Hokay, so I’ve slightly neglected OKC for the past six months because it’s climbing season, and every weekend is pretty much devoted to getting outdoors doing something rad. Unfortunately when combined with my work schedule and trying to hang out with the friends I currently have, there’s rarely time to put effort into this site. But since I want a partner in crime to share my rad adventures with, I think it’s time to update the ol’ profile. I was trying to keep the original profile short, honest, and to-the-point, much like a scientific paper. Or a resume. (Well, I suppose that’s what this is, isn’t it?) However, I think it came across a little too bloated. So I’m just gonna go with the flow this time, which will probably leave a lot about me out, but that will just add to the fun of meeting me for the first time :) Furthermore, I better not procrastinate since the fall/winter activities will begin shortly. So without further ado, kick back, grab your favorite beverage, and let yourself be swept off your feet by sharlson version 2.0!
(I kinda wish I would’ve named my profile Sriracha_Burn!!! instead of my stupid work logon ID, but hindsight is 20/20)
Hmm…where to begin? I suppose a rough background story will do. I was adopted as a baby from Korea back in the 80’s, a time where hair and glasses were bigger and the music was better. I rolled off the plane on the luggage conveyor belt (or so I’m told) complete with a nook, a tourist’s guide, and Korean flag. I was swept off to Wisconsin for the next 18 years where I learned to despise mosquitoes and humidity and embrace alcohol as a way of life. I soon realized that this was not a place where I wanted to stay (not that there’s anything wrong with booze). But where to go? The answer came to me in the mail: a free pine tree-shaped air freshener for my car from a college in Salem. Sweet! Now I have the destination. So like everyone else in Oregon, I transplanted myself.
Fast forward a few years, and I’m now working a decent steady career, but the cubicle wasteland got me fat and lazy. I wasn’t bored - but my hobbies were, in general, rather low-impact. I said to myself, “This is a pile of poo! I’m too young to be living like this.” So I decided to find activities to keep me more active, because let’s face it – I never want to see a picture of myself on peopleofwalmart.com (not that I shop at Wal-mart). So I rediscovered my family’s love of hiking and canoeing had actually become, over the years, my love as well. I hiked South Sister in 2007, and was hooked on mountain climbing ever since. I lost a whole bunch of weight, took up rock climbing as well, and there you have it.
Some things I have learned about myself in my few revolutions around the sun:
- There’s some good, fun shit in everything around you, and I excel at finding it!
- I prefer company over being alone. I attribute this as an artifact of growing up alone, since the parents were somewhat anti-social.
- I have a heck of a time falling asleep if it isn’t cold and/or there isn’t airflow. But shiver not ladies; I am a cuddly biological heater for you.
- It’s good to have a ride of your own. Especially one that can haul a lot of people and gear.
- Sleep is death’s cousin; It’s worth waking up early to go do epic activities. With that said, I can sleep in longer than you can.
- I’m eclectic as hell (e.g. I would be just as happy going to a Metallica concert as I would be going to the Shakespeare Festival). This applies to nearly everything in my life. No joke.
- I love those strenuous activities, followed by doing something mellow (e.g. Go climbing all day Saturday, followed by food and a movie afterward).
- It’s very important to be clean. It’s hard as hell not to be messy though.
- I don’t like sugar as much as one ought to. I like chips way more than any person ought to though, so I guess it balances out.
- I may be a closet redneck. I like country music and guns. What can I say?
- If you ask me a sincere question, I will give you a sincere, truthful answer.
- I thought that those drinking days were behind me…but there will always be that Wisconsin in me.