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My self-summary
So, the quick basics: I finished my phd in what amounts to public policy analysis almost three years ago and am now working as a postdoc on a big NSF-funded project at UVM, studying governance systems through Vermont's efforts at improving water quality. yes, the nerdiness from that does cross over to outside of the office and most of my day to day interests fit in that, but maybe not as much as could be expected. aside from the books, I very much enjoy skiing and sailing, and I have a taste for travel (though I've lived in a tourist trap, so I can also recognize a touron from far off and know something of how to travel without being one), along with enjoying something so simple as happy hour w/ friends.

though I've had trouble finding outlets to fully practice it lately (grad school is very unhelpful for these kinda things), I've always found the best way to balance work and fun is: 1. work hard, play hard; and 2. all things in moderation, including moderation.

I'm on OkC to try to find my long term companion. I know that doesn't happen overnight, that it takes time to get to know someone well enough to know whether they are the right person or not, but I'm ready for and looking for the chance to put in the time and effort to grow a relationship at whatever speed feels right in that relationship.
What I’m doing with my life
How technical do you want me to get? I research governance systems using network analysis and computer simulation. Right now, I'm working on climate change, but I want to get back to working on disaster response and preparedness and post-conflict stabilization and reconstruction, and understanding how to build and manage these systems for their best performance.

in short...I'm two years out of grad school and trying to get established as a public policy researcher and use some of my newly-found greater than slave wages to actually enjoy myself a bit
I’m really good at
I'm the worst person to answer this question for the things I do. 1. I've always been really hard on myself (working on that) and 2. I discount my own assessments as inherently biased.

That said, I know my way around a grill and a kitchen, a ski slope, a computer, power tools/wood-working, and a sailboat, not to mention the research I do professionally. Whether or not I'm actually good at these things is for you to decide...
The first things people usually notice about me
I've been told I have beautiful eyes, but I have no idea if they actually get noticed or not. other than that, I could take a few guesses, but I'd be amazed if I get them right...
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: anything by Ken Follett; A Song of Ice and Fire; LOTR; the Ender's Game series; Tom Clancey; the Jason Bourne series

TV: Being Human (I actually prefer the US version...), Doctor Who (and a host of other Brit SciFi), BBC Sherlock, Warehouse 13, Eureka, Bones, House, West Wing. Hockey (Penguins) and Football (Steelers)

Current Music: Flogging Molly, Mumford and Sons, The Clarks, and similar, through Pandora.
Six things I could never do without
Friends and family, and that's about it, though losing the data on my computer could be difficult to deal w/. The rest are just things. Sure, some are expensive and hard to replace, but no thing is irreplaceable.

What I'm more interested in experiences. I enjoy travel, seeing new places, and like trying new things, even as I often have trouble getting myself to try them; it can take an effort for me to try something but it's very rare that I regret doing so. I spent a week in Haiti for dissertation research not long after the 2010 earthquake. I was terrified of the trip, but ended up having one of the best experiences of my life. I followed that up w/ some of my own "Anthony Bourdain-experiences" trying street food in Sarajevo. One of the things I like the most about being in academia is the frequent travel to interesting places that conferences provide.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
short and long term plans, both figuring out how to best fill an evening, what to make for dinner, and what jobs I need to be applying for and what I need to have in place for those applications.
On a typical Friday night I am
The short answer is that I'm in, enjoying a quiet evening w/ a book, movie, or tv show, and a nice dinner. The longer answer is that it varies. I enjoy a good evening out for drinks, dinner, and/or a movie. I generally need someone to go out w/ to make this worthwhile, but then I usually very much enjoy myself. And I'm open to suggestions for more varied experiences; as much as I enjoy a good happy hour, the list seems a little cliche to me but I'm still too new to the area to know a lot of options...
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
As we get to know each other, I will start sharing these...
You should message me if
If you're looking for someone w/ whom you can share stories of past experiences, or someone who enjoys nerdier ways of filling time but still likes to go out for an evening or spend a day outdoors from time to time.
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