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53 M Portland, OR

I’m looking for

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  • Ages 34–55
  • Located anywhere
  • Who are single
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating

My Details

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6′ 0″ (1.83m)
Body Type
Mostly vegetarian
Atheism, but not too serious about it
Graduated from university
Science / Engineering
Relationship Status
Relationship Type
Doesn’t have kids
Likes dogs and likes cats
English (Fluently), German (Poorly), French (Poorly), C++ (Okay)

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My self-summary
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I enjoy both outdoor activities (hiking, skiing, bicycling, camping, canoeing), and indoor ones (cooking, dancing, conversation, theater). I enjoy live music and dancing, having finally started in my twenties.

I like to travel, and have taken six trips to Europe, three with my bicycle. On two, I pedaled for a total of about a thousand miles. Bicycle touring is a wonderful way to explore the small towns and byways, and really get a feel for a country. I've also visited the Galapagos and New Zealand.

So, you say "it's nice to know what you like to do, but who are you? What makes you tick?"

I like to think of myself as reliable, honest, and open. I'm a steady, stalwart supporter of family, friends, and organizations. At work, I do the things that need to be done, and don't consider myself a prima donna. Engaging with others and working towards a shared goal is what lights me up.

I'm much more of a night owl than a morning person. That said, I tend to start waking up when it gets light out, so the early summer mornings here in the Pacific Northwest cause me to run short of sleep.

I'm a bit of a softie, tearing up a little at some movies or when reading touching novels. I really care about my family and friends, and how they're doing.
What I’m doing with my life
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I moved to Portland in March, and am still settling in and figuring out what's where, what's to love, and what suits me best. I'm slowly exploring Portland restaurants, checking out dance venues, and tracking down friends. I'd be delighted to meet more new people, and get some tips on life in Portland.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
... sticking with something to the bitter end, whether a book I'm reading (even if it isn't very good), a movie I'm watching (often through the closing credits), an event I'm attending (where I'll stay to help clean up afterwards), or relationships. A friend says those are all illustrations of commitment. I also have a good head for math, numbers, and directions. Unfortunately, I'm also very good at forgetting names.

I am pretty handy in the kitchen, though more of a "find and follow good recipes" cook than a free-form experimenter. The "Best Recipe" cookbooks work well for me. Their Masoor Dal (spiced red lentils) is very tasty and simple, while their Thanksgiving Turkey and Gravy are the best I've ever had, let alone made. Though mostly a vegetarian, I cook meaty dishes on occasion, like the full Thanksgiving spread, yummy Paella, or gumbo.

I'm also pretty good at home remodel projects. I've stripped three bathrooms to the wall studs and floor joists, and with some assistance, rebuilt them, installing wallboard, porcelain tile, hardwood flooring, a jetted tub, new lights, and exhaust fans.
The first things people usually notice about me
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If I'm in an unfamiliar group, or around people I don't know, I tend to be pretty quiet. When I'm with close friends or in comfortable circumstances, I can be quite a talker.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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I read widely, though not voraciously, from non-fiction (Guns, Germs, & Steel; The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat; A Walk in the Woods), to classical literature (Charles Dickens), and genre fiction (SF: Charles Stross, Neal Stephenson, and Elizabeth Moon; and mysteries: Laurie King). Recent movies I've enjoyed include Limitless and Hugo. Up! was wonderful.

I rarely go to the theatre, but really enjoyed Wicked, and have liked almost every play I've seen in Ashland. (Distracted was a surprise favorite).

I'm a big fan of live music, tending more towards folk music, music for dancing, and some of the the eccentric. (Brave Combo is the best "all of the above" example). Back when I was in college, I worked for the student radio station, so developed an affinity for the "alternative" music of the early 80s. I love Cajun music, and wish that we had more here in the Northwest.

I enjoy just about any good food, and love variety. Nicholas in Portland makes great Lebanese food. Novak's in Albany has great Hungarian cuisine. In Corvallis, Cirello's makes my favorite pizza in the valley, and Francesco's the best Gelato. I made the best raspberry sorbet I've ever had, and make my own second-favorite thin crust pizza, and favorite "Chicago style" think crust pizza.

Despite my personal nominal vegetarianism, I still go all out for Thanksgiving, with the full turkey and all the sides. Mind, the turkey and gravy are the only non-vegetarian items, and most are even vegan, so the annual splurge isn't too much of a deviation.
The six things I could never do without
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Friends, good food, music, sleep, the great outdoors, and intellectual challenges!

(I figure that air, and water are given. Perhaps food should be a given as well, in the sense of nourishment, but I'll still list "good food" as something special beyond just a bodily need for survival.)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
... my friends, my community, technology, the economy, and the environment. I suspect these are all topics that many people spend a fair amount of time thinking about. I also spend time thinking about the balance between work and life, roots and travel.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
... either starting to make a loaf of home-made bread for a Saturday pot-luck, or off dancing my feet off at the start of a full weekend of dancing.

OK, so the latter isn't really typical, but it's not that rare!
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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I'm a shy extrovert. I really love talking with people and getting to know them, but have trouble starting a conversation with someone I don't know, or entering an ongoing conversation.
You should message me if
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... you'd like to chat, exchange message, and, if we're both interested, to meet or try or find a shared activity. I'm open to potential friends and activity partners, and if something more should develop, so be it. I'd love to find someone with whom to share adventures, whether local or distant. I'm definitely NOT looking for a quick fling or to try to Make A Relationship Happen if we really don't have any chemistry.

I promise not to become a pest. I understand about the deluge of messages that some women receive, and have no wish to add to the overload. If I don't sound like your cup of tea (or pint of porter), I'll cheerfully wish you the best of luck in your search.