I've got a pretty fun and full life, full of activity, exercise, friends, a couple old and new toys. I've got it pretty good in a lot of ways. I'm fit and healthy which means I can run, bike, hike, work out at the gym, kayak. I can carry all of my 2-weeks' worth of full grocery bags from my car all the way along the long dock to home in one trip. Big deal! I know - but I hope I can still do that when I'm 95 - that's my goal. And bring home marathon age-group awards again by then. Maybe! It could happen.
I own a nice houseboat on Lake Union and live there full time at a fine end-dock slip location with sweeping views. When I lived in Colorado, I kept a large freshwater aquarium, and now I sort of live in one. Two spoiled rotten gatos are the real owners - they deign to let me live with them as long as I continue to feed them fish - canned, flaked, and boned, please. A little while back I got a super great deal on a very old runabout with interior seats and trim the same gross 1970s avocado green we love to scorn nowadays. Lucky me. It's old but runs well and lets me toodle around the lakes when it's dry out. That and a big wide tv for movie-watching are my main "toys". I don't do much tv but I love movies.
About me: I started life at a pretty young age in Wisconsin, then moved my fam to the El Paso desert when I was about a year old, then Colorful Colorado (sans fam) a year after high school. After 30+ years in those high mountains, I've now washed up on Seattle’s shores and think I'll stick around for a while. Sometimes I wonder what it'd be like to traipse off and be an expat somewhere like, say, Ireland or Europe. I'm not yet saying this is my big dream, but the idea sounds intriguing. I telecommute from home and coffeeshops which helped make my move here a little easier. I've worked part-time by choice for quite a while.
For a long time I scorned cities and their soft dwellers... Ha. Well, irony of ironies, here I am in this beautiful watery city, feasting on crow. I still hike and run and blah blah blah, but I've seen my city-mouse side open up - I love wandering the city with all the different experiences it has to offer. So, a deep bow and heartfelt "I'm sorry" to all those city mice I dissed all that time; I clearly didn't know what I was missing. NYC and Vancouver have become favorite North American city destinations - I can't get enough of them.
I want to be pretty honest and clear about why I'm here. It's not really about trying to find The One Forever. My goal isn't to change your status or mine. I was married for a good spell but have been out of that since 2006. I've always been pretty independent, and have come to truly enjoy being on my own. I've come to like the person that I am and am ok with my warts and eclectic parts. I'm pretty genuine, thoughtful, very open-minded, and compassionate of others. So, mainly I'd say I'm here for friends, activity partners, discussion-about-real-things partners, travel partners ... even fwb sounds nice if it should work out that way and there's mutual interest. I'd not ever try and push anyone in that direction or even suggest it; you can trust me on that - if it happens then it'll come about organically. If not, then no problem; friends is great! I've made some really great and close platonic friends from dating sites. I'm enjoying my life a lot as it is and don't have a desire to "settle down" or become anyone's exclusive boyfriend. If that's more what your main goal is, then super! No problem or judgment - you should have what you want. It's most likely not me, though. Someday out there I may think more about partnering up in some fashion again - who knows? Never say never, but I don't want to waste your time or lead anyone on. I want to cause no harm.
Even though I'm usually in strong disagreement with their beliefs, you won't find me slinging insults or mud bombs at the folks in the more conservative or libertarian side of the political spectrum or at those who believe in their various gods - it only widens the already-gaping divide that exists between us, and it "solved no problem ever". Altho gawd I'm tempted sometimes. :-/ Wake up, people! If you resonate with those beliefs then we won't be a match - just sayin. I despise Fox News and all it stands for and you should, too. I align with points of view and practices that I'd say Buddhist most closely describes.
An interesting tidbit - I have a lifelong love of the Gothic architecture style. That style is most amazingly expressed in the big Gothic cathedrals that dot the northern European countries and UK. I've visited lots of these and will be seeing more of them in the years ahead. Want to come?
Authors: Clavell, Potok, Bryson, Follett, Uris, Shreve, C Moore, Wodehouse. Dickens.
Some faves: Madame Bovary, You Suck, Pillars of the Earth, The Sparrow, Sex at Dawn, Shantaram, Armageddon, Tai-Pan, Watership Down, Shogun, Fool, Ethical Slut, King Rat, Velveteen Rabbit, Winter's Tale, so many.
Music: Paul Winter, pipe organs, Sia, Fleetwood Mac, Beatles, Shakira, Steppenwolf, Pink Floyd, Durufle, Saint Saens, Afro Celt, Baka Beyond, Widor, Rachmaninoff, Jim Croce, I Ching Symphony, Connie Dover, Santana, Acoustic Alchemy, Simon Wynberg... not into much country, metal, or rap.
Movies/TV I like:
Not so much TV - occasionally online shows. Schindlers List, The Mask (Carrey), Finding Nemo, Downton Abbey, Toy Story, Casablanca, Red October, Star Trek, Annie Hall, LOTR, Star Wars, Midnight in Paris, Monty Python, British sitcoms & dramas, Are You Being Served?, Daily Show,...
Food: pretty omnivore. I can cook some things, enough that I don't starve but not very gourmet. I tend to consider sushi to be catfood. You like it? Great! You're buyin' and can have mine too. :-)
George Carlin, Louis CK, James Gaffigan, Chris Rock, Bill Maher, Rachel Maddow, Lewis Black, Jon Stewart, Garfunkel & Oates.
Scottish Ales, Cask Ales, Guinness, Fuzzy Navels, Alabama Slammers, margs, ...
lots of real books and kindle too
gratitude for all I have
full body touch
riding costco carts across the parking lot (it works!)
walks around green lake
rice and noodles
a good red
fucking up more than occasionally
la fée verte
the Swiss Alps
the color green
the ability to see color - amazing when you think about it
a good Riesling
the color purple (sure goes well with green, yes?)
very cushy running shoes
being able to live in a smaller space
the French Alps
even more evolving
my treasured ability to count to 6
I'm a Pen Thief. Better guard yours, jussayin.
... You feel like it, or
... You want to walk or run around Green Lake, or
Just do it!