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aaronmbrown

26 M Portland, OR

My Details

Last Online
Today – 10:15am
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
White
Height
5′ 11″ (1.80m)
Body Type
Diet
Smokes
Drinks
Drugs
Religion
Sign
Education
Graduated from university
Job
Politics / Government
Income
More than $1,000,000
Relationship Status
Single
Relationship Type
Offspring
Pets
Likes dogs
Speaks
English (Poorly)

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My self-summary
There's that old parable that Oregonians are like salmon; after birth, we intrinsically feel the need to leave our friendly confines and try and make it out in the big ocean before we realize just how good we have it here and ultimately end up wriggling back upstream to the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia to reproduce and die. I'm not all that ready for mortality or progeny, but I have returned to our humble little Cascadian outpost after spending a couple years in the wholesome tundra of the Twin Cities, where I learned how to unfreeze a stubborn U-Lock with boiling water in the frosty winters. I like studying obscure wonky transportation policy, collecting Timbers scarves and meeting you, probably.

Zealously overeager and passionate about both my pet issues and social justice movements in general, I am also left-handed.
What I’m doing with my life
Navigating! After years of Portland nonprofit purgatory I landed what's more or less a dream gig being a foot soldier for democracy and youth engagement in politics. I'm pretty busy running around doing that dorky-but-earnest democracy thing, earning some karma points on my way towards a career in community development and advocacy, and hopefully on the forefront of one of those paradigm-shifting localist social/cultural revolutions making Portland's neighborhoods better places to live. Or, at the very least, finding ways to think/act critically about being an engaged citizen and a decent community member. I keep threatening to leave town again for a more grown-up degree or exciting job in urban planning or policy of some sort as part of the next chapter whenever I'm burnt out on the rain and the snobby baristas, but in all honesty, I love it here; I am quite content spending a few more years putting down roots and watching every nook and cranny of this quirky, scrappy, raucously independent little hometown of mine change over the years with all you folk moving around and starting businesses and painting murals and playing banjos in basements and building condominiums and all.
I’m really good at
Talking excitedly with my hands, genuinely meaning just about everything that i say, getting riled up, spreading infectious enthusiasm, learning about people, folding maps.
The first things people usually notice about me
most people notice that I am ten minutes late, I'm not nearly as charming in real life as I am on the internet (where I'm not particularly charming in the first place) and I that I predictably have coffee and/or bike-grease on about 60% of my clothes.

I mean well, though, and I'm usually laughing and wearing a big dumb grin.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Douglas Coupland is my favorite author, bar none. (He's Canadian, so I guess technically he's my "favourite" author. I'm into that postmodern soulsearching stuff.)
The Weakerthans (shoot, they're Canadian too.)
Frightened Rabbit
The Helio Sequence (Helping keep Beaverton respectable as a place of origin for over 15 years!)
Future Islands (Have you seen their Letterman performance? Holy smokes.)
American Splendor
I Heart Huckabees (of course I'd like a movie about a land-use activist fighting the corporate hegemon!)

And yes, The Wire is a seminal urban studies text that has profoundly changed my life, and I'd love to talk your ear off about it, hear what you have to say about it, or (re)watch all five seasons of it with you, should you be interested. In a perfect world, everyone would have a ready answer to the question, "Are you a Stringer or an Avon?" and I could successfully use this inquiry to start conversations at cocktail parties. I've also grown obsessed with Louie, and Broad City is fucking fantastic, although I'd rather be doing just about anything else other than extensively watching television. We live in Oregon, there's so much nature here! Go outside, a little rain never hurt anybody.

For what its worth, breakfast is the greatest meal, and it's the only thing I can cook, but man, I make it count. come over for brunch sometime.
The six things I could never do without
My beloved bicycle (streets are for people! I could and likely will talk your ear off about the importance of sidewalks, a cause I have grown to care deeply about in the past few years), an honest cup of coffee, a beat up camera, an endless supply of Dave's Killer Bread, and my Multnomah County library card.

Also, "things" are overrated anyway, right? Just give me a respectable campfire (either out in the woods or in a backyard) with some respectable friends and barely respectable beers and I'll be doing just fine.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
"How can we stroppy strangers live together without doing each other too much violence?"

Neighborhoods, streets, places, inclusive political movements, democracy, and how to make all of these things better, or at least tread through them at my own speed without fucking everything up too much while I go about my business trying to get said honest cup of coffee.

Also, beer, although I know next to nothing about the brewing process, and the Portland Timbers, my one true love in life, although historically they seem to know next to nothing about the winning process. As we sing after another shitty loss, "Always look on the bright side of life."
On a typical Friday night I am
Hopefully with some friends, smiling profusely, drinking slightly less profusely, sober enough to bike back up the hill, back up North Williams in that omnipresent, endearing Portland rain.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 23–31
  • Near me
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating
You should message me if
You should message me if your friends tease you for being too enthusiastic/earnest/outgoing/optimistic while also poking fun at your subscription to literary magazines/excessive bike grease on your clothes/insufferable activist streak.

I like smart people who enjoy thinking, feeling, talking, expressing, and doing with others. I just need to meet more people who are living inspired, deliberate lives, or at least people who just enjoy thinking about what that would look like while digging through their pockets for change at the laundromat. Ambition is a big plus, even if you haven't yet figured out exactly what you'll burn all that ambition on and it's not something hyper parents will approve of.

So yeah, are you left-handed too? You don't have to be, but you can tell me either way, if you want an excuse to break the ice.