ReisBarley
42 Portland, OR
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My self-summary
Hi! Thanks for stopping by to check me out! I’m here because I’d like to meet a new lady to spend some time with, have adventures, and romance. A long term relationship with the right person would be nice. I’m an enthusiastic, left-leaning, hands-on guy with a few college degrees and lots of experiences, jobs & travels all over the country. I work for a local government organization and like solving problems and making the machinery run smoothly. I’ve never been married and don’t have any kids (unless you count my border collie Barley). I was born in Portland and have been back in the Portland area about 6 years. I've dated a few girls here but still looking for Ms. Right. I’ve got a great group of friends here but don’t know many single girls. I enjoy going out see live music and Timbers games; finding delicious eats at new restaurants; active things like canoeing/paddling, hiking, biking, bowling, tennis, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, & disc golf; riding my motorcycle; local breweries & wineries; cooking; cribbage and board games; and working in my yard/garden. I'm a big fan of campfires with live music. I have a good sense of humor that I’d describe as cheesy, sarcastic, sometimes a bit dry, and occasionally raunchy. I laugh at myself regularly. I am also very caring, sensitive, and a good listener. I'm not into driving across town in rush hour traffic after a hard day's work to meet up, so ladies in NE or SE PDX are at top of my list.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm going for a healthy mix of having fun and working hard to afford the nice things in life and have more fun. I like my job and I'm good at what I do. I'm am in school at PCC one night a week going for my electrical license. I'm also working towards the purchase of my first house, hopefully in the next year or two.
I’m really good at
Seeing all sides of a person or situation, planning activities, fanticising, being lazy and ambitious at the same time, balancing, impressing your parents.
The first things people usually notice about me
Bald, dimples, I'm older than I look (and feel), I want to know what you notice!
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: anything by Edward Abbey or Hunter S. Thompson, some sci-fi/fantasy like the Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss, Game Of Thrones, J. R. R. Tolkien; Adventure & travel writing (especially if it involves boats or motorcycles), Kurt Vonnegut, historical fiction, outdoors guide books/maps, plus a lot more.

TV: Walking Dead, GOT, Shameless, Downton Abbey, Oregon Field Guide, Justified, Jeopardy, Top Gear (UK), Firefly, Dark Matter, Fargo, House of Cards, anything by Ken Burns.

I listen to all kinds of great music. I like everything from Led Zeppelin to Tribe Called Quest, Widespread Panic to Bach, Seldom Scene to Iron Maiden, Hank Williams to Miles Davis, Phish to Clutch, Steely Dan to James Brown. I rarely listen to commercial radio so I'm pretty out of touch with "modern music". I listen to NPR quite often as well (huge fan of Science Friday and Talk of the Nation). Lately I've been most into classic country & bluegrass, R&B, soul, and funk.

I will try just about any kind of food once. I'm still a little unsure about insects but would try them in the right setting or sauce ;). I love Vietnamese & Thai, Japanese, Mexican, South American cuisine, and all of the great PNW dishes in the "American" restaurants. We are so spoiled with great food here in Portland!
The six things I could never do without
my dog, my motorcycle; good beer, wine, and food; the great outdoors, campfires, bodies of water, mountains; and a best friend/lover to enjoy it all with
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The meaning of people's profile names and what kind of personality clues those names hold. The nature of truth and reality. How can it be that the US is one of the greatest countries on earth yet has such a large number of right wing, ignorant, gun loving, racist, fundamentalists. Where all the dog hair I pick off my clothes ends up.
On a typical Friday night I am
Out having a drink with friends, seeing some live music, camping, or at home watching a movie. Lately Saturdays are my Fridays, and Sundays my Saturdays. I make it work.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
we can talk about this kind of stuff in person, mmmkay?
You should message me if
you like what you see here and would like to talk or get together for a bite, a beverage, or a hike. I don't get to see who "likes" me, so if you do please message me instead.
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