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27 M Laramie, WY

My Details

Last Online
Apr 14
6′ 1″ (1.86m)
Body Type
Strictly anything
Atheism, and laughing about it
Graduated from university
Rather not say
Relationship Status
Seeing Someone
Relationship Type
Strictly monogamous
Doesn’t have kids, but might want them
Has dogs and likes cats
English (Poorly), Spanish (Poorly)

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My self-summary
Howdy, hola, guten tag, aloha, konichiwa, hej, smile, bow, et cetera...

My name is Andrew.

[The following is to be rapped to the tune of "Alphabet Aerobics" by Blackalicious and accompanied by theremin and an 808 banjo.]

I like strong weather but I don't smoke. I'm reader and a writer; tho' I'm slow at the first and no good at the second. I like to work with my hands. I’m raising ducks and rabbits (and, soon, bees!) for food and the education.

I have a passport and know how to use it. But at the moment I'm a traveler enjoying one spot. I've been hit by a car and I've been mugged. I won, both times.

I'm hyper-critical of modern and contemporary culture (esp. post Descartes, that ass). I actively seek constructive criticism, with an eye to self improvement and eventual release from samsara (ha); though I would take the Bodhisattva Vow, if I believed in such things. I'm honest. I'm caring, empathetic and compassionate. I think therapy is great and that the stigma towards it is just another symptom of our collective illness. (Not that I'm in therapy. I'm just an admirer of the craft.)

I'm open minded, but not so-much-so that my brain fell out along the way. I don't believe in yeti, conspiracy theories or astrology. I don't believe in god, unless you count us, which I do. Thou art that, being.

The beautiful, fragile and temporary nature of our existence is the source of my hope.

I'm a compulsive list maker. I fly fish, hunt, bike, run, hike, camp, garden and other blue-sky-starry-night-storm-cloud stuff.

I have a few, really good friends, rather than the opposite. I'm like Eleanor Roosevelt: I'd rather talk about ideas than things or people. (Tho' I have a lot of ideas about humane infrastructure and sustainable building. Things (and actions) are often the embodiment of ideas and beliefs, acknowledged or not.)

I value ongoing debate and dialogue over conclusions (but abhor relativism). I am an aspiring meditator. I am scientifically literate but definitely more of a groupie than a roadie, and certainly not in the band. I believe it's possible to have wrong opinions. I believe context is everything but, like I said, I detest moral shapeshifting (relativism). Morals are not fashion statements. Granted, the zeitgeist may move slowly across generations, but in one's puny lifetime, one ought to pick something and stick to it, no? When necessary, update your thinking; don't be a fascist.

I believe the Earth's biome is in jeopardy due to human activity. I am motivated to reduce my footprint on this fragile place so that I can face my (currenty hypothetical) children without shame.

When I was a kid I wanted to be an astronaut and a cowboy and, having achieved both of those goals, everything from here-on-out is just philanthropy and gravy.

All of which is merely a circuitous, inconvenient, purple way of saying that I'm not bored or boring and that I have a lot of love to give.

Live long, prosper and quote Spock.

This profile is long-winded by design, not accident. I thought I'd give you something more to go on, rather than less. I state things strongly here but it's not to intimidate or come across as an incurable hard-case. I do it to give you something to chew on, other than the usual boilerplate profile platitudes. I'm sweet, personable and approachable, I promise. ;)

Of course, if you're into the whole, you know, brevity thing, check out my other profile: Bohisattva. It's the Reader's Digest version of this one. :P
What I’m doing with my life
At the moment I am enjoying a beautiful summer in Laramie Valley.

In the next five years, I see myself turning this little neglected house from the 1800s back into a working, (albeit urban) farm. (Fingers crossed on the finances.) I'm going to install a green-house and geo-thermal heating, solar panels and all the rest of the eco-chic baubles. The main goal being sustainability. And moreover, if I can do it in Laramie Valley's harsh winter conditions, I can do it anywhere. I like to lead by example.

I also work some.
I’m really good at
Humility and modesty. Especially the humility part. ;)

Bipartisan, non-denominational, unapologetic but constructive cultural criticism. I try to keep my blind-spots small and my biases in check. (Which probably means the blind spots I do have are that much worse... Know thyself, someone said. Good luck, I say.)

I have an eye for design and how things work (or how things aren't designed and fail to work, as the case may be). I am fascinated by systems, cybernetics and integration. I have pretty okay statistical ... intuition? I suppose these are more areas-of-interest than things I'm good at.

Laughing at myself. And others. And then myself again. :P
The first things people usually notice about me
The parrot I've trained to do all my lines in James Mason's voice.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Nabokov, Twain, Orwell, Huxley, Heller, Robbins, Hemingway, Conrad, Vonnegut, Watts, Deida, truth dig, UTNE, Mother Jones, National Geographic, Al Jazeera, NPR, BBC, Democracy Now.

Honorable mentions: Charles Kettering, Brene Brown and William Barrett.

If you're frustrated with society: Neil Postman, Zinn.
If you're worried about your children: John Taylor Gatto.
If you're worried about your grand children: Stewart Brand.

If you're human: The Tao Te Ching, Lao-Tzu.

Alien, Life of Brian, Seven Samurai, Lonely Are the Brave, Hero, Mars Attacks, Le Notti Bianche. Samsara, Baraka, the "Qatsi" trilogy, et cetera. Food Inc., King, Corn, Forks over Knives, Gasland, et cetera.

(Incomplete, no order. Favorites are unhealthy. Whatever suits the mood. Horror movies are a no-fly-zone tho'; the human condition is horrific enough. No reason to amp it up. Plus, I'm a big fat scaredy cat; I have to cover my eyes and that's embarrassing.) ; )

I don't have cable and I don't watch shows. 'Archer' is totally ninja, however. Ha.

Izzard, Louie, Hedberg, Monty Python, Calvin and Hobbes, The Far Side. (I won't draw a line in the sand, but if you don't understand Gary Larson or the Pythons then we might not have compatible humors, sooo... fair warning?)

My taste in music is awesome! Behold, some examples: Cash. Zeppelin. Louis Armstrong. Ella Fitzgerald. Django Reinhardt. Thelonious Monk. DJ Shadow. DJ Krush. An-ten-nae. UNKLE. Dean Martin. Major Force West. Jurassic 5. The Wallflowers. Muddy Waters. The Kills. Jack White. Plastikman. Portishead. Phutureprimitive. Phaeleh. Glitchmob. Francisco Tarrega is on the rise.

Cello is my classical kryptonite. I also dig on Ninjatune, Solid Steel, BeatPort, Soundcloud, pandora,, on-and-on, m-nus, and so on, and so forth.

Whoever you listen to, you should hit me up on Pandora: abowler.

I like to cook, bake and, in general, luxuriate in the true fruits of my labors. Not that I'm any good at knowing how to spice a dish and whatnot, but I have fun at it anyway. I specialize in breakfast because it's my favorite (and it's the simplest). And pies because they're my favorite. Too. O_O

One day I will build myself the perfect kitchen and then spend even more time in there. I raise rabbits for meat and ducks for meat and eggs. No successful garden yet but that's on the horizon for spring, for sure [EDIT: success! Huzzah!]. I'd like to achieve complete self-sufficiency for at least a couple of years... but I'd settle for a regional diet in the long run. Food is a big topic.... too big for this little box. Ask me about it.
The six things I could never do without
High quality basics (food, water, air, etc), mindfulness, community (kids, elders, family, friends, place), physical touch, emotional and intellectual depth, and compassion.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Every decision is ethically critical. Nothing we do fails to ripple outward and affect the world around us. "Everything is hitched to everything else", said someone smart.

Intentional communities. Earthships. Infrastructure. The pale blue dot. Steady-state economics. Greenhouses and aquaponics. The suburban-military-industrial-congressional-complex. What to do about it all.

How do we reduce our consumption and increase meaning?

How do we scrape together a fulfilling existence in a culture and society which directly frowns upon leading a meaningful life? The expectation is continuous, numbing consumption. How do we extirpate this deeply engrained conditioning from ourselves first, and our culture thereafter?
On a typical Friday night I am
Reading a book and walking my dog. Working in the wood-shop with the guys. Camping / fishing / hunting (although, not to much effect but relaxation). Soaking up minerals at the Hobo pool.

I go to the bar with friends once in a blue moon. I only enjoy myself if real conversation can be found tho'. The best place to find conversation is in one's own kitchen, in my limited experience. And things tend to get better if we to migrate to the fire pit in the backyard.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
OkTrends and dub-stepper comments on youtube are hilarious.
There, I said it.

If you want something more profound you'll have to drop me a line. :P
I’m looking for
  • Straight girls only
  • Ages 22–32
  • Near me
  • Who are single
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating
You should message me if
...if you are committed to cultivating your self and the world around you...
...if are a fellow traveler,
...and if you have a lot of love to give.

Also, less seriously, if you're down to chase single-track on foot, wheel or hoof; if you have a fly-rod (or a dress) and want to catch dinner; if you know how to garden (and are a patient teacher); if you do anything unique or adventurous and would like a partner (I'll try anything once); if you would rather discuss than talk; if you would rather dance sober than drunk.

Also, if you just want to meet for coffee or to grab a beer and hang out. That's always good too. :)

About you:
Please be sane. And healthy.
I care for my mind and body, you should too.

Please be more-than-okay with dogs. Lola has a *big* personality.

Please be as beautiful on the inside as you are on the outside. I have the confidence to know I am worthy of love and affection; you should feel the same about yourself.

Please be emotionally available and capable of vulnerability. While this is not required off-the-bat, I do know that I need someone who would rather open up, rather than bottle up.

Of course, with all this stuff, I am careful not to expect anything of anyone which I do not expect of myself.

I will not be sending many messages out.
I've looked into the insane imbalance on this site and I don't want to add to it. Nor am I keen on being tossed out with the trash. I deserve better than that.

So, if you think there's some overlap going on between your type and my type, you should get in touch.

I will be 'dating' multiple people at any given time. I'm being quaint, not slutty, I assure you. Like the 50s. Or the Amish. (Which means ladies... I am very sorry to announce: no sexy time, in the meantime.)

Leastwise, I'm not looking for commitment or anything terribly serious right away. Let's spend the time it takes to become friends first.

All that said, I want monogamy and commitment. This is me approaching that goal from a new perspective.

. . . of course, we can get serious as events warrant.



Wherever you are and whatever path you are on, fellow human, namaste.