49Sacramento, United States
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My self-summary
I just moved back to Sacramento after a seven year detour in San Francisco. Yes, it was simultaneously fun, interesting, a pain in the ass, nice weather, good food, and... why did I move back?

Oh yes, I'm moving into a house I bought a few years ago to fix it up and hopefully sell it. Want to buy a house? Oh, and I'm from Sacramento, so most of my friends and family live there. And I'm looking forward to skiing more than three days a year.

I'm not changing the world in my job, so let's get that out of the way right now! I work for a large, blue-and-white-placarded utility company that's been in the news a lot lately. No, it's not my department! I'm a substation inspector (electrician by trade), which is kind of like a cross between a warehouse clerk and a high school vice principal. It's not a source of a lot of artistic fulfillment or anything, but it keeps the lights on. Whaaaaa!

I take my interests elsewhere... Like:
Black and white film photography (and darkroom)
Chasing my niece and nephew around
Spending time with old friends
Snow skiing
A little mountain biking, hiking and river swimmin'
Bourbon sippin' and record listening'
(Why do I hear a banjo playing?)

So... who are you? Really, I don't know yet! It would be nice if you were witty; self-contained,; acerbic; sincere without being too earnest (please don't write me sonnets on the second date!); somewhat in shape; into cool music but still capable of camping it up with a big, dumb old Billy Joel CD.

Yeah, that kind of thing.
What I’m doing with my life
Making a living; hanging out with friends and family; a shot of adrenaline now and again; search for a good career/free time balance.
I’m really good at
Skiing in a long-abandoned style. Shooting film. Shooting. Summing up any evening's events with a deft reference to a 1940s Loony Tunes cartoon. Telling a story. Arguing a point without patronizing you within an inch of your life. Fixing a light and a plug and telling you that you've got way too much stuff plugged in at the same time. Knowing my business, which consists of getting electrons from one place to another. In tiny little buses. I'm also really good at not remembering why I went into the other room.
The first things people usually notice about me
Well, it's the high-school quarterback good looks, of course! I was told recently that I look like a character actor. Not anyone in particular, just someone's brother or dad or co-worker. I was hoping for Harry Dean Stanton.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
That's a lot of questions for just one box. Is this one of those Christian sites that tries to pair you up with someone using some poorly-weighted algorithm that attributes as many points to one's favorite color as their political views? Hmmm, sounds like somebody didn't have a good experience with E-harmony!

OK, here are a few random things:
Creedence; The Gourds; Robert Earl Keen; Drive-by truckers; What's the Matter With Kansas; Goodfellas; Jaws; Son Volt; The God Delusion; Holding Fast the Inner Lines (WW1 tome); The Clash; Elvis Costello; old delta blues guys whose names start with "Blind"; old Cold War Kids; Bob Dylan; The Beatles; Rosamede; Brian Eno; Salon; Tom Waits; Pliny the Elder; old Stones; Heartless Bastards; Old 97s; old Joni Mitchell; Tricky; almost anything played on the turntable... except maybe for Mac Davis and the Barbara Streisand Superman album. Not those.

Of course tastes are funny things. They don't seem to be very reliable indicators of how we'll get along. Rapport, wit and chemistry are elusive things.
Six things I could never do without
Coffee; wine; good conversation with good friends; really fast skis; something to work toward; something for music to elegantly leak from.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
When I'm not thinking about finding the next hiding spot at work, I think about politics and society and where I might like to go over the weekend. Why people on OKC announce: "I'm seeing someone now!" instead of just taking their profile down. What the world's tonnage of ants is. Whether I should get off the management track and just put my fucking tools back on. How glad I am that I can buy a shirt nowadays that isn't covered in embroidery. Why there's always a 70s soft rock minor Jim Croce hit stuck in my head. Oh, OK, I'll bite: Sex.
On a typical Friday night I am
Oh, I'm much too enigmatic to engage in anything typical. Or was that distractible? I fear it's the latter.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I bought a house that I don't live in in a city I don't want to move to mostly to shut up all of my parents' friends about the virtues of home ownership.
********UPDATE: I live in that house and city now. Not so smug now!
You should message me if
A list, I think.

1. You're bright
2. You have something to say.
3. You're interested in the world around you
4. You're hot... at least to me
5. You have an edge
6. You don't take yourself too seriously
7. You're not a Republican. Yes, you Libertarians are Republicans.
The two of us