I live as a hermit in my Mountain Holler in the wilderness with my hunting dogs, my cats, and a small flock of chickens. I’m very much an outdoors person, I don’t have or want kids, and my dogs and cats are my family. The Holler is its own world with its own culture and its own values and norms that set it apart from the outside world. It’s a beautiful place and for me it’s home.
I consider myself a hippie-redneck-nerd. I like hippie stuff like medicinal herbs, organic gardening, foraging for edible wild plants and mushrooms, and making tie-dyes with natural dyes. I like redneck stuff like hound dogs, coon hunting, 2nd amendment rights, and 4x4 trucks. I like nerdy stuff like science (I have a degree in Horticulture and can tell you the Latin names of most of the plants in the woods), history, philosophy, mythology, Gnosticism, books, and using big words and talking over people’s heads.
Music is very much a passion. I listen to a pretty eclectic variety of music, mostly progressive rock, alternative rock, classic rock & roll, southern rock, and country. I’ve almost always got some kind of music playing in the Holler. I also like to sing karaoke and can express things through music that I can’t express otherwise.
I am a very spiritual person, but I’m not into organized religion. I consider myself Gnostic Christian, and I’m pretty open-minded about religion and willing to agree to disagree, so as long as you’re not a fundamentalist of any kind, we should get along fine.
I’m very much a tomboy, but I have my feminine side too. I’m 100% heterosexual, good at cooking, home canning and sewing. I like wearing dresses and hate wearing pants. No, it’s not a religious thing. Pants are just horribly uncomfortable and I don’t like wearing them. Don’t worry, I can still climb mountains, hit my target, skin and gut wild animals, build stuff with power tools, and work on my truck… in a dress.
I’m not looking to rush into any kind of romantic relationship, but I would like to explore my options, and hopefully find someone with long-term potential. I would like to start as just friends, but I might consider becoming more than just friends once a genuine friendship is firmly established, and if I’m not interested in anything more than friendship I’ll be upfront about it. I’m not looking for someone to spoil or take care of me, but a real partnership where we both contribute in different but equally important ways. I’m not in a hurry to find someone, and I have no intentions of jumping into a relationship or jumping into bed with anyone. I’m not exactly asexual, but I am extremely selective, so I’m not looking for random hook-ups, meaningless sex, or anything of that nature. When it comes to potential dates, I know what I want and need in a man, loyal and genuine friendship is my first priority in a relationship, and I very much prefer quality over quantity.
I would like to meet an intelligent and free-thinking bad boy, every bit as wild, fearless, hard-core, and eccentric as I am, someone with the heart of a true warrior and spirit of a true rebel. I want someone who's dangerous, but in a good way, with courage, integrity, and a sense of adventure. Also, I could really use a helpmate in the Holler, so interest in wilderness life and survival skills are an important consideration. Lifestyle, emotional, and spiritual compatibility are important as well. I also need someone who can accept me as I am, including my dark side that would be hard for most people to accept. I need someone who appreciates my independent spirit, isn't controlling, and is willing to let me have my freedom. As far as physical attractiveness goes, I would prefer someone thin enough to look down and see his own d*** without the help of a mirror. Sorry, but I'm just not physically attracted to big guys, so if you are one and I otherwise like you I will be your friend, just don't get your hopes up for more. Long hair and tattoos are a plus, but not in any way mandatory. It's hard for me to find guys who can keep up with me when it comes to strength and intensity of spirit, but it doesn't hurt to try.
Movies: Forbidden Zone, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, Big Fish, Spaceballs, Robin Hood Men in Tights, Tommy, etc. I like weird.
Books: The Other Bible, Wuthering Heights, 1984, The Jesus Factory, The Encyclopedia of Country Living, Prescriptions for Herbal Healing, etc.
Food: I'm pretty much a backwoods gourmet home cook. I'll go out to eat sometimes, but I mostly cook my own food from scratch. I'm far from perfect, but I try to eat as healthy as I can afford to. I like to incorporate wild and homegrown vegetables, wild mushrooms, and wild meat into my cooking whenever possible. Almost all my cookware is cast iron.
Music - It's a passion.
Fire - Other than its obvious usefulness to human civilization, fire is special to me on a spiritual level. Plus, I love to cook in cast iron over a fire in fire pit in the yard.
4x4 pickup truck - I need transportation, and a pickup truck with 4-wheel drive is a necessity for my lifestyle and my work.
Nature - I like my mountain holler in the wilderness, and though I don't mind visiting the city occasionally, I start to get really homesick if I have to spend too much time in civilization.
Freedom - I don't like being told what to do or how to live.
Animals - I'm a hermit, so my cat and my dogs are the best full-time companions I could ask for.
Now, here are six things that I don't really WANT to go without, but COULD if I needed to....
Electricity - Never had to go without it, but I imagine I could if I had to. I have a fire pit I can cook over, and a CD player that will run on batteries if necessary.
Running water - The well pump is electric, so if I'm without electricity, I'm also without running water. There's water in the creek, and it's clean enough to wash stuff with, and I could boil it over the fire before drinking it.
Refrigeration - I've gone without a refrigerator for about a year before, just to prove to myself that I could. I'd have to eat less meat in the summer, and eat cheese and fresh vegetables within a few days, but it's doable.
Internet - I've gone without it before, and could do it again if I had to.
Sex - I've gone almost 2 years without it before. It's not that I don't enjoy it, but it's one of those things that's out of sight out of mind. I'd rather have quality than quantity, so if really good sex isn't available, I'd rather go without than have mediocre sex.
A romantic relationship - Do I *want* a romantic relationship? Yes. But I've spent more of my life single than in relationships, and I would rather be alone than with the wrong person. Again, it's a matter of quality over quantity.