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My self-summary
Somehow "I learned that it was in hard times that people usually change the course of their life; in good times they frequently only talked about change. Hard times force them to overcome the doubts that normally gave them pause."

I consider myself to be a Buddist, a feminist, a humanist, and several other "ists." Email me to find out more :-)
What I’m doing with my life
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and have worked in a variety of different settings. I enjoyed working homeless populations the most. When I'm not saving the world one homeless person at a time I enjoy reading, music, art, backgammon, and other hippie dippy type shit.

If I were to write a book about my life I would title the chapter on my mid-to-late 20's "trying different ways of living and fucking up" because that's exactly what I did. I would call the chapter on my early 30's "picking up the pieces, working out my baggage, and getting my shit together" because that's basically what I have been doing. Soon I'll be able to stay in all earnestness that I am emotionally, financially, and spiritually stable.

I’m really good at
Telling the difference between a Redwood and Maple Tree... And I can drink coffee and play backgammon like nobody's business.

Seriously though: I'm really good at being myself and I think I'm really good at allowing others to be themselves. Like the (now) old song goes, "come as you are."
The first things people usually notice about me
Well I like to wear women's jeans, not because its trendy, but because it helps the ladies to notice the enormous package I've got going on... (because meaning and sarcasm sometimes gets lost in translation over text I want to point out this was a sarcastic joke)

I try to be authentic with everyone and I am still very much a work in progress. If I had a dollar for every intention I have then I'd be a very rich man... Alas, those around me settle for my boring, funnybook-making ass.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Favorite book: Watership Down (Richard Adams), pretty much anything Nietzsche wrote... If the Buddha Dated (Charlotte Kastle).... And the bible-- particularly the books of John and Philipians.
Movies: way too many to name them all here but the ones that come to mind as I am typing this are: Moulin Rouge, Timer, and Wayne's World. Honorable mention: eternal sunshine of the spotless mind.
Music: Radiohead, Placebo, Coldwar Kids, John Coltrane, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, soul Position, atoms for peace
Food: I try to be mindful of the things that go into my body. That being said I enjoy cooking and I enjoy eating healthy food. Asian, Persian, African, whatever. Bring it on!
The six things I could never do without
I have no idea. This question, quite frankly, makes me feel a bit of anxiety. Um...
1.) music,
2.) my dog basil ("bazzle")
3.) Spirituality
4.) Showers
5.) love
6.) compassion
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I spend a lot of time thinking about random things and events like why there's a series of high powered satellite dishes next to my apartment complex or what causes pity or how to end homelessness. I also like contradictions. For example, on the statue of liberty is written, "give us your tired, your poor, your hungry" but if you happen to suffer from mental illness then you're treated as a second-class citizen... In fact I think about the gross over generalization of pathology in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (IV-TR) is pretty insane and, what's worse, it's only going to get worse next year when the DSM-V is published. Didn't I say that I work in mental health and that I want to fix it all?

Sometimes I think my heart will cave in because of the empathy that I feel for nearly everyone. One time I was in a city foreign to me and, when I gave a homeless person $10, the person I was with said, "why did you do that? You know they're just going to spend it on drugs." My retort was something along the lines of, "if they do that it's their choice. Seriously though, if I were homeless I'd probably do the same thing." Wouldn't you?
On a typical Friday night I am
Out with friends or at a show with randoms or I'm hanging out at discovery green with my dog, sipping tea, or looking at art. Sometimes-- not often, but sometimes -- I can be spotted consuming alcohol with very old friends in the Montrose area.

I like to spend a lot of time thinking about the feelings about my feelings, and about the feelings I have about the feelings about my feelings... (bonus points if you referenced "Stuart Saves His Family" with Al Franken).

I wasn't sure where to post this because to me it seems appropriate in many places so here goes: Meyers-Briggs Personality Inventory
Introvert(22%) iNtuitive(38%) Feeling(50%) Perceiving(33)%
You have slight preference of Introversion over Extraversion (22%)
You have moderate preference of Intuition over Sensing (38%)
You have moderate preference of Feeling over Thinking (50%)
You have moderate preference of Perceiving over Judging (33%)
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I am a recovering heroin addict. If that's not for you then lets not waste each others' time.
You should message me if
If you have found anything above even remotely interesting.