I put in the effort to keep my friendships growing, and keep in touch with many of the exceptional people I've met over the years. I love getting a friend or three together and searching for the elusive hole-in-the-wall restaurant with excellent food or terrible food and excellent stories.
I keep up on world affairs though I find myself numbing to national politics. At this point, I'd easily vote Stewart/Colbert, or even Pinky/Brain next time around.
I'm ecstatic if the weather is good enough for an outdoor game of volleyball at Wash Park, and I'm an avid social dancer.
Last year I put a lot of effort into growth/classes/changes, and lately things are really coming to fruition. I'm finally recovered from the renovation fatigue that new home owners get in that first year. The place still has some finishing touches, but overall things have settled down a lot and the to-do list shrank down nicely.
Life in Colorado means I've really come to love being outdoors, and living in Denver keeps me a confirmed urbanite. I might go hiking now and then, or camping (novice at both), and likely to stay in the city for the weekend. Parks, barbeques, biking, street festivals... evenings at concerts, roller derby, or out with friends, in at home. Part of the beauty of this city are the many options and opportunities.
My last big vacation was a 3-week meandering about Australia. Travel wasn't a luxury I grew up with, so It was my first trip abroad and I loved every minute of it. I still reflect upon the trip and what it's given to me, and where I would go next.
I grew up in a family of teachers, and was raised in a compassionate home. It's our responsibility in life to leave things better than we found them. A lot of what I have in life isn't "earned" or "privilege," it's just luck, and we shouldn't neglect those who aren't so lucky.
This pretty much sums up my outlook on life in 3 minutes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tvz0mmF6NW4 though hearing Stephen Fry narrate anything for 3 minutes is time well-spent.
I'm content with who I am, but not complacent. I keep trying to grow as a person, friend, and peer.
One-on-one, I love learning about people and seeing the world from their perspectives, so I often will just ask the right questions to keep things going, not seeking to talk about myself (unless asked).
Almost always music, not too big on TV. There are a lot of music styles that I enjoy: blues, swing, industrial music, rock, trip hop, and a variety of other things - my Spotify subscription is well-used. Concert highlights: Zoe Keating, Beats Antique, Asylum Street Spankers (so long, guys), and B. B. King (amazing).
I finally finished watching Buffy and moved on to Archer (thanks, Amazon I'm a more horrible person because of that one) and Suits.
I'm hooked on Radiolab podcasts, the Moth, and I've been fascinated by some of the TED talks (online, free, enlightening, and often mind-boggling). Finally got to do TEDxMileHigh this year.
I'm endlessly amused by the shameless ripoffs of pop music that are played in Vietnamese restaurants. Where else can you hear an electronica cover of the Bonanza theme song?
I love good BBQ, pho joints on Federal, sushi, Italian, and a good bit of other things. I enjoy cooking but don't get to practice very often right now. Spicy cooking is a favorite.
- Warm days with a field, a volleyball, and some friends.
- Dancing, and the community of friends that it has brought with it.
- Something new to learn/experience.
- All of my appendages and senses (really, it would suck to lose any of them).
- Connection. I mean: news, ideas, and keeping in touch with my friends all over the world. The world would be so much smaller without it. Oh yeah, my career kind of hinges on this whole internet thing right now.
I've been watching, mouth agape, the alternate reality that has become modern American politics and government. Somewhere between Jon Stewart and John Oliver is my internal monologue, with a minor inflection of disbelief that might one day turn into panic. Trump/Satan 2016?
I've been recently awestruck again by the work of Oliver Sacks and have one of his collections at my bedside.
What's the best/worst cover song I've ever heard? What's yours?
You think we can turn engaging conversation and common interests into attraction, and see where it goes from there. If you think you might, or might not, want to have kids someday but don't have any already. If you're a fellow non-smoker (that last one's pretty important to me, the smoke does not get along with me).
Please do NOT message me if you're living halfway around the world and looking for a visa sponsor, that's not why I'm here (but it is why OKC says I don't reply often).