I believe in a higher power, but not the Bible. I believe that if we are judged when we die, it will have much more to do with how we treated each other and the planet than who we slept with or what we ate on Friday. I honestly don't care what you believe (I mean that in the nice way, not the snarky one) as long as you don't try to change me...and I won't try to change you
I think that as long as you effectively communicate your relationship needs and personal boundaries, you should be able to trust your partner(s) to treat you right without making a lot of rules and restrictions...and if you can't trust them to treat you right, perhaps you're with the wrong partner. I have no interest in controlling anyone (unless we're talking about the fun and consensual kind) or being controlled. I don't believe in double standards - ganders and geese have total equality in my universe.
I really belong on the West coast, but won't make it there for at least a few more years, probably to the Bellingham, WA area. I would love to live in an intentional community or household of several adults (and their kids if any) helping each other through life, working together to make life better instead of in competition with each other.
I love the outdoors and adventure, having raised 3 children alone for 20 year's. With the exception of the youngest whom I lost 3 years ago, they are now very open minded and responsible young men, good citizens, and I'm very proud of them. While I am OK being alone, it is often more fun to have a partner in crime and I think we all dream of growing old with somebody. Now that my children are gone, and nursing school is finished, I often find myself with more free time than I know what to do with
If you see me repeatedly stalking your page, I'm probably looking you up on my phone and plan to say something eventually when I'm on a computer....or I didn't recognize the thumbnail on my phone until I clicked it.
I love new experiences, whether we are talking traveling or other and I am thoroughly enjoying my 2nd childhood as I embark on my 2nd career. I am very versatile and enjoy Free Hugs (look it up on Youtube) as much as welding. I date people, not skin colors, body shapes, or sizes so as long as you think we can get along and you can keep up, I'm game.
We're all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness — and call it love — true love.
In other words, if you voted for Trump, don't waste your time on me as we are obviously ethically and morally incompatible.
A few years ago, the kids and I did a 3-month bicycle ride from Queens, NY to Rapid City, SD and I'm working on planning a 3-month Australian walkabout in another year or so. In the meantime, I'm pretty heavily involved in hosting couchsurfers and traveling more locally; https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/floridacyclist has 100+ personal references from people that I've hosted or been hosted by.
I love contra dancing and can't wait to get back to taking Yoga now that school is over. While I will probably not go "off the grid", I think that the more food we produce ourselves, the greener and healthier we can live....and more cheaply to boot. Journeytoforever.org is my friend.
Here's a list of my interests as keywords for anyone searching for them : amateur radio, archery, banjo, bicycle touring, bicycling, aviation, biofuels, camping, canoeing, contra dancing, disaster relief, geocaching, ham radio, falconry, hiking, kayaking, motorcycles, Society for Creative Anachronism, open relationship, organic gardening, paganism, permaculture, polyamory, recycling, Ren Faires, sailing, SCA, wicca. This is by no means an inclusive list as i am always open to learning about new things. I don't try to do them all at once, I may learn about something then put it on a shelf while i pursue something else. So many experiences, so little time LOL
We used to have something on here called awards...you know, back in the day. I saved mine because...well, people actually said these things about me. Some are former lovers, many are still my friends in real life.
ButterflyBliss gave me: Friends In Real Life
Awarded Sep 19, 2009
“Outgoing personality and always planning group trips and get togethers. He definitely has a zest for life!”
theonlywordnerd gave me: The Perfect Mix
Awarded Dec 10, 2010
“Smart, fun, super cuddly. Awesome and full of win. ”
(user no longer member) gave me: The Great Date
Awarded Dec 14, 2010
“Hi Ladies. This is a good man. Fun, smart, polite, interesting and guaranteed to make you laugh. I was passing through his town and he was sweet enough to show me the lovely architecture of Tallahassee, State Capital, a gorgeous State Park and even humored me with my request of checking out the thrift stores for a hunt to find the perfect purse! Really nice gentleman. I would have loved to spend more time with him and meet his son had I been in town longer. I sure hope Gene and I keep in touch and meet again someday.”
timbertiger10 gave me: Makes Me Laugh
Awarded Dec 29, 2010
“This is a great man! Would've given him the peas, except it was already done...LOL..He is full of humor and jest for sure, but he knows when to quiet it down and be serious too. I hope to be good friends for a very long time to come. Definitely someone worthwhile to meet!”
(usern no longer member) gave me: Smarter Than The Average Bear
Awarded Apr 1, 2011
“Smart, funny, considerate, compassionate, excellent communication skills, and a rarity - real common sense. Definitely smarter than the average bear and an innovative thinker. Had a great time. Very easy to talk to. ”
(usern no longer member) gave me: The Great Date
Awarded Sep 13, 2011
“I really enjoyed visiting with Gene and Yvonne. They are great people :) Had a really good time. More visits to come :)”
Also good at giving repressed and closed-minded people mild coronaries when they read my profile :)
I don't really watch much TV and that includes movies but I do like anything by Mel Brooks, or old John Wayne movies; I'd really rather be doing something outside, but we will download a movie from time to time...anything from a war movie to a girlie flick. I also like downloading videos from www.twoknottyboys.com and learning new tricks to keep things interesting.
If I do see or hear of a TV show I like (Firefly and Dexter are my favorites), I just download the whole series and make a party out of it.
I like all music but I've developed a liking for Australian country. Check out Lee Kernaghan, The Sunny Cowgirls, Emma Kelly, Slim Dusty and a few others or check out http://tinyurl.com/geneozmusic for my Youtube playlist. It sounds a lot like our country music from 15 years ago...or like one of my friends remarked, it sounds more country than country. Half the fun is picking out the cultural differences in the music and videos...words, idioms, vehicles used etc
I'm pretty omnivorous. I look for foods that I haven't tried yet in restaurants and have been known to tell the waiter in a Vietnamese restaurant to surprise me. I like to make my own sushi or invent other new dishes but can in no way be called "a chef". I keep a vegetarian kitchen by voluntary agreement with my Hare Krishnan roommate, but have never let that stand between me and a good steak, some fried chicken, or seafood.
Several religion tests said I was Wiccan, and I am interested in learning more or meeting others who practice it, but I am not Wiccan myself. My background is Native American and my beliefs (not religion) have always leaned that way pretty strongly; I consider myself an eclectic pagan following a primarily Native path. I really enjoy the Unitarian church that I attend as they are supportive of my quest as I seek my own path. I spend a lot of time thinking about how to make the world a better place....or at least my little corner of it....and actually succeeding at it much of the time. I've been spending a lot of time lately trying to figure out my version of the truth and regardless of where I find it, am positively eternally grateful for such a beautiful world to live in; I just hope to learn as much as possible about it in the time I have allotted.
I have no problem with any belief system; I think that whatever anyone believes is the truth for them and will support and celebrate their right to worship Jesus Christ, a Flying Blueberry Twinkie or nothing at all if they so choose. As a veteran, I was willing to fight to defend the right to both freedom of and freedom from religion and still feel very strongly about this. All I ask in return is that you afford me the same respect.
I do not predefine a lot about who I am looking for. You know who you are; this is about who I am. If you think we might enjoy learning more about each other as friends, give me a yell and we can talk; whatever happens happens and it really is all good as long as we're totally honest and open with each other.