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My self-summary
i'm more verb than adjective. i have a pathologically good memory for some things. no one believes i'm shy. i love making desserts (truffles, pies, custards). teaching -- and de-mystifying science -- is the most rewarding thing i've ever done. i've been told that i experience things more densely than other people. i make up my own etymology, and engage in other linguistically-pioneering practices. i love new york-- sidewalk to skyline-- and i also love camping/hiking/hard travellin'.

in my spare time, i write, direct, and produce short plays. the plays (and the amount of time i spend working on them) are getting longer.

i'm known for being grateful and loyal, and somewhat expressive of my emotion. ok, extremely expressive.
What I’m doing with my life
after 6+ years, i finally retired from grad school. after that, i worked for some internet start-ups, a gigantic company, and now a start-up again. but the whole time i've worked on variants of the same thing: finding patterns in data.

it's really fun.
I’m really good at
teaching, cooking, listening, assessing, solving problems, editing + tutoring, finding things that awe me, being there for people, napping (check out my imaginary podcast: nappin' with the captain'), navigating on long road trips, giving directions in new york (particularly by subway), turns of phrase, remembering, leading call and responses, taking to the streets.

i'm also good at handling emergencies. i've called 911 far more than my share of times, put out small housefires, and helped deliver a baby in the stairwell of my apartment. when someone needs backup (of any kind), i'm the one they call.
The first things people usually notice about me
that my eyes are the color of my sweater. also that i look-- in no small part because of a propensity for crossing my arms and frowning and arriving early but waiting outside-- like a bouncer.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
anything by kundera, calvino, fante (john, but also dan), li-young lee, dylan thomas... arm in arm, danny the champion of the world, welcome to the monkeyhouse, hope a tragedy, white noise ||| things to do in denver when you're dead, snatch, the frighteners, lady + the tramp, rushmore, edward scissorhands ||| the wire, sifl + olly, breaking bad ||| bob dylan, the grateful dead, blackstar, krs-one, shivaree, melissa ferrick, the mountain goats, erin mckeown, the silos, nini camps, blackalicious, chris smither, b.b. king, big bill broonzy, janis ||| shrimp. custards. bourbon. i have a soft spot for-- and because of-- bacon. sushi. veggie chili.
Six things I could never do without
the skyline, mis gatos, words, saucepans, and express trains. tom's restaurant.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
baseball, cats, food, when and where and if it's appropriate to completely forsake humor in order to be serious, tom's restaurant (the real one, in BK), language, road trips, what to name the second avenue subway, mountains (and climbing them), people's backstories, my buddy flynn.

why there isn't a rollergirl named "crystal knocked." which i get is really really offensive... but also view as a way of reclaiming something.

On a typical Friday night I am
something something work week something something something with friends something conjunction something netflix something.

i mean, netflix must sponsor this section, right?
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
my favorite smell in the world is skunk smell. i find it absolutely intoxicating. i once met a skunk on a late-night hike and thought about trying to get him to spray me, but decided against it because i had to sleep in a tent with another person.
You should message me if
you expect correspondence. as much as i love easy times and calmness, there is little i do idly.

you've got a word or a sentence that you think i might like. or, you know, some bourbon that you think i might like.
The two of us