I’m very much an outdoors person. The wild is what recharges my soul. I also can’t live without my books. I’m super curious and love to try new things and meet new people—yet sometimes need someone to kick me out of my routine. That’s where you come in.
I like and admire complexity in the world and in others but strive to keep it simple.
Grooming horses comforts me.
When not working, I play—snowboarding, hiking, floating down a river, fishing, hunting and otherwise enjoying the bounty this great place has to offer.
My job has taken me all over the world and when I had the opportunity to up and move someplace new a couple years ago I chose Montana. No place feels so much like home to me. So I’m here for the long haul.
Beyond that, I’m kind of a Jack of All Trades. I know how to fix things that break, read people fairly well and can whisper one hell of a dirty story in your ear. I can also back up a trailer like nobody’s business.
I no longer worship at the altar of the Gods of Stadium Rock, but I still visit and pay my respects: Led Zep, The Who, Queen
Voices I never tire of: Bjork, Billie Holiday, Patsy Cline
From time to time I’ll join Willie on his bus and travel with the outlaws: Hank Jr., Johnny, Waylon, Willie, DAC
Favorite guitar maestros: Mark Knopfler, Django Reinhardt, Jerry Garcia, Doc Watson
When I'm kickin’ it old-school: De La Soul, Chuck-D/PE, Ice Cube
When I’m looking to crawl into a bottle of bourbon: Lucinda Williams, Coldplay, Kathleen Edwards
When I want to chill: Miles Davis
Books: I’m a book geek and I’m always deep into several titles at once. I think the kindle is the greatest invention since beer in cans. I've recently been on a history kick. American Nations is a great read. Dirty Wars and Ghost Wars are fabulous pieces of reporting that tell the story of how we got so deeply involved in the wars in the Middle East and Central Asia. Not very uplifting, but illuminating as hell.
If you take writing seriously, I highly recommend "On Writing" by Stephen King. It is an unflinching look at his career and his addictions as well as a bare-knuckle prescription for anyone who wants to write professionally.
My first love was (and remains) sci-fi and fantasy. I’m still astounded by the majesty of Tolkien, the fearless imagination of Phillip K. Dick and the narrative power and vision of William Gibson. I read a lot of histories. Straight up histories, historical fiction, fiction with strong historical connections and biographies. (Aubrey/Maturin, Steven Pressfield’s works, Flashman, The Last Lion, Shelby Foote, John Keegan) When I feel like going big and brainy, I’ll go swimming with Moby Dick or re-read Gravity’s Rainbow. I think Lonesome Dove is one of the most perfect books ever written. And, being a guy, I can’t help but love Hemingway, Jim Harrison and Annie Proulx.
Most of my TV is from Netflix or purloined off the Internet. (Aye, I be a digital pirate matey.) I think BSG was the best series ever. The Wire is a close second. I like Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, Parks and Rec, Star Trek a la James Tiberius Kirk and Anthony Bourdain. Game of Thrones rocks and Vikings is sort of a guilty pleasure. Recently, I've started watching Turn and Stranger Things.
Some great movies: Fargo, LOTR, Bladerunner, Secretary, Casablanca, Josey Wales, Alien, Chinatown, Matrix, Beckett. I love the Dude even though White Russians make me gag. Guardians of the Galaxy was surprisingly charming.
A sense of humor
An ability to think beyond the written rules
The sound of moving water
Meat cooked to perfection
...and, of course, my children
Ultimately I'm looking for a partner. In crime, adventure, passion, life. Someone to row the rivers of life with, literally and metaphorically.
Also, if you made it this far, I cannot see who "likes" me here. So if you want me to know that...send me a message. :-)