RetiredAlchemist
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My self-summary
First of all, you're totally welcome to skip to the end. All the stuff I say in the middle is kind of meandering nonsense, the part of people I want to get to know are what they say BETWEEN all the well rehearsed lines about their life.

So then, lets get started. I'm a fairly contemplative person that is still on the search for what this life is really all about. I started off after college as a corporate tax accountant, doing all of the things you are told to do in order to get rich and be considered successful. It was kind of mindless how I got there, I was kind of just drunkenly following a faint image of happiness where I was financially well off and got lots of pats on the back from society. But I was definitely neglecting a big part of me that wants to do good things for the world and help people less fortunate than I am (I am ridiculously fortunate - largely by absolutely no virtue of my own, just that I got lucky with genetics and a loving upbringing.) Ok and I just realized that I am getting way more detailed about things that I want to so will just finish that by saying I ended up quitting accounting to join AmeriCorps and then went down to South America to do some soul searching.

But yeah, I feel like I'm talking too much about myself and don't want to get all serious about something without being able to interact with you to gauge whether you care at all or are staring at your phone. Or are you staring at your phone at this very moment while someone is telling you a story? That'd be funny.
What I’m doing with my life
I really like science and think that it will play a big part in figuring out what this life thing is all about. I definitely don't think that it is in any way contradictory to the idea of a God, in fact, I think that whatever "God" is out there (which for me could be described as the Truth beyond the world as we know it) is closely related to science and is an extension of it beyond our ability to comprehend it. Oh man, but on the other hand, that could totally not be the case.

Aaaannnyyway, what I was trying to say is that I am taking an Anatomy and Physiology class mostly just for it's ability to explain what we are. I'm also recently a web developer (although it's just a passing method for making money while doing lots of mental masturbation - yeah, I should explain. I guess it's kind of like Sudoku, they can be really absorbing but really, nothing got accomplished when you finish one). Also play a little tennis and soccer on teams with friends and I volunteer at a suicide hotline. The hotline work is something that I think is a super valuable but I don't think it's how I want to contribute to this world in the long run (I think I'd like to help the world be better able to handle itself when it's younger rather than when it's contemplating killing itself. As sad as it may seem to give up on the older people, I think it would be more effective.)
I’m really good at
Empathizing with people, communicating (maybe sometimes too much), and not taking things personally. I'm also good at things that don't matter like ping pong. I will happily play you left handed if you think you've got skills though.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I like books that have a spiritual journey kind of an undertone to them like Life of Pi and The Alchemist. Bill Bryson is pretty great. After reading Andre Agassi's biography Open, I think I'd like to read more biographies.

Movies shows and music tastes are pretty all over the place. I don't have a TV (but who needs those anymore) and pretty much only watch it if it's a social thing. Recently I've been watching a bit of Bojack Horseman, Louie, Master of None, and of course Game of Thrones. Live music feeds my soul, I haven't been super into the music festival scene but plan to be in the coming summers.
Six things I could never do without
Just all the normal stuff like food and love and friends and shit.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Lots of times I find myself questioning how much one should police one's thoughts. It's important to be polite to people and to be aware of things that could really upset someone without you even knowing it - like laughing at a sexist/racist joke. Unfortunately, stifling a genuine laugh does suck. But I guess I'm wondering where to draw the line. Wondering where to draw the line is pretty normal for me I guess.
On a typical Friday night I am
Well it's Friday right now, but I'd say normally I'm grabbing a beer or three with friends or just staying in and winding down from the week. That's all still true, but more recently there has been an embarrassing development that I can't tell you about unless you also play magic the gathering on Friday nights.
You should message me if
you are a genuine person that wants to laugh through this life having new experiences and becoming the best version of yourself that you can be. Please message me if that's you.
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