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JMP1220

29 F Portland, OR

My Details

Last Online
Yesterday – 9:18pm
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
White
Height
5′ 7″ (1.70m)
Body Type
Thin
Diet
Mostly vegetarian
Smokes
Sometimes
Drinks
Often
Drugs
Never
Religion
Sign
Sagittarius, and it’s fun to think about
Education
Graduated from university
Job
Income
Relationship Status
Single
Relationship Type
Offspring
Doesn’t have kids, but might want them
Pets
Has dogs
Speaks
English (Fluently)

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My self-summary
Let's do this!

Leonard Cohen has this great quote about living life in a state of grace. He describes it as “that kind of balance with which you ride the chaos that you find around you…it’s not a matter of resolving the chaos because there is something arrogant and war-like about trying to put the world in order". I want to live like that.

I'm a Portlander by choice, coming up on a decade of living here with brief stints away. I love this city, and every time I imagine living somewhere else it's due to some attribute that a place has that's like Portland (e.g. bridges, river, nearby mountains and coastline, culture).

I love biking and taking long walks in the city (especially when they include whiskey/wine stops), hiking and mushroom hunting around nearby rivers and mountains (with trusty field guide in hand), spending whole afternoons in Powells, eating out at delicious restaurants, dirty thrift stores, and picnics anywhere and everywhere.

I guess none of that tells you much about me, really. Well, I'm pretty independent and am focused on my own goals right now. That said, I'm also quite loving and compassionate, and would like to meet someone who understands that balance.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm settling back in to life in Portland, after a difficult last few years. I'm trying out this whole being an adult thing, and I'm no longer scared of saying it. It's actually pretty ok once you get the hang of it. And, it gives me the financial freedom to get crazy and be spontaneous in a way that I never imagined it would.

A speaker in my profession recently told me their elevator speech. Apparently she says "I'm in the business of making people's dreams come true". I could never say that to anybody at any time in earnest, so the bald truth is that I'm a real estate agent. It still sounds as weird to me as I'm imagining it does to you. But, I've always been super passionate about old houses, renovations, and building community so I like to think it suits me. When I first found out I had a key that could get me into any house that was on the market I sort of flipped out. I mean really, I get to go check out the inside of any house I want! I understand that may not sound exciting to most people, but getting to see inside a house and piece together it's life history is one of my favorite things.

Besides voyeuristic house research, I am thoroughly enjoying being alive and healthy living in Portland. I'm excited for the springtime, for mushroom hunting and more outdoor time, and for figuring out what's next.

It should be noted that I worked in the service industry for most of my adult life, and I have a strong attachment to good food, wine and liquor. I'm excited to not be eating staff meals 5 times a week, but I am going to miss the employee discounts on wine. If you want to start a restaurant, I'd love to talk about it!
The first things people usually notice about me
People have mentioned my smile so I guess they notice that. I've also been told that I have the style of a grandma/grandpa crossed with a seven year old. I consider that a compliment.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Julio Cortazar, Italo Calvino, Haruki Murakami, David Sedaris, Carson McCullers, Dave Eggers etc. etc. I think Divorce of the Gulls, by William Jordan, is still my favorite book though. I bought six copies and sent them to my eclectic grandma and her friends.

Wes Anderson and the Coen brothers, old films by Agnes Varda and Ingmar Bergman, Errol Morris and Werner Herzog, early Terrence Malick. My musical interests generally tend towards artists and songs that are emotive. Nothing has reached me more deeply or more often over the years than Jason Molina. I love Bill Callahan and Will Oldham, but I can also get into more raucous music that I can dance/sing along to.

I love food. I love wine. I love liquor. I love trying new types of any of those and I love divey and greasy spoon versions too (maybe even more). Some favorite establishments include Pok Pok, Biwa, Olympic Provisions, Sweedeedee, Victory, Bye and Bye, Free House, Liberty Glass, Billy Ray's, Beulahland, and Cask (for when my parents are buying).
The six things I could never do without
These are six things that make me really happy:
--My complex yet super lovely dog
--My bicycle(s)
--Having my own lane at the pool
--Garden bounty
--New adventures with my field guide
--Trees, specifically certain deciduous conifers
I spend a lot of time thinking about
So...that book by William Jordan I mentioned? Well, that pretty much sums it up. I think a lot about human nature, and our relationship with the natural world. I have to admit--as much as I love Carl Sagan--I don't think about the cosmos as much as some people I know.
On a typical Friday night I am
I got so used to a service industry schedule that when I went out recently on an actual Friday night it was terrifying. I'd much rather hang out in a friends backyard than deal with that crowd! I'm pretty social, and my typical Friday night generally lies within the spectrum between a crazy drunken dance party and knitting in bed. More of the latter recently...it's a long story.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Oh god, I don't know. I guess that Reality Bites holds a special place in my heart? That's the closest I'll come to calling it "one of my favorite movies".
I’m looking for
  • Guys who like girls
  • Ages 25–40
  • Located anywhere
  • Who are single
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating
You should message me if
You're a slender, scruffy guy who can be cynical and misanthropic but you're even-keeled and positive enough to see the beauty and absurdity in life.

You can find humor in shitty situations.

You prefer old and well-made over new and shiny.

You like old vans. You have an old van (bonus points if it's a camper, super bonus points if it's a chevy corvair greenbrier).