smc2645
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My self-summary
Recent transplant from Texas to the DC area. Y'all makes a regular appearance in my vocabulary.

I've had an incredibly eclectic set of experiences living life the past few years - excavating a 16th century shipwreck in Croatia, surviving a tornado hit to my camp in Mexico, and even choking on jello. I try to fill every day of my life with adventure, curiosity, and a passion for things I love. My adventures may not always go as planned, but I live as much for the journey as the destination.

I end up laughing at myself often and am the best at putting myself into embarrassing situations. If thinking of the perfect comeback 3 seconds too late were a super power, I'd have my own Marvel movie, complete with action figures and a Netflix spin off.

I love the outdoors, filling my ears with live music, exploring obscure shops and museums, festivals, and trying to cook a new recipe without having the fire department called. I'm a big sports fan and am trying to figure out this whole hockey thing (Texas doesn't prepare you very well for that one...), but I'm all in for college/professional basketball, baseball and football. I'm also an avid photographer, SCUBA diver, and not afraid to put myself out there to try new things. I'd love to ski one day, but I'm worried how many small children I may take out on my tumble down the mountain. Otherwise, a good run, game nights with friends or Netflix, spontaneous road trips, and witty conversations complete me.
What I’m doing with my life
Starting my career in DC. Finishing up my PhD in underwater archaeology from Texas A&M University (Finishing up my dissertation writing here in DC - almost done!) and just finished directing my own project exploring an underwater and hurricane-destroyed 19th century port city on the Texas coast. No, not Atlantis...mostly sharp oyster shells, jellyfish, murky water, and an occasional alligator.

When not busy weaving fancy underwater baskets, I spend my time going for a run or keeping active, figuring out how I managed to get the latest phantom bruise/scratch somewhere on myself, slaving away on my dissertation, and taking the opportunity to explore what DC and the area have to offer. I'd love to hear of a must see place or a new local spot to try.
I’m really good at
Cooking with new recipes and not burning the kitchen down, but burning myself in the process.

Photography

Playing several musical instruments - but not at the same time

SCUBA diving

Listening to other people's stories and carrying long conversations about anything deep into the night.

Mario Kart - Who said all childhood skills die?

Managing to get purposefully lost to explore some place new.
The first things people usually notice about me
My friends sometimes tell me my life is similar to Indiana Jones - except I don't think even Indy could challenge this wetsuit farmer's tan.

Physically, my blue eyes and big grin.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
These are just a few off the top of my head:

Books: LOTR, 1984, Fahrenheit 451 (I love dystopian novels), Rendezvous with Rama, Lord of the Flies, Heart of Darkness, Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Isaac's Storm, and most any well-written historical fiction. Also a big fan of Twain, Thoreau, Clarke, Hemingway, Orwell, and Shakespeare.

Music: My taste in music is quite eclectic - Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Black Keys, Shakey Graves, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Gary Clarke Jr., Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, Muse, The Shins, Radiohead, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, as well as an absurd amount of Classical and Jazz. Music is a passion of mine and it's hard to box that into a handful of musicians or genres.

Movies: The Big Lebowski, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Tucker and Dale vs Evil, Jurassic Park, Arrival, Shaun of the Dead, The Exorcist, Cabin in the Woods, Interstellar, The Blues Brothers, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Pulp Fiction, Muscle Shoals, and a ridiculous number of documentaries.

Shows: Archer, South Park, Doctor Who, Venture Bros, Cosmos, Daredevil, Firefly, Top Gear , Rick and Morty, TEDTalks, Stranger Things, Black Mirror, and many more.

Podcasts: The Dollop, Welcome to Nightvale, This American Life, RadioLab, We Hate Movies

Food: Fresh seafood, Texas BBQ, and pasta. I love trying new foods, especially in countries I'm visiting and attempting to recreate them here in my kitchen stateside.
Six things I could never do without
- Fresh adventures and discovering new places
-Live music of all kinds
- Sarcasm and witty puns
-Chocolate - the darker the better
-A space to escape outdoors to get away from the city life
- A good pair of sunglasses

(Friends and family are obvious - I'm not heartless!)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How awesome it would be to ride a dinosaur like a horse.

Could I really survive the zombie apocalypse?

How would it have been to live at a certain place at a certain time in history?

What was going through the mind of the person who last touched this artifact hundreds of years ago?

What am I going to do when I finally make it to Iceland?
On a typical Friday night I am
Having a game night with friends, exploring a new local brewery, going to a live music show, opera, museum, or finding another way to make the evening memorable.

Other nights I'm perfectly content with ordering take out and relaxing at home.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
A girl broke my arm in 5th grade...it came with an amazing scar after surgery. Sometimes I make up some outlandish story about being attacked by a bear, just to see how far I can take it before they realize the bear never existed at all.
You should message me if
You're looking for someone genuine, honest, and fun-loving to take on new adventures of all sizes!

You find yourself in ridiculous situations and can't help but laugh.

You know what you want and are confident in who you are.

Want to share what you're passionate about.

You have a dog you don't mind sharing!
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