Djibril
33 Portland, United States
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My self-summary
I work hard at keeping everything in balance.

To keep myself fit and sane, I regularly go rock climbing, biking (whenever the weather happens to be cooperative) and running (whether or not the weather is cooperative).

Around town, I enjoy spending time with my friends, cooking, drinking tasty things, reading, and hiking in Forest Park or further afield.

At home, my version of domesticity often looks like switching over from listening to my grime Pandora station to a recorded lecture on Medieval history as I'm cooking dinner from scratch and drinking homemade tonic. Eclectic but cozy.

As a leftover from the (very) old summary system, I am kinetic, zen, and eccentric.
What I’m doing with my life
Medicinal chemistry, otherwise known as making drugs. Trying to not set myself on fire in the process.

Bouldering as much as my fingers will let me.

Getting funny tan lines by spending large amounts of time on my bikes, either commuting or riding longer distances.

Writing a blog about cocktails and spirits.
I’m really good at
My life has revolved around chemistry and biology of various flavors for almost a decade, so I'd like to say that I'm halfway decent at them. Though it doesn't always feel that way when I've been banging my head on an experiment that isn't working.

I won't win races, but I like to think of myself as a reasonable cyclist. Generally prefer going far over going fast, but sometimes it feels good to push hard.

I've been climbing for almost two decades and can't imagine my life without it. With that said, I'm not as good at top rope or lead climbing these days, but I can tear up the boulders.

I have a pretty good memory... sometimes. This means that I can recall obscure facts that I learned years ago, but often forget why I went upstairs.

I'm almost always willing to help my friends, even if I'm not nearly as good at asking for help myself.

I make pretty tasty drinks and know where the good bars are in town.

I can fold fitted sheets.

I have also been told that I am an excellent source of body heat.
The first things people usually notice about me
Good question...I'm not really sure. Long hair? Legs?
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
a) Packing for Mars - Mary Roach, Under the Banner of Heaven - Jon Krakauer, Beggers in Spain - Nancy Kress, The Aztec Treasure House - Evan S. Connell, Shrill - Lindy West, Uncle Tungsten - Oliver Sacks, A Distant Mirror - Barbara Tuchman, 1491 and 1493 - Charles Mann

b) City of God, 10 Things I Hate About You, Henry V (1989), Saved, Hot Fuzz, Hotel Rawanda, Kung Fury, Guardians of the Galaxy

c) Red Dwarf, Coupling, The Last Kingdom, Galavant, Red Oaks

d) Artists in heavy rotation right now would include Beyoncé, Zoë Keating, Kinski, Ratatat, Bowery Electric, Do Make Say Think, DJ Shadow, Justice, Stars of the Lid, Diplo, Outkast, El-P, The Hood Internet, Cannibal Ox, Raekwon, Run the Jewels, and D'Angelo

e) I really enjoy cooking Indian food, shrimp scampi, coq au vin and whatever else jumps out at me from the cookbooks on my shelf. Eating out, I really enjoy tapas, Ethiopian, various varieties of Latin American food, and South Asian cooking. As one of my pictures will attest, I also like sampling the incredibly good desserts on offer in this town. I enjoy making tiki drinks and classic cocktails, but often a neat pour of scotch really hits the spot.
The six things I could never do without
My bikes, climbing gear, good books, some kind of computing device, friends to talk to, water.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How I'm going to make my syntheses work.

Ideas from books that I'm reading or conversations I'd had recently.

What new and exciting (or perhaps not so exciting if I'm feeling lazy) things I'm going to cook for dinner or drinks that I want to make.

New posts for my blog.
On a typical Friday night I am
If it's been a long week, I'm probably de-stressing at the climbing gym.

Otherwise I'm probably reading, hanging out with friends, staring at my computer or some combination thereof. There will probably be drinks involved.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
When I noted on the sidebar that I don't want to have kids, I really meant it. Getting snipped was one of the biggest weights off of my mind, ever. Since I'm of an age where a lot of people are seriously thinking about having kids, it feels worthwhile to get out upfront that I'm no longer equipped. With that said, I'm becoming more flexible about folks who already have kids but aren't looking for a new co-parent.
You should message me if
I sound like someone you'd like to get to know.

I enjoy surrounding myself with people who have their own passions, interests, and ambitions. If I was going to outline the kind of women I'm attracted too, the best way to put it would be that I'm seeking people who have parallel, but not necessarily the same, interests. Are you an engineer, a writer, or practice medicine? Fantastic. Do you kayak, go to yoga, or lift? Wonderful. Do you like baking, welding, or knitting? Fabulous.
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