Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
Curiouser and curiouser. My favorite people are the ones with big
brains and a sharp wit. The former is good for thinking. The latter
might be for real knowledge or a good laugh or both at once.
I like to push myself some, sometimes, with some things.
Inevitably, part of my effort succeeds and part does not. I think
there’s a lot to be said for effort (intellectual, emotional,
physical). There’s also a lot to be said for sometimes not trying
at all, not lifting a single finger and just letting the world
carry you along with it . Life seems always a mixture of action and
I like to take everything in: Saintly thoughts, the sharp edges in
life, all those many shadows, completely inappropriate jokes. I
need that mix.
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
For work, I invent actual physical things. I know, crazy, no apps
whatsoever. These days those physical things are for cardiac
surgery and yes it’s wonderful and humbling and just plain awe
inspiring to see a doctor put something you designed into grandpa’s
beating heart and watch it work (usually, hopefully). I’m lucky and
I know it. I’ve been building things since I was a kid and I expect
to be building things for the rest of my life.
I do a lot of hiking and backpacking. I tend to seek out pretty
remote spots, either with friends or solo. Some of the best days of
my life have been spent far from any road and, sometimes, far from
even any trail.
From time to time, I build art projects in my shop. Right now, I’m
working on hardware that drags a ½ ton granite boulder very slowly
across my space. It scrapes and grinds and pops against the
concrete floor. It's pleasantly improbable and reminds me of
standing in front of a glacier.
I have very strong opinions about art but mostly keep them to
myself. When a work really strikes home, it moves me like almost
nothing else can. It matters.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Building just about any damn thing
Getting the seats on the plane with the most legroom.
Thinking, then acting on it
Not believing everything I think
Knowing when the moon is full and the tides are low
Reaching things on high shelves, particularly at supermarkets when
a little old lady needs something. Yes, this actually happens. Yes,
The first things people usually notice about me
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"Jeezus you're tall. What did your mother feed you?"
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Films: Andrei Tarkovsky (Stalker and Andrei Rublev in particular).
Most things by John Cassavetes. Airplane (“I am serious... and
don't call me Shirley.”). Almodovar. Herzog (esp. Fitzcarraldo).
Paul Thomas Anderson(“Inherent Vice” was great). Don Hertzfeldt’s
animation. Wim Wenders with Paris,Texas (the scenes with Harry Dean
Stanton and Natasha Kinski talking through the one-way glass are
just stop-you-in-your-tracks beautiful ). Road Runner cartoons and
all that hairbrained Acme gadgetry that the coyote orders.
Music: Tom Waits. Anthony and the Johnsons. Thievery Corporation.
Nick Cave singing “Wonderful Life”. Sundial, "Magic Potion". Jeanne
Balibar singing "A Rose is a Rose". Piano composition by Ludvico
Einaudi. Black Keys. Skye. Guilty pleasures would have to be 80s
music like Depeche Mode and the Pet Shop boys. Comedy: Mitch
Hedberg, Richard Pryor
Books: Anything by Denis Johnson (esp. “Tree of Smoke” from a few
years back). Margaret Atwood. Robinson Jeffers’ poems. Jorge Luis
Borges. Sedaris. Julian Barnes. Samuel Beckett.
Food: Gimme sushi, please. Anything hot. Ah, but no cilantro. I
and it tastes just awful to me.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Wilderness and a bit of silence now and again
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Recently: Kindness (to others, to yourself, to both at the same
time). Such a simple word that’s actually pretty tricky and
You should message me if
Offer a few tips to help matches win you over.
*In whatever you do, you're often curious to a fault.
*You want to know why I’m trying to drag that boulder around.
*You have a boulder you are looking to unload for the right
I seem to get along particularly well with transplants from the
east coast and from Europe. I’m a native Californian but often get
mistaken for a New Yorker or even a European. Go figure.
To sum it all up: Ingmar Bergman made a movie near the end of his
life (Saraband) in which a priest says the following:
“A good relationship has two elements: good friendship and an
I might add “a certain playfulness” and then that’s about what I’m
looking for. And you?
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