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Winsling

35 M Portland, OR

My Details

Last Online
Yesterday – 7:38pm
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
White
Height
6′ 4″ (1.93m)
Body Type
Diet
Anything
Smokes
No
Drinks
Rarely
Drugs
Never
Religion
Agnosticism, and somewhat serious about it
Sign
Taurus, but it doesn’t matter
Education
Graduated from university
Job
Technology
Income
$100,000–$150,000
Relationship Status
Single
Relationship Type
Strictly monogamous
Offspring
Doesn’t have kids
Pets
Likes dogs and has cats
Speaks
English

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My self-summary
My life in a nutshell.

I was born in Oregon, and when I was five, my family moved overseas. I grew up there, and came back to the States for college. I graduated from Case Western back in 2000 with a degree in computer science, and I've been working as a programmer since then.



I moved back out to Portland a couple years ago. I like to think that Oregon has a Right of Return, like Israel.



I'm a programmer, and I have two cats which I've named Prozac and Zoloft. That should give you a pretty good idea about me.

What I’m doing with my life
I'm trying to take better care of myself. I've got a career that is challenging and fulfilling, but I realized I've sacrificed too much of myself to it. So, pull back a little bit, make time for the gym, and cooking (I'm a darn good cook), and make sure that I'll be around for the long haul. So far it's going well.

Update - by well, I mean I've lost sixty pounds. It's been interesting. I have decided I need something new to obsess over, so I'm learning the guitar. I've had it for a month and a half, and I've gotten so much more out of it than I expected to. I'm still terrible though. Don't worry, I won't subject you to it.
I’m really good at
Over the last year or so, I'm discovered I'm good at a lot of things I didn't think I was. I've always been good at the left-brain type stuff - math, analysis, programming, etc. I'm better than I expected (and better than I used to be) at meeting new people, seeing the other guy's point of view, and reading people's motivations. Of course, I use the latter abilities in Diplomacy and Werewolf rather than in any sort of useful fashion.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm very focused on whatever I'm doing at the time. At my last job, we hired a bunch of kids out of college this year, and when they got comfortable enough to open up, they commented, "Yeah, I didn't want to bother Greg because he was so intent on what he was doing. Sure, he was reading about wallabies on wikipedia, but it must have been important." Please note; reading about wallabies on wikipedia isn't in my job description.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Ai) Fiction- Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Neal Stephenson (though I found the Baroque Cycle a trifle... Baroque), George R.R. Martin, Timothy Zahn, some of David Weber and SM Stirling. I've recently discovered Charlie Stross, and I'm really digging him. I'm not as much into the singularity projections, but his spy/cthulu mythos mashup is brilliant.

ii) Non-Fiction- The Long Emergency; The Pragmatic Programmer (almost anything from the Pragmatic Bookshelf, actually); The Humane Interface; Nickle and Dimed; Guns, Germs, and Steel; Salt; The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat (which is terrifying in its own way)

B) Every good thing people have said about the Wire is true. I don't have the DVDs, because I don't feel a burning need to ever re-watch it. I do have the DVDs of Arrested Development. I could pretty much watch that on a loop.

C) Lately I've been listening to a lot of Blues. I tend to wander around genres a lot - there's something to appreciate in just about everything. Sometimes ironically.

I was at the 3/9 Red Molly concert and was just blown away. They're absolutely amazing together and individually.

D) Thai food, definitely. Mexican is also delightful, but that's been far easier to find so it's not as much of a treat. Or, anything I cook with friends. Friends make anything taste better.
The six things I could never do without
The best day to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best day is today.

Moderation in all things - including moderation.

Be the change you want to see in the world.

A monk had a vision of Hell, where the damned were tormented by delicious food that was out of reach. There were three foot long chopsticks, but they were a cruel joke - much too long to feed yourself with. Then he had a vision of Heaven. It was exactly the same, except in Heaven people fed each other.

Weightlifting never gets any easier. You just lift more weight.

You can't argue someone out of a position he didn't argue himself into.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How to work, "If we can hit that bull's-eye, the rest of the dominoes will fall like a house of cards...Checkmate!" into my next conversation
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I clean my cat's litter boxes more often than my toilets. See, when the toilet isn't cleaned to my standards, I don't go on the carpet.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 25–45
  • Near me
  • Who are single
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating
You should message me if
Damned if I know. I get along with some people that I have nothing in common with on paper, and some people I should click with rub me the wrong way. I think the only commonality among my friends is that they're passionate about something, and want to share it.

I'm looking for a partner to learn dance with - swing or ballroom type dancing. Or if you'd like to learn to rock climb, we could be belay buddies!