[Note to self: insert witty and disarming remark here BEFORE submitting profile.]
I take real joy in my life -- I have great family, terrific friends, and a new cat -- and I'm passionate about what I do. I'm part of the Mars rover project that just won't die. Not only do I get to drive a robot around on another planet, but it's also given me a chance to meet heroes of mine (Ray Bradbury, a couple of Tuskegee Airmen) and other luminaries (such as Glenn Close and Nichelle "Lt. Uhura" Nichols). Having grown up in poor, rural America, I can really appreciate just how different my life has become in the big city of LA. Well, Pasadena. But still.
I also manage to have a life outside of work. I have my black belt in a martial art called aikido (it's in the same family as judo and jiu jitsu). I'm a great reader of Shakespeare -- I read all his plays one year when I was recovering from shoulder surgery. (That's one of the downsides of aikido! I tend to throw myself into things, and when those things can hurt you, well ....) But I also enjoy stuff made in this century, such as movies and science fiction -- and, heck, science fiction movies.
Who are you? You're a smart, funny, interesting, equally passionate woman. You're courteous to strangers and loyal to friends. You're literate and witty, and you make me think. You laugh when you make mistakes. You can't help but root for the underdog. You can take other people seriously, but not yourself. See yourself in this list? Then I hope to meet you soon.