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Qarlos

46 M Victoria, British Columbia, CA

My Details

Last Online
Aug 5
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
White
Height
5′ 8″ (1.73m)
Body Type
A little extra
Diet
Smokes
No
Drinks
Socially
Drugs
Religion
Agnosticism, and laughing about it
Sign
Aquarius, and it’s fun to think about
Education
Working on university
Job
Construction
Income
Relationship Status
Single
Relationship Type
Offspring
Pets
Likes dogs and likes cats
Speaks
English (Fluently), French (Poorly), Malay (Poorly)

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My self-summary
Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
I listen to a lot of CBC radio one, read plenty of magazines and books, watch movies. I love great conversation and can provide reflective observations on most topics. But I'm also told I can be a good listener. I like give and take, reciprocation and the golden rule.

While I've been motivated on issues of Global Justice all my life, I now see the future is to dedicate to what some call "The Great Turning":moving to a no carbon, nonconsumer, deindustrialized, equitable, sustainable civilization Ha! Oh well...

I'm evolving into a luddite as I move into my dottage. Ever since the Millenium happened I occasionally pinch my self, "Wow! we're living in the future!" But where's my jetpack?

I've been a local activist type about Victoria for a long time. I usually go to some lecture at UVic, meeting at Camas Books,etc... But am very interested in all indigenous and sustainability issues around the Salish Sea. The WFP lands around Jordan River (JR) and Shirley is a big concern.
One (of many) of my favourite beaches is Sandcut Creek, just past Point-No-Point Resort, but before JR.

I bicycle everywhere about Victoria, a very cycle friendly city, arguably the best on Turtle Island. Longer range trips (eg. Sooke/Vancouver) I can bundle onto the bus or I can even procure an internal combustion machine.
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
I strive to be an engaged citizen with the local sustainable civics community. I am constantly practicing life long learning: a professional student. I call the theme of my studies Human Ecology.
I've had to pick up a trade to afford my education habit.

Currently I'm apprenticed in industrial carpentry, getting my red seal in a year. But I'm interested in vernacular architecture (checkout patternlanguage.com !) using ancient building materials like cob, strawbale, post and beam combined with permaculture landscaping to convert slurban sprawl to sustainable homesteads.

I have been active with a meditation group for almost two years. I also on occasion drop in on a local New Thought group. I love it whenever Starhawk comes Spiral Dancing through the hood.

Planning to move off the Island (well, some day) to reappreciate how sweet it really is here in Lala Lotus Land.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Conversation
Laughing and seeing the absurd/dark side of most situations
Knowing esoteric and obscure factoids
Keeping a beginners midset
Balancing non-judgementalism & righteousness
Massage and snuggling
keeping notes in my analog pda (moleskine)
Siestas
Singing
World Story
Non video games
Making lists
Keeping a crusty heart on my sleeve
The first things people usually notice about me
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
I laugh a lot
Bright eyes
loud coloured clothes (bicycle survival)
I almost always carry a knapsack/panier
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
Authors
Ursula LeGuin, John Ralston Saul, David Abram, Starhawk, Terence McKenna,
Jane Jacobs, Jared Diamond, Whole Earth Catalog, Brautigan, Riane Eisler, Joseph Campbell, Chomsky, Sagan, Marx, Jung, Darwin, The Chinese Classics: Tao Te Ching, I Ching, Art of Strategy,

Magazines I love: Yes! magazine; The Sun; Shaman's Drum; Parabola; The Internationalist, Resurgence, Momentum

Movies
Children of Men, 2001, Little Big Man, Dr. Strangelove, Brazil (most of Terry Gilliam/Monty Python's work); Miyazaki's animation (eg, Princess Mononoke); Kurasawa's Samurai movies; Coen Bros.; Marx Bros; Spike Lee, Volker Schlorndorff (the Tin Drum); Margarethe von Trotta; most sci fi and dystopian imaginings (BSG2 surprised me!) "cult" flics (as found on the shelves of Pic a Flic) I adore most foreign flics, dislike dubbing.

Not much of a horror/slasher fan (except for John Carpenter & David Cronenberg, the new zombie genre)

Music
Very much in the folk rock vein... more melody than rhythm but though I do groove to World Beat, Brazilian, West African (Fela!)
I love going to folk fests, Vancouver and Courtenay. I usually volunteer.
Local(ish) musicians I like: Raghu Lokanathan, Xavier Rudd, John Mann (Spirit of the West), dancing to Velvet (I miss Steamers Pub)

Food
I'm rather omnivorous though texture is important to me (prefer crunch to pudding ooze)
I love ethnic food especially Thai, Korean, Malay, Indian, Japanese (mmmm, sushi...), Greek, Italian...
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Bike
Passport
A bag/pack/panier
books & pens
music
human beings
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
What I've read about history, systems, politics, social dynamics, gaia, enviro restoration, patterns that connect
friends and other folks
Indigenous and archaic issues
Bike adventures
Buildings
CBC gleanings
Where I want to travel
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
* Hanging out reading a book with the CBC muttering in the background
* learning how to drum in a circle
* go off on the Magical Mystery Bicycle Ride, a party on wheels(monthly).
* Gather the guys to play a rousing game of Risk
* Go out with folks from work for a beer (or two)
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
I can't think about or even watch WWI movies without welling moisture. What horror, what a waste... no one won. Nor ever will
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 30–55
  • Near me
  • Who are single
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating
You should message me if
Offer a few tips to help matches win you over.
You love to talk about everything under the firmament, feel that the world is alive and is conspiring to help all of us grow and evolve... ( or not! ;-) or
... feel that play is what makes us human beings or
... you enjoy to be creative: music, dance, art, cook, or
... You like to play games (non video/non head) or
... you would like to go out to any meetings/workshops/lectures; as to paraphrase a saint in my pantheon, Margaret Mead, "the only thing that has changed society are small groups of determined citizens".
... you're a fellow Cascadian who'd like to make friends. I'd like to host cool folks from the south on the Island and visit folks who'd like to share their local knowledge. I'd love any excuse to visit the Puget/San Juan Islands (south Salish Sea!). Dual citizenship has its benefits.

What you have read so far seems at all interesting. I'm pretty open to ideas of where to meet, if you'd like to go for a coffee or a bike ride...