Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
I think one of the best-kept secrets in Washington are the old
mountaintop fire lookouts that you can stay in. Abandoned 40 years
ago after the job of fire-monitoring got taken over by satellites,
they're now wilderness first-come-first-served cabins, usually with
a bed, a stove, and a few well-worn paperbacks--not to mention the
killer views of the mountains out the panoramic windows.
My soul is refreshed each time I stay in a lookout. Not only is
being outdoors a refreshing break from work and from city life for
me, but the simplicity and clarity of the space--just 12x12
feet--reminds me how one can live basically and still be fulfilled.
Far from being feeling claustrophic, the low ceilings encourage me
not to look up and be in awe of the structure itself, but instead
to look out at the lands surrounding.
The weather at lookouts is variable. The last time I went, heavy
fog obsured the view of Mt Baker, only a few miles distant. One of
my favorite books, "A Pattern Language", advises the builder not to
put in large picture windows in a building, for fear that a
beautiful view, seen everyday, will become pedestrian. Instead it
advises constructing small windows that one will look though in
passing. The visitor will cultivate the perfect view in his mind,
this platonic mental image fed by brief glimpses of the real thing.
But the danger of large picture windows making views commonplace
aren't a danger with Washington lookouts: even with windows on all
four sides, nature keeps its curtains closed most of the year.
After a foggy evening and rainy night, we awoke to a sunrise view
of Mt Baker and the Twin Sisters standing above a sea of clouds.
What I’m doing with my life
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Believe it or not, I have a life outside of fire lookouts!
I work as a user experience researcher, observing people using our
website, and making recommendations on how to make the website
easier to use.
I climb and ski a couple times a week.
I've lived in India, Canada, Mexico, Taiwan, and Germany.
For five years, I used to rent a room on an urban farm where I
raised chickens and vegetables. Then I bought a house this
summer--where I live when I'm not visiting a lookout!
I’m really good at
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Inventing my own ice cream recipes. I'm a pretty good cook. I enjoy
designing water fountains and photographing water ripples.
The first things people usually notice about me
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That I spend almost all my time doing things that make me happy,
and I spend very little time doing or thinking of things that
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Favorite bike ride: Ballard to Downtown via the rail yards
Favorite city: Toronto
Favoite dish: Grilled black cod (saikoyaki)
Fiction: Russian short stories
Artists: Andy Goldsworthy, James Turrell
Touristy place: Hampi
Lens: Canon 70-200 f/4 L
Classical composer: Shostakovich
Subjects on Wikipedia: Subway systems, religion, linguistics
Character in Catch-22: Orr
Pixar Movie: Monsters Inc
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
I feel like I live pretty simply. I try to limit my material
possessions to things that have an ongoing creative or recreational
purpose. I'd like to believe that even if everything was taken away
from me, that I'd still be able to live, persevere, and be
Except my iPhone. You can pry it from my cold, dead hands.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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I dislike camping. (Lookouts don't count, of course!)
You should message me if
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You are a warm, outgoing, and engaged person!
You like the outdoors. You like to eat good food. You're creative
and crafty. You're extremely down-to-earth. You know where your
life is going, and your passionate about what you do.
You think of a question to ask me.
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