radclimberpdx
50 Portland, OR
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My self-summary
Abridged version: I am a sporty geek, fun, fit, active, adventurous, kind, social and funny. Maybe not pee your pants funny but funny nonetheless.
I have a full life, a job I like and that I am pretty damn good at. I like music and art in many of its forms but my favorite is the kind found in nature and the outdoors and in the spirits of others.

I am not looking for anything heavy at this point--light and flirty, fun and filled with outdoorsy stuff, movies and meals is about my speed right now though if something happens, it happens. I am looking for someone to complement me (and hey, compliment me too), not complete me. I am a pretty happy person and I take my own responsibility for it.

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If it weren't for the legal system and the laws of physics, I'd be unstoppable.

"Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes)"

Mean what you say. Do what you say.

I am curious as to what makes you tick. I hope you have an open nature, a curious mind, a direct approach to communicating, a nimble mind, a sense of adventure (big and small), a sense of humor along with the other 5, a sardonic wit, a dark side, enjoy physical activity ( a lot) and you don't constantly complain when it rains here.

I like word games, word play and just plain words.
What I’m doing with my life
I dig the outdoors. I spend a lot of time on the paddleboard in the nice weather (and sometimes not so nice weather), love rock climbing, biking, hiking, and snowshoeing in the Winter though I'd like to add xc skiing to the Winter list as well. I flirt with yoga and fishing and dream about surfing.

I also dig more urban pursuits too. Museums and art, trying to take arty photos with a cellphone camera (thank you editing features), wandering aimlessly through neighborhoods, wandering with purpose, music and movies and the occasional play.

Obliterate the obvious.

If I could do one thing and not fail at it, it would be soaring the skies in one of those wing suits. Because failing at that would pretty much suck.
I’m really good at
Enjoying the beauty of life, saying "I'll try that", breaking it down, rock climbing, sharing, connecting people, holding a straight line on my bike, finding just the right gift, making people laugh, laughing at myself (and sometimes other people), remembering to turn my cell phone off at the movies, back rubs,giving/receiving compliments, picking a restaurant, getting out of town,dissecting movies, thrift store karma, spontaneity, not remembering jokes, indulging my friend's children, sleeping in and sharing meals.
There are some things I am not "really good" at but I am always game to improve: being braver, balancing, headstands, weeding, cutting through the crap.
The first things people usually notice about me
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6Sxv-sUYtM

My keen fashion sense.
Once they get to know me though, it's usually my gregarious nature, my off kilter sense of humor and the fact I seem to know someone almost anywhere I go (and if I don't, I will by the time I leave).
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Watership Down, Tabloid Dreams, Epitaph for a Peach, West with the Night, The Hunger Games Trilogy, Stranger in a Strange Land, The Brothers K, Pride and Prejudice and the Zombies, The Life of Pi, Farenheit 451, The Book of Vice, The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden. Anais Nin, Diane Ackerman, David Sedaris, James Ellroy, Jane Austen, Henry James, James Joyce, Jon Krakauer, Flannery O'Connor, Hafiz, Robert Frost, short stories and biographies.

"In case of an accident, anyone that saw her dead on the highway would know at once that she was a lady".

Night of the Hunter, Funny Bones, To Kill a Mockingbird, old musicals, The Artist, Jacob's Ladder, Search for the Wrong Eyed Jesus, To Catch a Thief, Pursued, Amelie, Bubba Ho Tep, City of Lost Children, Let the Right One In (original), James Bond Movies (except the Dalton years), The Beginners, The Ides of March, Blade Runner, Shawshank Redemption (the closest thing to a "perfect" movie), Bull Durham, Last Stop Wonderland, Aria, Soul Kitchen, Crazy Stupid Love, Wings of Desire, Pina, Out of Sight, The Transporter (but only the 1st one), Logan's Run, Moonrise Kingdom, Out of the Past, Despicable Me, Hellboy, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Marwencol, Her, Last Lovers Left Alive, Beauty is Embarassing. Movies with a twist that you don't see coming. Most anything by the Coen Brothers, Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, George Clooney (as writer or director), Wes Anderson, Wim Wenders, and Tim Burton (though he's getting sort of tiresome these days). Recently saw a couple of Turkish films that, while I really enjoyed the movies, damn they were long.

Masterpiece anything and the occasional big sporting event. Really, I don't watch much TV except for movie rentals.

The Mermen, Friends of Dean Martinez, X, Luna, Led Zep, Metallica, Swervedriver, My Bloody Valentine, Goldfrapp, Chemical Brothers, Louis Prima, Chet Baker, Sonic Youth, The Replacements, The Didjits, Morphine, Dandy Warhols, Violent Femmes, The Minutemen, Bossa Nova,The Verve, Medecine, Chelsea Wolfe, Bombay Dub Orchestra, Fluke, Andy Hunter, Black Flag/Henry Rolllins, Girl Trouble, Beat Happening, The Nomads, Hybrid, Justice, Miles Davis, Gang of Four, Alex Chilton, Loretta Lynn, VU, Jesus and Mary Chain, XTC, The Sea and Cake, Tame Impalas, Joy Formidable, The Black Angels, She and Him, Muse, Earth Wind & Fire, Eisley Bros., 70's funk, Meat Puppets, Moon Duo, Squrl. Not a fan of the Top 40, American Idol produced or anyone that came off a TV show.

Artists: Cindy Sherman, Gerhard Richter, Helen Frankenthaler, Van Gogh,Georgia O'Keefe, Frida Kahlo, Wayne White and Mark Hogancamp (see documentary Marwencol about him). I tend to lean towards the abstract and photography.

I like food, all sorts. I especially like well made food that isn't super fancy or too precocious. I really like eggs. Fresh veggies, especially on the grill. I like Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese food. I like seasonal cooking. I like knowing where my food came from but I admittedly have a pantry of snacky type things and good chocolate. I like Biwa, Bollywood, Terrebonne Depot, The Observatory, Toro Bravo, VQ, Noble Rot and any respectable Pho spot. Oh yeah, pie! I love pie, especially for breakfast.
The six things I could never do without
In no particular order:
My friends
My 5 senses
My ability to physically still do things that I am passionate about and the gear that goes with them, especially the paddleboard
My Cats
Good food/drink shared with great conversation
Passion
A keen fashion sense
A sense of humor
Balsamic Vinegar
Good books
Music
My phone
A comfortable bed
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How do we, as humans, connect to each other and to our natural world? Is it still possible?

Words.

How our brains work.

Hearing vs. listening

I think about color and texture, form and function, form vs function. Aesthetics. Art.

Water.
On a typical Friday night I am
Lately it's been an early night out with friends so I can be up early to go climbing, paddling or maybe both.
At the Art Museum on Free Fridays
Seeing a movie
Debating the merits of above art/movie
But I could be doing laundry because I like to live on the edge that way.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm adopted. It makes filling out medical histories go a lot faster.
And I love grocery stores.
You should message me if
If you think something may happen between us. Something fun, enlightening, electric, adventurous, sincere, playful, happiness inducing.

If you want to get outside and play.
You're tall.

Politically, you lean left, believe that marriage is a right that everyone should enjoy and you think the Bible is a really long (and not always well written) piece of literature.
You're curious, have a capacity for silliness and joy, you believe in being fit and that being fit keeps you young, you have mad Scrabble skills, quirks ( you have em, you realize others do too and you embrace that) and you're ok with not having an agenda all the time.
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