afoodie
47 Berkeley, CA
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My self-summary
This summary is definitely a work in progress. If I wrote you a message and you just aren't interested, please tell me that. I'd much rather get a "no" than no answer at all.

I am a builder, a cook, a scientist, a teacher, a lawyer and as my dad used to say, infected with the blessing and curse of having too many interests.

I love a beautiful mind. The one thing that everyone I've ever been serious about has had in common is that they all are wicked smart and at least a little off-kilter.

I am never going to be a happy suburban guy. I love being in the city, I love visiting the country. I hate the land of the cul-de-sac.

I consider "weird" to be a compliment.
I am almost never boring, and I just don't do bored. For good or ill, I will always find a way to amuse myself.

What you see is what you get with me. I grew up the child of hippies and never learned to mask my true self from the rest of the world, as a result, I have often run into the reaction of "my goodness, if he's willing to show THAT to the world, what on earth is he hiding?" Answer: very, very little. I may, however, occasionally ask someone if they *really* want the answer to the question that they just asked.

I try to be honest *all* of the time. The hardest times are when I think that the truth will hurt, because I HATE to hurt people. And I still try to be honest ALL of the time.

Somehow, OKC seems to think that I am more kinky than I am liberal, which just seems backwards to me, even though I am GGG.
What I’m doing with my life
Trying to figure out what I am doing with my life.
I’m really good at
Translating between lay, scientific and legal english.
Explaining complicated ideas.
Putting together food that tastes good. At least most of the time.
Making a mess in the kitchen (see above entry).
Inadvertently being hilarious, often by sticking my foot in my mouth.
Trivia and arcana - I probably know too many little things about too many strange topics. This does, however, make it easier for me to find something to talk about with most anyone (note, I did say talk - I seem to do this better in person than through the keyboard). Also, if someone is put off by the way I know something about almost anything, it's a good bet that we wouldn't get along anyway.
The first things people usually notice about me
My height (quite tall) and my eyes, which make me look sleepy all of the time.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I tend to like good speculative fiction (SF & fantasy). Of course, good SF and Fantasy is hard to find, especially in TV and movies.
Lately, I have been reading Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series, which I find quite amusing, in a very punnish way.
For TV shows, I seem to have been sucked into a couple of the comic book based shows, which surprised me. I find that I am really liking both Agents of SHIELD (go Joss Wheadon) and Gotham. I am surprised because I was never much of a comic book fan.
I don't watch many movies, but I seem to like spy and heist thrillers. The Italian Job (both versions) comes to mind. I generally avoid RomComs. The last one that I can remember enjoying was When Harry met Sally.

Food, on the other hand, I could probably go on about for days. I like strong flavors, and am quite fond of spicy foods. for example, I probably go through a bottle of Huy Fong's Sriracha every month or two. I eat that s**t on everything.
When I go out, my favorites are probably Ethiopean, Korean and Thai. But I think that almost every culture has some really good food. I am also a big fan of things wrapped in a pastry shell. Pies, pasties, Jamaican patties, empanadas, various Chinese pastries (especially stuffed with Char Siu). I like sweet ones, I like savory ones. I even make a really good fried pie.
The six things I could never do without
Food that tickles the tastebuds
Long conversations about nothing in particular
Interesting-looking people
Pretty places to meander
Good things to read
Sex in any or all of its lovely multivariant forms
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What barriers I have put up that are now getting in my way, and how to overcome those barriers.

How to build a sustainable floating island - I kinda want to start my own country, and make it work by acquiring resources in less environmentally damaging ways than we do now.

How we can improve the world and how to convince others that it needs improving in the ways that I think it does.

Building things - furniture is my usual medium.
Cooking things. Also, fermenting things. I think that I'm going to start making mead again. I love the stuff and I miss having it around.

How amazing the world is.
On a typical Friday night I am
Cooking something, surfing the web or the TV, and/or thinking about what I should really be doing. My life has gotten too staid lately, that's part of why I'm here.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have herpes.
Even if you don't think so, you may well too. Eighty percent (yes 80%) of the carriers out there don't know that they have it.
There is now a type-specific herpes test available, but it isn't in the standard STD panel, you have to specifically ask for it.
Next time that you go to get tested (you get tested regularly, don't you?), ask for the type specific herpes test.
Don't just believe that you are clean, make sure.
You should message me if
You like to cuddle, you are interested in deep conversations, you like to try new food or you think that I'm cute. :-).
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