I have NPR going in the background a lot. I spend a lot of time as an active member of some large public groups: Bike Party, Green Party, various peace and justice marches, and all sorts of public stuff.
I'm a retired high-tech guy. I live frugally, do my own thing, and try to get along in the world. I'm not that tall, not that fat (working on that by riding my bike a lot), and I dress casually. I have a lot more control over my time than most people. Some might call me a nerdy and hippieish guy.
I take great pride in my small carbon footprint. I quit flying many years ago. My lights have been CFL twisties for ages. Nowadays I'm thinking of installing much more efficient LEDs in some of the sockets I use a lot. I've been car free for more than nine years. My power bill is generally around $20/month. I can go on and on about that type of thing.
P.S. If doing the quick match thing and you want to talk to me search for DontBeFuelish. Also, an email brings you to my attention for sure. Likes tell me nothing because I'm too frugal to pay for that feature.
Right now I'm enjoying gardening a lot. I'm eating homegrown tomatoes again. All the tomatoes I ate at home between July and October last year came from my garden. Last years grape harvest was eaten in about twenty minutes by a friend's daughter. (The year before I didn't get anything, so that was an improvement.) Looks like that was better than I'm getting this year. This year I'm going to get my first kiwi harvest. So excited about that! The collards and chard are providing me with most of the greens I eat at home. I'm drowning in zuchini! You could help me a lot by suggesting some uses for those...
I've not read much fiction in the past couple of decades, but lately it's been a novel or two a year Last year's best was American Gods by Neil Gaiman. My sister's daughter's husband gave it to me to read on the Greyhound bus on my way home. I didn't finish it during the trip but it got hooks in me. Took weeks to finally finish carrying it around as my transit read. This year the only novel I've finished is The Martian by Andy Weir. I started on a few others but they didn't grab my attention enough to get finished.
As a sustainability activist I've read a lot of books about oil and public policy. Gore's "Inconvenient Truth" is a good one but I liked the movie better. I consider Richard Heinberg to be the best author in the genre. His books, "The Party's Over" and "Powerdown" expand on the theme in many ways. The best overview of the literature on the topic is Rob Hopkins book "The Transition Handbook, How to Transition from Oil Dependence to Local Resilience." That one has a lot more social science in it than most of them.
For music and movies I follow my mom's advice, which was "bloom where you're planted." I can enjoy just about anything, but my favorite bands are Michael Franti and Spearhead, Sheryl Crow, and Cake. My attitude about movies is "I'll see it if you'll go with me." That is except for horror movies, which I avoid.
What I really want is somebody to ride with on bike party rides. If you can keep a moderate pace for thirty miles or so on a bicycle on a Friday evening and enjoy it, PLEASE contact me. Having said that, I gotta confess that I probably know most of the women in that category, and they aren't interested in me. So don't think not being one of them is a disqualification.
How about this: So finally after two years of browsing profiles I finally meet this woman who can handle the bike riding of bike party. She starts going to rides and enjoying the scene. Ends up being a hot item with James. I'm glad she found someone she likes. I'm glad she also likes riding bikes with the rest of us. Adds a nice feminine touch to a group that is too heavy with guys. Now all I can think is "It would be great if there were more like her out there."
I found a link to this essay on somebody else's profile:
It captures the essence of my philosophy on first dates. Let's do coffee or something like that if you feel at all interested! I really enjoy talking to people I've not met before.