Scubaben501
27 Watsonville, CA
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My self-summary
I think the first thing to know about me is that I am a herper. Herper is short for herpetologist, meaning I go out and find/catch/photograph/appreciate reptiles and amphibians. I have a small personal zoo's worth of reptile, amphibian, and invertebrate pets, which I prefer over mammals due to a mild fur allergy.
I collect rocks/minerals, shells and fossils. I am a SCUBA diver (with an interest in marine photography and archaeology, particularly 17th century Caribbean marine archaeology.. [yes, I do mean pirates]). I own firearms. I enjoy camping, hiking and backpacking, road trips, bouldering, spelunking (though I prefer caves that don't involve much contorting myself to squeeze through gaps, the feeling of getting stuck is the one thing that triggers claustrophobia for me), fishing, hunting, archery and target shooting. I would like to get into whitewater kayaking, rafting or canoeing (I have experience with whitewater canoeing), off-roading, falconry (eventually.. it is a massive commitment), mountain biking and paintball/airsoft.

I have somewhat severe social anxiety which has been a bit of a barrier in my life. I am not particularly fond of social situations.

I am an outspoken Atheist and Gender Egalitarian and I prefer to distance myself from people who's views do not change given new information (meaning ideology driven people). I make a habit of criticizing religion and certain forms of Feminism as being utterly ridiculous and harmful. I should also mention that while I consider myself left leaning, I am not a fan of political correctness.
What I’m doing with my life
At the moment I am working on transitioning entirely off of corn, yeast, sunflower, and MSG. I recently found out I am allergic to them after working with a geneticist trying to find solutions to my social anxiety.
For anyone that doesn't know, corn and yeast are incredibly difficult to avoid. They are in almost everything and even when ingredients don't list them, there is a good chance they were used somewhere in the process.
I’m really good at
I am an exceptional driver (which unfortunately means I have a very short fuse for bad drivers), I am good at educating people about reptiles (and plenty of other mostly useless information such as WW2 tanks, 17th century pirates and naval vessels), I am good at talking people's ears off on sociopolitical topics (such as issues with police brutality, why circumcision is a human rights violation, men's issues that go ignored by everyone but MRA groups that nobody can stand, how broken and corrupt the US government is, the latest feminist foolishness, and my [utopian] solutions to many of those issues), and I am good at explaining things through the use of analogy.
The first things people usually notice about me
Probably my red beard.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: I enjoyed the Halo series and quite a few Star Wars books. Other than that, most of my reading is on controversial topics such as gender issues and religion.

Movies: I have a hard time remembering the specific movies I really liked because there are so many and I consume so much digital media. I mostly go for sci-fi/fantasy, action/adventure, comedy and the occasional thriller/horror. Since it is the only one I can think of at the moment and is, in my opinion, one of the most quotable movies, Step Brothers is by far one of my favorite comedies.

Shows: I have watched so many shows I liked that it would be pointless to list them all. My preference is for sci-fi/fantasy, comedy, drama and crime drama. Some of my all time favorites have been Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, South Park, Futurama, Family Guy, Stargate SG1, Stargate Atlantis, Stargate Universe, The 100, Primeval, Eureka, Chuck, Better off Ted, Doctor Who, Continuum, Homeland, Game of Thrones, Orange is the New Black, Supernatural, Parks and Recreation, Hell on Wheels, Dead Like Me, iZombie, Dark Matter.

Music: I listen to some top 40's stuff, early 2000's punk rock (like Bowling for Soup), some soundtrack and colonial/folk music (some literal sea shanties), and some classic rock. I am very selective about it but will occasionally listen to country (stuff like the song Beer for my horses).

Food: I used to love sushi, BBQ, pizza, and Jamba Juice.
I may be able to have them again in small amounts in the future, but right now I can't have any of that.
The six things I could never do without
My flip flops and hiking boots.
My favorite hiking hat.
A solid internet connection at home.
A cellphone that can take a beating, get wet and has apps like tide charts or a compass.
Friends and family.
My big LED Mag-Lite.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What reptile, amphibian, or invertebrate I want to add to my collection next.
How I would fit the new addition.
Business ideas.
How awesome it would be if someone started cloning miniature dinosaurs and they made their way into the pet trade.
Things I want to build.
Sociopolitical issues.
On a typical Friday night I am
At home watching Netflix and playing a game on my computer.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
My social anxiety makes it difficult for me to make phone calls to people I don't know.
You should message me if
You should message me if we share a number of interests and you think we might hit it off.
Some specific traits I am looking for:
-Outdoorsy
-Herper (or at the very least not afraid of snakes)
-Like animals (without being an animal rights activist. I hate groups like PETA)
-Left leaning
-Not super politically correct
-Gender Egalitarian or Feminist (except the victim Olympics, constantly looking to be offended by everything and convinced that there are no men's issues type.)
-Like guns (or at least don't mind that I have them)
-Enjoy traveling, road trips and camping
-Intellectual
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