ottergirl: Sci Fi nut seeking other nuts

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Teaching is my third career - I feel semi-retired with so much time off. Then I can do all the activities I want, but still have enough of an income to finance it. But I do love teaching juniors and seniors the academic portions of their curricula at the technical high where I work. I also teach them how to be employees, how to make small talk, how to not be parents until they are ready, how to be good men and women. Turning out emerging adults better prepared to take over the planet is my top passion.

For ME??? Travel, science fiction, museums (doesn't matter what kind) the arts, different cultures, sightseeing, horseback riding, hiking...oh, just about everything except I am not much of a sports fan; it's ok if you are, though.
60 years old
from 45 to 63

5'3" (160cm)


Have some extra pounds


Academics instructor at a technical high






Bachelors degree


Was I supposed to pick just ONE field of study? Hey, nobody told me!


Does it matter?






United States
Pennsboro, WV


Sci Fi nut seeking other nuts
The name Ottergirl embodies my true character, I think. I love to play. I am curious - sometimes a little too much so. I can be comical and a bit of a goof. I still feel like a kid and occasionally act like one. I tend to think that rules are merely guidelines and I color outside the lines. I cheerfully butcher Spanish and French and there are times English is not safe, either. I live for adventure and fun and have a wheelbarrow load of joie de vivre.

On the flip side, I am a proud veteran of the US Regular Army, fiercely loyal to my family, friends, and country. I have a soft spot for the underdog and try to defend those who can't defend themselves. I believe it takes a village to raise a child, support my local economy because if no one does, there won't BE a local economy, volunteer my time to tutor students, write or call my legislators when I embrace a cause, try to be a locavore, and I think it is important to try to be a good person. Although I am overall pretty happy and funloving, I can and do get serious when it is appropriate.

Gray is my favorite color - always has been. I think gray makes all other colors look extraordinary. Gray can be elegant all by itself. Gray can be serene, light, contemporary, quirky, cool, deep, sensual, warm, fun, classy. I think I am a gray kind of gal.

I have 4 horses, and love trail riding. Qui is my giant dog, a beautiful brindle mastiff and a gentle sweetie. Two cats actually run my little farm; one thinks I am the concierge.

Heirloom tomatoes, small fruits and herbs fascinate me. I like antiques, objects d'art, sculpture, paintings, and so forth, but I don't think I have to own them. If I do purchase something, it is because I truly love it, not because of its rarity, price, label, or resale value. Museums, historical sites, natural and manmade wonders, architecture, botanical gardens - if I can learn while looking, I enjoy it so much more.

One goal I have is to read every Hugo and Nebula award winner ever-and I have made a heck of a dent in that list. Science fiction is a passion. Yep, I am a nerd. A middle-aged girl nerd with more than a little tomboy mixed in. Even as a child I loved Jonny Quest, Herculoids, Bradbury. I wanted to be Zorro and go to Mars, but in high heels and a sparkly outfit. I'm not sure I have really outgrown that.


William Gibson writes some knife-edged, grown-up SF. Tony Daniels' Metaplanetary and Superluminal are the yummiest reads since Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game series. I wish, wish, wish, wish both he (Daniels)and Vernor Vinge would come out with something else to got with their novel pairs (Vinge- Deepness in the Sky and Fire Upon theDeep) There is nothing worse than bad science fiction (except perhaps all romance novels) but fortunatly good literature abounds.


Will the answer really be 42?


Hmmm, it will involve walkin', seein', talkin', eatin', and kissin'. And nobody wants it to be over.....


Euchre, 20 questions (yeah, I know it is silly, but some good laughs come from finding out who is confused about what an amphibian is), freerice,crosswords, charades, ....I have broad tastes.


Again, eclectic tastes. Artistic achievment comes in many genres. It is easier to say what I dislike: 'head-banging' music, gratuitous violence movies, any form of art that promotes ill-mannered behavior.


Compared to so many of the stellar achievments of those here, mine are oh-so-modest. But I am proud of my Army Achievment medal, the People's Choice award for a pieta I entered in an art competition, and being named the most positive youth influence of my region for two years in a row. Not being killed by parents before the age of 16 for my wild-child antics probably should top the list.


I can't change the entire world, I can only change those things over which I have direct influence. But I will keep trying to leave the space-time continuum that I perceive a better place than I found it.


The ususal....Skipped Mensa although qualified. Do you intuit a story there?


The aforementioned Hugo and Nebula winners, but there is some great literature that is neither awarded nor in the SF genre. If it stands time's test, I often read it. I have a proclivity toward the short story.


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