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Hey, I'm Mary!
Seaside, California, United States · Member since June 2012

I'm low-key, non-smoking, and married. I love plants, animals, art, music, good humor, good ideas, and snorkeling. I've worked at a graphic design studio for over 30 years. Jobs before that included baker, dishwasher, waitress, photo assistant, and camera store clerk. My first job out of college was at the National Space Science Data Center at Goddard Space Flight Center, in a darkroom, printing NASA photos.

I garden. I started and help maintain a volunteer, mostly native plant, drought-resistant garden on a formerly empty lot in my town many years ago and I'm a long-time volunteer helping to restore native plants on local state parks dunes.

I drew all the time and loved to read as a kid. I was into jewelry making for a while, still enjoy taking pictures, am interested in mosaics, and I quilt. I like the color, pattern, friendly tactile quality of the fabrics and the personal connection of making quilts for family and friends--especially baby quilts.

My family moved around a lot when I was a kid but I settled down on the central coast of California when I was 21 (I drove a 200cc Yamaha motorcycle here, with a backpack bungee corded on the back, from Maryland). I love it here--it's beautiful--but the big island of Hawaii (also incredibly beautiful and diverse) and Pittsburgh, PA (beautiful in a different way--and full of friendly, smart, unpretentious people), also feel like home to me.

Some favorite movies: The Day the Earth Stood Still (original), Bladerunner, It's a Wonderful Life, Young Frankenstein, Amelie, The Shawshank Redemption, Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, A Room With a View, The Birds.

I like most music. Some favorites: Beatles, Elvis Costello, Allen Toussaint, Dougie MacLean, Professor Longhair, Dennis Kamikahi, Los Lobos, Joni Mitchell, Hacienda Brothers, Hank Williams, Old Blind Dogs.

Some tv shows I like: Treme, Mad Men, House Hunters International.

Some favorite food: Thai (Panang curry w/tofu, summer rolls), Italian (eggplant parmesan, caprese salad), Chinese (Szechuan), Mexican (we always have fresh, hot, garlicky salsa, with lots of cilantro, in the house when good tomatoes are in season). My pies have won ribbons at the county fair. I don't eat critters but do eat dairy & eggs.

My husband is a gardener, musician, and nice guy who was a volunteer programmer on two different public radio stations for many years. We have a cat, several fish, and support a lot of local birds at our feeder.

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