38 Portland, United States
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My self-summary
I recently relocated to Portland from our sleepy little state capital to the south and am really enjoying being part of a city I fell in love with many years ago. It's so great to be closer to live music, great food, warm people, and I'm looking to expand into more theater, visual art, and local activities.

My politics lean towards the left, but I am pragmatic. Running a company involved in agriculture confronts me with a wide array of political and economic perspectives. At the end of the day, I respect a logical and cogent argument. Some of the best lessons my parents taught me were compassion and the ability to have a conversation about contentious topics. Seriously, what's wrong with an educated conversation? Oh, and food. If you don't get the joy that stems from cooking for someone or a family, we might not get along. Seriously. I've had some great meals, many associated with work events, and there are some chefs and addresses that deserve every ounce of reputation they have. The setting, the staff, the presentation - all lovely. Still I realize how silly that scene can can get. Nothing can compare to a well made family meal and the familiarity of a scratched kitchen table.

My current favorite pastimes include:

-Coffee on my couch or balcony
-Planning a trip to the Côte d'Azur
-The Oh Hello's
-Sunrise and a run

I'm a nerd by training - both academically and professionally. Remember the chem class you may have hated? I loved it. First time the world made sense. Physics would have been a better choice if I didn't lack the math chops. At work, I'm counted on to think and wade through complex problems and spend a lot of time on assessments. I overanalyze all the time. Please don't judge.
What I’m doing with my life
I ask myself this question first thing in the morning. Then a second time in the shower. In all seriousness, I run an agricultural cooperative that delivers Oregon derived raw materials into the personal care and chemical industries. I don't always have the luxury of focusing on work life balance. That's just part of the job, and it's a big part of who I am. I think we do neat stuff pertaining to land use, local economy, sustainability, and customer value. If you want to know more, we can talk about it, but really it's just hygiene. I love the opportunities work provides, but I find my passion lies in smaller things. I love to stay close to family no matter how far we live apart. I like finding a new recipe, but love refining a familiar one. My current priorities - leisure travel, friends, live music, and making sure restaurant recommendations become experiences.
I’m really good at
Numbers - cash flows, neutralization reactions, and financial assessments are a big part of my world
Improvising (the true story of every small business)
Cooking - I learned from my dad and grandmother
Staying on the hunt for new music
Hugs - my assistant and sales rep can provide references
Packing a suitcase
The first things people usually notice about me
Curly hair
Hazel eyes
Nose (geometry doesn't lie)
My laugh
That I am a huge nerd - I have a degree in chemistry. It's kind of hopeless.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
From my couch I can see the following. Except for the food. Leftovers are neatly put away and all that's left are the smells. I feel like that is an objective assessment.

-The Dark Tower series by King
-Several books by Mary Roach and Neil Degrasse Tyson
-The Mold in Doctor Florey's Coat
-Because a Little Bug Went Ka-Choo
-The Oatmeal
-Stranger than Fiction (Will Farrell not Bad Religion)
-iPod (last albums played - The 1975, Foals, Sigur Ros, States, Lord Huron and my all time fave musical - Big River*)
*that's followed by In the Heights
-Food - ham and bean stew for lunch, steak and fritters for dinner
-Pictures of my family
The six things I could never do without
-Friends that go back half my life
-My right hand. It was bad enough when I broke my left one.
-Knowing I'll hold a boarding pass in at least 30 days
-Live music
I spend a lot of time thinking about
-Spotify, Third Rock Radio, iTunes, KINK, or KCRW??? The eternal soundtrack debate
-Whether to snooze or not
-The past day - and the past decade
-The total and utter domination of Calvin and Hobbes. How could anyone start a comic after that man?
-The next training run
-Mastering my grandma's rice recipe
-Whether I am thinking clearly
On a typical Friday night I am
50/50. I'm usually tired or on the road. Suffice to say, it's not a bad night. Three things generally happen - Great food, great music, or a great show.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
My grade school nickname was "Curly Turd". I have curly hair - deal.
You should message me if
You want to engage in some recreational eating and/or be my concert buddy. Or you just want to.