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Upaya

46 M Austin, TX

My Details

Last Online
Yesterday – 5:19pm
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
White
Height
5′ 5″ (1.65m)
Body Type
Thin
Diet
Smokes
No
Drinks
Socially
Drugs
Never
Religion
Atheism
Sign
Education
Graduated from university
Job
Science / Engineering
Income
Relationship Status
Single
Relationship Type
Offspring
Pets
Likes dogs and has cats
Speaks
English

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My self-summary
This is the part where I use the word 'I' repeatedly.

I have worked as an archeologist since before graduating from UT Austin in the early 90s. I have been fortunate enough to have been paid to travel all over the states and beyond. While the work is often tedious, it can be interesting too.

Since I work as a semi-contractor, I tend to have a lot of free time in between projects. I use this time to pursue other interests. I usually have at least one 'obsession' going, some topic or activity that I am passionate about. Past obsessions have been running, cycling, Ukiyoe, David Bowie, MMORPGs, Buddhism, and Francis Bacon. Reading is a perpetual obsession.

My obsessions tend to feed off one another and lead to new obsessions. A good example would be the movie Fight Club. I saw it several times during its initial, short run in theaters and was blown away by it. Next I read the book that the movie was based on, followed by all of Palahniuk's other books. I sought out his influences and learned that his writing teacher Tom Spanbauer had written several novels, so I read them all and fell in love again. Then I traveled to Oregon to take several workshops with Spanbauer. It was an amazing experience. Between Spanbauer's workshops and his reading recommendations I had another half dozen threads to follow out. There is not enough time to experience all of it. Anyone who says they are bored is not trying very hard.

Current obsession (Winter 2014): Aerial Hoop and Corde Lisse, and I am about to give Pole a try.

One of my most recent field jobs involved watching as a highway near Houston was removed, making sure no graves were being disturbed. The reason graves were disturbed is the road was built on top of a cemetery in the 1930s. This happened a lot more often that you might think. We watched as big machines carefully scraped the ground a few inches at a time until they got so deep that we were sure there were no burials present. When we find burials we carefully excavated them by hand so they can be moved to a safer (less roady) part of the cemetery.

My last vacation was a long weekend in NYC. I planned the trip to see a rare performance by one of my favorite musicians, JG Thirlwell. My favorite book is set in Manhattan, so I took the opportunity to visit many of the important places in the book. Best vacation ever.

I've never cared to drive, so I have never had a driver's license or a car. Most people find it hard to believe that I can get by in Texas without one (especially in the summer,) but not only do I 'get by' without a car, I thrive by bicycling everywhere.

I am an INTJ. Emphasis on the 'I'

I look and live much younger than my biological age. I am very responsible, but also goofy, awkward (favorite word ever,) and have a healthy inner child. I have a freakishly fast metabolism that requires me to eat large amounts of fried food and ice cream just to maintain my weight. I eat like a five year old.

When I win the lottery, I am going to hire Tim Burton to design a house with crooked architecture, secret passageways, and hallways that go nowhere.

Music is my serotonin uptake inhibitor.

I am optimistic, kind, and Autoluminescent.

"I'm hard to get to know, and 'bout impossible to forget."
What I’m doing with my life
Reading. Writing. Deciphering not-so-ancient archeological texts.
I’m really good at
Tackling daunting tasks.

Saying something unexpected.

Using present participles.
The first things people usually notice about me
Blue hair. Especially since I work in a state office building.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Music:

http://www.last.fm/user/Upaya5

I have eclectic taste in music. About the only genre I find irredeemably bad is contemporary country.

Lately I have been obsessed with No Wave and Free Jazz

Favorite band Sonic Youth
Free Kitten
Rowland S Howard
Thurston Moore
Leonard Cohen
Tom Waits
Fisherspooner
David Bowie
Suicide
Alice Coltrane
Grace Jones
Eric Dolphy
Brian Eno
Patti Smith
Talk Normal
Don Cherry
Iggy Pop
The Stooges
Lou Reed
Foetus
JG Thirlwell
Sonny Sharrock
The Lounge Lizards
Neubaten
The Velvet Underground
Pussy Galore
The Residents
Gogol Bordello
Rufus Wainwright
Peaches
Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros
Balkan Beat Box

Authors:

Tom Spanbauer His book "In the City of Shy Hunters" is my Bible.
Amy Hempel
Philip Roth
Barry Hannah
Mark Richard
Padgett Powell
Frank Herbert
Junot Diaz
Eudora Welty
Palahniuk
John Irving

Movies:
Magnolia
Eternal Sunshine
Everything is Illuminated
Fight Club
Santa Sangre
Wings of Desire
Moulin Rouge
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Velvet Goldmine

David Lynch
John Waters
Hal Hartley
Wes Anderson
Charlie Kaufman
The Coen Brothers
Terry Gilliam

TV: I don't watch much TV, but I own everything Joss Wedon has done and watch his shows with religious fervor.
Battlefrackingstar Galatica.

Holy shit, True Detective!

Art:

Francis Bacon
Soutine
Dada
asobase kotoba
Guy Debord
negation
amor fati
On a typical Friday night I am
“If you go home with somebody, and they don't have books, don't fuck 'em!”
― John Waters
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I do not eat vegetables, condiments or sauces. These are borderline phobias for me. I wont hold it against you if you eat them.

When I was about eight years old a teacher told my class that, on average, a human being would take 13 million breaths before dying. Of course to my eight year old mind this meant that I had better start breathing slower, or better yet, hold my breath as long as I could, as often as I could, in order to reduce the number of breaths I took. This greatly distressed my parents because they, more than once, found me passed out from holding my breath too long. A couple of trips to various doctors mostly straightened me out, but I still secretly enjoy holding my breath in hope of extended life.

I used to think that a roadrunner was my power animal/spirit guide, but now I am fairly certain that it is Iggy Pop.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 25–47
  • Near me
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating
You should message me if
If you want to sit around and listen to vinyl, watch weird movies, or get coffee and talk for hours.