My childhood years were deeply affected by Atari, comic books and Star Trek. And as much as I'd like to think I've grown out of it, my repressed geeky side still rages within – kind of like the Hulk. But I've come to embrace who I am. I think geek can be chic. I realize this is not the best way to introduce myself, but I imagine you'd find out sooner or later. I'm pretty sure I stopped growing up in my teens and have been faking it ever since.
I'm an editor, aka Word Nerd. It's a dangerous lifestyle. Seriously. Splitting an infinitive is like splitting an atom!
And speaking of atoms: I'm a science journalist.
Outside of correcting grammar for a living, I take in a variety of nerdtacular activities. This includes teaching my cat how to high-five. (Update: He can high-five. With both paws.)
I also run -- for healthy reasons. And when chased. Also: when chaste. (Har, har.)
A friend once described me as 90 percent metro and 10 percent robot. I'm not sure if that's a compliment. I've also been described as "the biggest nerd who ever nerded the nerd." Again, not sure if it's a compliment.
I don't take myself too seriously. (Heck, my idea of dressing in the morning is to pick up whatever's laying around when I roll out of bed). But the things that are important in my life -- career, family, action figures -- I take very seriously.
So if you find any of this remotely interesting, we should meet up ... and have a burrito or something.
Oh, and I was only kidding about the action figures.
I try not to put any pressure on a first date. A first date shouldn't be called a "date" -- it should be just an opportunity to meet someone. I like to keep it simple -- coffee or drinks, then maybe dinner. (And hey, I'd actually thank you for not ordering an appetizer.*) I mean, even if we're not a match, at least you got a cup of joe (and perhaps a meal) out of it.
(*OK, maybe you could order an appetizer.)