Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
I have NPR going in the background a lot. I spend a lot of time as
an active member of some large public groups: Bike Party, Green
Party, various peace and justice marches, and all sorts of public
I'm a retired high-tech guy. I live frugally, do my own thing, and
try to get along in the world. I'm not that tall, not that fat
(working on that by riding my bike a lot), and I dress casually. I
have a lot more control over my time than most people. Some might
call me a nerdy and hippieish guy.
I take great pride in my small carbon footprint. I quit flying many
years ago. My lights have been CFL twisties for ages. Nowadays I'm
thinking of installing much more efficient LEDs in some of the
sockets I use a lot. I've been car free for about eight years. My
power bill is generally around $20/month. I can go on and on about
that type of thing.
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What I’m doing with my life
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I'm currently a self-employed local activist working for a more
sustainable system. You can find out much more about that from my
website, tian.greens.org. If we go to the same public event in San
Jose or Mountain View I'm likely to be working the crowd. I've
spent a lot of my life single, so there isn't a lot of personal
baggage in my background.
Right now I'm enjoying gardening a lot. All the tomatoes I ate at
home between July and the end of September came from my garden. My
squash this year was a zucchini. The cucumber harvest was so sweet!
This years grape harvest was my best to date! The collards and kale
are being munched by the evil bagrata bugs, but I'm finding ways to
fight back. For fall I've planted beets, pak choi, and onions. Next
up is a bed of carrots.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
One thing I often get good reviews about is taking pictures at Bike
Party. Another is my eggplant dip which people specifically request
that I bring to events. I'm also good at making bean dip and other
edible treats. Also good at playing frisbee!
The first things people usually notice about me
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...are the stickers on my bicycle. BICYCLING AGAINST OIL WARS is
the biggest one. When I meet somebody else I'm likely to give them
a one minute speech that boils down to "please reduce your use of
fossil fuels". I think using less is the key to solving so many
problems. I'm not shy about coming up with more ways to spread the
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Starting in my teen years I read a book a day. I continued reading
at least a few books a week until I got too busy with college to
keep it up. I had more fun finding and reading Heinlein books than
any other. I was surprised years after I became a political
activist to find out that Heinlein was a populist political
candidate before he became a Science Fiction author. I was
surprised again when I read his political manual, "Take Back Your
Government" and saw something similar to the activism style I'd
developed for myself organically.
I've not read much fiction in the past couple of decades. The best
read I've picked up lately is American Gods by Neil Gaiman. My
sister's daughter's husband gave it to me to read on the Greyhound
bus on my way home. I didn't finish it during the trip but it got
hooks in me. Took weeks to finally finish carrying it around as my
As a sustainability activist I've read a lot of books about oil and
public policy. Gore's "Inconvenient Truth" is a good one but I
liked the movie better. I consider Richard Heinberg to be the best
author in the genre. His books, "The Party's Over" and "Powerdown"
expand on the theme in many ways. The best overview of the
literature on the topic is Rob Hopkins book "The Transition
Handbook, How to Transition from Oil Dependence to Local
Resilience." That one has a lot more social science in it than most
For music and movies I follow my mom's advice, which was "bloom
where you're planted." I can enjoy just about anything, but my
favorite bands are Michael Franti and Spearhead, Sheryl Crow, and
Cake. My attitude about movies is "I'll see it if you'll go with
me." That is except for horror movies, which I avoid.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
My bed, bicycle, kitchen, enough public trust to enjoy talking to
strangers, food and drink enough to get by, and the opportunity to
do something different.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
How to make our world more sustainable. How to meet somebody that
can fit into my low carbon activist lifestyle. How tired I am of
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Riding my bike with bike party when possible. If it's the First
Friday of the month, maybe I'm attending the First Friday Art Walk
in San Jose. If you're single with nothing to do on the first
Friday of the month and you like art, it's great! I recommend
wearing shoes comfortable for walking and having a little money for
drinks or whatever. It starts getting good around 8ish PM. There
are at least half a dozen galleries/venues to check out along three
blocks of S. First St.. Probably you'll have a good time,
especially if you like art.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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I'm allergic to cats. I had a girlfriend with a cat about a decade
and a half ago and ended up allergic to my bed and the places she
liked to sit, and generally miserable. My body rebelled. She was
great in every other way, but I couldn't hack the breathing
problems. No more. If you have a cat please go on to somebody else.
Forget me. As a woman I met put it, "I've seen that movie."
What I really want is somebody to ride with on bike party rides. If
you can keep a moderate pace for thirty miles or so on a bicycle on
a Friday evening and enjoy it, PLEASE contact me. Having said that,
I gotta confess that I probably know most of the women in that
category, and they aren't interested in me. So don't think not
being one of them is a disqualification.
You should message me if
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I found a link to this essay on somebody else's profile:
It captures the essence of my philosophy on first dates. Let's do
coffee or something like that if you feel at all interested! I
really enjoy talking to people I've not met before.
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