Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
As a kid, I hated when my sister's stuffed animals wore sweaters
because I felt they would overheat with their fur. I never
interacted with her dolls, but did feel a need to liberate animals
from sweaters. This is probably our largest sources of conflict to
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. 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.
I am inquisitive, observant, and playful.
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
I work on Earth Outreach
, a small team at Google that leverages
our infrastructure to solve global environmental, humanitarian,
health or conservation issues. This creates projects like quantifying
through big data machine learning, remote
sensing for illegal logging detection, malaria risk modeling,
developing underwater street view cameras
, working in the
Everest region of Nepal
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 traveling in far off fun
places, sometimes it is sitting in front of a computer. Work keeps
me some evenings, but weekends are not for an office. I quit
consulting years ago to relocated to the bay area and focus on
interests and passions that had not gotten enough attention. After
spending about two years traveling, attempting to live off the
land, studying Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupressure, a
Wilderness-EMT, and volunteering with kids and environmental
education I figured I should become "responsible once more" and get
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
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
• 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 2-3x speed. It doesn't
seem fast to me as I've grown accustomed to it, but am willing to
drop down to 1.5x if we are listening together (All the usual Radio
Lab, Planet Money, 99% Invisible, This American Life, StartUp,
Reply All, 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 an empty essay… fill me out!
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, but are easy to look at ;)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
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 or 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
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
1. The presence of good storytellers
2. Bicycles (road, cross, mountain, tandem, cargo, etc the garage
is full of them)
3. Warm toasty socks and a hat for nights under the stars
4. Tupperware & Ziplock bags (they are pretty amazing
5. A small hatchet for opening fresh coconuts (straw
6. This muppets video: http://youtu.be/do1-olB5FTk
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
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
Is this how our profiles will be viewed in 20 or 30 years?
Random fact: There are about 130 women in the bay area in my dating
range with "taco" as part of their username. Throw on a few more if
you include "tac0." Burrito is not nearly as popular.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
• Out for a night bike ride to visit the great horned owls of Stow
• 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
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
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.
You should message me if
Offer a few tips to help matches win you over.
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
• You want to be outside and try something new
• You would be open for an occasional evening at the opera or
• I recently got more into photography; loving the mix of
analytical problem solving with creative emotion and subtlety. It
plays on both sides of the brain. If you want to go out and play
with cameras, that would be simply grand
• 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
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
"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 those people
with their hearts in a safe deposit box and their eyes hypnotized
by screens. I promise you this: you will outlive them."
–Edward Abbey (with apologies for minor modifications)
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