50 Portland, OR
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My self-summary
Bob Dylan once sang, "The country I come from is called the Midwest." Definitely me--in my case the St. Louis area, despite having left it many many years ago (like 1980s!). But I've also called Alaska, Chile, Oregon, North Carolina, France, New York, California, Montana, Seattle, and a few places in between home at various points in my life too. Recently relocated from SEA to PDX. What else? Super curious. Healthy. Fit. Unorthodox.
What I’m doing with my life
Hopefully making a difference one day at a time and being mindful of every moment that I've got. Sometimes this can be a challenge, but the journey is very rewarding.
I’m really good at
Am enjoying Rueda immensely now and have much to learn still. So maybe not "really good" but getting much better with this super fun Cuban dance.
The first things people usually notice about me
My ears stick out. They come from my grandpa. I like them a lot. And I like to smile when I feel good.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Movies: Groundhog Day (perfection), Chungking Express (defines cool), The Shawshank Redemption (when I need a pick me up), Casablanca (must I explain), and more.
Books: I love the American private detective genre (an underappreciated and American art firm); Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific in a Raft; A Christmas Carol.
Music: Duke Ellington famously said: If it sounds good, it is good. That means I have an incredibly eclectic music collection. By the way, Duke is good.
Food: Anything wholesome, minimally processed, spicy, and fresh. You won't find junk or processed food in my cupboards or fridge. I eat oats for breakfast and live for Earl Grey tea.
The six things I could never do without
My three alarm clocks. My running shoes. My bikes. My passport. My cameras (all of them including my beloved analog Nikons and Leica). My friends. My brilliant life story.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How am I living a life that has true meaning and honoring what life truly wants me to do, and am I doing that as if today were the only day I had to do that. It's actually not a complex idea. It's boldly simple. Doing, now that is the hard stuff.
On a typical Friday night I am
None of my recent Fridays has been typical.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
As a former reporter and erstwhile public health nerd, I admire stubborn ass-kickers like Dr. Hanna-Attisha, the doctor in Flint who made a difference. (
You should message me if
You think that people are like onions and are revealed slowly, layer upon layer upon layer. If you enjoy getting muddy while exercising, that's a huge plus. If you're a cowgirl, or think you're a cowgirl, and have a ton of sas, but aren't afraid to take it like you dish it out. And, truth be told, if you can find Moroti and Byron Bay on a map, and have seen a sunrise at Varanasi, and perhaps even have huge brown eyes (it's not required), then we likely will have things to talk about and perhaps laugh about.