Eluveitie, Suidakra, Passion Pit, T.Rex, and after much resistance, John Cage's prepared piano sonatas. Ask me to know more.

I also really, really love modality. I have studied musical Radif, raga, and early music, and I am both a fan and a scholar. I'm starting to think it'd be smart to make my focus chant in the Orthodox Church with a special interest in notation. Illuminated text is awesome.

The one good thing that has come out of my last relationship is also an undying love of the Wu Tang Clan. ODB is my hero. I also have learned that I REALLY like old school ska and reggae (Skatalites, Toots, Prince Buster, and the like).

I like food; it keeps us alive, and if it tastes good, that makes me happy. I'm proud to say that I've expanded my tastes in recent years and am fairly adventurous. I don't eat pork, mushrooms, or sushi though. And my own cooking almost never uses butter or salt (things always end up scrumptious though!)
The six things I could never do without
My crazy cat-dogs, Ludwig and Lise
Musical instruments
Good company
I spend a lot of time thinking about
My mind is a fanciful place; everything and anything creeps to the forefront now and again.

Also, why the subjunctive and the noble semicolon are so underutilized.
On a typical Friday night I am
These days? A glass of wine, a few episodes of QI, and a nap on the couch. I'm becoming boring. Save me.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I like my beer like I like my coffee: dark. And yes, I've brewed in the past and will do so again.
You should message me if
All the normal, trite reasons. I can always use a reason to procrastinate, though I warn that I do judge spelling and grammar. :P Seriously, though, I know this gets a lot of flack from some people, but proper grammar is vitally important simply because it is one of the first methods of screening people. An odd who instead of whom is not the end of the world, but if you can't recognize simple rules, that automatically indicates maybe our minds work in different ways and we may not have much to talk about.

Also if you want to play music sometime, I'm in. And museums and culturish things make me very, very happy. I've been so busy starting my company that I kind of missed that moment when all of my friends moved away and I'm kind of on my own. I'm angling for good conversation and adventure.

Or if you're interesting and not creepy.

Caveat: I am in no way interested in casual sex/friend plus situations. I am strictly monogamous in relationship situations. That being said, I am also very much interested in making new friends/adventure buddies.