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My self-summary
Feel free to skip to my Deal Breakers section below to save yourself some time.

After years of school and training, I've just moved back to the area to start a new job...the perfect job...with the state. Time to sink some roots. So here I am on the World Wide Web broadcasting a signal for a fun, intelligent, attractive woman who appreciates that the simple things are actually the finer things in life. One who’s skeptical and argumentative, but occasionally sweet, and is possibly equally comfortable being sweaty and dirty as she is dressed up for a nice night out. More than anything I’m looking for a woman who gets me, and I want to get her too. I’m talking about the sort of comfort level where you can just look at each other without talking and everything is right with the world.

My work involves research in the outdoors and the conservation of wildlife, so I have a pretty strong environmental ethic. However, I don’t own a single piece of tie-dye clothing. I take a lot of enjoyment in my work and that’s where most of my time and energy goes these days. I used to be an avid outdoor athlete (lots of climbing, skiing, kayaking, etc.) but I’m in retirement now due to the demands of my job. If that’s your thing, good on ya, but just know that it’s unlikely I’m your next adventure partner. I’ll enjoy hearing your stories though. I still try to stay in shape. I enjoy international travel and have had the good fortune to do so for my research (mostly Central America).

******************* Deal Breakers *********************

1. You believe in any of the Abrahamic gods, or any sort of personal god that is watching you and cares about what you're doing.

2. You are looking for a man to have kids/more kids with. Not gonna happen. I'm already snipped. If you have kids, I'm open minded.

3. You smoke any amount of cigarettes per day, week, year, etc. I'm not having it.
What I’m doing with my life
Scientific research in wildlife ecology and evolutionary biology. If you don’t know what that is, I’m happy to explain it to you sometime if you’re interested. For a mental image, sometimes I’m in a laboratory with a white coat and goggles on, sometimes I’m in the rainforest traipsing around covered in mud, but mostly I’m sitting in front of a computer trying to learn some new program and banging my head against the desk. My work has a great balance of different challenges and I love it.
I’m really good at
Alcohol precipitation of DNA, asking you lots of questions without giving you a chance to ask me any, eating all my vegetables, and being in the moment (it's my idea of excellence).
The first things people usually notice about me
I literally have no idea. I’m tall-ish. My grandfather taught me how to be charming and I think he did a pretty good job. Lots of people seem to think I’m funny. I only say that because they tend to laugh at what I say, but I guess it’s possible they might be laughing at me. I’m also a good listener and I love good conversation. I ask people a lot of questions while I’m getting to know them, sometimes to the point of cross-examining them. If this makes you uncomfortable, just ask me questions right back.

My best friend's wife (former okc user) told me being six feet tall with a Ph.D. was enough of a slam dunk for online dating sites. My past experience has shown that not to be the case.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I'll be honest, I don't care what you have in this section...and I don't care if you care what I have in this section. I rarely even read it. What you do, or don't do professionally tells me more than how you entertain yourself afterwards. But in the spirit of full disclosure:

I love music and play a few different instruments, but I haven’t been feeling very inspired by anything I’m hearing these days. I keep coming back to The Black Keys. When I walk down the street “The Desperate Man” plays in the background. All-time favorites include: Ryan Adams, Wilco, Cake, Steve Earle, Colin Hay, Calexico, James McMurtry, Neil Young, Gillian Welch, blah, blah, blah.

I love movies, but good one's seem to be rare these days. We appear to be in the era of awesome television and I'm fully embracing it. Current favorites include Archer, Louie, Penny Dreadful, and Last Week Tonight. If you're one of those "I don't own a TV" types, I get it and that's cool. I've lived that way too.

I also love going out to eat, but that's getting harder to do because of my freakish diet. It exists somewhere between the micronutrient-rich, Paleo, and ketogenic schools of thought. Don't worry, I wouldn't expect you or any other human to adhere to it.

You don’t want to know what I’m reading. All nonfiction and mostly technical scientific stuff.
Six things I could never do without
an internet connection (ok, but only if I'm not in the wilderness),
intellectual stimulation,
intellectual escape,
serious discussion.

The contradictory nature of this list is not lost on me.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
My research. I totally get the whole “absent-minded professor” thing now. Seriously, I’ve zoned out and run red lights. Also, how there seems to be so few good people in politics. Why it’s so hard to make a good movies despite spending millions of dollars. Why more people don't agree with Sam Harris.
On a typical Friday night I am
I'm at home. That's it, I've said it...I'm at home. No bar, no club, no Salsa dancing or Karaoke, no standing around listening to mediocre live music. If those things are important for you to feel like you're living life to the fullest, you're going to quickly lose patience with me.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I don't like Jazz. Modern art often makes me giggle, but I try to be respectful and do it softly. I never liked Seinfeld. I don't enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner food items anymore and think broth-based soups are overrated. I don't think dogs are loyal, they just want some of what you're eating. It's the "long con". Wake up!
You should message me if
You’re some combination of good looking, fit, smart, well-educated, or’re interested in lots of different things and like talking about them, like politics, the environment, art, philosophy, and all the other things in life worth knowing don’t object to occasionally wearing a think scientists are sexy and get hot hearing about esoteric research don’t hold it against someone if they use the Oxford comma.
The two of us