- Entertaining cats
- Making martinis
- Languages and language
- "Dot connecting"
- Being a know it all
- Internet shopping
I am NOT, at all, good at:
- Suffering fools
- Any sports involving balls
- Small talk
- Social markers in any culture
I am a China history nerd, and my favorite China writers are Jeff Wasserstrom and Lynn Pan and John Gittings. And Qiu Xiaolong, and Duncan Hewitt, and Alex Harney, and Wang Anyi, and...and...
I do enjoy genre fiction, and television. I currently watch: Doctor Who, Bojack Horseman, Lady Dynamite, Outlander, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Portlandia. Old favorites: Agent Carter, 30 Rock, Parks & Rec, Community, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, West Wing, Veronica Mars, Buffy, Angel, The Wire.
Food! I love food, a bit too much. Stinky tofu and heavy cheese split my heart like a half-peeled hairy crab. I am a vegetarian/pescavore/flexavore; I think meat is a waste of resources and calories when there is cheese, carbs and tofu in the world. But I make an exception for xiaolongbao, shengjian and burgers. I am not very good at being a vegetarian, but I try.
The only thing I really miss about the US, apart from individual people, is good Mexican and Greek food. I waitressed in a Greek restaurant during college, and...I don't want to think about it. But I am trying to learn to make good Mexican food, and my tortillas are approaching edible.
- my flat
- my cat
- my gadgets (laptops, cameras, smartphone)
- my notebooks and pens
- my stimuli (art, music, longjing, coffee, martinis)
I am not interested in: 1. Random email pals outside of Shanghai. I already have lots of actual friends I don't email enough. 2. Casual sex. 3. Anyone very conservative, sexist, homophobic or racist. (For some reason those three are half the messages I get on here...) 4. Anyone who self-describes, in user name or profile, as a "laowai".