I've got a pretty fun and full life, full of activity, exercise, friends, a couple old and new toys. I've got it pretty good in a lot of ways. I'm fit and healthy which means I can run, bike, hike, work out at the gym, kayak. I can carry all of my 2-weeks' worth of full grocery bags from my car all the way along the long dock to home with one trip. Big deal! I know - but I hope I can still do that when I'm 95 - that's my goal. And bring home marathon age-group awards again by then. Maybe! It could happen.
I own a nice houseboat on Lake Union and live there full time at a fine end-dock slip location with sweeping views. When I lived in Colorado, I kept a large freshwater aquarium, and now I sort of live in one. Two spoiled rotten gatos think they're the *real* owners - they deign to let me live with them as long as I continue to feed them fish - canned, flaked, and boned, please (but of course no "thank-you" - they are cats, after all.) A little while back I got a super great deal on a very old runabout with interior seats and trim the same gross 1970s avocado green we love to scorn nowadays. At least it doesn't have orange shag in it, huh? Lucky me! It's almost as old as I am but has what boat-folks tell me is a venerable inboard engine that will last just about forever. It runs well and lets me toodle around the lakes when it's dry out. That and a big wide tv for movie-watching are my main "toys". I don't see much tv but I love movies.
About me: I started life at a pretty young age in Wisconsin, then moved my fam to the El Paso desert when I was about a year old, then Colorful Colorado (sans fam) a year after high school. After 30+ years in those high mountains, I've now washed up on Seattle’s shores and think I'll stick around for a while. Sometimes I wonder what it'd be like to traipse off and be an expat somewhere like, say, Europe for a while. I'm not saying this is my big dream, but the idea sounds intriguing. I telecommute from home and coffeeshops which helped make my move here a little easier. I've worked part-time by choice for quite a while.
I do miss those mountains - especially the massive thunderstorms we'd get during the summers. Ear-splitting thunder, close-by lightning, hail 3 inches deep - it was so great and left everything damp and smelling fresh as could be for the rest of the day. I hiked and ran trails in the national park to high destinations way above treeline on a regular basis - I couldn't get enough of standing on 14000' peaks with little more than a light running pack. For a long time I scorned cities and their soft dwellers... Ha. Well, irony of ironies, here I am in this beautiful watery city, feasting on crow. I still hike and run and blah blah blah, but I've seen my city mouse side open up - I love wandering the city with all the different experiences it has to offer. So a deep bow and heartfelt I'm sorry to all those city mice I dissed all that time; I clearly didn't know what I was missing. NYC and Vancouver have become favorite city destinations - I can't get enough of them.
I should be pretty honest and clear about why I'm here. It's not really about trying to find The One Forever. I was married for a good spell but have been out of that since 2006. I've always been pretty independent, and have come to truly enjoy being on my own. I've come to like the person that I am and am now ok with my 3rd eye and spiked tail. I'm pretty genuine, thoughtful, very open-minded, and compassionate of others. So, mainly I'd say I'm here for friends, activity partners, discussion-about-real-things partners, travel partners ... even fwb sounds nice if it should work out that way and there's mutual interest. I'd not ever try and push anyone in that direction; you can trust me on that - if it happens then it'll come about organically. If not, then no problem; friends is great! I've made some really great and close platonic friends from dating sites. I'm enjoying my life a lot as it is and don't have a desire to "settle down" or become anyone's exclusive boyfriend. If that's more what your main goal is, then super! No problem or judgment - you should have what you want. It's most likely not me, though. Someday out there I may think more about partnering up in some fashion again - who knows? Never say never, but I don't want to waste your time or lead anyone on. I want to cause no harm.
Even though I'm usually in strong disagreement with their beliefs, you won't find me slinging mud and rock-bombs at the folks in the more conservative side of the political spectrum or at those who believe in their various gods - it only widens the already-gaping divide that exists between us, and it "solved no problem ever". Altho gawd I'm tempted sometimes. :-/ Wake up, people! If you resonate with those beliefs then we may not be such a great match - just sayin. I align with points of view and practices that I'd say Buddhist most closely describes.
An interesting tidbit - I have a lifelong love of the Gothic architecture style. That style is most amazingly expressed in the big Gothic cathedrals that dot the northern European countries and UK. I've visited lots of these and will be seeing more of them in the years ahead. Want to come?