I read an eclectic assortment of books and magazines; it's good to be well rounded. Other sedentary joys would include Movies, soda's & burgers and Cinetopia (talk about one stop shopping).
Physically, cycling, playing golf, and straping on a backpack now and then are fun ways to spend days. I'm active in all sorts of outdoor activities, but need to disclose I fully suck at anything with the word "ski" attached to it, but it doesn't take away from having fun.
I am an experienced traveler-- from International flights to extended road trips in a car. I should disclose that my idea of camping is actually backpacking to a lake THEN camping. Having participated in Cycle Oregon twice, and considering a few more, I'm selective about routes and would wait for a Steens ride if they didn't sell out so fast. My greatest adventure to date was my humanitarian trip to Morocco. A country that is the melting pot of European, Mediterranean, Persian, African and Arab influences gave me an opportunity to understand how little I knew about the world; and just how alike we all are. I assure you that a hardware store in Fes smells just the same as a local one in Vancouver, and has the three cronies that hang out there all day just like here.
Who am I looking for? Woman who is feminine (with a hint of tomboy), that has a sense of style and an adventurous side as well, is very attractive to me. She would acknowledge that some songs need to be heard at volume level 11 and not 10, and would be by my side as we rushed the stage at a U2 concert. Someone who has an opinion and is willing to listen to mine. She would have a history of lasting friendships, and has a track record of independence. I appreciate a woman who looks beyond the nicks, dents and scratches that life hands us, and realizes that those are the elements that make people unique, that give us character. Most of all I want someone in my life who can be open, sincere, can accept a compliment and has a positive view of themselves.
This one is important - I love roller coasters, yet I think Mr. Toads wild ride is one of the best rides at Disneyland.
The down and dirty on me - Loyal, Witty, and Healthy.
Beyond earning paychecks, there is work around my home landscaping the back yard and maintaining (improving) the front & side yards.
Planning my next trip abroad. I'd really like to make it back to Morocco again, but then went onto REI's travel section and saw where one could go to Peru and do trail repair work on the trail to Machu Picchu-- how cool is that? Then again so would hanging out in Buenos Aires.
Not that anything above is sexy, but this definitely needs to be on the not-sexy list, I'm the best dish washer I know.
To counter balance all this I've been told I'm a good kisser.
in the first 10 minutes -- that you are sitting across from a good guy; I listen, self-effacing, and that I have no problems answering questions.
in the first 10 days -- that I'm genuine and what I've presented here, is authentic. Truth be told, you'll see that I'm a Goof, and in most cases after 10 days you'll like that side of me.
Food - who doesn't enjoy good food? I like it all, and I'm very adventuresome regarding different ethnic styles of dishes. Comfort food would be a classic Thanksgiving style meal (Huber's), or a good combo pizza. Pizza is a must for anyone, come on you can't be raised by wolves!
I'm going to throw a little TV in here, Anthony Bourdain travel series (he has a lot of variations), Globe Trekker, and my on going soap type shows: Grimm, Sherlock (BBC)/ Elementary (US), Person of Interest, Mr Robot, The Walking Dead, The Blacklist and Rectify (the filming is so lush).
I prefer to go to the movie theater vs renting DVD's, but sometimes the theater just doesn't work out, so I'm content with either. One of the recent movies I've seen in a theater was "Bridge of Spies". I have a theory called "The Jackie Gleason Phenomenon", you'll have to sit across from me to find out what it is, but Tom Hanks is at the core of that theory. I love movies like Baraka, Powaqqatsi, yet I will defend to my death that "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" is one of the funniest movies of all time. I like suspense movies but I could do without watching what I call splash & splatters.
I routinely read the comic strips Pearls Before Swine, Mutts, and I've got Calvin & Hobbes bookmarked for a daily dose of him as well.
I am all over the board regarding book choices from biographies to SciFi. If it's a good read I'll pick it up and pour though it. I've read "Eat, Pray, Love", hey-- I'm dating, and I figured this would be good to broaden my horizons. If I had to choose a favorite book it would be Heinlein's "Job: A Comedy Of Justice". I can't put my finger on why I'm attracted to this book, but it seems to pull at me. If I'm traveling though, I enjoy classics, "To Kill A Mocking Bird", "Brave New World" or better yet "Treasure Island". Travel books to me should be something quick, easy and familiar so I can allow my senses to absorb my new environment without too much competition. BTW, Powell's is Mecca.
This section is *under construction* as all things should be
Coffee (I'm becoming less of a bear without a cup in the morning)
My Apple stuff - Specifically, my iPod
Gore-Tex -- I really have a thing for Gore-Tex coats
My friends - I have the best friends.
Good Luggage - Ever busted luggage on trip? Then you know what I'm talking about.
If a rabbit can get sucked into the engines of a Concorde jet at full throttle from 295 feet away, what the hell were they doing in front of it anyway?
How I could possibly score Portland on my "What major city are you test?" I mean, COME ON! wtf?
Why we haven't been able to develop a translating collar for Dogs like Dug wore in the Pixar movie "up" -- Squirrel!
Why, when I drop my English Muffing it lands butter side down... is this a physics thing?
See, I think about the important stuff in life.
Dining, having obscure discussions with friends, checking out the local scenes Portland has to offer-- which frankly has a lot.
I have Metallica & The Partridge Family on the same playlist on my iPod (try and connect the dots on that one, just try).
I swear more than I should.
Syzygy is one of my favorite words.
I like anything with the word "show" attached to it-- Car Shows, Boat Shows, RV shows (which impossibly so, is better than the boat shows), Yard and Garden Shows, Home Shows... I draw the line at Cat Shows, I've been to a Dog Show, yet I just can't see myself going to a Cat show-- hold on-- Nope, can't see it.
Something, in all that I've written to this point, resonates in your minds eye to who you see yourself having a future with.
You earnestly are looking for a good guy, if you're just comparison shopping feel free to move along.