thedrunkmonk
29The Colony, United States
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My self-summary
Adventurous and nerdy, but lacking the side of geek that normally comes with that... Beyond socially awkward, but that's part of my faults, so I probably shouldn't mention it. Looking for friends and people to get out and do things with. Also a crossword partner, if anyone wants to help me try and finish them.

To be completely up front, I got divorced in October, and still shaken up from it. Completely terrified of being in the dating pool again. Just moved to Dallas for work, and don't know anyone here, and my dogs haven't made the move yet, so I need a partner in crime/adventure!

I have an Applied Math and Computer Science degree and work in the IT/Software Engineering field. I have a special love of data, regardless of what the data is about, and like to spend some of my free time learning new technologies, skills, or random bits of science.

When not sitting behind a computer, or buried in a book (and when I'm caught up on the far too addictive netflix binges), I really like to spend time outdoors. Camping, fishing, hiking or the like, you can pretty much count me in, doubly so if I can bring my dogs along. I spend a lot of time on a bike by choice, whether road or mountain. I also enjoy flying giant kites (think kiteboarding not walmart toys).

I believe in trying anything at least twice except kale! Bet you thought that socially awkward thing was a joke.

FYI my username is from probably HS and I'm too lazy to come up with a good replacement for it.
What I’m doing with my life
Just moved to the area for a job and working in the IT/Software Engineering field; trying to make a decision on a long term career track, and stuck between my love of automation and devops, and my love of data. Honestly I'm not sure how I ended up where I am, and I'm pretty sure geographically it won't be where I am in 5 years, but that may change. I do know having children is part of my plans, but life may well plan differently.

My goals for this year, or before I'm 30, whichever way you prefer to look at it are to: finish a full length Ironman, a marathon (separate from above), learn German, and get a lot better at kiteboarding. Bonus points if you want to help enable any of those things.
I’m really good at
Sleeping. Like professional good. Like I have narcolepsy good (not a joke).

I'm really good at Futurama style non-sequiturs, usually from carrying about 4-6 trains of thought in my head actively at once, and yes that is an exact number, I lack any more tracks, and often yes these cause general confusion until you get used to me, but usually in a comedic way, so I'm calling it okay? While my skills of hating cardio/exercise and attempting to procrastinate it are only average, I'm really good about sucking it up and just going out and doing it. I hate the gym, but make sure to get in a bike, run or swim at least three times a week.
The first things people usually notice about me
Well as we've already covered socially awkward, I'm going to go with intelligence, but really I think they're just trying to be nice. I'm fairly quick to follow new ideas, and be able to grasp new concepts, and equally quick to ask a stupid question, over being ignorant of the answer.

I like to say I like to do new things, and if I can't learn to do them well, I usually have learned to enjoy doing them poorly.

As this seems the best place to put it, people often tell me I appear serious and intense, but I think they just miss the amount of humor and sarcasm in some of the things I say. I don't smile a lot, but I'm working on it.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I have an extremely eclectic music taste and listen to just about everything, except country. Yes I know this is a lame cop-out, and no I don't plan to change my answer. Currently it's been a lot of EDM, and rather than my usual House and Trance, a lot more Trap, especially Alison Wonderland.

My taste in books is far too picky, and so outside of plenty of things that hit the NYT bestseller list, that I often don't enjoy, I generally go through spurts of finding a new author and then reading all they've written. My all time favorite author is unequivocally Lewis Carroll, both his fiction and non-fiction, yes he wrote some pretty awesome math papers. In terms of modern author, it's probably Neal Stephenson, but it's hard to pick a favorite of his books (and if you have suggestions of similar books, that AREN'T Gravity's Rainbow, I'm all ears). Other favorites that spring to mind are Count of Monte Cristo, The Last Lecture, Sex Drugs and Cocoa Puffs, and Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I generally try to alternate one fiction and one non-fiction book, and fail horribly and read a lot more non-fiction.

TV wise, I really like Chopped, but don't watch it as I've never been able to justify paying for Cable/Satellite. I watch a lot of the Netflix originals, and 30 Rock is an amazing show, with a shitty ending, where as Psych was amazing and ended just about perfectly. These last two things are indisputable facts. I'll happily sit and spend time with someone watching something, so long as I'm not required to pay attention, which is a requirement for reality TV.

Movies I'll watch most things, provided it's not horror, but I really don't like going to movie theaters, so chances are I won't see it there. As for why, I'm going with " I had. A bad. Experience. Damn it", and though it's more the fear of one that keeps me out of them.

As for food, I'll try any kind of food twice. Spicy food definitely had a strong place in my heart and I believe there's far more in hot peppers that jalapenos, and it's spelled green chile, not green chili, one is delicious and the other a health code violation or gross taste in the making. I really enjoy trying new food.
Six things I could never do without
My dogs. (period)
Bicycle, just two wheels so I can ride to relax.
Coffee (caffeine) my favorite food group and drink.
The Internet/Books so I always have something to read and learn.
Cards, as they're infinitely useful.
Outdoors, though I'm tempted to say mountain/ocean or snow, if I get to be picky, and yes I'm willing to take one or the other, since both is a lot more work to find.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Classical problems in math or science, and different approaches to the solutions to them... I'm really bad at shutting off my brain and these tend to pop up in it, though I'd happily take a suggestion of an off switch.

Usually what I should be doing better or what I can improve on, I'm incredibly critical of myself, though not of others. I should probably change one of those things, but indecision has me racked with which it should be.
On a typical Friday night I am
at home. Whether it's playing something on Playstation/Steam, watching Netflix or reading a book, I'm probably at home and going to bed far earlier than you.

Saturday morning is when I like to go out and do things, of the afternoon! Part of this does come down to my narcolepsy and the times of day I function best.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
depends on the question being asked... So I'm going with the fact that I'll 100% guaranteed to turn pink and stammer 100% admitting something private, and am a fairly private person to begin with, so hopefully that's something you find cute or endearing, as it's not something I've managed to overcome. Luckily digital communications hide that pretty well.
You should message me if
I don't know, you want to?

You have an idea of something cool or fun to go do and are looking for a partner in crime? You're just looking for someone to nerd out with, who can keep up?

I met my current best friend randomly through Facebook posting about going out kite landboarding in a public group, so crazier things have happened than talking to me here.
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