Impatient Idealist

CJ Smith
California, United States
Jackson Elementary School - Newton MA (1972 - 1975)
Underwood Elementary School - Newton MA (1975 - 1976)
Brown Elementary School - Natick MA (1976 - 1978)
Kennedy Middle School - Natick MA (1978 - 1981)
Natick High School - Natick MA (1981 - 1985)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Cambridge MA (1985 - 1989)
Transylvania Polygnostic University - Beetleburg Transylvania RO (2006 - 2008)
De Anza College - Cupertino CA (2008 present)
Interests: (113)
5-minute-refresh, aerobatics, afghani food, aiee, aircraft, amr diab, animals, aviation, backpacking, biplanes, bisexuality, books, bookstores, brainteasers, c4 square dancing, camping, cats, celtic music, challenge square dancing, cheapass games, cheese, chocolate, chronic pain, classical music, corsets, country music, critical thinking, dark chocolate, dave barry, decluttering, dogs, early retirement, emacs, embedded software, erotic sanity, fart jokes, felines, financial independence, flying, fondue, foreign languages, freedom, frugality, garage sales, gardening, gay square dancing, gliders, gliding, ham radio, hiking, homeowning, hot tubs, indian food, intelligence, investing, languages, libertarianism, liberty, mary chung's, mit, mywaves, n47490, nanowrimo, nepalese food, non-monogamy, opals, pain management, phil foglio, pitts, polyamory, problem solving, puzzles, quilting, reading, retirement planning, retiring young, savings, science fiction, self-discipline, self-reliance, sewing, silliness, sipb, smart people, soaring, software engineering, solar power, space, space exploration, spelling things correctly, square dance calling, square dancing, taildraggers, talking, thinking, thrift stores, tom lehrer, traveling, used bookstores, valrhona, veterinary medicine, water fountains, watercourse way, waterfalls, wine, wizard's first rule, writing, xxxenophile, yard sales, ymoyl, yosemite, zen, µcode
In Case of Emergency: My contact information is in a private post here, and the LJ administrators can retrieve it.

"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."

"Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live." -- Oscar Wilde

This bio is currently under development. Please pardon our dust while remodeling. Void where prohibited.

I take delight in kittens, good books, and challenging puzzles. I take delight in the company of friends, good wine, sweeping vistas and beautiful sunsets. I take delight in fondue with nutmeg, the crackling of a fire, and stirring choral music. I adore cheese in many forms. Back when I was flying acrobatics (and yes, I hope to again!), I took delight in four gees, the sharpness of a pivot at the top of a hammerhead, and how FAST the world goes 'round in an accelerated spin.
My sense of humor is very bathroom-oriented. My inner child is an eight-year-old boy. I'm usually not fond of "humor" that's schadenfreude in disguise; some days that doesn't leave much but booger and fart jokes.
I value self-knowledge, introspection, self-acceptance, comfort within one's own skin, and honesty with oneself. I value intelligence and competence. I value kindness. I struggle with what real kindness means.
I am most often found reading a novel, programming a computer, or calling a square dance.

Medical Information: I don't expect everyone to remember this stuff. :-)
- Some background information about my abdominal pain can be found here (girly TMI).
- The short version of my foot pain: Late in 2003 the underside of both my feet, where the third and fourth toes meet the foot, began to hurt badly enough that I stopped running and hiking. After many misdiagnoses, I had four Morton's neuromas, two in each foot, "killed" by a series of sclerosing injections (alcohol in solution) in late 2004. This left the area badly inflamed, and months afterward a persistent ache had not gone away. In July 2005 an MRI showed only one neuroma in each foot, plus damage to the flexor digitorum tendons and the plantar plate; in August 2005 as a last resort I had the neuromas surgically removed. This did not work. In January 2007 I was diagnosed with something something neuritis, for which there is not only no known cure but also no known palliative. I badly want to run, hike, backpack, and square dance again. There is not much hope.

Friends and Reading: I don't have time to read all my friends' journals all the time. Sorry! How much I read varies according to my workload. If you want me to see something, feel free to point me at it. I won't be offended at all.
- If I notice you friended me, I'll probably friend you back and try to keep up for a while. It may take me a long time to notice you friended me, though. Feel free to introduce yourself.
- I will probably stop reading your posts if I get the impression you automatically dislike or look down on members of a group I happen to be in. (Women, to pick an obvious example. People who don't cook, or people without children, to pick two less obvious examples.) Life's too short for that.
- I reserve the right to ignore completely any posts with comments disabled. I like the capabilities of LJ as conversation space, not a pulpit; if I no get to talk, I no listen.
- I have toyed with the idea of creating posting filters, because I post a lot. If I do that I'll note it here and point new friends to where they can opt in.
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