Still, it's nice to be home in Cascadia.
You can see pictures from my ride around Europe and other travels on my Facebook profile, for those who are interested.
I've been told that I'm an ESTJ (Determined Realist), apparently. From what I've read, that seems pretty accurate. More recently, however, I've also heard ISTP (Individualistic Doer) to be fairly fitting. In that respect, I consider myself to somewhat oxymoronically be both a strong extrovert and a strong introvert.
Maybe I'll think of something clever to write here. Until then, here are the facts:
I'm 6'3" (190 cm), and I also cycle year-round. Let's just say that up to 10,000 miles a year keeps me in very good shape. I spent the summer of '09 cycling 2,500 miles solo around Washington and down the coast to Mexico for charity. In '10, I decided to cycle 4,200 miles solo across the country to NYC. In '13, I covered 5,600 km across 12 European countries. In six years, I've managed to put over 30,000 miles on my bike and have no plans to stop.
Enough about me, why don't you contact me so I can get to know more about you?
My current career plans center around licensure as a professional transportation engineer, followed by going back to school to get my Masters in Urban Planning. I am also excited to serve the next few years as a member of a local Bicycle and Pedestrian Citizen Advisory Committee, helping to shape the Portland Metro Area's multi-modal future.
Beyond furthering my career, I also enjoy my side job getting paid to bike around and drink beer. Would you like to join me for a drink?
My best friends would say I'm a great conversationalist, both with friends, as well as strangers.
I have nearly photographic memory when it comes to maps. Let's just say I never get lost. A friend once told me, "You're better than Google Maps."
I'd like to agree, at least for the Portland Metro Area. If you're as big a fan of maps as I am, I've got a small collection I'd love to show you.
Feel like joining me for a bike ride, hike, or camping trip while the weather is so nice?
An older woman once came up to me and told me, "Every time I see you walking around, I think you look like an archaeologist." I think I'll take that as a compliment.
What is something that people are surprised to find out about you?
I've been driving longer than I've been cycling regularly. At the same time, I ride more monthly than I've ever driven. Also, most people have no idea how old I am. Let's just say I drink alcohol for a living, and I've rarely been carded.
What kind of person are you attracted to?
Someone better, smarter than I am. You, perhaps?
How far will you travel to hang out with someone?
Well, I've cycled from Portland to the Seattle area in a day. Give me a few weeks and I can meet you in Mexico. I managed to cycle across the country in six weeks on only a couple hundred dollars, so nothing is too far, but ideally, anyone in the Portland metropolitan area is a fantastic bet; if you're near a major airport, that works too.
What is your idea of a good time?
55 and sunny: cycling in the middle of nowhere, free from time constraints and worries.
― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Big fan of Ken Kesey.
My favorite movie, hands down, is The Graduate.
“Maybe I'm spending too much of my time starting up clubs and putting on plays. I should probably be trying harder to score chicks.”
—Max Fischer, Rushmore
Wes Anderson films are great too.
I don't watch much TV, but who doesn't love Broad City, Girls, Arrested Development, or the Flight of the Conchords? Beyond that, I tend to stick to more educational programs.
Looking at my recent iTunes plays, I've got Beck, Blind Pilot, The Clash, The Dandy Warhols, and the Shins featuring prominently, if that gives you a clue.
♪♫♪If you want detail, my favorites fall into a few categories♪♫♪
From the 60s: The Beatles, The Who, The Doors, The Animals, The Kinks, The Band, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, and Jimi Hendrix.
I've got an original pressing of The Doors from 1967, even.
Then there are a few bands like U2, REM, and the B-52s; many bands from the 80s such as Simple Minds, Talking Heads, Men Without Hats, Pixies, Tears for Fears, Alphaville, The Smiths, The Police, Duran Duran, Madness, Depeche Mode, etc.
Plenty from the 90s: Oasis, Third Eye Blind, Nirvana, Blind Melon, Beck, The Verve, Semisonic, The Dandy Warhols, Elliott Smith, etc.
As for more recent (often indie) stuff, I like Regina Spektor, Missy Higgins, Goldfrapp, Andrew Bird, Vampire Weekend, Wolfmother, Fleet Foxes, Sufjan Stevens, Belle & Sebastian, Band of Horses, Guster, The Raconteurs, The White Stripes, The Decemberists, Tarkio, The Shins, and Broken Bells, to name some of my favorites.
Don't forget classic Portland bands: The Shins, The Decemberists, Everclear, The Dandy Warhols, Elliott Smith, Blind Pilot, and newcomers such as Snowblind Traveler and Those Willows.
and really not too much else.
Maybe some cheese too.
If I could only eat one type of food for the rest of my life, it would be: Couscous. I spent entire summers on it already. Any type of pasta will do, really. That, and cheese; lots of cheese.
“Too often I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen.” —Louis L'Amour
Or if we match well; that works too.
Actually, almost any good reason will do. Try me.
Also, I'm interested in people from anywhere, so feel free to message me regardless of your location. Remember when it used to list looking for pen pals? I've got friends on every continent, and I'm always down for some international correspondence.