ShawnBldr
39 Boulder, CO
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My self-summary
I'm an engineer who likes to travel around the world; volunteers both here and abroad; spends way to much time on 'projects' at the house; goes into the mountains for hiking, biking, and skiing; and goes into Denver for music, museums, friends, and a change in pace. Nowhere but my hometown of Boulder would this be considered common. Based on this website, I'm evidently uncommon in this town as I don't rock climb, practice yoga, nor have I been on the Inca Trail. As there are few other places that I'd like to live, I consider myself fortunate and am thankful for everyday that I can see the mountains and live in this wondrous state.

To follow the lead... my Myers-Briggs is IN[F,T]P (the F and T are typically 48% or 52% and bounce back and forth regularly)

I'm a semi-active Progressive Christian (http://www.patheos.com/blogs/rogerwolsey/2014/01/progressive-christianity-isnt-progressive-politics-2/) who is distressed at how the alleged spokesmen of Christianity portray the faith as a judgmental, hate-based, misogynistic/sexist/homophobic, and strictly dogmatic.
What I’m doing with my life
This year I traveled to Costa Rica to partner with Habitat for Humanity for a week; kayaked in the lakes of Colorado, skied, biked, ran in the Ragnar Trail Relay in Snowmass with my sister and brother in law, while also baking, cooking, brewing beer, and volunteering locally.
I’m really good at
My nephews tell me that it's the rolls I make for Easter dinner and every other holiday they talk me into making them for
The first things people usually notice about me
1. My friend says it's my big blue eyes

2. My hair, as it either is short and looks like Calvin's from Calvin and Hobbes or it is long, big, and bushy

2. I'm the guy strangers like to talk with at length at bars

3. When reviewing my profile, I'm afraid that it comes off as if I spend every waking second outside, which isn't true; I just have better outside pictures.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: (this changes often)
fiction... Hillerman (RIP), Stephenson, Pratchett (RIP), Gibson, Sterling, D.Adams (RIP), Caroll (RIP), C.Moore, R.Munroe ... (If anyone has recommendations for living authors I'm all ears)
non fiction... lots of stuff for work, most anything tech/economics/environmental/science/food science/history/... related

Music:
In the car I mostly listen to satellite radio, KUNC, CPR Open Air, KGNU, & KSMT. At home, it's KUNC, Open Air, and CDs.

For live music: I love the local scene. the Westword Music Festival, UMS, Bands on the Bricks, Final Friday, First Friday, and see what comes... beyond that I listen to music, almost continuously at work.

Food:
If the County Fair had a baking competition I'd be in (whole grain rye & sourdough breads); also pies, and other sweet things.
I like to cook vegetarian, barbecue (typically pork even though my family tradition dictates that BBQ is beef), Mexican, Italian, and would like to figure out Indian one day.
I explore the locavore lifestyle in the summer - fresh produce from the garden and the farmers' market, home made bread with local ingredients, and meat from local ranches (if not going veggie for the night)
I'm also obsessed with coffee - locally from Ozo, Boxcar, and Paul's, and if traveling, Inteligentsia in Chicago.
The six things I could never do without
IPod - I've lost track of the number of days on it
garden/yard- xeriscaping and vegetables can be fun
My kitchen (see the food part above)
At risk of seeming materialistic: my bikes (all 5.5 of them), my skis (only 2), and kayak
coffee - especially the first cup of the day
Is that 5 or 6?
I spend a lot of time thinking about
If I'm on OKC: as someone who grew up with two styles of Mexican food (Tex-Mex and Chihuahua-Northern New Mexico-Colorado) and considers the second to be my family cuisine with later exposure to the Arizona/Sonora and Baja styles, why is everyone sure that their preferred style is the only real one and all others are Tex-Mex?

Am I the only one who is annoyed by the grammar in the pre-canned responses to questions on OKC?: it is acceptable to use the conjunction "and" rather than "but". WSJ even talked about this: http://www.wsj.com/articles/whats-really-hot-on-dating-sites-proper-grammar-1443746849
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Before my uncle married my aunt, he said that his criteria for whether a woman was old enough to date was whether she knew who CSNY were. In trying to think of a comparable generational band, I couldn't think of a simililar cultural phenomenon, the first band came up with is the Backstreet Boys. I'd greatly appreciate another ideas to expand beyond the current ideas of Barenaked Ladies and Ben Folds Five, who have toured together
You should message me if
I'm the kind of person who has been to 16 countries, volunteered on three continents, lives and engages in my dynamic and diverse community, and has had a mix of experiences. If you're up to joining in for this as friend who may progress into being a partner, let me know.

Since so many of my best matches have dogs: I have started taking allergy treatment and should, in theory, no longer be allergic to dogs, horses, and cats at the end of 2018. As it is, I can usually tolerate one or two indoor shorthaired cats or older, non-furry, indoor dogs but not much more.
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