34Hood River, United States
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My self-summary
Just got back on here after being off for quite some time, and good God, all my pictures are kayaking pictures, aren't they? I promise that's not all I do, and a proper profile edit is on the way.

I'm a physical therapist living the dream in Hood River. I work four days/week then go adventuring (e.g. whitewater kayaking, climbing Mt. Hood and Adams, split-boarding/snowboarding, and, most recently, kite-boarding). Actually, sometimes I say "kite-boarding" but really mean "getting dragged through the water." Still learning, there. :)

I sing and play guitar (and dabble in drums), and you'll typically find me at the Moth Lounge (formerly the Pint Shack) playing open mic night on Tuesdays (and sometimes doing comedy).
What I’m doing with my life
Just bought a house in Hood River last fall. The garage home gym is just about done. Playing outside. Pondering my next step, which includes considering Ph.D. programs as well as simply planning the next adventure/vacation.
I’m really good at
doing Chewbacca impersonations, whitewater kayaking, fighting zombies, grammar and proofreading, and tying knots. I take pride in being truthful. I've worked to become a good listener, and it pays off with my patients and in my relationships.
The first things people usually notice about me
I've been told I smile with my whole face. If you don't get crow's-feet, it wasn't a real smile anyway.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books...Hitchhiker's Guide, Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage, Born to Run, Age is Just a Number (Dara Torres), The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (Tom Wolfe), White Noise (Don DeLillo), and my guilty pleasure since middle school, fantasy books by R.A. Salvatore.
I'm fascinated by thoughtful living and healthy interpersonal communication , so I'll put Nonviolent Communication, I Don't Have to Fix Everything, Happiness, Stumbling onto Happiness, Learned Optimism, and That's Not What I Meant!: How Conversational Style Makes or Breaks Relationships.

Movies...Ghostbusters, I Love You Man, 40-Year-Old Virgin, Superbad, Supertroopers, Royal Tenenbaums, Anchorman, Wedding Crashers, Lost in Translation, Zoolander
Shows...Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, The Office, Arrested Development.

Music...Spoon, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Beck, Plants and Animals, Wellwater Conspiracy, Modest Mouse, oldies, Rolling Stones, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Pixies, Built to Spill, and the list goes on.
Six things I could never do without
Music...singing and playing, listening, and live shows
My friends
Burritos and Blueberry muffins
My guitar
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Adventure, healthy communication, emotional well-being, figuring out how to give back a little more, isolation in older adults, learning myths, mentoring, and dodgeball. I own 30 dodgeballs. I've organized capture the flag games in the summer, races through caves, foursquare with wine, and other events involving adults who act like kids.

My patients. I have learned so much from them. I think about the caregiver's burden, mourning and loss, growth and hope, and mental health quite a bit. Believe me: I could share some interesting stories.

I love thinking about exercise routines--whether it's weight-lifting, circuit-training, or plyometrics.
On a typical Friday night I am
Playing in the gorge. House parties. Jack's on the rare occasion. ; )
You should message me if
you're interested and want to catch up for a local adventure (Planet Granite, hike in the gorge, etc.). Or if you want to go dancing or get dance lessons together. I think I should have majored or minored in dance in undergrad because despite my lack of training, there are very few things that bring me as much joy as dancing.
The two of us