I enjoy movement in all ways - the gym, yoga, swimming, bicycling, walking, hiking, free form dance (and learning basic steps again now.) I get excited about music in many genres and attend the occasional concert and festival. And I'm going to do more traveling in the upcoming years (I spent 18 days in Costa Rica in April.)
I've always seen profundity in the mundane and awe in the mystery of life. And I like to explore what it means to live more spiritually conscious. I find that my passion for life has not dimmed with the years. I like to be intrigued emotionally, intellectually, and aesthetically.
I like people who laugh easily, can carry on conversation about a number of things and who are appreciative of how good most of us have it in this time and place in history and the world.
I’m an optimist who ultimately finds humor - and lessons - in most things including the hardships along the way. I semi-recently had one: a severe car crash but it changed my life in interesting and positive ways. I'm amazed at my recovery.
I’m looking for an open-minded, inquisitive, independent companion to share life, outings, travel, adventures, and growth (personal and together.) I'm looking for a fun and deep connection on many levels.
I've had the above self-summary for some time now. And it all rings true. But I want to add a solid biographical piece to it. I'm in a very happy but unconventional place in my life. After my accident, my brother - who has also been a good friend to me for decades - asked me if I would like to move in with him. His wife had just moved out and he has 50% custody of his three kids (now 6, 10, and 12) so I've been a big help. It's an real win-win-win: I've always wanted to be a more active uncle (didn't work with another brother), the kids love having me here, I help a lot, I get a nice space of my own in a big house in Ballard. I'm a sort of silent partner in that other brother's business so I have some passive income (+ other modest investments.) Thus, I'm temporarily retired, taking care of some projects, figuring some stuff out and... (oh, the next section sums it up :-)
taking care of myself
enjoying myself in many situations
cooking a delicious and nutritious meal for a friend
Movies: Philomena, The King's Speech, The Skelton Twins, Stranger Than Fiction, Ruby Sparks, Amelie, Some Like It Hot, Your Sister's Sister, Groundhog Day.
Books by Steven Levine, Adyashanti, Krishnamurti, Sam Harris, Thomas Friedman, Fareed Zakaria (just recently read ones.) Also: the daily newspaper and various magazines.
Podcasts: Slate Cultural & Political Gabfests, Tara Brach (Buddhist teachings), To the Best of Our Knowledge, TED Radio Hour, Freakonomics, and many others. I watch no television (but not a snob about this!) Oh, I am, on occasion, enjoying (on disc), Portlandia.
At home: Vegetables prepared in a multitude of ways, fish, and, in moderation, modest amounts of well-sourced poultry and meat plus a nice variety of other healthy things. Out: quite flexible but partial to Thai, Tex-Mex, and seafood.
3. Healthy and tasty food
4. Fun and interesting banter
5. Sensuous appreciation of life
6. Connecting with nature
But, regularly, I want to spend less time thinking as well (quieting my mind.)
You can stay open to someone who has led a modest but interesting and satisfying life and is intrigued with each day (in some small way or another) - and is open to any number of paths ahead (possibilities!)