I’ve always had intense passions, whether it was translating classical Greek texts in college, giving talks on the discovery of the planet Neptune, studying people’s memories for my PhD, or taking daily nerd walks as I listen to another lecture on history, literature, or, lately, on the Industrial Revolution and history of China. Who’s up for the Ringling Museum for their Chinese art exhibition?
I’ve also followed many passions in my personal life. I spent six years following trails all over Alabama until I finished two hiking books, and since I’ve moved to Florida in the past year, I have almost finished three books. I’ve hiked and camped from Little Talbot Island in the north to the Everglades and Key West in the south, and swam with manatees and in coral reefs.
For fun, I once took a bartending course, and my friends know that I have not one but two signature drinks: Beerjuice and chrosmos. I cook a lot, and one of my favorite things to do is to pick a new recipe, get the ingredients, and spend the evening making a new meal. When that fails, I have many that I could almost make from memory so that my taste buds aren’t ever really bored. Right now, it’s just sad that only my cat Katta gets to enjoy them. (Well, not the drinks, he’s not much of a drinker, and I am more a social and special event drinker these days.) For dinners, I prefer fire pits and stars to restaurants.
You know that guy you see dancing at a concert when no one else will? That’s me. I saw Emerson Hart recently, and after I told him I loved his song “Hurricane”, he made me hum along with him as a duet. I can hum only marginally better than I can sing, which is not that well. It’s a shame because I love music. I’ve studied enough that I know I prefer concerti to symphonies, and Tchaikovsky to Mozart. I once spent months collecting all the number one songs on the Hot 100 since 1958 to present as a way to study the history of pop music.
I value knowledge above all else. I have an insatiable curiosity and genuinely love to learn. In addition to everything else, I started a popular-science bookclub a few years ago and have enjoyed meeting new people at our monthly meetings. I like to bounce ideas off people and get their perspective; I’m rarely without a notepad. If these things excite you, if you like to learn, and follow up “I wonder” with finding out, we might be a good match.
I usually go on one or two hikes a month and go camping several times a year, and would like to share the outdoors with someone. I've traveled all over the south hiking and camping, and currently I am re-exploring the trails and time period of William Bartram who traveled the southeast in the 1770s. I know, that sounds boring, but you’d have to ask the many friends I’ve roped into joining me whether they’ve enjoyed themselves and the “date night” dishes I’ve cooked in exchange for their couches. Who wants to join me in Charleston, Savanna, and New Orleans for the next leg of these adventures? If all goes well, I’ll finish Bartram next fall with a trip to Philadelphia.
In short, I would like to meet someone who has a playful and passionate curiosity about life, learning, love, the world, and is looking for someone to share and discuss those things with. I am looking for a woman who is witty, intelligent, active, passionate, and more than a little quirky. If you think this might be you, email me and let’s talk. If not, good luck with your search.
iPod and iPhone
Fresh air, especially inhaled when emerging from a tent
Cats/Dogs and other furry pets
A good beer