When I'm home, I'm mostly working on my little ancient house in Oakland. As of this writing, I am spending part of each weekend finishing up the seismic retrofit in the crawlspace. We live in earthquake country. I'd rather be fascinated by the power and beauty of the Big One than wishing I'd done everything I could to keep my home safe. Update Finished. Now on to insulation in the bedroom!
I like planning bike tours and riding my bike for fun. A thirty or forty-mile ride in the hills is a great afternoon pleasure for me.
I spend about three days a week in Sacramento for work. I keep a small commuter apartment there. On weekends, I'm mostly around Oakland and Berkeley.
My partner and I are strictly poly. It has been working well for us for years now. When I say that I don't mean "we just sleep around".
I love climbing, mountaineering, birding, hiking, boating, and biking. I'm not much into down time--but I'm getting better at it. I think the city is an interesting place to visit and can imagine myself living there again. Sometimes, when I lived in San Francisco, I felt starved for trees!
One thing I'm doing at work is seeking better ways to provide opportunities to experience nature and wildlife in urban communities. People protect things that they care about. People care about things that they understand! My agency calls this "building a connected conservation constituency." I am blessed to work for an organization where I sometimes am called upon to read or quote Aldo Leopold as part of the job.
I love being outdoors. I love quiet, natural places but also am delighted by little respites of nature hidden among the cracks on the concrete jungle. Hell. I used to work in the Presidio of San Francisco--I have a lot of experience finding and admiring those bits of beauty.
I seek to empower and support my friends and family through feminism, respect and admiration of others' sexuality, and an interest in what everyone adds to our world. I strive for happiness and to achieve dreams. I accept that sugar is improved by a pinch of salt.
Do I look some macho jock in my photos? Well, I'm not. At least I sure hope I'm not.
I am frequently complimented on my abilities to plan trips and cook meals in the backcountry. I do pretty alright in my home kitchen as well. I like to bake. I nurture sourdough starter as part of my weekly routine. I can make tofu taste like just about anything.
I am strong yet gentle, quiet yet often the loudest person in the room, thrifty yet generous.