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My self-summary
"My self-summary." What to say... I could say I'm blond, blue-eyed, and at 135 lbs am twenty-five pounds heavier than I ever was before I was 30. Or I could say I grew up in the southwest and think that guacamole is perhaps the world's greatest food (done right — some people actually put mayonnaise in it of all things). Or I could say I design magazines and build websites for a living and work out of my home, and that I've been a cartoonist and once had dreams of being creator of The Next Great Comic Strip. Or I could say that ever since a bully on the school bus in 1976 wouldn't let me by unless I said I voted for Ford (I was all of 7 — I got extorted for my lunch money, too) I've been a proud Democrat. All of that would be true, but none of it gets to the core of who I am; tapping the core in a few words is the hard part. Maybe the best thing to say is that I really enjoyed being a kid, and hanging onto kidlike things as a grown-up makes me happy. Not long ago I read a book about the late, great Negro Leagues ballplayer Buck O'Neil, and my goal in life is to be more like Buck: retain the best parts of being a kid and see the fun and joy in life even when life does its damnedest to beat you down. I've got a ways to go before I get to Buck's level.

Other details... I'm a selective science-fiction nerd (quality counts, makers of shlock TV), partial to BSG and DS9 (and if you don't know what those are, I won't hold it against you)... I'm a political animal, I keep up with what's what in DC... I'm not nearly as into music as most of my friends are, but I enjoy rock 'n' roll tunage from my youth as much as newer stuff by the likes of Aimee Mann and Paul Westerberg and Fountains of Wayne... I speak pidgin Japanese, which used to be good enough to get by but has gotten very, very stale due to lack of practice... I have an ear for accents... I haven't eaten meat since 1987, though I've gone back-and-forth on seafood (its been on the diet for the past few years); mostly for environmental and health reasons, but my consumption of coca-cola might offset those benefits a bit.

As for who I'm looking for, I'd like to meet someone who has her own blend of complexities and layers and dichotomies. Someone thoughtful, energetic, and complex, with a bit of nerdiness, an appreciation for "chick flicks," and a high silly quotient. And if she could teach me to dance, that'd be cool, too. Dealbreakers include 21st-century Republicans, smokers, and the cat-allergic — I have two felines in the home and life with me means life with cat fur on most of my stuff.

What else would you like to know? Questions encouraged.

I am introspective, liberal, and generous
I’m really good at
I like tinkering with things. I can put together a PC, I've opened up a VCR just to see what its guts looked like, and I'm pretty good at improvising solutions to problems. A friend once referred to me as her "MacGyver." I have never seen MacGyver, but I took it as a compliment. That said, I know nothing about automobile mechanics beyond how to change a tire.

I'm good at cartooning and portraiture, though I am out of practice.
The first things people usually notice about me
I hear about my eyelashes a lot. They're long and occasionally one will drop into my eye at an inopportune moment.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I love Haruki Murakami novels. And David Mitchell. And Nick Hornby. Lots of authors, really -- Spider Robinson, Norman Spinrad, Banana Yoshimoto, Douglas Coupland, Mary Doria Russell, Connie Willis, Michael Chabon... Particular favorite books would include "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle," "The Saprrow," "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay," "A Prayer for Owen Meaney," "number9dream," and "Russian Spring," with new ones added to the list frequently.

I'm not as into music as most of my contemporaries seem to be, but I like Melissa Etheridge, Tom Petty, Semisonic, Aimee Mann, The Beatles, tuneage of that nature. I still like the stuff I heard on the radio when I was a kid, too, Fleetwood Mac and Boston and the like.

Foodwise, I grew up with Mexican and still love it in its vegetarian forms. Spinach lasagne is fantastic. I never tire of Indian food.

My TV habits have included the nerd-centric, e.g. all Joss Whedon creations, the new and improved Battlestar Galactica, Quantum Leap, and most of the Star Treks; also classic sitcoms like Mary Tyler Moore, which I have been Netflixing; the British hilarity of "The IT Crowd"; the greatness that is "Mad Men"; and the genius that was the Aaron Sorkin run on "The West Wing." I am a latecomer to "Dr. Who" after discovering "Torchwood."
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The Future. Also the future. Less glibly, I ponder politics, The World, baseball, what makes people tick, and occasionally go on a work bender trying to figure out a web-coding puzzle.
On a typical Friday night I am
at the ballpark or hanging with my pals or watching a DVD at home ... or, more often than I would like, working to meet a deadline.
You should message me if
you like to talk about deep thoughts, enjoy Eddie Izzard, have a fondness for Joss Whedon creations, or just think we'd hit it off. Take a chance -- that's why were here on the Interwebs, right? Sometimes you've got to roll the hard six.
The two of us