PDXRick
41 Portland, United States
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My self-summary
I am a person of many interests, skills and abilities. Just trying to be the person my dog thinks I am. Here is a smattering of facts about me:

- Published Photographer
- Worked at Laika, on the movie "Coraline" as IT Support Guy #1
- Taught Wilderness Survival Courses
- Searched for (and lost) religion in churches all over the Pacific Northwest.
- Avid Hiker/Camper
- Learned to Sail
- Carved Wood
- Published a children's book
- Learned a smattering of German, Russian, and Chinese
- Managed a shop of technicians
- Gone back to college. Twice.
- Worked with Foster Children
- Directed The Rocky Horror Picture Show shadow cast, Clinton Street Cabaret
- Worked as a short order cook
- Worked on a farm, including all the dirty jobs
- Written jokes for a stand up comedian
- Done martial arts
- Spent one summer repairing fences on a ranch, living alone in a trailer and only seeing another person once a week
- Read every single book in a library
- Traveled to 31 states.
What I’m doing with my life
“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” - Ernest Hemingway

My long term goal in life is to buy an RV and travel the world, taking pictures and writing about the places I've been.

I am writing about Ghost Towns across the Pacific Northwest. This includes finding them, driving dirt roads to them, tromping around in the woods to find remains, taking pictures of any remains, and then writing about them. There are a lot more (400+) then I thought there was, so I'll probably be doing this until I die. These will make it into an book eventually.

I also take artistic pictures of nude people, write in several blogs, have a Sci-Fi novel partially started, and also take Cosplay pictures and landscape pictures.

As of August 2015 I started completely remodeling an vintage apartment complex. As of August 2016, I'm about to hit the half way point!
I’m really good at
Using obscure words in perfidious ways.

Three point turns with large vehicles on small dirt roads.

Saying "Hey, I'd love to live in that city! For about six months."

Planning long road trips, and then getting waylaid halfway through, never to finish the trip.

Knowing a little about a lot of things. I really enjoy learning.
The first things people usually notice about me
Somewhere in the past couple of years I passed that point where I'm more salt than pepper.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I read a lot. Mostly Sci Fi, History, and practical knowledge books.

My favorite movie of all time is still Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. Other then that, I prefer comedies, adventure, Cult Classics, and classical movies. I used to work in a video store, so I rented a lot of movies. Thankfully I've forgotten most of them.

My TV watching consists of streaming something and then ignoring it while I work on my computer. I like Dr. Who (both new and old,) Star Trek, Torchwood, UFO, Space 1999, most of the animated comedies, and several British Comedies.

My musical tastes tend towards older music. Classical, Pre-War Rhythms and Blues, Classical Rock, 80s, Pre-90's Country, and then I loop around to Metal, especially the German groups.

These days I'll eat just about anything. Sushi? Not a problem! Vegan? Not a problem! Unidentifiable meat? Not a problem! I really enjoy Portland's food scene. Between the awesome restaurants and the multitude of food carts I usually have a hard time deciding what I want.
The six things I could never do without
The Internet. Seriously. I love to use it to do research.

Humor. Usually subtle. British in flavor.

A really good mint julep after a long hard day working in the sun.

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Late Spring/early Summer in Oregon

Yelp, so that I can find new places to eat when I travel!
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Planning my next project, travel destination, photoshoot, blog post, or meal.
On a typical Friday night I am
Running an RPG game with my (first) College Gaming group. Enjoying Portland's multitude of dining options, at home writing or processing pictures, or traveling.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Once in high school English we were tasked to write our own obituary. Mine said "Died, at home, naked in bed at the age of 102 choking on the bra-strap of an 18-year old cheerleader while her twin sister looked on." If you knew me in high school you'd realize exactly how funny that was.

Oh, and I have a crush on Wednesday Addams, Alice (in Wonderland,) and Drew Barrymore. In that order.
You should message me if
- You want to know about the multitude of Oregon's Ghost Towns. Likely you live closer to one than you think.

- You'd be up for a meal at some place new

- You'd like to geek out

- You have a cool skill, story, or activity that you'd like to share with someone who'd appreciate the time it took to learn.

- You're interested in wielding power tools and know basic home remodeling techniques.

Lastly, I'd like to note that while I say I don't want kids, that does not mean I don't like kids. I grew up in a Foster Home, and as the eldest I had to frequently babysit. That kind of soured me on passing my genes along.
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