However, some brass tacks to begin with. First off, I'm in forest science and management, hence the lumberjack pun. This means I spend a damn good portion of my time geeking out over things like base saturation, mycorrhizae, fire behavior, and board feet. Actually, I spend most of my time putting on boots with big spikes on 'em and getting dirty doing forest work. Just go cue up "I'm a Lumberjack and I'm OK!". I just finished my double degree in forest sciences and English literature back in June and have been working in the woods ever since. My employment and location are constantly in a state of flux so unfortunately everything else in my life ends up taking a backseat to that, which I really don't mind since I'm absolutely in love with my field of work. I mean, I spend my time tromping around in the woods measuring trees so there are few things that can compare. After this gig, my plans revolve around camping and couchsurfing until I take off traveling in another country, unless something more appealing shows up.
Let's see, there's also beekeeping. In a past year I helped run a student urban apiary and nothing makes me babble with joy more than talking about Apidae apidae. 30,000 little buzzing friends who give me lovely things like honey, wax, propolis, and pollination? Hell to the fuck yes. I haven't had a consistent enough living situation to get back into it though. Sadness!
In general, in addition to the general fun survival/ self-reliance skill set I'm always trying to build up, the pursuit and development of food/ resources has always been a hobby. I like seeing where my food is coming from, who is growing it (often me), and what I can do with it. I've been a part of several urban farming/ gardening organizations, and grow in my own backyard (when I have one). Anything from dehydrating to dumpstering. After that I preserve, pickle, and brew. My kitchen is a living kitchen. Sauerkraut stews in a jar in the corner, kombucha bubbles happily, and pickles grow sharp and tangy in the fridge. Sometimes I brew beer and have tried brewing apple cider, though I'm no expert. If it was possible, I'd love to get more into livestock management, hunting, fishing, and foraging.
And of course, all the usual PNW interests: backpacking, hiking, kayaking, gardening/farming, biking, dumpster diving, yoga, comics, role playing games (RPGs), drawing webcomics / blogging, reading science fiction, fantasy, forest science, and how-to books, swing / blues dancing, drinking whiskey and beer at my favorite dive bar, and creeping on bearded men wearing flannels.
Side note: before you decide to be condescending to me about it like many men on here have thought it is hilarious to do: Yes, I do come off as quite the little hippie now and then. However, I cut down trees for a living, my idea of fun is brawling, and I cannot stand the smell of patchouli, so hush.
Also, I have been known to be polyamorous on occasion, but I've been involved in good and bad poly relationships and am pretty picky. And no, this doesn't mean I'm interested in getting it on with you and your girlfriend because you want to spice it up in the bedroom. Nooooooooooooooooo.
And the proper use of the word literally.
Books; Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson, Neuromancer by William Gibson, The Riddle Master of Hed by Patricia A. McKillip, A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold, Tithe by Holly Black, Dawn by Octavia Butler, The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett (I’ve read everything of his),The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester, American Gods by Neil Gaimen, Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, The Goblin Market by Christina Rosetti, The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, Boneshaker by Cherie Priest, The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin. The Classics (as in, was once in Latin or Greek), anything Shakespeare, anything Victorian, and anything that makes my brain go “buuuuuuuhhhhh”. Genres include: Historical fiction, fantasy, sci-fi, satire, steampunk, and travelogues. Most modern/ realistic stuff I detest (sounds like whining and justifications for being shitty humans), but some more funny or travel-based books have been turning my head a bit. Like Tom Robbins! Still Life With a Woodpecker was delicious. I can't hear "Yum" anymore without shivers. (If that doesn't motivate you to go read it, there is no hope for you).
Comics: Transmetropolitan by Warren Ellis, Sandman by Neil Gaimen, From Hell by Alan Moore, American Vampire by Scott Snyder, Hellblazer, Fables (the original run), Hellsing, and so many more. So many! Personally not at all a fan of superhero comics, too worn out a genre.
Movies: The Big Lebowski, Perfect Blue (anything by Satoshi Kon), Red Cliff, Throne of Blood (anything Kurosawa), Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo (anything Miyasaki), Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Labyrinth, Blazing Saddles (anything Mel Brooks), Across the Universe, Monty Python, Much Ado about Nothing, Cowboy Bebop, and so many more. My tastes for movies are about the same as for books, read above!
Music: Does it have a non-repetitive sound, beat, uses clever tricks, and isn’t rap, hip-hop, pop, or eurotrash? Sweet, give me a listen. Gypsy folk punk rock blues cabaret mash ups and any combo of the above. Hurdy Gurdys for the win! I've been enjoying the kind of music Ratatat makes lately.
Food: I want the food I'm eating to kick me in the teeth, seduce me in a melted puddle, burn my brains out, fill me up, do clever things with flavors, and then evoke from me the sounds I save for the bedroom. If it doesn’t, screw it. Thai food is my favorite.
Also, no matter how nice/ handsome you are, if you live in another state, you can't give me cuddles and therefore are entirely disqualified from my dance card. Sorry!