Fun fact: The scariest night of my life involved solo hiking in Corsica, torrential rain, near-freezing temperatures, and a wild boar outside my tent.
I'm a chivalrous feminist, and I don't care if that's a contradiction in terms.
I am confident, but you'll find me making fun of myself rather than pounding my chest. I am a sensitive, compassionate guy who loves animals. I love cycling, hiking, and camping. I follow politics and social justice efforts. I have a sarcastic, sometimes (okay, often) politically incorrect sense of humor (that won't come across in this profile). When I'm comfortable with people (and sometimes when I'm not) I am goofy as shit. And I think the fiddle is both the saddest and the most beautiful instrument in the world.
On nice days (and even on not-so-nice days) I like to walk this city from end to end. After eight years here I'm still amazed at what I can find.
I grew up working on my family's farms in a town of 700 people just minutes from the Canadian border where January nights regularly dip to minus-20 without the windchill. I miss the peace and quiet and the howl of coyotes through the valley on moonless nights.
I believe in the power of positive touch. I believe in the strength of shared experiences.
I've traveled through much of Europe and am trying to figure out how to get back there and where to go (maybe Croatia or Ireland). My favorite places in the world are the Adirondack Mountains, Krakow in the evening after a light snow, Berlin, Death Valley, and the Bavarian Alps. But I can find something to like about almost anywhere I go.