Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
Update: It's a busy September '15 with the start of the school year
Pretty adventurous & creative guy, returned to Seattle in 2012
and now habitatin' happily in Sammamish. Lookin' for worthwhile,
long-term relationships (of varying types). No drama, no games, no
ulterior motives (rare, I know!) and instead good communication and
I'm fairly active, and this keeps me from following up with
messages (on this site) as quickly as they occur. Workin' on
gettin' projects off my plate so I can do better follow up. Thank
you for your patience!
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
Enjoying living in my first house, livin' on my own, and
landscaping a rather large yard. I just finished revising two
sections of a very large pollinator garden: just one man, a
wheelbarrow, a rake, two shovels, a lot of rocks, and a lot of
soil. Thank shock for nurseries and discounts on plants! (next is
the firepit installation over the winter. . .)
Job-wise I teach Chemistry, Statistics, and Pre-Calculus in an
independent high school. It's never a dull moment, and I maintain a
nice work-life balance. Slowly working up momentum that would allow
me to apply for PhD candidacy (neuropsychology, specifically
neuroplasticity & memory structure) in 1-2 years.
It took some doing to find just the right place to live in the
Puget Sound. I'm in a good place and look forward to getting to
know some new folk. I volunteer with four different organizations,
two of which specifically manage the trail-running population of
When I'm not teaching, I engage in weekly Pilates and/or yoga (I'm
a certified and experienced Pilates Trainer), resistance training
5x a week, and running twice weekly (7-10 mile runs; 4-8 mile
faster runs). As poor as the snowfall was this season in WA, I DID
get to alpine ski in Colorado this past winter and it. was.
AWESOME! I still want to go snowshoe-hiking on Mount St. Helens
(February) and perhaps the mountain snow will pickup in time for
decent skiing in February, too.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
. . .so many things. I'm often told how enigmatic, intimidating,
and intellectual I behave. But let's focus on something
I strive for good communication, and while sometimes fall short, I
work at it. Whether my thoughts, feelings, processes, struggles,
I'll appropriately share them. If you think it's TMI, then my
honesty will probably take some getting used to. You'll always know
where you stand with me, but it can take some relationship-building
to recognize that. Zero illusions.
If I can't make you laugh, there's something afoot! Comedy is SO
important! It's too easy to take ourselves too seriously, and my
wit is both heavenly and hellish : it slices and it heals.
. . .and then there's the whole cooking thing. BIG Italian food
lover at heart, and I currently work with crafting recipes from
scratch using flavor textures/profiles based on prior cooking
experience. Small plates, raw ingredients, and deliciously
nutritious are my foci. I traveled through western Europe for three
weeks this summer, and hosted a five-course dinner in a treehouse
for 8: each dish heralded from a different country that I visited.
So, yeah, I know how to cook well, and I bake occasionally. Part of
living in a good place is having a great kitchen to whip up some
dishes, ask me about calzone del prete, or as green as it gets
soup, for instance.
Hmm, and I'm a brainiac. Hardcore. Totally multifaceted and
cerebral to boot :).
And plants. I'm REALLY good at rearing plants. UNCANNILY good.
Sursly. :0) I have tropic plants indoors, and am working on further
installation of a complex series of mini-ecosystems in the yard
surrounding the house. I no longer miss my 2000sf organic garden
and 800sf native plant butterfly garden in Wisconsin, because I've
sorely superseded them within the current yard. . .which just
inspires me to do more :).
The first things people usually notice about me
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
It's usually one of these:
1) I'm quite physically fit
2) easily mistaken for a literature/English educator OR
4) my dorkiness
5) my eyes
6) my arms
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
I read a lot. A LOT. I usually whip through at least four novels in
a given month. . .and sometimes some non-fiction. Competent
storytellers catch my attention quickly : Maguire, King, Simmons,
Barker, Kollin, Baker, Rothfuss, for instance, are just some of the
authors that I've literally devoured. C. Valente is an undernoticed
& underappreciated author, and this is some example of the
diversity that I read : a Russian folktale turned semi-modern day.
Writers who use manifold metaphor, who don't leave the telling to
exposition, and who know that verbosity isn't necessary to craft an
impression : these are what I'm drawn to.
I generally don't watch television, yet do enjoy celebrating trash
TV with friends. I really enjoy animated faire, yet the quality has
plunged terribly in the past handful of years. I swore an oath at
10 years old that I would always watch cartoons, and here I am.
Claymation falls under this umbrella of sometimes goofy, sometimes
critical, sometimes awesome, approach of art & science.
Pretty big film buff, though I don't get as many indie movies under
my belt as I might be able to. I prefer films that _really_ get to
me and motivate me to think, that inspire me, that unlock aspects
of my personality & essential being. This is why I engage film
media : it can have an enormous impact on me. There is also
something tranquil, calming, relaxing about cinema, whether in the
home or in the studio, that is arresting.
Musicals? I can leave them. They don't do much for me. Live theater
is alright, but I prefer provocative & unique (like The Wild
Project in NYC, or BloodSquad and Can Can Castaways here in
Food? BRING IT! I love food! And trying new food! I used to despise
fried chicken, but Ma'ono (W.Seattle) has REALLY impressed me, but
still can't eat pure eggs. Gross! :-)
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
. . .memory structure and neuroplasticity
. . .sustainability in practical life
. . .how to combine what I know with what I don't know, which
motivates me to learn more about what I could know ;-)
. . .what I'm going to eat next. :-D Nah, not really
. . .how to effectively teach at master level in education,
especially utilizing Montessori methods
. . .how the human mind operates
. . .ecological relationships
. . .blackberries in August in the Pacific Northwest
. . .how would I choreograph a dance to _this_ song?
. . .how to obtain my PhD and where I go from there
. . .what can I get done today and off my plate
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
. . .done with work, had my workout, and ready to LIVE IT UP! Er,
and whatever form that takes. ;-) Ever open to adventures : great,
small, hot, cold, spicy, romantic, exotic, challenging. . .
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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I'm totally comfortable nude. "Nude is not lewd," as one excellent
past friends would say.
I can NOT say 'no' to delicious chocolate chip cookies. or decadent
chocolate cake. More chocolate, less buttercream thank you ;-)
You should message me if
Offer a few tips to help matches win you over.
you have a strong sense of adventure, know where you're at in your
life, willing to share some adventures, are in good health, are
interested in much more than sex in a relationship. Flakiness,
dishonesty, and can't-do attitudes I have no tolerance for. Oh
yeah, please like food, and voyagin' to new eats! :-)
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