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marklark0821

29 M Washington, DC

My Details

Last Online
Today – 4:05pm
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
White
Height
6′ 0″ (1.83m)
Body Type
Average
Diet
Vegan
Smokes
No
Drinks
Socially
Drugs
Never
Religion
Atheism, but not too serious about it
Sign
Taurus, but it doesn’t matter
Education
University
Job
Other
Income
Relationship Status
Single
Relationship Type
Offspring
Doesn’t have kids, but might want them
Pets
Likes dogs and likes cats
Speaks
English, German (Poorly)

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My self-summary
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 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 seven years here I'm still amazed at what I can find.

I grew up working on my family's farms in a town of 900 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.
What I’m doing with my life
I work every day to get chimpanzees, monkeys, dogs, and other adorable and not-so-adorable animals out of laboratories. In other words: I oversee staff at a non-profit that tries to replace the use of animals in experimentation. It's serious work, but I know better than to carry that seriousness with me everywhere I go.
I’m really good at
Finding true north wherever I am (indoors or outdoors) and not getting lost
Cooking
Comparing whiskeys
Trivial Pursuit
Keeping food away from bears
Planning trips
Singing along to the Counting Crows' agonizing melodies
Hanging things on walls
Pretending I know how to play guitar
Giving gifts
Monopoly (I'm ruthless)
Surprising people
Finding Stendal on a map of Germany (because I used to live there)
Throwing parties.
The first things people usually notice about me
I will probably break the ice by buying them a drink or making a joke that seems inappropriate (though harmless) considering we just met.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Salvador Dali and Scrabble

READING: The Economist, The New York Times, anything by Steinbeck. 1491, Hemingway's "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place," 1493, The Dreaded Comparison, Stephen King, anything on Irish history, In the Garden of Beasts, One World: The Ethics of Globalization, NPR (just as good as reading), East of the Mountains, Savages, Hunter S. Thompson. I just bought a biograhy of Andrew Jackson (American Lion) and can't wait to start it.

Monty Python

LISTENING: Old Crow Medicine Show, the Tragically Hip, The Decemberists, Johnny Cash, Neutral Milk Hotel, Bill Withers, Silversun Pickups, B.B. King, Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, 90s music (grunge, post-grunge, and even 90s pop--those were the days), At the Drive-In, The Postal Service, Frightened Rabbit, Arcade Fire, Pearl Jam, The National

WATCHING: The West Wing, Friday Night Lights, The Walking Dead, Homeland, Tim Burton's early stuff, MASH, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Stanley Kubrick, Hitchcock, most terrible B horror films, Danny Boyle, Terrence Malick, Flight of the Conchords, Parks and Recreation, Veep, Mad Men, Louis CK, Party Down, The Wire, Arrested Development, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad

The Red Sox and the Ravens

EATING: Thai, Vietnamese, Sweetgreen salads, Everlasting Life, Lebanese, vegan cheesecake, real New York-style bagels (I know of only two places in the DC area to get them), and messy burgers at places like Great Sage, Smoke and Barrel, and Founding Farmers.

Port wine, peaty scotch, rye whiskey, and IPA.
The six things I could never do without
My hiking boots, the smell of autumn, mashed potatoes, a job that allows me (in some small way) to make the world a better place, mountain lakes, and non-human animal friends.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How much harder (and annoying) it must be for women on OKCupid; social justice issues; why they let Adam Sandler keep making movies; how it took Josh and Donna seven seasons to get together; did I break my foot? I think I broke my foot; and which buildings would make for the best defense against a zombie attack.
On a typical Friday night I am
Trying to leave the office by 6:00 pm. Then going to the gym (I love the gym on Friday evenings; it's so empty!). Then going to a movie or dinner or drinks with friends--or going home and ordering food and watching something on Netflix.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
After 2.5 years at the University of Rochester I decided not to return to my studies. I left school to oversee a nonprofit that was raising awareness about factory farming. It was the best learning experience of my life. And it allowed me to land a job at an organization where I've worked for nearly eight years and risen through the ranks.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 24–36
  • Near me
  • Who are single
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating
You should message me if
First of all, do NOT message me if you're just going to say "Hey, you're hot" or "I like your body." I'm so sick of women objectifying me on OKCupid. (That's a joke, by the way.)

Message me if you like to explore new places and travel, want to play Jenga, enjoy trivia nights, love cuddling in front of a fire on a cold night (fire not included), want to discuss international politics, want to jump into a chilly lake, love (or hate) kale, and/or love miniature golf.

Also, message me if you know where this line comes from: "Some hate the English. I don't. They're just wankers. We, on the other hand, are colonized by wankers. Can't even find a decent culture to be colonized by."