43 Portland, United States
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My self-summary
I love living in Portland. Moved here from Chicago in 2008, and found some wonderful things living here.

I enjoy simple things like a beautiful hike or bike ride. I love a happy cat (or two) on my lap, an evening picnic in a park, sunsets at the ocean, a walk in a forest, a warm woodstove in the winter.

Friendship, experiences, adventures, and my animal family are the most important to me. I also like art in my life. I would love to meet someone who finds great joy in similar simple, beautiful things.
What I’m doing with my life
At work I fly hundreds of trusting strangers around the sky. At home, I'm often a project person. In 2012 I built a large completely fenced-in garden area for my cats, so they can go outside whenever they want, but never be roaming. It serves as an outdoor living room/sun patio for people too. 2014 project: painted my house, no more beige outside! 2015 project, turned the side of my driveway into a mini apple/boysenberry orchard. 2016 built my own bed. I do a lot of biking. I love building a fire many nights in the dark Portland winter.
I’m really good at
Tinkering and fixing things
Finding agates on beach walks
Building some of my own furniture
I have been told I have a good eye for art
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Latest kindle read... Alan Watts' Behold the Spirit, A Study in the Necessity of Mystical Religion. The Good Life by William Irvine, a book about the ancient school of Stoic Philosophy.The Value of Nothing by Raj Patel (how to live better in terms of value and sustainablilty), Tim's Vermeer, MadMen-- Sunday nights at the Hollywood were fun, Louis CK, Curb Your Enthusiasm, music...Al Stewart, Pete Krebs among many others.
The six things I could never do without
Friends, pets, education, a bike, ocean visits, all forms of art/creativity.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
That life can be pretty great if you relax and live it, figuring it out as you go. How important one person can be in the life of another, and how just one friend can lead to many others.
On a typical Friday night I am
Just about anything, at home, at work, having fun, ...?
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I named my new bicycle after a cat I loved and had to say goodbye to a while ago-- I had it painted his color and had his name is painted on it. Maybe not too private, but it is pretty personal to me, and it just became the most precious non-living thing in my life. And I just painted my house about that same color too. There may be a pattern here...
You should message me if
You think there might be something fun to explore. You need someone to lift heavy objects on request. You're not sure exactly what you expect to find, but you know it's worth the trouble to keep looking for it. You wonder if your glass is not half full, just twice the size it needs to be.