SteveInBoulder
50 Kingston, WA
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My self-summary
I just moved to the Seattle area from Boulder, Colorado. If you're the kind of person who's as comfortable helping me pick out my first kayak as you are helping me decorate my new place, then I'd love to meet! New music venues, restaurants and great hiking areas - introduce me!

I love music, the outdoors, science, thought, words, continuous learning and following my curiosity. I don't define myself by my work (engineering), but I do define myself somewhat by what I studied (physics). I was THIS close (see my thumb and finger held close?) to being a pianist. The arts, especially music in almost every form, are important to me.

I enjoy the surprises a new experience or a new person throw at me; A lot of my friends grew up outside the US. I don't have a "type".

But I do think she's smart and able to communicate beautifully, precisely and humorously. She's rational, but also artful. She's sexy but not artificial. (I don't like makeup). She understands the sensuality of being alluring without forgetting that I love her in sweats, too. She's as comfortable in a four-star restaurant as she is in a kayak. She has a strong sense of what's right but doesn't need a god or religion to rationalize it. She's warm and open. She has real friends, loves her family, and wants to build an openly affectionate, supportive, funny and stimulating life with me, too. She wants to engage the outside world, not retreat to home and TV. She's curious about learning, new experiences, the outdoors and culture; she's engaged with that rich world.
What I’m doing with my life
I'd love to start planning that next big international trip but after a year of chaos and moving to a new location, I'm looking to explore my new home, Seattle.

I'm just starting to breathe after 2 major deaths in my family. I'm coming out of the experience with new thoughts on religion and death, and how unfortunately distanced we are from death. I think we do it all wrong. Some very beautiful things happen when people die. Some wonderful young members of my family take on loving new roles when people die.

I'm feeling financially stable, career-stable, and engaged in the most wonderful parts of life: friends, family, travel, the arts. But I'm looking for someone special to amplify it, deepen and saturate the colors of these experiences.

I'm playing piano. Working on some Chopin and Brahms. Looking for other amateurs to play "pick-up" chamber music; no performances, just fun. Wanna play?
I’m really good at
...asking you what you're good at.

I'm a curious person. When we first meet I'll probably ask a lot of questions about what interests you. It's what I do... I like to find commonalities.
The first things people usually notice about me
I smile a lot, don't take things too seriously, but have a "philosophical" side, too.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books
Was really wowed by Nabakov's Lolita. An absolutely stunningly well-written book on a REALLY creepy subject! But, seriously, unless you've read it, well, you've just got to see the language. It's perfectly crafted. I plan to read more of him.

I had a ball with Logicomix; a comic-book history of Bertrand Russell by a Greek author that a Greek buddy of mine thought I'd enjoy. Really interesting read.

Thomas Hardy's Return of the Native. He writes with a full spectrum of paint to shape gorgeous scenes on the heath, like he's writing screenplays. But, well, I couldn't take too much of the swooning and mistaken social slights of English society. But it's written beautifully.

Today I just read Ella Minnow Pea. Fun & fast read. Fun wordplay about a people compelled by law to express themselves with fewer and fewer letters. A gift from my 24 year old nephew.

Music
Some fav music in my recent purchases: Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Palestrina. Pablo Casals, Ben Folds, Ricky Skaggs, Fountains of Wayne, Beck, Glen Hansard, Dave Brubeck, Tin Hat Trio, OK Go, Electric Guest, Kinky, Mumford & Sons, Avett Brothers, Angelique Kidjo, Cesaria Evora, Joshua Radin, Joe Pug, Decemberists... and I'm sad when I think about the body of work Nick Drake could have left us if only we hadn't lost him so early. I'm listening to something new (to me) every month as part of an amateur review group I'm in so we could be here a while. Did I mention I really like music?

Movies
My Life as a Dog
Harold and Maude
Tampopo
Ice Cake
His Girl Friday
Adam's Rib

Food
Feijoada at Cafe Brazil in Denver
Baked Pears on Crispy Polenta with Gorgonzola Sauce
Pecan Crusted Grouper at an undisclosed restaurant in Florida
Flamenquin on a street I can't remember in Cordoba, Spain
Most any wine selected by my brother
And my sangria's not bad...
The six things I could never do without
Love
Truth
Beauty
Friends
Family
Fine Food with Interesting & Hilarious Conversation
I spend a lot of time thinking about
...stuff. Yes. I spend a lot of time thinking about stuff.
On a typical Friday night I am
...at the movies, live music, or catching up with friends over a meal. I like to cook, too. You should come over for my cioppino.

Or I might be packing for a hike or backpacking trip...
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
...in public doesn't exist. :)
You should message me if
...you'd like to say hello and start a conversation.
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