33 Chicago, United States
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My self-summary
I grew up in beautiful New England where I learned to love fresh air, the great outdoors and the changing of the seasons. I like to ski downhill & backcountry, play ultimate frisbee, practice yoga, run, watch live music, try to play a variety of instruments, have conversation about meaningful & trivial topics, smile and laugh. I'm active, but fit plenty of time for relaxation in my life too. Ideally, I'd like to find a lady who enjoys these these activities and is adventurous enough to try new ones too. Life is more fun when you've got a good friend by your side!
What I’m doing with my life
I spent large chunks of the last two years traveling around the beautiful western expanses of the US - My home during this time was a small camper on the back of my pickup truck. It was a wonderful experience & I am so happy that I got the chance to explore lots of amazing spots in northern CA, WA, OR, UT, MT and CO. A few months ago I decided to settle down for a bit and so I've just recently moved to Chicago and taken a job as an Optical Engineer (which means that I spend my days playing with photons and lasers). After so much time out in the mountains and woods, I'm excited for city activities - live music, museums, great restaurants and more!
The first things people usually notice about me
Probably my beard.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Some books that I've enjoyed: Foundation, Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, 100 Years of Solitude. Anything by Anton Chehkov, some things by Neil Gaiman. I like reading about Science, Anthropology and Mythology.

Movies: Cool Hand Luke, The Blues Brothers, Brazil, The Big Lebowski, Princess Mononoke, Anchorman, Star Wars, City of God, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Rushmore, Yojimbo, Akira

TV: Futurama, BSG, Grimm, The Wire, Baseball Tonight.

For Tunes:
Soul: Otis Redding, Donny Hathaway, Al Green, Ray Charles, Nina Simone.
Funk: John Scofield, Medeski Martin & Wood, Soulive, James Brown, Funkadelic, Stevie Wonder, RJD2.
Jazz: Wes Montgomery, Les McCann, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Miles, Herbie Hancock.
Rap: A Tribe Called Quest, Wu-Tang Clan, Dr. Dre
Rock: Hendrix, Zeppelin, Velvet Underground, Beatles, The Band
Bluegrass: David Grisman, Bela Fleck
Random: Broken Social Scene, Nick Drake, Toots & the Maytals, Phish
The six things I could never do without
music, exercise, laughter, friendship, competition, something to read
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How to create more happiness for myself, my family & my friends. Intergalactic space travel. Building a log cabin in the mountains. Efficiencies & Inefficiencies (I am an engineer after all).
On a typical Friday night I am
It's so variable. I could be playing frisbee, hopping in my pickup truck and driving somewhere to hike or ski in the morning, relaxing with a book, grabbing a beer with friends, dancing to some funky music, watching a classic film, going to a concert, or something completely different.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I've always wanted to learn how to salsa dance.
You should message me if
You're adventurous. You enjoy being outside & active. You're quick with a smile and a laugh.