NYriverman
45 Schaghticoke, NY
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My self-summary
I don't try to be quirky, but I end up that way by following my tastes and logic. I am lucky enough to have a lot of flexibility in my life, so I plan things around bluegrass festivals in the Catskills or art festivals in Japan or bike races in Washington County or biathlons in Oslo.

I put too much faith in people, but am cynical enough to limit the damage. Fiercely independent, shy at times, a loyal friend, intense when it matters and relaxed when it's appropriate, my brain is filled with information that most people would call useless.
What I’m doing with my life
Basically, trying to live the best one possible. This involves some angel investing, trying to live in two (or three) awesome places simultaneously, going on great trips, experiencing lots of arts and culture, and having too many ideas than are good for me.

I live an odd bi-coastal lifestyle between upstate NY and San Francisco. It's hard to explain in a few sentences, but I think it makes perfect sense.
I’m really good at
Knowing stuff; I'm an information sponge.

Planning vacations.

Being amazed/disgusted/confused/upset/ambivalent about the world.
The first things people usually notice about me
Nothing. Despite being bald and heavily freckled, I can blend into the background almost anywhere.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: If On A Winter's Night A Traveller, Watchmen, 1491, Why the West Rules-For Now (amazing book, worst title ever), almost anything by John McPhee, Craig Childs, or Dupuy and Berberian. I just finished "Temperatures: Very Low and Very High" and it was the best thing I've read in years. My brain is now much clearer on the fundamentals of entropy and I've discovered negative temperatures, which is more than you can ever expect from a single book.

Movies: Shoot The Piano Player, Grizzly Man, Until the End of the World, The Best of Youth. Directors: Godard, Sturges, Almoldovar, Wong Kar-Wai, early Woody Allen, Haneke.

TV: I don't watch much TV nowadays, so this mostly is from years ago: The Wire, Seinfeld, The Simpsons, random idiots risking their lives reality TV (when I am in a hotel somewhere that gets Discovery).

Music: Tom Waits, Billy Bragg, The Clash, lots of bluegrass, Public Enemy, Led Zeppelin

Food: I am picky, in that there are lots of things I don't like, so complicated foods often run afoul of my tastes. But I will try almost anything. I am live with the cuisine of Japan; I stole this from a friend: "Every meal there is like the best meal of my life".
The six things I could never do without
Snow, places to go, a bike, my friends, nature, and good movies.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How screwed the world seems to be.

How to fit all the cool stuff I want to do into my calendar.

What art I should buy.

Why I can't find the time to learn Japanese or practice banjo.
On a typical Friday night I am
Playing banjo in the cabin. But few Fridays are typical.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
That as complete a grasp I have on most parts of my self, there are parts that still elude me.
You should message me if
You think you'd like to meet up in person.

You want a companion for fun activities. Hikes, canoe trips, museum visits, concerts, offbeat road trips.
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