I seem to run into more transplants than natives to this area, and we all have our own stories as to what brought us here. 95% is for work. I suppose I’m part of that 95% too, but that was an indirect result. I'm thinking that describing what brought me to the great Pacific Northwest might paint a decent picture of who I am:
-It’s awesome that some days I can’t turn into my work because there is a train of people running, cycling, walking, and skating past the entrance to the parking lot. I’m more used to people who have a violent allergy to exercise involving fits of rage and complete loss of control of their Hoveround. My toes are just now starting to recover.
-I still get a kick out of people who ask me if I survived my first winter here. I come from a mystical place where breathing will crystallize your lungs in the winter and wither your lungs into shoe leather in the summer. This place has the best weather I’ve ever experienced!
-There are more outdoor activities here than I can count (it might be because I'm really bad at math), and I want to try them all! I’m unfamiliar with such things because back home outdoor activities were exclusively limited to getting drunk in a tree while shooting at fuzzy things and parking in the back of the parking lot and “hiking” to the all you can eat buffet.
-Skiing is everywhere, and that’s just awesome! I finally have my own pair of short skis, and look forward actively trying to maim myself on some epic jump Evel Kinevel style that will inevitably become the highest grossing pay-per-view event of all time. If not on the slops, then BASE jumping with a wingsuit.
If any of these things are up your alley I think we'll get along nicely!
Exercise and health are some of the greatest things in life, but I’m also a fantastically huge nerd too! I used to hide my nerdery, but I've become proud to be a geek in recent years. This translates into game nights at a local game shop, pulling together awesome costumes of my favorite characters, and geeking out over the next Hobbit movie! I may or may not have flown down to Austin, TX to visit a friend just to see the first one at the Alamo Drafthouse where I could eat Hobbit themed food and drink steins of mead through the entire movie. Admit your jealousy!
Cooking amazing and elaborate meals is one of my four greatest passions in life! I have also developed a fondness for finding the perfect wine or beer pairings with the foods I make. So much so I've started brewing my own beer to get just the right match for a meal...okay, so, 5 gallons of beer made just to get one bottle for a perfect pairing may be overkill, but it's so worth it! I'm sure I'll start making wine one day soon too.
Lastly, I’m a physical therapist and love my job to death. I’m lucky they pay me to do this, because I would (and often do) do it for free. I genuinely believe I exist to improve the lives of others. I do get side-tracked easily, though. I imagine I’ll retire early to become a chef!