thistle02
35East Lansing, United States
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My self-summary
Mostly I just like meeting people, hearing their stories, and having crazy misadventures. I love movies, reading, museums, history, art, traveling, occasional sports (Spartans!), being outdoors (camping and nature walks especially), swimming (I try to swim at least a few miles in laps a week), and those kinds of road trips where you just sort of drive down a road to see what's there and discover something weird and hilarious..

I love to learn and enjoy meeting people who can teach me something. You don't have to be the most educated person in the world, but if you are knowledgeable about something, I'd like to meet you. I like board game nights, trivia, and local events like Biology/Astronomy on Tap.

I like honest people. Not exactly in the "I'm blunt, deal with it" way, but the types of people who aren't afraid to be their strange, vulnerable selves from time to time and recognize that truth is important.

I'm at a point where I'd like to find someone to share the adventure and/or just have a good conversation. The world can feel pretty crazy these days-I think it's more and more important to make a connection and be kind to each other. I believe in the goodness of people.
What I’m doing with my life
Recently moved back to the Lansing area to work for a local nonprofit. It's been fun getting to know the area in a whole new way from when I was a student here way back when!
I’m really good at
People have told me I'm a good friend, which is probably my highest goal in life, so I really hope that's true. And I'm good at finding humor in just about any situation.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm pretty shy at first, but once I feel comfortable with people, my quirks start to come out.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
A) This is a long list, but a few favorites:
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, (pretty much anything by Sherman Alexie), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail, Inherit the Wind, A Thousand Splendid Suns, Life of Pi.

B) I love movies. All kinds: a range from black and white to 80's classics to comic book movies to 3D to independents that make you see things differently. Only thing I'm not big on is mean/super gross humor (Seth Rogen and Simon Pegg usually take it just far enough-love them). But usually the last movie I saw is "the best thing ever."

C) Classic rock, folk, the occasional pop or rap, music someone introduced me to. Examples: The Beatles, John Lennon, Melissa Ferrick, Glen Hansard, Bob Dylan, The Grateful Dead, Bright Eyes, Van Morrison, etc.

D) TV Shows:
Parks and Rec, Homeland, Game of Thrones, True Blood, Girls, Walking Dead, Stranger Things, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Drunk History....

D) Not a big foodie. I like the classics: Chinese, Mexican, Italian, Sushi...trying to eat healthier though.
Six things I could never do without
1. Freedom (but not in the mindless, post-9/11 way-more as a general, abstract idea)
2. Friends
3. Something to write with and on
4. Green and water (being landlocked makes me nervous: Michigan's a good place to be).
5. Animals
6. My sense of humor.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
My next career move, my friends, and how to get back to the British Isles. And a lot of random things-I'm one of those people you see laughing to themselves on the street.
On a typical Friday night I am
These days often curling up on the couch with a movie or good show. Probably doing that with friends.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Mannequins freak me out and I can't stand magicians. They think they're so smart (magicians, I mean. Though mannequins probably think they're smart too. ;) ). Haha, I have some odd opinions, I guess?
You should message me if
...you like full-figured women who are also active (let's go on a nature walk!), and you like meeting people and having a laugh. Or you have some idea of a place we can go or something to do. I love new experiences.

Important: You're a real man who's capable of following through. Please don't send endless emails if you have no intention of ever meeting in person. Seriously, why waste both our time?

There are a few things I'm not into. I wouldn't just rule someone out at face-value on any of these, but to be totally honest, I would have to really care about someone to get around these.

-You're a smoker. I have personal reasons here, but also, I have an allergic-type reaction to cigarette smoke these days. If you're not at least very much committed to quitting, it might be very hard for me to spend time with you.

-You're religious and aren't able to deal with the fact that I'm not. I have a spiritual side, but I've done the organized aspect, and it isn't for me.

-You're a gun person. I will never have a gun in my home. Actually feel pretty strongly about this one.

And like I said, I can be kinda shy (trying to get better about this), so I likely won't be the first to send a message. Don't be hurt if I look at your profile but don't say anything!
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