Mars_or_Bust
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My self-summary
**Have corp suite tix to A's vs Orioles on Sunday 8/31 and looking to share.**

***Will be at the Madras, OR airport for the Solar Eclipse on 8/21.***

Name's James. I'm a transplant to the Bay area from an enigmatic and foreign land, otherwise known as South Carolina. I'm not your typical southerner though. I come complete with "y'all", sweet tea, line dancing, and horseback riding but you might take note of the "agnostic" tag to the right. I came out here 5 years ago to work at a spaceflight R&D facility in Palo Alto. So, I guess you can call me the space cowboy....

Having just turned 30, I think it's about time I got explicit about what I'm looking for. Not that kind of explicit. Get your mind out of the gutter. Maybe not that far out of gutter. You are still dealing with me here. Though I'm not opposed to "enjoying being single" in the meantime, I think I should be clear about what my ideal is. What I want is the 21st Century Norman Rockwell painting: An amazing woman with a professional career and of mind of her own (if she makes more or is the more dominant one, cool) to share our lives together, buy and make a home together (yes, a heavy lift in the Bay), and have and raise kids together. (Ok, the "have" part is kinda one-sided. I'll try to help.) Also, must love dogs and bacon.
What I’m doing with my life
For the past year, I've been designing a spacecraft that's going to the Moon in 2019. We're just now starting assembly and my inner Kerbal is freaking out.

Attempting to navigate a career in Silicon Valley, do maker and hacker side projects, and have a life all at the same time. Results may vary.

Since moving out here, I've been up to all the quintessential NorCal activities. Hiking, backpacking, camping, skiing, kayaking, wakeboarding, bars and clubs in SF, wine country, and so much more.
I’m really good at
problem solving, planning, and procrastination. I think the first two are the result of practice caused by the third.
The first things people usually notice about me
Honestly, you should tell me.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
BOOKS:
Sci-fi genre books, especially Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars Trilogy and the Ender series. I got a new Kindle for Christmas, so I'm going through books like crazy.

MOVIES & TV:
I really like movies and TV that are a visceral exploration of humanity. Top honors go to Batman: The Dark Knight, Game of Thrones, Black Sails, and the modern Battlestar Galactica.

MUSIC:
When it comes to music, I'll listen to just about anything given the right situation. In general, I'd say rock for driving, country for riding, jazz for relaxing/expression, hip hop and EDM for clubbing, etc.

If you're looking for something to understand me by, listening to Halestorm would be a good start.

FOOD:
I'm a die hard foodie. Vegetarians will need to embrace my omnivorism. I used to have a small container garden when I wasn't in the city. I also like to cook fancy improv dishes. Interested in being a culinary guinea pig?

DRINK:
In general, I like the finer things. Craft beer, 18+ year scotch/whiskey/bourbon, good wines, and other examples of exceptional craftsmanship.
Six things I could never do without
Learning something new - wisdom is humanity's gift and curse.

Good friends - the most valuable commodity in this life.

The stars - to be reminded of our place in the universe.

Nature - what we come from, are sustained by, and will return to.

Sunny days - to feel the world smile.

The future - change makes the present precious.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
...why it seems like half of the OKC population has the exact same picture of themselves in front of Machu Picchu. I've never been there, but its hard to imagine that there's only one camera angle to pick from.
On a typical Friday night I am
...chatting with you over craft beer, fancy drinks, or scotch that's as old as we are.
...twirling you on a dance floor.
...wrapped up in a sleeping bag with you, watching the stars.
...cuddling with you in the corner booth of a swanky jazz club.
...doing something that you suggested.
You should message me if
You want to go hiking/backpacking/camping/mountain biking/kayaking together.

You want a travel buddy.

You want the same things I described in the "about me" section.

You much prefer meeting people in person than trading messages forever.

You have a suggestion of something awesome we should do together.
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