Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
I grew up in Baltimore and stopped off in many other places before
landing in Portland about 20 years ago. Does that make me a real
Portlander? Maybe, but I still get in trouble with my east coast
sarcasm. Then again, I left Baltimore when I was seventeen so I
guess west is edging out east. Does this matter? Apparently one of
the things "I am really good at" is rambling with a keyboard. Let's
just say that I love teasing the people I really care about (east)
but I know when to shut up and play nice (west).
I enjoy travel and reading. Education has always been a high
priority for me but I like to strike a balance between intellectual
and visceral pursuits. I am equally happy reading a good book or
surfing. While I love the physical experience of a tropical beach,
I also crave the cultural stimulation of an urban setting. Luckily,
I have friends in Hawaii and New York! Let's not forget Portland,
though - the adventure/culture mix here is like a stay-cation every
So I guess I am looking for someone who can really enjoy the
physical inspiration of outdoor adventure and follow up with a
discussion about the physics or poetry of that adventure at happy
Then there's the goofy part. Ideally we can pull this off without
ever taking ourselves too seriously. None of it is worthwhile
without humor and fun. I am a big fan of silliness and I like
hanging out with kids. Did I mention my kids?
I adore my two sons but I try not to be an annoyingly over-doting
parent. I exist very comfortably on an adult-to-adult level. But
the other adult should be comfortable with my status as half-time
I have been divorced for several years. That's significant because
the experts say that it takes a couple years for all the dust to
settle. I can say I feel pretty confident that the baggage has been
organized and securely stowed. Moving forward, I have simultaneous
feelings of eagerness and patience. I feel optimism for the future
while being comfortable in the present.
I have recently been doing more adventure/activity and it feels
fantastic. I'm excited to keep that going; and a few more good
conversations would hit the spot. Good fun is always better when
shared. I like being really engaged with someone - through
conversation, activity, or just proximity.
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
I studied political science, german, environmental education and
architecture. Yeah, I liked being a student. After school, I worked
in large architecture firms for a few years before switching to
I do spend a lot of time working but I have gotten more free time
since I have been single. I spend a lot of it self reflectively. I
think I have a pretty good handle on recognizing tendencies that
might lead to trouble. So - at the risk of sounding new age - I'm
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Listening when it is time to listen
Talking when it is time to talk.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
Vladimir Nabokov, Graham Greene, John Irving, Johnathan Franzen,
David Foster Wallace, Jane Austen, Hermann Hesse
Woody Allen, Cohen Brothers, Paul Thomas Anderson
Blues, Funk, Paul Simon, Black Joe Lewis, Soundgarden, Frank Zappa,
Soul Coughing, Rickie Lee Jones, David Bowie
Favorite Places: Portland, Copenhagen, New York, SF, London,
Monterosso, any tropical beach
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
a book or notebook
a good conversation
a sense of place
(family and friends go without saying)
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
tucking my kids into bed. But I am available three other nights a
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