Quixot-ish
42 Seattle, United States
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My self-summary
I'm a professional chef, currently running a small Nordic cafe attached to a distillery in Ballard, while trying to get my own thing open (a somewhat prolonged process). I also run a small non-profit that promotes local, sustainable food systems. I'm a big believer in the power of community to affect positive change in the world.

I'm also a big geek, though I don't really identify with geek culture- I don't go to Cons, or participate in fandom in any way (though I don't look down on those who do). I read entirely too much, and a measurable (though not anywhere near all) portion of my free time is spent gaming with friends. Tabletop board and card games, ranging from the ultra-geeky with plastic miniatures and funky dice, to interesting, elegant, brain-burning economics games and everything in between. There's some RPG love in there, too, but I haven't done DnD or anything like it in 20+ years- I tend to be interested more in weird, social, collaborative storytelling games. Any form of interactive, collaborative fiction interests me a lot.
What I’m doing with my life
Working, learning, applying, creating, playing. All of these jumbled up together, at the same time usually. I'm pretty fortunate that I have a job that pretty much forces me to be in a constant creative mode, as that's where I like to be. If I have to do the same thing, day in and day out, I get bored quickly.
I’m really good at
Cooking. I don't pretend to know everything there is to know, but I know lots.
The first things people usually notice about me
I tend to dress... eccentrically by the standards of most people. Big Boots, suspenders, waistcoats, french cuffs are pretty much the norm. My 'look' alternately gets described as a bit Gangs of New York/Depression Era/WWI Aviator/Steampunk- with an emphasis on the punk, not the steam- I'll admit the general ostentatious-ness of that subculture annoys me most of the time.

On that last note, I mostly only wear the goggles when I'm on my motorcycle, or at the industrial club. Mostly.

Somehow though, through all that, the word 'dapper' is most commonly used to describe me.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
What I can see at a glance at my bookshelf from the couch: Italo Calvino, Jorge Luis Borges, Raymond Chandler, Dashiel Hammett, Richard K. Morgan, Scott Lynch, Gene Wolfe, H.P. Lovecraft, Homer, Jeff Noon, Salman Rushdie, etc. I read lots, and I have a very low tolerance for bad writing. I'm always in the middle of a half-dozen books.

Movies and TV? Mostly sci-fi, horror (*not* crappy torture-porn), etc.- genre stuff. I do think I'm reasonably discriminating, though. While I do watch my fair share of schlock (usually *because* it's schlock, heh), I do try to look for the more interesting end of the spectrum. Oh, sure, I watch dramas and documentaries, indie flicks, and mostly stay away from the really big hollywood blockbusters (Marvel Comics movies excepted, of course).

Music: I grew up in the Goth/Industrial/Punk scene, so music has always been a big part of my vision of myself. Mostly I've moved away from all that, though- I made a decision years ago that I didn't want to be one of those people that listened to the music of their youth their whole life. Nowadays I tend toward bands like The National, Beirut, The Decemberists, The Walkmen, etc. I like music with a sense of style- accordians, strings, horns, and well-written lyrics get me going. Locally, I'm a big fan of bands like The Bad Things and Bakelite 78- kind of neo-folk-punk-hobo music.

Let's just skip the food. Drink-wise, I drink bourbon (and other whiskies) and gin, and I'll admit to being enough of a snob that vodka mildly annoys me.
The six things I could never do without
Good food and a kitchen to cook it in.
Good books.
Good boardgames.
Good friends to share it all with.

What, that's not six? Ok, fine, one more. A motorcycle. I've pretty much lived my whole life on them, and I can't imagine ever stopping. Doesn't have to be anything special or fancy, but yeah.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Creativity. Well-written prose (or poetry). Well-balanced flavors. Well-tuned game mechanics.
On a typical Friday night I am
During the summer, hopefully camping- being somewhere away from the things of man. If not that, then probably playing a boardgame or three with friends either at my house or Cafe Mox. Maybe something simple like a few hands of Tichu, or something complex and brain-burning like A Study In Emerald.
You should message me if
You're a creative/artsy type, and you like intelligent, geeky dudes. And really, you should just go ahead and do it. I have no problem with women making the first move, and if you leave me to do it, you might be waiting a while- I message (or even 'like') terribly few people on here. I'm in no rush, and I do things at my own pace when left up to my own devices. Just sayin'.
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