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windsifter

36 M San Francisco, CA

My Details

Last Online
Today – 12:08pm
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
White
Height
5′ 11″ (1.80m)
Body Type
Athletic
Diet
Mostly anything
Smokes
No
Drinks
Socially
Drugs
Never
Religion
Atheism, and laughing about it
Sign
Sagittarius, and it’s fun to think about
Education
Graduated from masters program
Job
Science / Engineering
Income
Relationship Status
Single
Relationship Type
Monogamous
Offspring
Doesn’t have kids, but wants them
Pets
Likes dogs and likes cats
Speaks
English

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My self-summary
As a kid, I hated when my sister's stuffed animals wore sweaters because I felt they would overheat with their fur. I never noticed with her dolls, but did feel a need to liberate animals from sweaters. This is probably our largest sources of conflict to date.

Big cities and remote quiet corners of the world have both felt like home. I've bounced from board rooms to grass shelters in a few hours, taught wireless networking in developing areas, and wilderness survival and nature observation skills to teenagers in Maine. I lead an independent life, but am close with my family. The rewards of a hammock are worth their weight when traveling, especially when accompanied with the right person on the right night.

I am inquisitive, observant, and playful.
What I’m doing with my life
I work on Earth Outreach, a small team at Google that leverages our infrastructure to solve global environmental issues or further non-profits across humanitarian, conservation, cultural & indigenous mappings, ocean science and education, quantifing global fishing, etc. We call it Geo for Good. I really love the job, people, and organizations it brings me in contact with and the impact we have. Sometimes it means hanging with Sylvia Earle and Jane Goodall or going to far off fun places, often it is just sitting in front of a computer. Work keeps me some evenings, but weekends are not for an office. I quit consulting, relocated to the bay area to focus on interests and passions that had not gotten enough attention and took a break from working. After spending about two years traveling, studying Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupressure, attempting to live off the land, a Wilderness-EMT, and volunteering with kids and environmental education I figured I should become "responsible once more" and getting another job. Outdoor options here amaze me as I've gotten back into rock climbing, cycling, SCUBA and freediving. The pile of books that builds over time has a few chips in it, but many more have been added. I’m down to earth, laid back, and really love the simplest things in life.
I’m really good at
• Systematically loading the dishwasher. Occasionally you may see me rearranging things and smiling to myself ;)
• Picking out quality produce. If sent out on a grocery run, I won't come back with a mushy onion or a bad cantaloupe
• Giving dogs acupressure sessions. Took a little bit of time to find the relevant landmarks, but they seem to like it and keep coming back for more
• Observing things that are often overlooked
• Listening to podcasts or audiobooks at 2x speed. It doesn't seem fast to me, but I'm willing to drop down to 1.5x if we are listening together (Radio Lab, This American Life, Planet Money, Moth, etc)
• A regular meditation program that happens most days. I like the stillness, I like the clarity, I like who I become
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm a redhead without a temper. Never knew we were supposed to have one. The other stereotypes tend to be true, including that redheads are put closer to the nursing stations in hospitals as we require 20% more anesthesia, bleed more, and are easy to look at ;)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
My bookshelves have a dedicated section for my favorite children's collection, field guides, alternative medicine and plants, a few cook books, some favorite novels, and a banana tree and nuts for snacking. I've been on a recent Steinbeck kick, reading his heavier and lighter works, adding color to the local Monterey & Carmel worlds I've come to know well through diving & research.

Cooking varies from chocolate chip cheese cakes or coconut custards to stinging nettle miso soup, abalone dinner parties, or whatever cravings need satisfying. I’m a sucker for hearty earthy meals and have been known to go out on "wild foraging sessions" for greens, berries, roots or anything in season in the sea. Much to my sister's dismay, a seaweed gathering trip made the house smell like the ocean for a day. A good juicy peach will make my night.
The six things I could never do without
1. Bicycles (road, cross, mountain, tandem, cargo, etc the garage is full of them)
2. Warm toasty socks and a hat for nights under the stars
3. Tupperware & Ziplock bags (they are pretty amazing things)
4. A small hatchet for opening fresh coconuts (straw optional)
5. The ocean and untethered measuring spoons & cups
6. This muppets video: http://youtu.be/do1-olB5FTk
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Which of our ancestors decided to drop our tail during evolution? I would gladly trade my appendix for one if given the option. My favorite pajamas as a kid had a tail (and feet of course) on them you could swing around as you walked, practice swishing it like a dragon, or wrap it around something to pull it behind you. We went to the zoo with a friend's 2 year old and he loved the monkeys, so I made him a tail to wear around the house. Then he told me I needed a tail too. He was right, I should really wear it more.

Is this how our profiles will be viewed in 20 or 30 years?
http://youtu.be/0bomkgXeDkE
On a typical Friday night I am
• Out for a night bike ride to visit the great horned owls of Stow Lake
• At board game night
• Getting ready to count fish & seaweeds for science. (California diving is beautiful: https://vimeo.com/101310896)
• Drooling over the Saturday morning trip to the farmer's market for a decadent pile of strawberries or bunches of kale
• Walking into a weekend camping trip by moonlight
• Making a cheese plate for a dinner party
• Working on home remodeling projects or building an underwater robot
• Reading
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
One morning at 3 AM a doctor in the ER bet me 10 dollars that my appendix hadn’t ruptured because there was no way I could be smiling and joking around if it had. A month later I got a bill for about $79,990; what a sore loser.

I've actually written a script that logs into OKC at random times while I'm off doing other things and visits hundreds of profiles in the hopes that you'll then view mine. It is quite effective, but I run the risk of missing people or sending the wrong impression. So if I visited your profile but did not message you, don't take it personally; chances are I haven't actually seen it. However, if you message me, even simple or short, know I will then see yours and be able to respond ;)
I’m looking for
  • Straight girls only
  • Ages 27–36
  • Near me
  • Who are single
  • For new friends, long-term dating
You should message me if
I'd prefer to meet quickly rather than send a lot of emails back and forth. If something here caught your eye, drop me a line (you don't need the perfect message, I might even settle for a wink) and let's just meet up for a drink or tea. ;)

• You have a sense of adventure and discovery, but also appreciate some comforts of home
• Confidence and humor is a must as those I grow close to are affectionately teased
• You would be open for an evening at the opera or orchestra
• You want to be outside and try something new
• You have gardening design skills. I've inherited a community garden plot and need to figure out what should go in it. Took me a while to clean it out but it is now ready to be planted. Domestic veggies take more maintenance and planning than wild foraging :)

I like my life, am happy with my career, friends, family, community and activities. I'm looking for a partner to build the next stages of life together and eventually a family. I treasure the relationships I've had, have been shaped by and have learned from the mistakes and experiences of them, and look forward to building for the long haul.

"One final paragraph of advice: Do not burn yourself out. Be as I am-a reluctant enthusiast... a part time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it is still there. So get out there and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, encounter the grizz, climb the mountains. Run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, that lovely, mysterious and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to your body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much: I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those deskbound people with their hearts in a safe deposit box and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this: you will outlive them."
--Edward Abbey