zirka
30 South Saint Paul, United States
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My self-summary
I'm not exactly "average." Just one too many rough edges to fit any stereotype. Maybe it's my zen attitude towards life, maybe it's because I'd rather be hands on than hand my problems off to someone else. All I know is that I like my car clean, my desk messy, my puns awful, my controls manual, my coffee caffeinated, and the cat OFF my desk.
What I’m doing with my life
Learning. Picking up new skills to make life easier. Maybe that makes me "domesticated," as one friend has called me, but I prefer to think that it makes me more capable. More stable. I love a good adventure, but I'm not a fan of being dependent on others for the basics. I'll take risks, but I'm not going to gamble more than I can afford.
I’m really good at
Commas, abuse of.

Spotting little details, pattern analysis. I'm not so good at people, but I can pick up on little details and flourishes that distinguish one thing versus another. I'm good at intuiting things based on scraps and piecing things together. A side-effect of the industry I'm in.

Making puns and double entendres. I can usually come up with a few good ones without any hesitation.
The first things people usually notice about me
I honestly have no clue. I guess my attention to detail?
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I like my books to be non-fiction, typically more history-ish, sci-fi, or relatively realistic fiction. I liked "Desperate Networks," "Commodore: A Company on the Edge," "Empires of Light," "Where Wizards Stay Up Late," and "A Concise History of the Russian Revolution." Exceptions are Haruki Murakami and Shakespeare. On my to-read list are a couple books on sexuality, "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy," and "1776."

Movies I've liked either swing one way from deep, intense, and dramatic, or the other to light, fluffy, and entirely fun. "The Great Escape," "The Producers," "12 Angry Men," "Casablanca," "Wag the Dog," "The Shining," "Shoot 'em Up," and "Big Trouble in Little China." I'm going to take some heat for this, but I lived "John Carter." I thought it was an awesome piece of light and fluffy escapist space-opera pulp garbage.

My TV tastes are a little nerdier, bending towards Star Trek, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and IT Crowd. Though I will always love The West Wing, and Top Gear really turns my engine (eagerly awaiting their new Amazon show; I hope Clarkson isn't a total arrogant bastard). I do have penchant for the mini-series, however, as I absolutely adored "John Adams" (I'm a sucker for Paul Giamatti), Alec Guinness's "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy," "The Stand," and don't get me started on James Clavell's "Shogun." Stoked for the next season of Rick and Morty, not stoked it's only on cable.

I'm a big follower of certain personalities, like Joss Whedon, Aaron Sorkin, Dustin Hoffman, Steve Buscemi, Danny DeVito, Kathy Bates, Allison Janey, Kate Blanchett.

My musical preferences are all over the place. I was big into Ska, dance, electronica, pop, and even J-Pop for a short while once. My more enduring favorites are classic rock and alt rock. Recently I've succumbed to the pressures of Deadmau5 and Skrillex, though they haven't replaced The Beastie Boys, MGMT, or other capable composers or any thing else that had captured my imagination at one point or another. Generally, if my radio isn't set to MPR News, it's set to The Current, or Jack-FM. KSJN (MPR Classical) lulls me to sleep every night.

As far as food, I could also eat breakfast all the time. On days where I get up late I'll sometimes bend my perception of time just as an excuse to have breakfast instead of lunch. There's also my ethnic favorites of Pierogi and Kolbasa. I also haven't met a beer I've been unwilling to try (however IPAs aren't my style, and porters tend to cause migraines), though I do appreciate a good whiskey too. Despite my life in the south suburbs I'm more familiar with downtown Minneapolis restaurants.
The six things I could never do without
* A camera
* Something to read (newspaper, book, encyclopedia, etc)
* A bicycle (well, not right now, and you'll see why if you keep reading, but it's still my preferred way to exercise)
* My phone or laptop (Some people use Day Planners, I use Google Calendar)
* A mystery to solve, a challenge to meet, a puzzle to unravel
* A pet(s).
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I'm usually trying to focus on what's right in front of me, but somewhere in the back of my head I'm thinking about how this fits into the big picture. It makes the mundane important.

I also wonder why people can't do simple things that make everyone's world a little safer and healthier, like using their turn signals or washing their hands with soap when they're done in the bathroom.
On a typical Friday night I am
If I'm not hanging out with friends, I'm usually making plans for Saturday (sometimes I just need a night to decompress). Friends involve going out, beer and a movie, games (cards, table top, or video; we do it all)
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I've busted up my knee in a bike accident, so I'm moving about with a bit of a limp. It also has been severely limiting what I can go out and do (standing for more than 10-15 minutes gets increasingly painful), which is a major bummer. But thankfully it's healing up, just really slowly.
You should message me if
Pick one (or more):
* You want to (cliché, I know, but come on, I dare you! I double dog dare you!)
* You can appreciate a bad movie as much as a good one
* You have something interesting to say, or just want to chat (I do so appreciate good conversations!)
* We're an exceptionally poor match. I call that a challenge, and I haven't backed down from one yet (except the ones where I end up dead. I'm never doing that again!).
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