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noodlepdx

37 M Saint Louis, MO

My Details

Last Online
Today – 9:39am
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
White
Height
5′ 10″ (1.78m)
Body Type
Athletic
Diet
Anything
Smokes
When drinking
Drinks
Socially
Drugs
Religion
Atheism
Sign
Education
Dropped out of 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 (Fluently), C++ (Poorly)

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My self-summary
Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
Welcome, browsers! I am a forthright and thoughtful guy. I try to be as kind and principled as I can. Here are some specifics that you may generalize as you wish. I usually release spiders and insects into the wild if practical, but I will smash 'em if necessary (I have a highly effective fly-swatting method that is endorsed by Steve Carrell). I once found a very expensive bike abandoned behind my house -- wonder how that happened: drunken wipe-out on the way home from the bar? (Five-O offered to take it off my hands so they could auction it if no one claimed it. Fuck that! They don't need my help to buy more riot gear.) I smile at toddlers and stop to pet dogs on the street. Sometimes I'll pick up litter or cigarette butts and carry them until I find a trash can.

I look things up all the time, then forget what I learned in a few months and look them up again. It's kind of infuriating when I start talking about something I've read and discover after a little while that I'm missing crucial details. There isn't a really graceful way to eject at that point. A similar thing happens with books. I'm not thrilled about it, but it does give me a reason to re-read my favorites every so often. I dislike endlessly scrolling web pages, because I tend to scroll, endlessly, if given the opportunity. I say "please" and "thank you" to wait staff. I am extroverted when I want to be, but also need more than a little time alone.

I was recently back in Portland after spending more than a year in St. Louis, my hometown (illness in the family; it's all fairly well sorted now, thanks for presumably asking). Edit: Not as sorted as I thought. :\ New developments bring me back to St. Louis for a little while. Portland people, don't be shy, I'll be back. St. Louis people, if you're down with hanging out casually until I'm gone, cool. I'll return to St. Louis periodically, and it's good to have friends for doings when I'm here. It would be nice if OkCupid let you specify a secondary city where you spend time now and again.

Conversationally engaging and kind, I know the difference between a spirited discussion (fun!) and a fight (not!). My sense of humor leans more towards gentle irony and dry wit than biting sarcasm. I love making a joke so subtle that only one person in the group picks up on it. It's like a secret signal between the two of us. On the subject of irony, I like the verbal kind but rarely *do* things ironically. if I do a thing it's because I enjoy it, not because I think, "Wouldn't it be funny to pretend to like this thing that is not cool to like?" Liking things is cool, I think. I love people with super-nerdy pursuits like LARPing or cosplay who don't give one shit if other people ridicule them. Doing things is more fun that making fun of things. I'm not too cool for school, and I feel sorry for people who are.

"Nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff. We don’t have to be like, ‘Oh, that purse is okay’, or like ‘Yeah, I like that band’s early stuff.’ Nerds are allowed to LOVE stuff. Like, jump up and down in your chair, can’t control yourself LOVE IT. Hank, when people call people nerds, mostly what they’re saying is ‘you like stuff.’ Which is just not a good insult at all. Like, ‘You are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness.’" --John Green (video)

People often say they don't know what to write here, but as you might have noticed I have the opposite problem. I'd much rather get someone talking about themselves than talk about me (or, ideally, you know, take turns), but that's not really an option for a profile, yeah? Mark Twain used to apologize for his letters, "sorry I did not have time to make this shorter." My messages are moderately longer than usual also, though I make attempts to trim the fat. (Writing is re-writing, as they say. Am I the only one who does a first and second draft of okcupid messages? Then I usually spot something I want to change approximately two nanoseconds after I click send. x_X ) I miss the '90s when we communicated at a distance primarily by email and I still correspond this way with a few people. Now we have the immediacy of cell phones, but you don't exactly craft a conversation as you would a letter, and that's too bad. Can you imagine historians of the future using text messages as primary sources? Okay, that quote up there? That was actually Blaise Pascal, I've found out. I'm leaving it as Twain because I like him better.
What I’m doing with my life
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I like learning things. If your profile mentions anything I have to look up (e.g. a word; a field of study; a style of music, art, or architecture), I will become 40-60% more interested in you. Remembering what I've learned, though... If you know a way I can better my memory, tell me immediately, I implore you. You might have to remind me of it later, though.

When I have some time on my hands, I try to take up some neglected interests. I have been drawing again (usually portraits and life drawing, but I'm also working on rendering a complete scene). I am dabbling in creative writing. I have several short stories I work on sporadically and I would like to try my hand at a screenplay.

I'm playing catch-up to the rest of you adults, career-wise. The dream of the '90s was especially alive in Portland, for me. I would like to get into work related somehow to social justice while maybe eventually making some money from art and writing. I have some desire to finish my degree, but I refuse to borrow more money to pay for it. Tuition is expensive and I'm not rich, so that may not happen. I'm mostly okay with that.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Striking up interesting conversations with new people. Philosophical, political, or absurdly inconsequential debates. I make crazy good scrambled eggs. I have a knack for finding the right word for a given shade of meaning, but it sometimes abandons me at the most inopportune times. I'll write a five-paragraph essay like you wouldn't believe and would like to work on long-form pieces in the style of David Foster Wallace, Dave Eggers, or Matt Taibbi. I keep my bullshit detector well-tuned, but I am more inclined to find the good in other people than the bad. I'm good at understanding math but embarrassingly bad at doing simple arithmetic in my head. I like to think I'm an insightful advisor in interpersonal matters. I have a vanishingly minuscule drama quotient.

I'm good at dating. By which I mean I am able to accept people on their own terms; I almost always enjoy the company and conversation of whomever I'm with. A date's a fine way to spend an evening (afternoon, whatever) even if there's no romantic spark. I play chess, darts, pool, ultimate frisbee, disc golf, and the occasional card/board game (Carcassone, Settlers, and Perudo aka liar's dice are faves). I have a knack for explaining math and science to non-technical people. I can draw (although I'm rusty) and I know something about photography and Photoshop.

Okay so this kind of wandered off the "really good at" path. The short answer is the conversation, the writing, and the scrambled eggs.
The first things people usually notice about me
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
People tell me that I'm "genuine" a lot, which I gather means I don't spend time trying to appear a certain way. Like Popeye, I yam what I yam.

When I first meet people, I hope they notice that I am interested in learning about them, because I like people. Later, people are sometimes surprised that I've remembered their names. I used to be bad with names, but I made an effort to improve, so I'm a little proud of it. The trick is to give new people your full attention and forget about how you appear to them. Saying their names intermittently throughout your first conversation helps a lot.

This improved ability does not extend to remembering your screen name. If you see me repeatedly stalking your profile, it means either OkCupid keeps showing me your profile or that I made you a favorite meaning to send a message when I have time for dating, but I don't recognize your nickname when it pops up on the sidebar. The trouble with viewing 20 or 30 profiles at one go is it's hard to keep the details straight. It could also mean I am killing/wasting time browsing, and I liked what you wrote and your pretty pictures. :p
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Books: Infinite Jest, A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, Catch-22, Cryptonomicon, Stranger in a Strange Land, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, House of Leaves, Generosity: An Enhancement, The Left Hand of Darkness, The Dispossessed, A People's History of the United States.

both the book and movie versions: A Scanner Darkly*, Fight Club, Wonder Boys -- *speaking of Philip K. Dick, they are making Radio Free Albemuth into a flick. At first I thought that would be impossible, but there's a trailer for it and it looks pretty good!

John Irving never disappoints. I am blown away by half of Margaret Atwood's novels; as a man, I don't think I am equipped to 'get' the other half, try as I might (although I have women friends who are the same way about her works; probably she is just much smarter than we). I adore David Foster Wallace. I haven't read much Ursula K. LeGuin, but two of her novels left a strong impression on me, and I think of them often. I like Sedaris and I can see the appeal of Tom Robbins, but I think they are vastly overrated. Michael Chabon, Richard Powers, and Jonathan Lethem are also favorites.

Movies: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Ghostbusters, Miller's Crossing, The Big Lebowski, Safety Not Guaranteed, Shakespeare in Love, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Heat, The Karate Kid, Primer.

Music: Bad Religion, Elliott Smith, Spoon, Metric, Built to Spill, Soundgarden, Alkaline Trio, Iron & Wine, Belle & Sebastian, Stone Temple Pilots, Portishead, Operation Ivy, Muse, Faith No More, Mos Def, God Lives Underwater, They Might Be Giants, The Mars Volta, Heartless Bastards, Harvey Danger, Aesop Rock, Retribution Gospel Choir, Autolux, The Kills, The New Pornographers. Occasionally Miles Davis or Thelonius Monk. Way more than you probably want to know about my listening habits can be learned at last.fm (click for my profile). If a band is listed there and has a show coming up, I'm probably wondering if I should go.

Food: Scambled eggs with cheese and veggies, asparagus, green beans, bacon cheeseburgers, French toast, pesto, apple fritters, pad thai, pad see ew, chicken or pork katsu. Greek style yogurt with honey. Avocado. Rye bread. All kinds of fruit. All kinds of nuts. I'm a sucker for curries with cashews or pineapple in 'em. Americano with cream, no sugar. Sometimes a latte breve (steamed half-and-half in place of the milk -- it's great, you should try it! but order a smaller size than you would a latte, because they are very rich and filling). Bourbon (mmmm Manhattans om nom nom) and scotch. I'm mostly over Irish whiskeys; they are boring by comparison. I like a gin and tonic in hot weather, but when I drink vodka I end up wondering why I didn't have something with more character.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
#1: integrity and kindness. I like myself and I like liking myself so I try not to be mean, dishonest, or petty. Mindfulness is a close second.

I would like to say comfortable shoes, because apparently my feet are misshapen in some way. It's very hard to find shoes that fit. In the last year, I've had four pairs of cleats that all bothered me in different ways, but I'm not dead yet, so I won't list that.

The rest: Music, books, something purposeful to do, some time to do nothing purposeful, and a toothbrush. Shame on all you people who think you could live with no toothbrush. Try eating all those foods you can't possibly give up when you have no teeth.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Social justice and institutionalized inequality. I find myself becoming increasingly anti-Capitalistic as I realize that economic injustice isn't a perversion of the system -- it's baked in. Not like "Capitalists are evil!" but, c'mon, y'all, we can do better than this. Neurology, consciousness, and sentience. Whether I should bring a flask of bourbon. Why brains are wired the way they are. Mathy things such as why ∏ is a poor choice for the circle constant. Whether I've gotten enough done to indulge in an afternoon nap. Whether this sounds too pretentious.

I really enjoy learning technical details about everyday things. For example, did you know that special relativity makes electromagnets work? That is so cool!
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Maybe a board game night, maybe shooting pool and/or the shit, maybe a show, maybe checking out a local brewery or whiskey bar, maybe resting up at home with a book or a movie.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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I went through an Ayn Rand phase when I's young [I think "I was" should have a contraction], but I am fully recovered. In my opinion her works appeal to people looking for simplistic, satisfying black-and-white answers. See also: neoconservatives and Tea Partiers. I still have some of her books. I don't want to destroy a book, but neither do I want to transmit her poison, so... ?

I was expelled from a Catholic high school for an unintended sacrilege. The story is best told in person. (Don't ask me to tell it in a message -- trust me on this.)
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 25–45
  • Near me
  • Who are single
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating
You should message me if
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You describe yourself as warm-hearted, compassionate, empathetic, or kind. 'My mother used to say, "In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant." Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me.' --James Stewart as Elwood P. Dowd in Harvey. Okay, Elwood, you've been quoted.

If you want a hiking/camping buddy or a live-music buddy; if you like to discuss books you've read and trade book recommendations; if you're the kind of person who will meet for a drink after a brief exchange of messages and maybe one or two texts or phone calls to work out details. I am also very open to non-traditional first dates, such as: watching people and making up stories about where they are coming from or heading to; competitive doodling (drink and draw?); and impromptu scavenger hunts. I have a very fine weapon for cardboard tube sword fighting if you'd like to challenge me to a duel. Does collaborating on the Sunday NYT crossword puzzle or the quizzy shows on NPR appeal to you? Trivia night? Hit that button.

I finally joined the 21st century and got a smartphone. My profile is ridiculously long when viewed in the OkCupid app! If you made it all the way through this on your phone, you deserve a reward. Contact me for accolades. There is no quiz, but you should be able to reference something mentioned herein.

Actually, here's a bit of a reward if you find yourself missing the "notes" feature which OkCupid inexplicably removed. Here is how you can get it back, at least in Chrome (possibly Firefox too but some people have trouble with it).
1. create a bookmark to any page.
2. give it a descriptive name such as "okcupid notes"
3. edit the URL field to read exactly this: javascript:void(Profile.loadWindow('edit_notes',%20244));
4. Now when you are on a profile page, click the "bookmarklet" and you will get the Notes window! Once you make a note it will show at the top of the profile and in your favorites list just as it did previously.

If you just want to make joke or observation in passing, don't be shy. Not every message has to be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. If you found a video or article that might be up my alley, please do share. Be aware that I might try to tell you about it later, having forgotten that you sent me the link in the first place. Silly brain, always dropping things.