34 Springfield, OR
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My self-summary
How do I describe myself? Well...

I should admit I like to spend a lot of time questioning, contemplating, musing, reflecting, creating, and analyzing. I do love anything that engages my mind. I feel the closest people me to are the friends I can mentally connect with by sharing my random thoughts and ideas with them, and have a good conversation arise from it.

Of course, I also feel the need to go out, live life, and be active. I enjoy anything that gets me moving, like stand-up paddle boarding, crossfit, going on a hike, ballroom dancing, or playing a game of basketball. I do still have a lot of traveling I want to do as well. When I get the chance to see the world, and new cultures, I love it.

Spiritually, I identify as a Christian. I believe in God and grace, but unlike many Christians I feel being honest about tough questions and doubts is sometimes a bigger part of faith than having lots of simple answers. Furthermore, rigid dogma is something I'm opposed to, so you'll find I am actually quite open to and interested in hearing others' thoughts.

I think the person I am looking for is someone who can I can share all three of those traits with. I would love to hang out with anyone else who can bounce between paddle boarding around a lake, a trip to somewhere exotic, a game of Dixit (look it up!), and a conversation about the complex themes found in a Fitzgerald novel.
What I’m doing with my life
After getting my Masters in Education, I figured I would be a standard classroom teacher, but instead found a great job with an alternative teaching program. I am now a full time high school teacher with an online school, teaching students who live all over Oregon. I often describe my job as being a cyber teacher. This job gives me a chance to work with a diverse population of students, which leads to a lot of amusing stories.

As far as goals I am reaching for, I do have aspirations of getting published at some point in some way at some point, but I don't have any illusions of becoming a multimillionaire off of anything I publish, so I don't plan on quitting my career any time soon.
I’m really good at
Contemplatively analyzing anything, no matter how important or trivial the subject matter is. I can hold a discussion on just about any topic that is a cross between nerdy and academic. Seriously, ask my thoughts on early science fiction and American counter-culture. I've spent time thinking about both, and how they cross over. I also believe I have a pretty good 3 point shot whenever I play basketball and a good hammer toss in ultimate. I hope at least a few of my inline skating skills are still around from the years I worked as a DJ at a skating rink. Lately, I have also discovered a knack for fixing things, but hopefully that won't become too frequently needed.
The first things people usually notice about me
I think if you asked ten people this question, you would get ten different answers.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I'll just give a big list for each category. Interpret how you'd like.

Books: Lord of the Rings, Les Miserables, The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird, anything by Cormac Mcarthy, Fahrenheit 451, The Three Musketeers, Dune, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Things They Carried, Brave New World, The Watchmen, Anything by Graham Greene, the Harry Potter series, Hunger Games.

Movies: The Shawshank Redemption, Crash, Slumdog Millionaire, The Sandlot, American Beauty, Stranger than fiction, Stardust, District 9, Inception, Across the Universe, Big Fish, The Way, and anything else that doesn't feel like everything else.

Music: Credence Clearwater Revival, Beatles, U2, The Decemberists, Burlap to cashmere, Mumford and Sons, Florence and the Machine, Jars of Clay, Coldplay, Steven Delopoulos, Michele McLaughlin, Adele, and others I'm sure I'm forgetting.

TV: The Wire, Breaking Bad, Firefly, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, The IT Crowd, Arrested Development, Planet Earth, Band of Brothers, Continuum, Grimm.

Food: Burritos, pizza, Cafe Yumm, pad thai, burgers, and unfortunately, ice cream.

I'll even go a little above and beyond:

Board Games (points if you know any of these): Dominion, Power Grid, Glass Road, Dixit, Suburbia, Keyflower, Infiltration, Glen More
The six things I could never do without
1. Authentic human connection
2. Intellectual stimulation
3. Something active and memorable.
4. A goal to work towards
5. I guess I technically need food, clothing, and housing
6. The opportunity to see the art others have given to the world.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I spend a lot of time thinking about the people I am closest to. After that, I'll admit I can get into a groove of pondering some random philosophical idea life brought in front of me. Another big chunk of my thought time goes into whichever hobby/interests I am into in the moment, as well as my current creative endeavor.
On a typical Friday night I am
Doing something, whether at home or not at home. Yes, that was intentionally vague.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have a titanium eardrum. Yes, you can ask me about it.
You should message me if
If you read everything above and are curious for more.