Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
**Update July 2015.
This will sound a bit bitchy . . .
Okay, I'm basically done with OKC. A vast disappointment that makes
me wonder what women are really looking for. I have been open and
affable. The point of this whole things is to ACTUALLY MEET OTHER
PEOPLE. Window shopping is nice, but you've got to try on the shoes
to see if they fit.
This profile will largely slumber, and might be open on
I'm not into talking to myself, at least not that much. Life is
tactile, personal, the look in the eye, or not, nerves and ticks,
forgiveness and curiosity. What is this this chicken-shit stuff?
I know two couples who have met and married through OKC, so it must
work somehow for some people.
. . . and tell me, who else has a contact sheet selfie . . . from
The rest remains the same -
I've tried the narrative summary, and honestly, they all sound the
same and mine was borderline pretentious. I was inspired by another
user and her non-sequiturs, which is really how we remember our
lives and how we get to know each other.
•"Iowa Nice." (nice guy. Polite. Tries -tries - not to offend.
Turns the other cheek.)
•Always trying to do better. I don’t always succeed.
•Think too much, and it ain’t healthy.
•Once had a very green thumb, but seem to be losing it. I’ve lost
my patience with plants, or they theirs with me. And honestly, I
love killing trees. The right kind of trees. Or the wrong kind as
the case may be.
•Great man legs if you look beyond the scratches and bruises.
•Know the Latin names for tons of plants and insects. Just don’t
ask. I hate being a walking encyclopedia, although, honestly, I
•Grow a beard in winter and shave my legs in the summer. It's a
comfort thing, honestly.
•Learned how to juggle in my sister’s flat in London, listening to
“Court and Spark.” Got stuck at three balls – the basics.
•Can be a fierce and loyal friend. Friendship is an active
•Fought fires out west when much younger, and now set fires here
and don’t go to jail.
•Bummed around Europe when I was 20. I’ve been to South Africa
twice. Did a Snoopy dance on Robben Island because Capetown was so,
so beautiful. A bit like Alcatraz, only both more terrible and
•In Amsterdam for a half-day, May 2013. Damn. Spent considerably
more time there when a youth (see above), and can still see why one
might never leave.
•Forager, with a freezer full of wild fruit and mushrooms. More
like a foraging hoarder now that I think about it. i collect more
than I need or can use. Also have a huge inventory of wild seeds,
and a prairie restoration in Iowa. But food must be eaten, and
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
I spent a long time doing natural area research. I loved the work.
A bibliography is available upon request. Eventually the job, not
the work, began to sap my soul. I'm still transitioning in an
effort to find what's still important to me. Let's just say the
current job is responsible for those scratches and bruises.
I don't want to pretend that I'm overly positive. Life, everybody's
life, is a mess, whether you want to acknowledge it or not. "Life
is what happens when you're making other plans." All you can do is
put your best self forward.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Answering questions no one is asking. Yes, I'm Lisa Simpson.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
English major who is under-read. I've re-read both non-fiction and
science fiction books. I favor history and travel books now.
I was a terrible cinephile once. There's very little that captures
my attention with modern movies. I'm not sure why. Maybe I prefer
the model-matting of the old Star Wars to the CGI of the modern
Star Wars. I've seen many subtitled films. I admit to "Contact"
being a guilty favorite, and the "The Godfather" is the perfect
movie. The Perfect Movie.
Nowadays, I have a pretty broad acceptance of music - African,
folk, traditional, singer-songwriter. I just can't listen to
contemporary country (Nashville, Inc.) and most rap. Musically, I'm
a child of the 80's. Husker Du and the Minutemen (power trios) are
etched on my sonic memory. Classic rock - yes. More recent acts.
Sleater Kinney, Screaming Females (three again), and Fang Island
(sorta three). Secret regional favorite? House of Large Sizes
(three). And bluegrass is the new - old - punk rock.
You can't go wrong with asparagus and morels especially if you
throw in some ramps.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
My bikes (non-motorized, human-powered). I have three.
A place to escape (to)
The living world
The living word*
*language, written and spoken. Not the Bible.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Where to go from here.
What kind of phone to get. I miss the days when phone service cost
only $20. Choice is a bitch. So is technology.
The stories we tell ourselves.
Family and fragility.
The death of the natural world. "One of the penalties of an
ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds."
- Aldo Leopold.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
In good weather, on my bike.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
I have a real weakness for women who ride bicycles. Not your casual
rider, but women who can put in a couple of hours in the saddle. A
friend once described this as a "fetish." I think it's more an
appreciation of strength and autonomy. I don't mind having my butt
kicked by a female rider.
You should message me if
Offer a few tips to help matches win you over.
•I really am single, not looking to cheat. Not really a reason to
message me, but just sayin' . . .
•You DON'T write in netspeak, and can write not just a sentence,
but several sentences, in a coherent form demonstrating you read my
profile and which lets a little of your personality shine through.
I guess this is my test. "Hi's" and "Hellos" will be deleted.
•Would you look me in the eye in a grocery store?
•If you ride a bike - it's a BIG ice breaker. (See above).
•As I'm discovering, being existential would be a big help. It's
about owning your decisions, something I see far few women do. This
might sound misogynistic. It's not meant to be. Men likely are just
as unreliable. That's just not my side of the plate.
*Ladies, please ask a friend to take a picture of you. One self pic
is enough. Few selfies even approach being complimentary - actually
quite opposite. Somehow, I have pictures others have taken of me
without really trying.
Who are you looking for?
This helps us know who to show you on OkCupid.