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virgaflame

45 M Santa Fe, NM

My Details

Last Online
Today – 7:20pm
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
White
Height
5′ 7″ (1.70m)
Body Type
Average
Diet
Strictly anything
Smokes
Sometimes
Drinks
Often
Drugs
Never
Religion
Other, and somewhat serious about it
Sign
Sagittarius, but it doesn’t matter
Education
Graduated from university
Job
Technology
Income
$30,000–$40,000
Relationship Status
Seeing Someone
Relationship Type
Strictly non-monogamous
Offspring
Doesn’t have kids, and doesn’t want any
Pets
Likes dogs and has cats
Speaks
English (Fluently), Spanish (Poorly)

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My self-summary
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Ruffian at heart, with occasional gentlemanly tendencies that get in the way more often than I'd like.

I'm a photographer. Backpacker. Stargazer. A collector of obscure legends and lore. I can throw a pot or bowl, design and build an off-grid power system, convert semi-automatic firearms to fully automatic, and detect American foulbrood in a colony of bees. I know the difference between fillet and groove welds (but I'm pretty sloppy at both). When I was in college, I minored in ... well, pretty much everything. I work for a nonprofit organization, buy organic vegetables from local farmers, reuse and recycle - and I will never vote for a Green Party candidate.

I'm an advocate of the slow food movement, but I have thus far managed to avoid joining a convivium. Putting an international organization behind a movement advocating local agriculture seems just a little too silly to me.
What I’m doing with my life
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I've been trying to revitalize my (second) career as a fine arts photographer specializing in antique and alternative printing processes. Not much success so far, largely because I prefer to photograph old industrial buildings, and there just isn't much of that sort of thing here in northern New Mexico.

And of course, I spend much time reading, snowshoeing, backpacking, kayaking and doing other outdoors activities. These are, after all, the primary reasons I moved to New Mexico.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
My coworkers seem to think I'm quite good at my job: That is, fixing computer problems and gently teaching cranky end users how to use this newfangled technology. I suppose I'm competent at this stuff, anyway. But I wouldn't say I'm really good at it.

But what I'm best at are the skills which are no longer quite needed in modern society: I can hunt and shoot, navigate through backcountry wilderness (both by topography and via the stars) and I can grow my own vegetables. And I'm pretty damned good at all of that. I'm also very good with horses - they invariably like and trust me, and I, them - though I don't yet have the experience to be an exceptional rider.

My photographic skills, too, are antiquated. None of that modern silver gelatin (black and white) stuff for me! I'll stick to good, old-fashioned gum bichromate, cyanotype and calotype printing processes, thank you! [Edit: I like digital photography a lot, too. How very schizophrenic of me!]

Also, I make great Irish soda bread.
The first things people usually notice about me
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Probably the knee-length drover's coat smelling of petroleum waterproofing and the cowboy hat. That, or the fact I am hiking or snowshoeing much faster than they are.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Books: Dakota: a Spiritual Geography (Kathleen Norris). Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen). Lakota Star Knowledge: Studies in Lakota Stellar Theology (Ronald Goodman). More Guns, Less Crime (John Lott). Journeys to the Edge: In the Footsteps of an Anthropologist (Peter M. Gardner - a personal friend of mine). Orion Shall Rise (Larry Niven). The "Harry Potter" books are admittedly a fun read, but Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy is a work of (offensive and sacrilegious, but lovely) art. For New Mexicans, I recommend Santa Fe author Andrew Wice's "To the Last Drop: A Novel of Water, Oppression, and Rebellion." I also recommend it to Texans, as it'll annoy them.

Bjørn Lomborg's "The Skeptical Environmentalist" is a must-read for everyone, especially those who buy into the current eco-terrorist propaganda.

You can tell as much about me from the authors whose works I despise: Dan Brown, Richard Dawkins, Thomas Hardy, Al Gore, Ann Coulter, Carl Sagan... Sure, there are others, but these folks get dishonorable mention.

Film: The Vertical Ray of the Sun. A Scent of Green Papaya. Breakfast at Tiffany's. Frozen River. City of Lost Children. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Up. Memento. Yeelen. Ugetsu. Ulysses' Gaze. Singin' in the Rain. Cave of the Yellow Dog is perhaps the most beautiful film I have ever seen. I do not watch many current Hollywood films, as I refuse to support actors and directors who use their wealth and position to agitate for leftist policies that harm typical Americans like you and I.

Television: I try to catch the FOX Report and The O'Reilly Factor when I'm not catching free music on the Plaza or a lecture at the NM State History Museum. I've recently become a bit hooked on Longmire, though that's largely because it's filmed near here and I recognize a lot of the locations. I'm usually up for back episodes of Firefly or The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.

Music:I listen to everything from big band to old school country (Patsy Cline, Carter Family, Bill Monroe, that sort of thing). And everything in between. Lately I've been listening to the Andrews Sisters, Horrorpops, Manau, Angelspit, I:scintilla, Devil Doll (Colleen Duffy, not that terrible Italian goth band), Rammstein, Miranda Sex Garden, and A Fine Frenzy. And Deb Talan. Lots of Deb Talan. Latest gem of a find: Santa Fe alt country band Hot Honey.

Food: Sushi! Or home-cooked meals. Food is something I do very well (ask for the recipe for my corn and squash blossom chowder).

Other important favorites:
Famous Artist: Remedios Varo
Photographer: Margaret Bourke-White
Winery: Hallcrest Vinyards
Mountain range: Rincon Mountains
Firearm: Para-Ordnance Warthog
Operating System: Ubuntu Linux
Op-Ed writer: John Lott, Jr.
Gemstone: Apache Tears
Actor: Jimmy Stewart
Actress: Trần Nữ Yên Khê
Director: Davaagiin Byambasüren
Cigar: Drew Estate's Natural (dirt torpedo), though I used to prefer their Java Latte
Scotch: Lagavulin
Political Perspective: Anarcho-Capitalism
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Personal liberty. Personal responsibility. Courage. Solitude. Creativity. My fully loaded Para.

Don't get me wrong, I can also be a bit materialistic. My Nexus 7 tablet is quickly becoming indispensable because I have thousands of eBooks on it, and all my Internet news sites have apps. And damn, but I love Pixel of Ink!

Also, who'd want to go through life without a couple of wonderfully eccentric cats?
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
New photography projects. Political and economic theory from a minarchist libertarian or anarcho-capitalist perspective. What are the meanings behind the Syriac "Book of Steps?" And what can I make for dinner, from ingredients currently in season locally?
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
...filling out online questions about my typical Friday night. Eh, seriously I'm more likely to be reading, listening to Billie Holiday, and drinking a glass of tempranillo on my wonderful, herb- and flower-strewn balcony.

Once a month, I head down to the Plaza area for the First Friday Art Walk. This is particularly fun during warmer weather, when Manitou Gallery hires a mariachi band to play on their second-floor balcony.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 18–35
  • Near me
  • For new friends
You should message me if
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...you realize that FOX News really is one of the more balanced major news outlets around, but you still pay attention to Al Jazeera, NPR, The Jerusalem Post, and those morons at MSNBC.

Military are always welcome, but no LEOs, please.

Message me if you are anarcho-capitalist, or at least economically conservative and relatively socially liberal. I have little energy to waste upon socialists or fascists.