I'm whiz-bang smart, cute as a bug (actual bugs might differ in their aesthetic preferences), and freakin' hilarious (according to my friends). Also, modest. I like to think of myself as kind and empathetic. Although I do tend to chatter a lot while playing ping-pong, I'm trying to become a better person. At one point, this involved volunteer work raking hay in a swamp in the Netherlands. Except for the swamp part, it was awesome. Actually, even the swamp wasn't that bad.
I like[d] playing soccer and ultimate with friends because I like community and working towards a common goal (not playing either now while I work back from an injury). Admittedly, the goal in ultimate is to throw and catch a frisbee, which doesn't do too much for the world but is a lot of fun. My soccer skills are developing -- I've scored twice [edit: three times, whoo hoo!], one of which was even in the other team's goal. On occasion I tag along to the rock gym with friends in a fruitless search (on my part) for V-minus-1 bouldering routes. Sometimes I go snowboarding; sometimes I fall down; usually I combine the two. Outside of the country, I'm willing to try new things: surfing and scuba diving in Australia, sky diving and bungy jumping in New Zealand. My understanding was that the water in Australia is less wet, and the ground in New Zealand is less hard. What I most want to do again, however, is probably go snorkeling; and if we're lucky, like I was in Kauai this spring, not just see an eel (super cool!) but hear a whale (!!!). I have not run a marathon, or a half marathon, or a quarter marathon. I have run around Green Lake a few times, sometimes even in succession. I hope to run in costume in the Fremont summer 5K again, probably as a cow. (Right now, I'm working back from an injury and a layoff by walking in Hamlin Park -- which is so incredibly awesome, I can't believe I am lucky to live six blocks from it). I do a little hiking now and then. I love looking out from my new (rental) house at the trees, and flowers, and hummingbirds, and my super cool stump (super cool because of the moss growing on it, as well as the little pine tree growing *out* of it!). I went to Costa Rica on an adventure tour, where I hoped to have adventures. It turns out I like adventures, except those involving inflatable kayaks. Adventures make better stories, but a big chunk of the time I want to curl up and read books or watch movies or talk with friends. Of course, talking with friends after you've backpacked up to Green Park in Rainier is super sweet.
I also like to nap, and lie under trees after running around, and read, and have brunch and potluck dinners with friends, and watch movies. I consume live music in moderation. I like games where essentially everyone is a winner, like Cranium, with the exception of the Humdinger questions, which only exist to provide contrast to all that is beautiful and good in the world. I like wilderness, if by wilderness you mean New Zealand, where the most dangerous animal I saw was a freshwater eel. I like swimming in pools underneath waterfalls, preferably unaccompanied by freshwater eels. I like the sense of community created when people do yoga together. Particularly when doing savasana.
Relationship, comma, considerations relevant to. When Sheryl Crow sings "are you strong enough to be my man," I want to be able to say yes. Summary of what I'm looking for: long-term relationship, or at least the possibility of one; someone to support you in tough times, and visa-versa; someone you're willing to sacrifice for, but talk it out first because maybe there's an option better for both; and, ultimately, someone where if I run my fingers through her hair and bend down to kiss her neck, that's really everything I want in that moment. Later, let's look at the stars together somewhere outside of the city, and when it gets cold, or rainy, go back to curl up in a cabin (ideal) or a tent (that's fine too) or some sort of luxury type thing (although that doesn't seem to fit with the whole stars bit), or under a tarp, I guess (but I hope we planned better than that). Smarts, compassion, kindness, energy, and socially liberal politics are all key. Also, a desire to share long weekends in a cabin on Orcas Island, naps on lazy Sunday afternoons, empathy when life is rough, skipping out of work early to enjoy sunny days, standing under waterfalls in Costa Rica, and the last piece of toasted bread with a fig on it. Unless you're allergic to figs, in which case we can order something else. If you're cute as a bug, and our aesthetic sensibilities match, that would be a major bonus.
Oh, and it helps if you're not actually an imaginary tiger.