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nat129

34 M Spokane, WA

My Details

Last Online
Apr 8
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
White
Height
5′ 9″ (1.75m)
Body Type
Average
Diet
Smokes
No
Drinks
Rarely
Drugs
Never
Religion
Atheism, and laughing about it
Sign
Education
Graduated from Ph.D program
Job
Education
Income
Relationship Status
Single
Relationship Type
Offspring
Doesn’t want kids
Pets
Speaks
English (Fluently), Ancient Greek (Poorly)

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My self-summary
PLEASE NOTE: At the moment, I'm just looking for good friends. I'm not opposed to more later on, but right now I'm on a hiatus from dating.

I am an academic studying rhetoric, the "art of character" (or, at least, persuasion). I am most interested in theories about how drama and evidence work. I am cynical and sarcastic, I'm not subtle, and I have a sharp wit, but it might be turning cheesier as I age.

I love new experiences and new ideas, but my blunt orientation can make it difficult for new people to get to know me. I most admire passion in others because passionate people seem to have the most to share. I love travel, and I love the outdoors (but don't get to venture out there that often).

VERY IMPORTANT: by arguing, I mean that I love the free exchange of ideas, especially as warranted claims, especially when they clash with each other, especially as a devil's advocate. I think the match questions sometimes make me appear rude when I say I like to argue. When people do not want to argue with me, I listen and stop.

I am philosophical, argumentative, and snarky.
What I’m doing with my life
Getting as many degrees as possible, accumulating all the knowledge I can, and writing as an upsetting contrarian. I see injustice tearing through the human condition, and I want to fight all of it, all at once.

I am a teacher--and damn good at it--but I'm in the academy for the research and writing. Students are fun, and their enthusiasm is a necessity for me, but my life's ambition is to start an argument for the ages (that's the "holy grail," anyway).

In the future, I hope to be living in a metropolitan area with walking access to arts and entertainment as well as employment at a college or university; I love nature as much as a city's culture, so I'd like a city with some proximity to mountains. But all of that is long-term thinking.

POLITICS: I am an aggressive left-winger (but not pro-violence in most cases). The Democrats are often too conservative for me. That said, I mostly approve of Obama's job performance: I expected him to be as conservative as he is, I expected digging us out of Bush's hole would be tough, and I should have expected conservatives to block his attempts to help anyone (I guess I wasn't cynical enough).

RELIGION: I am an atheist and I love to argue about it. But let's understand up front that I am interested in the arguments: I'm not trying to convert you and I don't want you to try to convert me.

FAMILY-ISH STUFF: I oppose the institution of marriage (but think marital rights must be given equally--so gay marriage is a must). I (probably) don't want (young) children. I think I'm looking for a partner-in-crime type, not a family.
I’m really good at
Making conversation; speech is my first love. I'm an arguer: I want to dig into the reasons for something. Good interpretations are games for me.

Making ice cream; I prefer only to make flavors no one could buy at any local vendor. But I'd really like to learn the recipe for B&R's "theater popcorn."

Learning: I have degrees in rhetoric, politics, gender studies, and philosophy, and I am close to another in ancient Greek classicism. I hope to continue expanding into other fields of knowledge, including some practical ones (electrical engineering, architecture).

Teaching: I find that trying to help others learn is a great way to deepen one's own learning, so I throw myself into instruction. The collective ideas and experience of a class of students will always go beyond even the wisest professor.
The first things people usually notice about me
My hearing is terrible. I often must ask people to repeat themselves.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: non-fiction (I prefer whatever knowledge I can put to immediate use) and Gore Vidal. I am especially interested in the work of Foucault, Heidegger, and Arendt.

Film: a mix of the thoughtful and the popcorny. "The Usual Suspects" is an excellent example of the kind of balance I prefer: clever and fun.

TV: I do not watch it regularly and I feel my life is better for it. I do have a soft spot for House.

Music: not Country, and not "Christian." Lots of newer Folk, lots of older Alternative, anything Butch Vig was behind. Classic Rock isn't bad either.

Food: Italian!
The six things I could never do without
1. Laconic humor
2. argumentative friends
3. impact turns
4. my hat
5. internet commentary
6. Michel Foucault
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Politics, aesthetics, meaning, and rhetoric. Usually all at the same time.

Teaching and writing are my career, so I think a lot about style. I'd really like to learn more about changing the voice of my writing, how to adapt that voice in different ways.

After growing up as a stoic left-brainer, I've drifted toward criticism of reason in favor of emotional, intuitive, aesthetic, and spontaneous orientations. I still have a reason-argumentative worldview, but I increasingly see reason as merely the order imposed on chaos and not just occasional rationalizing.
On a typical Friday night I am
Thinking the same thing Brain is thinking.

Or I'm out with friends (but not at bars--they are too loud for me to hear), playing a boardgame (Trivial Pursuit or Axis & Allies, not Risk) or video game (Mass Effect, not WOW), or just loafing at home reading. I also like to travel, but only by land. Trains are wonderful.

I might also be spectating at a debate tournament--if you aren't into debate, don't be surprised if I ask you to give it a look.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Though loving of travel, I am terrified of flight.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 28–38
  • Near me
  • Who are single
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating
You should message me if
EMAIL ME IF:
*You can have a deep conversation,
*but still show wit, show character, and have fun.
*Or if you want to have a brutal argument--I live for those. If you are looking for a challenge, here I am.

ALSO: Feminists only. Supporters of queer rights only. If you don't already understand the idea of basic fairness, I don't see that I will be able to get through to you. If you think racism is dead, I'm willing to argue with you about it, but I almost certainly won't respect you.

EMAIL ME IF YOU DON'T:
*like Ayn Rand (but I'll get over it if you went through that "stage" for a few months),
*sympathize with the "Republican" Party,
*think critics of critics are suppressing freedom of speech (they aren't: smart people call this "debating").