37Portland, United States
Join today
Find great matches with our advanced matching system!
Join today
Find great matches with our advanced matching system!
My self-summary
How would I describe myself? Wow! That's a loaded question. I'm a 37 year old pacifist hippie roaming in Portland, Oregon who feels like he's finally found a home here after having spent my life younger years in the American South, having grown up in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina and gone to high school in Lynchburg, Virginia. I'm very happy to have left the Bible Belt behind, and Oregon certainly is a more friendly place to my politics, religion and culture.

If you're into the Myer's-Brigg's at all I'm an Extroverted iNtuitive Feeling Perceiving (ENFP) personality type, and think I fit those characteristics quite well.

I'm a political activist who has been involved in a lot of progressive causes and campaigns over the years, most recently severing an intern for Amanda Fritz's successful campaign for re-election on the Portland City Council of Commissioners in November of 2012, and before that working on John Kitzhaber's successful campaign for Oregon Governor in 2010, Jeff Merkley’s successful campaign to unseat previous Oregon U.S. Senator Gordon Smith in 2008. I also worked on Pete Sorenson's (sadly unsuccessful) campaign for Governor of Oregon in 2006. I was also a major player in Dennis Kucinich's campaign for President here in Oregon back in 2004, and served as a Kucinich Delegate at the Oregon State Democratic Party Convention in July of 2004. I feel compelled to keep giving politics my all believing that a better world is still possible. If nothing else, Portland (nicknamed "little Beirut" for it's political activism) certainly brings me hope that at least I've found a little safe place. Sometimes I have found myself getting a bit discouraged when it seems true liberal progressives are silenced and some Democrats feel like they have to act like Republicans to get elected. As I've grown older, I've found if I want to make a real progressive difference, I need to work from the ground up and build alliances and make friends who share common goals in the political process. Accordingly, this year I re-upped myself as a Precinct Committee Person (PCP) for the Multnomah County Democrats for the 2012-2014 legislative cycle. I had served as a PCP from 2004-2006, but had not run for re-election since, but was motivated by Thom Hartmann's famous radio show quote, "Activism Begins With You, Democracy Begins With You, Get Out There, Get Active! Tag, You're It!” I'm proud to serve as a Precinct Committee Person in House District 42, Representative Jules Kopel Baily (the bluest House District in All of Oregon!) and try to stay active in Oregon Democratic Party politics. Additionally, I am currently the Elected Vice Chair of the Multnomah County Young Democrats (MCYD), as well as actively involved in the Young Oregon Democrats of America (YODA). I very much believe in the words, actions and deeds of those like Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert F. Kennedy, Russ Feingold, Paul Wellstone, Bernie Sanders and Dennis Kucinich who have constantly encouraged us to stay positive and remember that there is hope after all fear and distress. I have not totally given up my dreams, but admit I sometimes find myself wishing for more like-minded individuals to keep my spirits up. Getting more involved in Oregon State, Multnomah County and Young Democratic Party politics is causing me to regain some of the hope and faith I had lost after 8 years of George W. Bush and the Tea Party Revolution of 2010. I'm still hopeful and optimistic that a better world is still possible. Let's work together to enact positive change!

I'm actually a very religious person. I'm a Unitarian Universalist which is probably the one thing I identify more with than anything else in my life. I attend Unitarian Universalist Church services just about every week, sometimes more than once a week. I identify heavily with The Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism and try hard to live every aspect of my life in accordance with those principles and I believe the world would be a much better place if everyone else did. The Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism are: 1) The Inherent Worth and Dignity of Every Person; 2) Justice, Equity and Compassion in Human Relations; 3) Acceptance of One Another and Encouragement to Spiritual Growth in our Congregations and Our Society At Large; 4) A Free and Responsible Search for Truth and Meaning; 5) The Right of Conscience and the Use of the Democratic Process within our Congregations and in Society At Large; 6) The Goal of World Community with Peace, Liberty, and Justice For All; 7) Respect for the Interdependent Web of all Existence of which We Are All A Part. Check out http://www.uua.org/ if you're not familiar with Unitarian Universalism. I try to take these principles into consideration in just about every decision I make every day. I was raised Unitarian Universalist and in the past have been actively involved in various UU organizations throughout the Pacific NorthWest District of the Unitarian Universalist Association and throughout North America. Some of my recent interactions with some of the people who make up the Unitarian Universalist faith have led me, sadly to determine just as there are many hypocritical conservative Christians, so too are there Unitarian Universalists who do not always practice what they preach. Nonetheless, my faith in the theory and ideology of a religion based on an open mind, an open heart and sense of social justice and responsibility is something I keep very near and dear to my heart, and my religious faith remains very strong. I think it's largely my religious faith and calling that motivates me to work for peace, justice and true equality.

One thing that is probably very important that I provide is that I have Asperger's Syndrome and have had issues relating to unspoken social rules of etiquette. I'm a very warm-hearted person who always has good intentions and feel I am betraying my ethical and religious duties by ever hurting others, and would never attempt to provide any pain or suffering on anyone, even my enemies, as I do believe in universal unconditional love and the need for acceptance and tolerance with all people, even those who cause me distress. However, I've many times unintentionally (figuratively) stepped on the toes of others and not even realized I've upset someone until they start screaming at me. Obviously, by that time it's too late to have much success in defusing the situation. My heart is very warm and strong and I want a world of universal love, acceptance and communal responsibility and I do feel strongly that if anyone, anywhere in the world is suffering, we all as a society all bare some responsibility. I've found it increasingly difficult, though, as I've had countless friendships and relationships with people blow up in my face, often ending to with someone I thought was a friend or companion deciding they don't even care to speak to me any more. My Asperger Syndrome has led me to considerable depression at times. Over the years I have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Dysthymic Disorder (one step below bi-polar disorder in the depression cycle) with tendencies in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Anxiety Disorder. I think generally I'm a fun and exciting person to be around (at least I like to think that way), but I do go through moodiness. I expect someone who is patient, compassionate and understanding may enjoy spending time with me, so long as they can keep up with me!

I am a Unitarian Universalist, a male feminist, a hippie, a pacifist, a political activist, hopeless romantic and a bleeding-heart sentimentalist.
What I’m doing with my life
So, I'm kind of a wandering non-traditional hippie with respect to my education and career. I was 19 years old when I graduated from high school. It took me five years and summer school my senior to graduate, yet I still managed to graduate with a 3.3 High School GPA (I know, that's tough to do!). Likewise, at the age of 30 I finally finished my Associate's of Arts Oregon Transfer (A.A.O.T.) degree in June 2010!! I graduated from Portland Community College on June 11th. My original goal was to transfer to Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon to complete a degree in Political Science in September 2010, but unfortunately, due to a number of issues that are beyond my control, that did not happen. If I won the lottery or a full scholarship to SOU I'd totally still go there in a heartbeat, but I just don't have anyway to pay for the moving expenses alone much less the tuition and books down there now, so I applied for services with Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Services post community college graduation and enrolled in the Pharmacy Technician Program at PCC, which I graduated from in 2012, including a three-month on the job externship at Walgreens Pharmacy. I FINALLY LANDED A FULL TIME PERMANENT PAID JOB!!! I work as a Pharmacy Tech at Postal Prescription Services (PPS), the Mail Order Pharmacy wing of Fred Meyer Pharmacy and the Kroger Corporation. I am both Oregon State Licensed and federally Certified as a Pharmacy Technician and am really enjoying having a 40 hour per week paid job- sometimes I end up getting 51-53 paid hours working for PPS, though they amount of available paid overtime has been considerably reduced recently, and I still need money to pay for college tuition, so if you know of any Walgreens, Rite Aids, Albertsons or other retail or other pharmacies that is looking to hire floaters/part-time Pharmacy Techs, I'd love to pick up some extra hours. If I can't work for pay 8-10 on Saturdays at PPS, I'd really like to do so somewhere else. I figure OKCupid.com is a Social Networking Site as well as an online dating site, so if you're aware of any Saturday gigs for Pharmacy Technicians, hook me up! My passion is still for Political Science, and I am currently working to finish my Poli Sci Bachelor's Degree at Portland State University in conjunction with working full-time. I officially enrolled at PSU starting in Fall Term (September) of 2013, and so far I have a 3.8 GPA taking mostly 300 and 400 level junior and senior division college classes. As I previously mentioned in my spare time I enjoy political activism and volunteer work to build a more peaceful, harmonious and just world. I spend a lot of time exploring the religious questions of the role (or existence of) God and our responsibilities as human beings to one another and the world we live in. The question of an afterlife (heaven/hell/reincarnation/etc) is one that that constantly entrances me. Coming from the traditional Universalist wing of Unitarian Universalism, I am convinced that there is no such place as hell or damnation or an angry vindictive God. I do believe in the existence of Heaven, but as a place where all souls are welcome once they are able to put their life behind them. There is much more to this that I could discuss for hours. One of the things I enjoy about being Unitarian Universalist is the ability to take bits and pieces from all the great religions of the world and find what best fits my mold.
I’m really good at
Debate! While I do believe very strongly in respecting others and providing people the right for their own views opinions and expression, I do enjoy an intellectual exchange of ideas. Issues such as eternal religious questions and political roles and responsibilities fascinate me. I find myself constantly formatting and reformatting my ideals and values. I'm certainly also a good person to stand up for someone or something I believe in. You could say I'm a good advocate; I've never been afraid to stand up for what I believe in, regardless of consequences, which has led me to non-violent civil disobedience and near arrest, as well ostracization from social groups and even challenging teachers and other authority figures to defend themselves even if it means standing someone straight up in front of others and giving them a piece of my mind. I do feel I've worked long and hard in recent years to be more respectful and compassionate to others and do not feel that being cruel accomplishes anything in the long run, and do try very hard to learn to love all people, even those who cause me much pain. Nonetheless, I do have a very strong sense of social justice and civic responsibility and if I feel someone is impeding the rights of others or society at large I am not going to hold back on making my opinions known.
The first things people usually notice about me
My tie-dye, long hair, beads and sandals. I'm a 1960's kickback and there is no hiding that (even though I was born in 1980). I do think of myself as a very loving, compassionate, and sensitive person (which many who know me will attest to), but I do also have a radical side to me. I'm very outspoken about my political and religious beliefs, and while part of those very beliefs mandate that I show respect and compassion for those that disagree with me, I'm not shy about expressing myself. In recent years I've tried to work harder on harmony with others and finding common ground and understanding, and do believe that part of building a more peaceful, just and fair world is learning to live in peace and harmony with all people, and there is great benefit in learning to peacefully and respectfully disagree and coexist. I appreciate people who are patient with me and try to accept me and embrace me for who I am as I work to become a more perfect individual and similarly I try very hard to accept people for who they are as we learn to feel one another out and get along.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
(A) 1) Walden Pond and Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau, 2) Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid by Former President Jimmy Carter, 3) A Prayer for America by Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich, 4) Earth In the Balance by Former Vice President Al Gore, 5) The Conscience of a Liberal: Reclaiming the Compassionate Agenda by Former Senator Paul Wellstone, 6) Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle Class - And What We Can Do about It by Thom Hartmann, 7) Our Endangered Values by Former President Jimmy Carter.

(B) 1) Capitalism: A Love Story by Michael Moore, 2) Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore, 3) Sicko by Michael Moore, 4) Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Prices, 5) An Inconvenient Truth by Former Vice President Al Gore, 6) NBC's The '60s, 7) Titanic

(C) 1) Countdown with Keith Olbermann on Current TV, 2) The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC, 3) The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC, 4) The Ed Show with Ed Schultz on MSNBC, 5) Hardball with Chris Matthews on MSNBC, 6) ESPN Sports Center, 7) Sex In The City, 8) That '70s Show, 9) South Park

(D) 1) Unitarian Universalist Gospel Music, 2) Jefferson Airplane, 3) Bob Dylan, 4) Joan Baez, 5) The Dixie Chicks, 6) The Byrds, 7) Bruce Springsteen, 7) Simon and Garfunkel, 8) The Beatles, 9) Peter, Paul and Mary, 10) The Turtles, 11) Quicksilver Messenger Service, 12) The Everly Brothers, 13) The Backstreet Boys, 14) The Doors, 15) John Denver, AND MANY MORE!!

(E) 1) Vegetarian Cajun Food, 2) Vegetarian Thai Food, 3) Vegetarian Moroccan Food, 4) Vegetarian Ethiopian Food, 5) Vegetarian Indian Food, 6) Vegetarian Mexican Food, 7) Vegetarian Chinese Food (Yes, I LOVE ethnic foods and yes I am a vegetarian).
Six things I could never do without
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The eternal questions of life. Is there a God and if so what functions does He or She play? Is there an afterlife and if so what's it like? What is our role as human beings and what is our responsibilities towards one another, society and our environment? Is there hope for a more peaceful and just world, and if so how do we get there? Is there ever justification for violent force and if so when and how? What is the ethically and morally right thing to do when someone intentionally hurts you or someone you love? (I have my own ideas about these questions but I'd love to discuss them with anyone interested in having the conservation).
On a typical Friday night I am
Sadly, usually at home wishing I was out having a good time. I am definitely a "night owl" and enjoy the night life until the wee hours of the morning on Saturday, but sadly I don't have many friends or people to do those things with. I find myself spending a lot of time watching TV, surfing the internet or playing video games. It's not that any of these activities I find to be totally and utterly pathetic but I admit I'm an outgoing extroverted person who enjoys being the life of the party and going out and having a good time. I wish I had more folks to hang out with and places to go and more things to see and do. Maybe you'd like to explore Portland's nightlife with me?
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Well, I've already admitted I've been struggling with mental illness my entire life. I believe in trying to buck the stigma of mental illness and be able to talk openly about issues like these. I have been very proud of former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy's willingness to be outspoken about his struggles with bi-polar disorder and substance abuse and the need for parity in the United States. It really saddens me the assumptions many have about mental illness and how that makes someone unfit to hold certain jobs are makes them a weak person. Just as I think it is wonderful that Rhode Island's other United States House Representative, Jim Langevin, is able to serve openly in a wheelchair and be an advocate for the disabled, I hope that by the end of my lifetime the stigma of coming out about mental impairments will be able to pass. I also applaud Tipper Gore for her outspokenness in dealing with depression.

I also am willing to acknowledge that, while never criminal prosecuted, I have been arrested for nonviolent acts of civil disobedience in the past.
You should message me if
You share any of my common goals, interests or values. You think that despite my shortcomings you have the patience and energy needed to keep up with me. And most importantly you are serious about looking for something long term that requires commitment. I know I tend to fall in love too fast and I appreciate someone who has the sound mind to understand the difference between "puppy love" and real companionship, but I also want someone who is looking to settle down and find something meaningful. My last significant other left me because she was afraid of commitment and simply could not deal with all of the complexities of me. I admit I'm definitely lonely and seeking companionship, but I do not want to have my heart broken again and want to find someone who really sees something deep and meaningful in me and can handle my shortcomings as well and embrace my more favorable traits. Most of all I want to find someone who is interested in working with me for improvements in self, society and globally. Let's Save the World Together!

Disclaimer: Like Many People Here, I've been having a lot of trouble using OKCupid's Instant Messaging Feature, if you want to contact me, feel free to drop me an IM on AOL Instant Messenger. My AIM ScreenName is GuilfordHippie.
The two of us