JakeFordD
29 Austin, TX
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My self-summary
I do all my own stunts.

Doing my best to put a stop to my rambling ways of the last four months, and trying to settle down in Austin. Before Austin, I did my time in exile in Southeast Texas, and before that I enjoyed a few years in Tennessee, but I'm originally an Atlanta boy. I've lived and traveled around the southeast for work, but I'm willing to give anywhere new a shot.

I started out as a carpenter, then became a martial arts instructor, and now I'm a photojournalist. Somewhere in there I also worked on a goat farm.

I'm an ENFP, if that means anything to you. I usually wouldn't give it much credit, but it's actually been pretty accurate.

I appreciate thinkers, weirdos, gamers, storytellers, and hell raisers.

I find myself saying a lot of things just because it amuses me.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a photographer, currently freelancing but with a strong history in newspapers. I do a lot of things outside of that, though, including martial arts, ballroom dancing, hiking and exploring, and anything that sounds like fun. Also, I make Cuban espresso in the mornings. I've been without my ambrosia for two weeks now and I've come to recognize my dependence. Oh, look, a back alley cafe that serves it black. I am saved.
I’m really good at
Telling stories, making photographs, blending in, martial arts, baking one really damn good cookie, and probably several other things that aren't coming to me.

Fresh information: also excels at haggling with rickshaw drivers, ignoring pushy street merchants, and negotiating crowds without having my pockets picked. So far.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm fairly large, in a square and solid kind of way. Like, if you see me running full tilt in your direction, your reaction would be one of the flight-or-fight variety.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
If this is "of all time," I'd have a hard time deciding, so I'm just answering this with recent materials/interests and things that I'll always love:

Books: S., The Expanse trilogy, most of Terry Pratchett's works, The House of Leaves, The Princess Bride, a good magazine piece, Neverwhere, most of Lovecraft's scary stuff.

Movies: Man of Steel, Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing, Aliens, The Cabin in the Woods, There Will be Blood, Pontypool, Brick.

Shows: Firefly, Dr. Who, Nova, The X-Files, Millennium, Clone High, True Detective.

Music: A little bit of everything, but not a lot of anything. Lately, I've been using the search terms "dark gospel" and "southern Gothic" on 8tracks, and absorbing whatever that turns up for me.

Food: I'll try anything once, especially if it's spicy. The one food that I really hate, though, is flan. Gag.

Podcasts: Last Podcast on the Left, Limetown, The Black Tapes Podcast, RPPR, Ragnerdrok, The Drunk and the Ugly ... it's how I get my geekery these days.
The six things I could never do without
1) My immediate family
2) Optimism
3) Mystery
4) A chance to learn something new and explore
5) A friend or two
6) ... water?
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Story ideas, puzzles, how to deal with difficult situations that may arise, anything that springs from listening to public radio, art, games, love, sex, adventure ...
On a typical Friday night I am
Either working or not. If it's the former, no telling where I'll be or what I'll be working on. If it's the latter, it could be traveling for a weekend, going to a movie, hanging out at a bar, exercising, seeing a play, cooking and chilling with friends, et al.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
If I could choose to be either at a crowded party or by myself in a canoe on a river, it's a 50-50 chance either way.

Also: I do not like being a tourist. I want to have purpose when I visit a place.
You should message me if
You're looking for a friend who has a slew of interests that most would define as "odd," "out there," "strange," or "eclectic."

You like back and shoulder massages.

You like mysterious encounters and stories, and know who HP Lovecraft was.

You want to sleep under an open sky filled with stars and get a sense of vertigo because, damn, that starry expanse is going to swallow you up.

You want to go exploring.

You want to play.

You're interested in learning more.
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