I just moved back to Sacramento after a seven year detour in San
Francisco. Yes, it was simultaneously fun, interesting, a pain in
the ass, nice weather, good food, and... why did I move back?
Oh yes, I'm moving into a house I bought a few years ago to fix it
up and hopefully sell it. Want to buy a house? Oh, and I'm from
Sacramento, so most of my friends and family live there. And I'm
looking forward to skiing more than three days a year.
I'm not changing the world in my job, so let's get that out of the
way right now! I work for a large, blue-and-white-placarded utility
company that's been in the news a lot lately. No, it's not my
department! I'm a substation inspector (electrician by trade),
which is kind of like a cross between a warehouse clerk and a high
school vice principal. It's not a source of a lot of artistic
fulfillment or anything, but it keeps the lights on. Whaaaaa!
I take my interests elsewhere... Like:
Black and white film photography (and darkroom)
Chasing my niece and nephew around
Spending time with old friends
A little mountain biking, hiking and river swimmin'
Bourbon sippin' and record listening'
(Why do I hear a banjo playing?)
So... who are you? Really, I don't know yet! It would be nice if
you were witty; self-contained,; acerbic; sincere without being too
earnest (please don't write me sonnets on the second date!);
somewhat in shape; into cool music but still capable of camping it
up with a big, dumb old Billy Joel CD.
Yeah, that kind of thing.
What I’m doing with my life
Making a living; hanging out with friends and family; a shot of
adrenaline now and again; search for a good career/free time
I’m really good at
Skiing in a long-abandoned style. Shooting film. Shooting. Summing
up any evening's events with a deft reference to a 1940s Loony
Tunes cartoon. Telling a story. Arguing a point without patronizing
you within an inch of your life. Fixing a light and a plug and
telling you that you've got way too much stuff plugged in at the
same time. Knowing my business, which consists of getting electrons
from one place to another. In tiny little buses. I'm also really
good at not remembering why I went into the other room.
The first things people usually notice about me
Well, it's the high-school quarterback good looks, of course! I was
told recently that I look like a character actor. Not anyone in
particular, just someone's brother or dad or co-worker. I was
hoping for Harry Dean Stanton.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
That's a lot of questions for just one box. Is this one of those Christian sites that tries to pair you up with someone using some poorly-weighted algorithm that attributes as many points to one's favorite color as their political views? Hmmm, sounds like somebody didn't have a good experience with E-harmony!
OK, here are a few random things:
Creedence; The Gourds; Robert Earl Keen; Drive-by truckers; What's the Matter With Kansas; Goodfellas; Jaws; Son Volt; The God Delusion; Holding Fast the Inner Lines (WW1 tome); The Clash; Elvis Costello; old delta blues guys whose names start with "Blind"; old Cold War Kids; Bob Dylan; The Beatles; Rosamede; Brian Eno; Salon; Tom Waits; Pliny the Elder; old Stones; Heartless Bastards; Old 97s; old Joni Mitchell; Tricky; almost anything played on the turntable... except maybe for Mac Davis and the Barbara Streisand Superman album. Not those.
Of course tastes are funny things. They don't seem to be very reliable indicators of how we'll get along. Rapport, wit and chemistry are elusive things.
The six things I could never do without
Coffee; wine; good conversation with good friends; really fast
skis; something to work toward; something for music to elegantly
I spend a lot of time thinking about
When I'm not thinking about finding the next hiding spot at work, I
think about politics and society and where I might like to go over
the weekend. Why people on OKC announce: "I'm seeing someone now!"
instead of just taking their profile down. What the world's tonnage
of ants is. Whether I should get off the management track and just
put my fucking tools back on. How glad I am that I can buy a shirt
nowadays that isn't covered in embroidery. Why there's always a 70s
soft rock minor Jim Croce hit stuck in my head. Oh, OK, I'll bite:
On a typical Friday night I am
Oh, I'm much too enigmatic to engage in anything typical. Or was
that distractible? I fear it's the latter.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I bought a house that I don't live in in a city I don't want to
move to mostly to shut up all of my parents' friends about the
virtues of home ownership.
********UPDATE: I live in that house and city now. Not so smug now!
You should message me if
A list, I think.
1. You're bright
2. You have something to say.
3. You're interested in the world around you
4. You're hot... at least to me
5. You have an edge
6. You don't take yourself too seriously
7. You're not a Republican. Yes, you Libertarians are Republicans.