I think most people would consider me a pretty normal guy — don't smoke, drink to excess or have any seriously bad habits except for a few cups of coffee a day which I plan to give up eventually. I am socially liberal in part because I think legislating morality within the gamut of "victimless" crimes causes more harm than good, and politically liberal primarily because I don't trust Big Business to put sustainability — environmental or fiscal — before short-term profitability.
I was a Libertarian for many years until I figured out (1) their entire system of economics was conceived of by the wealthy elite for the wealthy elite, (2) they have no real plan for helping the economically disadvantaged and (3) they have absolutely no plan for dealing with negative externalities - businesses that offset a portion of their costs by polluting or bailouts and thereby force the rest of the world to pay for what they should be responsible for.
The ONLY way to deal effectively with such things is through, respectively, that supposedly "evil" government welfare and regulation conservatives are always claiming is about to bring about the downfall of civilization. So if you're a member of the Tea Party or think Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck are anything other than disingenuous, intellectually vacuous shills for the ruling class pandering to the morally and mentally deficient, somehow I doubt we'll get along.
I grew up in Southern Arizona but the Oregon climate agrees with my Northern European heritage. I love everything about Oregon in general and Portland in particular. Eventually though at some point I see myself migrating even further North to avoid the inevitable advance of Anthropogenic Global Warming that some people are — amazingly — still in complete denial about.
I'm a self-directed person, a geek who lives in books and computers but also appreciates the value of physical activity and social interaction. There's so much to see and learn and do, I wonder sometimes how can anyone could ever be bored or depressed when life offers such a smorgasbord of delicacies to choose from. Music, dance, theater, movies, books, etc., so very much good out there just aching to be explored and savored :-).