I'm full of contradictions but try to avoid being a contrarian.
That said, I'm a sort of sentimental, outdoorsy, socialist tomboy
who loves punk music, children, and science fiction, and cares a
lot about art, nature and social justice. I try to keep my balance
but sometimes careen between hope and skepticism about the
possibility that humans will manage to transform ourselves &
our social systems (in a timely way).
Though I can find common ground with just about anybody and am
easily amused, most of the time I feel completely alienated from
our national culture of conquer/consume, archaic notions of
gender-based roles, and anything related to flags (except rainbow
Recently realized I've been spending way too much time at my
stressful desk job, and am trying to be better about getting out of
that habit. In most ways I'm comfortable in my own skin, but I
don't want to be stuck in any ruts.
I take the world seriously but have a serious need to play - and
while I really am an outdoorsy lefty tomboy, I have what used to be
called an "artistic sensibility." (Or sometimes a "bad attitude."
But in a good way.)
What I’m doing with my life
Dividing my time among family, community, work and self, and trying
to find big joy in tiny moments. Putting my version of brains &
brawn into working in public education, kind of a bureaucrat
(hopefully a good kind). Still amazed that my kid is off to
college, aware this is a new phase of my own life & rolling the
possibilities around in my imagination... And there's the part
about playing outside as much as possible, given the rest of the
I’m really good at
Carrying a lot of stuff on my bike, baking, organizing people &
systems, wasting time, setting up my tent, languages, being a
friend, and making out. Not necessarily in that order.
The first things people usually notice about me
That I'm disheveled, laughing (often at myself), and trying to pay
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I can't settle on A Favorite anything because it always depends on
the context & my mood. I watch political action/thrillers and
scifi, documentaries, and strange things that move me or make me
laugh. And read a lot: thick nonfiction, long novels, short
stories, and the back of my cereal box. I eat with appetite, and
tend to go for healthy/organic stuff but stay away from trendy
anything (except I like a crafty IPA, especially when you find one
in the middle of nowhere). There's pretty much always music
happening - a mix of a lot of stuff except for opera and heavy
metal. I hardly ever watch tv but that can be fun to do w/other
Lately reading an eclectic pile of library books: novels by
Africans and Persians; fairly trashy sci-fi (on camping trips); and
maps/guidebooks while I plan more outings to the sierra. Still
singing along with Joe Strummer, Translator and the Jezabels - I
like tons of new music but don't feel loyal to it. I'm slightly too
picky to call myself an omnivore but now & then I eat a dead
The six things I could never do without
My friends & family. My glasses, something to write with &
on, and my trusty bike. And probably a snack.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How to push capitalism over the brink, whether it'll be good
weather for a bike ride on Sunday, secret places to go camping,
swinging out-of-state tuition... and why I came into this room.
On a typical Friday night I am
Collapsed on my couch with a beer and movie or my library book; but
sometimes out with friends. With my recently-empty nest I have less
typical everything but I still haven't figured that out.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I answered the question about whether Star Trek is cool...
You should message me if
You find joy in simple things as well as complicated ones, are
excited about learning new stuff, are engaged in the world
(community, politics, science and/or art). And heck, if I'm making
a list, it would be great if you're responsible and have your shit
together, but manage to spend a lot of time enjoying
I'm interested in meeting someone who'd like to have strings
attached - not immediately, obviously, but as a concept (as opposed
to someone trying to sow their NSA oats).