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Born and raised till 9 in rural Pennsylvania, where it was normal to see an Amish neighbor hitching up a team of horses to plow a field. There were no traffic jams, but sometimes you would get stuck behind a buggy. I lived in Ohio till 19, Maine till 22, briefly in Massachusetts and then back to Ohio before making the transition to Seattle in 2005. I really like it out here - everything is covered in plants, the weather is mild, and people are generally non-aggressive. When it feels like tornado weather (midwesterners will know that sickly green light) the worst that'll happen is hail.
I love the wonderful gender equality culture thriving in Seattle. My terrible dark secret isn't really so terrible, dark, or secret anymore. I enjoy being on the vulnerable, receptive side of a physical relationship more, if anything, than I do the other way around. Just as I am unconventionally moral, I am unconventionally masculine. I feel strong attraction to people who don't fit the gender binary.
When the weather turns cold and gray, my garage is filled with the smells of fresh solder smoke a few times a week. I love tinkering, but I'd rather be outside from May through October. That covers the gardening season and the main part of the mushroom hunting season. I have been, and always will be, a naturalist.
I am not naturally comfortable with ambiguity - but emotions and feelings keep the world alive and dancing in way that a cold emotionless spark never could. Feelings have no problem being self-contradictory. It is important to have faith in something more powerful than me, and for me that thing is humanity. Not people, or humans, but the greater whole: all we aspire to, all we have done, and all we will ever do.
I like watching the plants in my yard come to life in the spring, and talk to them while weeding. I also learned how to prune a fruit tree this year - I hope for a larger number of Italian plums and Asian pears.
More than anything else, I am unfinished.