I'm a 21st century engineer whose secret life is that of a 15th century swordsman and herbalist. I craft useful things from leather, metal, and wood, create tinctures and salves from raw ingredients, and have practiced historical fencing for over a decade. I'm an unabashed nerd always happy to hear someone else geek out about the obscure thing that they love obsessively but are too ashamed to bring up on a first date. I believe in the art of storytelling, clean prose, dirty thoughts, and that Slytherin is the best house.
Disclaimer: My partner and I are both non-monogamous and fully encourage each others' romantic exploits. Interested? Confused? Please ask!
I'm fascinated with creating things, and dabble obsessively. Leatherworking and jewelry-making are my go-to hobbies, and it's a rare weekend when I don't get spattered by leather dye or metal shavings. I've also been trying to up my woodworking skills with wood-burning and figuring out how to make a snug dovetail join. I love to fail often, fail hard, and try again!
Planning vacations. I like to balance scheduled activities with spontaneity, and always have backup plans, depending on how the group is feeling. Failing to plan ahead is a pet peeve of mine, and nothing gets more more excited about a trip than putting an itinerary together, even if we end up throwing it to the wind.
MOVIES: Gangs of New York, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Shall we dance (the Japanese version), Braveheart, Red Cliff, The Artist, Gran Torino, Letters from Iwo Jima, Princess Bride, and nearly anything by Pixar
TV: Doctor Who, Breaking Bad, Battlestar Galactica, Game of Thrones, Avatar: The Last Airbender (and Korra), and anything by Joss Whedon.
BOARD GAMES (since music doesn't jive with me):
For small gatherings, Pandemic or Dead of Winter (Settlers of Catan is no longer welcome at my house). For parties, Curse of the Temple, Cash n Guns, Once Upon a Time, "Aye, Dark Overlord!", Betrayal at House on the Hill, and pretty much any other co-op game with crazy backstories and a propensity for funny accents. Aspirationally, I've wanted to get into Twilight Struggle, though I fear it's more trouble than it's worth.
- Tonkatsu. Or katsudon. Or katsu-kare. Just bring on the breaded, fried pork!
- Pasta bolognese. The darkest, reddest, meatiest one we can find, that's been cooking so long that the meat fibers all but dissolve in your mouth.
- Most Vietnamese food fits the bill. Very fond of banh mi and thit nuong. Eden Center is like a second home to me.
An abundance of agape
A nearby park or forest
A sharp pocketknife
The opportunity to do good things for others
- Making leather sheaths for pocketknives
- Laughing my ass off while taking a horse out on a hard trot (horse arching at a full gallop is still a bucket list item of mine)
- Sewing a dress
- Making tinctures of comfrey, lavender, and angelica (tinctures of Eliza and Peggy sold separately)
I'm a huge fan of pedicures, and painted nails are an occasional pleasure. It's a shame more dudes don't do them.
You're down for a drink, swapping stories, and keeping small talk to a minimum.