Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
Me? In a nutshell: curious, analytical, low-drama, detailed, very
low-drama, and a dry sense of humor. I'm the quintessential Devil's
advocate and will generally defend the less popular opinion just to
explore it. I have a good eye for vintage design, chairs, tables,
lamps, guitars, cars, etc. & can spot a repro at 10 feet. I’ll
wander through a thrift shop, used book store, or estate sale on a
whim and see what (if anything) the cosmos offers up. I dress
casually, but clean up nice & can hold my own on a wide variety
of topics. I treat children as though they are just scaled down
adults. I'm passionate about what I do.
I’ve been in Seattle a total of about 6 years, with a 2 year break
in the middle while I lived overseas (Japan). Seattle is a great
place to be, but the winters are pretty brutal . . . I try to take
off for a few weeks in the winter and go spend time in Texas seeing
friends and family. My accent is minimal most of the time, but I
retained my cadence.
I'm pretty well traveled, but I've never been to South America,
Africa, or Oceania. I prefer to stay in smaller (but still nice)
hostels over an 'official' hotel and I can live out of a backpack
for weeks. I think it would be a blast to renovate an old bus and
take it cross country, or take a sailboat through the mediterranean
or something similar. I love exploring a city on foot and getting
just the right amount of lost.
It feels cliched to talk about sustainability, permaculture, and
the like (it sounds so Seattle-hipster), but it is something I
believe in and work towards. Minimizing waste is something I try to
integrate into my daily life - besides growing a lot of my own
vegetables, I also keep chickens (they help reduce food + make
fresh eggs!). I’m a good cook, and have been getting more into
cheese-making lately (I found a cheap source of raw goat
The ‘questions’ section has more stuff in it if you want to dig
deeper . . . oh, and I overuse ellipses . . . apologies :)
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
Did you ever see Office Space? I'm in an creative profession, and
turning out work that you don't actually like can be soul-sucking.
Living and working in Cube Land was not a very happy or fulfilling
life, so I left it about 10 years ago and haven’t missed it even a
little bit. Since then, the new goal has been 'get paid to do the
kind of work that I would do for free'. For the most part, that
works out pretty good and now I actually like my clients. I like my
career again, which isn't something that most people can say.
Besides finding ways to live that doesn’t involve me working in a
cube, I spend time learning new skills, gardening, playing
board/card games, making dinner for friends, screening a film
(Dystopian Tuesdays!) , planning a trip, making something artistic,
reading, taking photos & living mindfully. I'm not the type to
waste time in front of a TV - I'd rather have music on.
One of the huge benefits to Seattle is just the proximity to some
of the best natural settings the US has to offer. I enjoy going on
hikes when there is some sort of goal/objective, like a hot spring
or foraging for mushrooms. Getting out on the water from time to
time, driving through the islands or out on the peninsula, going to
the coast, going to the mountains . . . it's all so damn close that
it makes me feel guilty that I'm not out there more!
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Doing things right, once. Turning ideas into reality and helping
people realize their vision. Designing/building/fixing/creating
things. Experimenting in the kitchen, and almost anything with my
hands except juggling, for some reason. Haggling/negotiating.
Keeping calm and never losing my patience or temper. Also driving
in heavy traffic & talking my way out of moving violations.
REALLY good at that.
The first things people usually notice about me
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Apparently, I look & sound like a more svelte, long-haired,
non-jewish Seth Rogen.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
Foods : I fall under the 'foodie' category. I’ll try anything - I
once drank some sort of hornet booze that had 6 inches of wasps
floating at the bottom of the giant glass decanter. According to
the proprietor, it was supposed to make me virile . . .
TV: Venture Brothers, Archer, Arrested Development, South Park. I
appreciate animation more than live-action, but Breaking Bad was
pretty awesome. I actually watch very little TV. Some British stuff
like Peep Show, the IT Crowd, or Flight of the Conchords (Kiwi's,
but close enough).
Film: When SIFF comes to town I typically buy a dozen tickets and
catch what I can. I like film a lot, but not so much the
‘blockbusters’ featuring aliens, robots & mutants beating the
hell out of each other while flying around the giant gaping plot
Books: Neal Stephenson, Chuck Klosterman, Hunter Thompson, Haruki
Murakami, biographies, architecture, fiction, non-fiction, whatever
. . . but I honestly don't really appreciate the classics. I've
Music: Very eclectic - Boards of Canada, Bonobo, Fingathing, RJD2
are normal work music, but I could listen to anything from Tejano
to Neal Young to hip hop (or better yet, Neal Young rapping over
Tejano - that would be worth listening to at least once!) I listen
to music incessantly while I work, so I listen to a lot of
Shows: I’m generally happy to see almost anything with friends -
headed down to the bay area to see a show with a friend in a couple
of weeks, but there is NO WAY that I am admitting in a semi-public
forum who we are going to go see.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Water - not the drinking type (though that too), but just living
near the water. I don’t go out in it as much as I used to, but I
still like to be near it. There are very few inland places I could
Introvert time - gotta recharge the social batteries from time to
time. I’m an INTP on the Myers/Briggs, if that means anything. A
lot of times that just means working in the garden for an hour or
Books - real ones.
An Interwebs Device - if one isn't within arms reach, I feel kinda
Film - I watch a lot of independent or forgotten films, but
probably 95% of them are from 1970 and up.
Mexican Food. And of COURSE I live in Seattle . . . I generally
just wind up making it.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
I try to spend time focused on what I'm doing in the present and
how that will affect the future (and help create a future that I
want, as opposed to one that just 'happens'). I think about how it
would be nice to find a long-term companion on a shared path - the
sum of the parts should be greater than the whole.
How about I list some things I'm NOT thinking about? Here are a
'Celebrities' and their lives,
Sports (*except college football, and even then not
Things out of my control,
the past . . .
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
I like going out on 'off' nights when everyone else is
recuperating. Sometimes friends will come over and we’ll make
dinner and/or play a game, or something else low-key. I went out a
few weeks ago in Ballard on a Saturday, and it reminded me why I
like the lower key nights better - less noise, more tables, no
waits, easier parking, and better service, for starters.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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2 hours before writing this, I vivisected a sea urchin and ate it’s
gonads with some lemon.
You should message me if
Offer a few tips to help matches win you over.
. . . You describe yourself as ‘quirky’, ‘geeky’, ‘nerdy’ or the
. . . you're happy to travel the world with a backpack and want no
part of seeing any place with a tour group.
. . . you make cool stuff/art. If I love your art, I am putty in
your hands . . . but don't abuse that!
. . . you are creative, inquisitive, smart, and a logical
problem-solver who gets it done, whatever it is.
. . . You've got a good eye for cool shit. The West Seattle garage
sale sounds like a fun treasure hunt :)
. . . You don't mind that I said 'shit' in the previous sentence. I
will say worse things (trust me) but not in front of your parents,
boss, the Queen, etc.
. . . hitting a happy hour and sharing a couple of plates sounds
like a good interlude on a pretty day.
. . . checking out a used bookstore on a weekend after a leisurely
breakfast sound like fun, as does being curled up on a cold night
watching a film, or making dinner and playing an interesting board
or card game with friends (more like Settlers of Cataan type games,
less like Monopoly type games).
. . . working towards the completion of projects is satisfying -
whether it’s planting a garden, building/rebuilding a house, making
something, canning/jarring, crafting, etc.
. . . doing things outside, gardening, looking through tidal pools
for misc. sea critters, go explore something/somewhere, hiking
& looking for mushrooms, soaking in a hot spring, or going on a
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