I love exploring, and would enjoy having a partner in crime for continued adventures, both big and small, urban and wild, domestic and foreign. I’m fascinated by and revel in the absurdity in this world and the brilliance simultaneously. I believe living a full and amazing life involves stepping out of my comfort zone (hopefully you do that too) and I try to do this regularly. I’ve been characterized by my friends and family as curious, imaginative, playful, "the guy you want to be seated next to randomly at a wedding or on a flight somewhere" and “really just someone that’s super fun to hangout with.” Most of my former students describe my sense of humor and the value I place on laughter as one of my best strengths.
I appreciate spontaneity and variety and relish evenings spent out with good friends and good food, as well as more low-key and intimate ones at home cooking for two. I find pleasure in simple things—sunrises, lightning bugs, the sound of moving water, a photo that makes you stop in your tracks, random acts of kindness, a good chai or margarita, stopping on a run to smell some roses in an adjacent garden.
I believe in “chemistry” and serendipity and being open to the people that come in and out of our lives. There isn’t so much a “what I’m looking for” in a partner but more so someone that I’m inspired by to be a better “me” and someone that likes who they are in my presence. If there was such a thing as an 'ideal match', these are traits I consistently find completely irresistible (but are by no means a checklist)….a warm and generous spirit, an affinity for silliness/laughter, adventurous, she loves the outdoors and can easily laugh at herself. She can also laugh at me if she wants, but laughing with each other would be the best case scenario. She is curious, enjoys talking about anything and everything, confident and can have a good time spontaneously.
-being silly and playful
-enjoying the company of others
-coming up with imaginative ways to get my niece & nephew to eat green foods (Evil Broccoli Hand has been working wonders recently),
-not taking myself too seriously (as you might guess with the Evil Broccoli Hand)
-working with my hands
Favorites: The Life of Pi, Mountains Beyond Mountains, The Last American Man, Orbiting the Giant Hairball, Ultramarathon Man Favorite authors: Ed Abbey, Mary Oliver, Feynman, Michael Pollan, Jon Krakauer, Terry Tempest Williams, Wendall Berry, Tom Robbins, Pema Chodron, Nassim Taleb, Michael Lewis, Murakami, Ken Robinson.
Music: Probably the best description would be "bluegrass-folk-singer-songwriter-acoustic-americana-indie rock-alt-country-ish" type music. I grew up in a musical family in Nashville (where it's sort of difficult to get away from music) so I appreciate all kinds....what's been playing lately. Amos Lee, Mason Jennings, The Waifs, bluegrass music, Gillian Welch, Todd Snider, Josh Ritter, The Avett Brothers, Van Morrison, Jack Johnson, Norah Jones, Keb Mo, Lyle Lovett, Paul Simon
Television: I haven't owned a television in 15 years, but I'm pretty sure if I did, I'd watch The Daily Show and Colbert everyday. used to love Flight of the Concords.
Radio: This American Life, Mountain Stage, PHC, Etown, Radiolab, Cartalk, City Arts and Lectures, Commonwealth Club talks, Invisbilia
Movies: The Intouchables, Wild, Hector and the Search for Happiness, The Princess Bride, Shawshank Redemption, Amelie, The Gods Must Be Crazy, 180 Degrees South, documentaries, everything at the Banff Mountain Film Festival or MountainFilm, 35.
-Mountains and oceans (maybe its really just wide open spaces)
-fresh guacamole and chips
-sleeping under the stars
-architecture and design
-how to make this world a better place.
-how exactly do we lose touch with our playful/creative/artistic sides
-what the next adventure will be...where to go? what to do?
-what kind of wind is there out on the bay right now.
-you think we have some shared interests.
-you're silly and playful...perhaps generous with your energy.
-you like to be outside....and maybe you like the water just as much as I do?
-and, the idea of sailing around the world might be something you'd consider (someday)