I think a lot of people, here on OKC, rely solely on the "Match" numbers. I think the potential "Enemy" number is just as important. I would prefer to date someone where the chances are slim that she murder me in my sleep!!!
I feel this profile will have little appeal if you are not a really down to earth country lady, or perhaps you are someone trapped in a city and looking for a major lifestyle change. A more natural lifestyle that will put you closer to Nature and more connected to the Earth (The term "Back to the Land" comes to mind). If you want to stay in the city, best not read further. The rest of this profile is full of blatantly idyllic references to Mother Earth, Perma-culture, Organic Heirloom Gardening for Self-sufficiency, Alternative energy, Woodstoves, Root cellars, Art, Alchemy, Magic, and Moonlight.
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OK, you made it. Take a deep breath, hold it . . . , now let it out slowly. Feel your shoulders relax. Welcome to this safe space.
Know that this profile is a little long and rambling but there are some things about me you probably will need to know. But first a slight rant: Now that I have gained some distance from city life, that lifestyle now seems like a huge trap, designed to suck the prosperity right out of people. You have to continually pay money for food, shelter, power, water (twice), heat, it's almost endless and many end up with almost nothing left over for themselves. OK, Thanks for indulging me.
As I move closer and closer to self-sufficiency, there is a calmness that, for me, has only come from knowing I have free wood to burn for heat, free water to drink, a garden full of organic vegetables and wild greens to harvest, and a self-built home that, as soon as I put the last nail in it, is completely paid for. I drive used vehicles so I can save up to 60% on my auto insurance. When I think of the amount of money I used to earn in the city that seemed to evaporate in my hands, I marvel at how long it took to walk away from that addiction, to take the red pill, and escape the Matrix.
Before things go too far, it is only fair to list my deal breakers. This may also save you some time. Deal Breakers: cigarette smoking, Bible beating, ignorant willful closed-mindedness, bullies!, anyone who likes Rush Limbaugh, Hannity or is a fan of Fox News!! Republicans!!! OK Ken, shake it off, shake it off. Breathe! On the other hand, Liberals, Hippies, Artists, Photographers, Writers, Poets, relaxed free thinkers, who like gardening, all get extra bonus points and if you have a tractor with a front loader and a brush-hog, I will marry you on the spot!!! (In the spirit of a fully informed readership, it should be noted that certain statements made in this paragraph may be of a slightly exaggerated nature).
So I am all grown up now and not looking for someone to kiss my "boo boos" or "fix" everything that is "wrong" in my life so I can finally be "happy". I feel, as a responsible adult, that already needed to be done before creating this profile. To do otherwise would be like trying to sell you a beat up used car you wouldn't be able to drive off the lot. No, I don't need any major repairs, maybe just some buffing around the edges. LOL.
I'm not looking for my "soulmate" or for the ultimate sensual experience. I'll leave those endeavors to those more idealistic and naive. Rather, I am looking for something deeper and more long lasting, someone who might come to be my best friend. Someone with whom I can converse, work and laugh, hold and cherish. So that sounds kind of flowery with butterflies, baby kitties, unicorns and rainbows all around. Let me get to the point here.
I AM looking for that needle in a haystack; a woman who is aware, awake, and alive. A woman with a great sense of humor, who is literate and enjoys real conversations. She understands the difference between intelligence and wisdom, and when observing others and listening to their conversations, realizes that even though she may not have a degree, she is still probably the smartest one in the room (common sense counts for a LOT!). She probably doesn't mesh well with the main stream sheeple who may think she's a little "weird" and she may sometimes get frustrated by the pervasive mainstream consciousness that surrounds her. If she possesses a keen curiosity about life, has opinions and is not afraid to express them (aka: an actual personality), and loves to garden, then I would love to meet her, er, you. Does this woman actually exist? Hell, I don't know! But maybe we could get together and end up having an awesome conversation that, with luck, could turn into an awesome connection.
Know that I am a Hippie Homesteader with integrity, intelligence, creativity, and a healthy work ethic, moving toward self-sufficiency. I am following a lifestyle that will not be attractive or seem relevant to most people, yet, I am living a dream that was hatched the first time I picked up a Mother Earth News. I live in a cabin I've built with my own hands on the edge of a field and a forest in the heart of the Missouri Ozarks. I call my land "The Gentle Karma Farm" and the goal is a lifestyle that is more in tune with nature than the one embraced by conventional society. I heat with wood. I capture and purify rain water to drink, for cooking and for showers. Unlike most of the Ozarks, my land actually came with dirt. Seventeen acres, of my 65 acre herb farm, are full of incredibly rich bottom soil in which to grow more nutritious and less costly food than I could ever buy. I have consciously cut much of the "excess" out of my life and always remind myself of the difference between my "wants" and "needs".
Unlike many here (in my age group and socio-economic class), I have specific goals and am actively and honestly pursuing them. This means that I don't think, talk, or act like most people. Why would I like a woman who's resembles most of the people I see at Walmart? I do my own thinking, have come to my own conclusions, and I've fashioned a lifestyle (like it says on Facebook), that I don't need a vacation from.
I consider myself to be very lucky in ways that really count. I'm chronically healthy, spiritual, patient, and kind though I am sort of a klutz. My glass is never half-empty but sometimes it's just too big. Sometimes, I can be a perfectionalist. Occasionally, I feel awkward in groups and sometimes open my mouth just to change feet. My inner-child needs adult supervision. I'm convinced God has a sense of humor every time I look in a mirror. In spite of all that, people seem to genuinely like me, which I find to be an amazing thing given my general ambivalence toward most and the fact I find small talk to be lethal. ;) I understand the power of words and am careful when using them. Name calling, even in jest, has its consequences. I try to be sensitive about what I say and how it might effect the feelings of others.
Religious affiliation? Oh, god, who knows at this point? It seems all of our current religious mythology has resulted from that afternoon in the Garden of Eden when the Sumerians were kickin' it next to the Euphrates and saw the first Annunaki ship descending through the crystal clear Mesopotamian skies. The Annunaki (The sons of God) gazed upon the Sumerian ladies (the daughters of man) on the beach and "saw that they were fair". The rest is distorted history. As I see it, all organized religions buy from the same wholesaler. They just retail it differently. I was raised to always do right by people and I've come to realize that includes me as well.
Random unrelated thoughts just streamed in: I like: the word "eclectic", smelling the air in the deep woods, great views, writing, photography, creating art, road trips, screen printing, organic heirloom vegetable gardens, moonlight, bonfires, alternative energy, candlelight, wood heat and great hugs. Travel is my drug of choice and no matter where I am, I often pause to view the sunset. To me a river is a miracle and a perfect sky is cause for celebration. . . Well, OK, all-righty then, they said there'd be flashbacks!
I used to have a very strict criteria in searching for a partner and at some point realized that was fairly presumptuous (a&&holey) of me. I have grown to the point that I now focus on only three things: #1. Intelligence. We must be able to share meaningful conversations. #2. She has to love herself first. This includes eating healthy and being fit. That last point might be a little shallow and I'll own that. If that's a red flag for you, I understand. #3. And this is the most important, she must have a kind heart. A kind heart opens all kinds of potentials of love, trust, and intimacy. You will never be the butt of my jokes and I will always be your biggest fan. That is my way of helping to create an environment where love can grow. People often talk about "falling in love" but I don't like the idea of falling. I prefer to think of it as "flying".
So, other than being an artsy fartsy, melodramatic tree hugger with a slight mystical bent and a misplaced superiority complex who's given to exaggeration, sarcasm and satire, I'm a pretty mainstream schlep, NOT!
BTW: I've read a lot of profiles and excessive cleavage photos do not impress me. Your brains are not in your bra and I am not looking for quick sex. I want something real and more lasting.
The Future: I am building a botanical/herbal products company with a good friend of mine. We organically grow herbs that are crafted into botanical face and body butters, and we also offer a line of exceptionally crafted, traditional, old-time herbal salves.
I provide all of the package design and graphics along with my marketing skills. Check us out: MissouriHerbs(dot)com.
And since I love graphic design, a longer term goal is to put together a small manual screen printing shop. I will market my original designs on the Internet as well as do printing for local businesses and schools. I used to own a successful screen printing company, called Blue Hand in Columbia, Mo., that was really a fun business.
I enjoy writing articles about living sustainably, yet comfortably (hot water is a keeper!). See my blogs at http://gentlekarma.blogspot.com/ If you read them, you will notice a recurring theme which is my love of this land. Besides, self-sufficiency is groovy!
TV: I'm an old "Firefly" fan and I like most everything Josh Wheaton does (I even own a school bus I call, "Serenity"). I like catching the Discovery Channel when I can and most things on the History Channel. These are pleasures I enjoy when visiting friends who have cable TV. I don't personally own a funcitoning television and do not plan on getting one. I am quite happy with Netflix.
Movies: No slasher flicks, please. I don't like horror movies as life can sometimes be horrifying enough. I like intelligent comedies, documentaries, some chick flicks, adventure flicks, and movies where things blow up.
Music: Pink Floyd, Grateful Dead, Led Zep, CSN&Y, Blind Faith/Cream, Janis, Jimi, and Jim, you get it. Some Ry Cooder, all Delta Blues. Norah Jones, Loreena McKennitt, Lenny Kravits. Classical, light jazz, SOME country, all the really great stuff out there I haven't heard yet.
Food: Thai, authentic Mexican, Tex-Mex, Chinese, or a great grilled chicken caesar salad! Oh, and pepperoni pizza with cheap champagne! Can't beat that.
Lately I've been thinking, a lot, about what it means to have a happy life. I mean, ego-based desires aside, what IS the definition of a fulfilling life; how has that definition changed over time, and how much of what we think we want has been programed into us through the subtle messages in advertising; and is that what has induced us to squander huge percentages of the world's resources to provide ourselves with McMansions full of worthless crap, to live in at the expense of other people on this planet who are dying from a lack of food and clean water? We are told that America is the richest country in the world, yet Venezuela has better health care for the average citizen. I have seen this personally.
I have learned more about herbal remedies which tend to have fewer or no negative side-effects. I know where there are medicinal plants on my land right now. I suppose I'm following Joni Mitchell's advice and I've gotten myself, "back to the Garden."
So, personally I've decided that living a self-sufficient, sustainable lifestyle in harmony with one's surroundings is enough to qualify as a worthwhile life. I do not need to impress ANYONE with conspicuously mindless consumption just to prove my spending power. How pointless.
"I am looking for an slim, intelligent, wit-filled woman, who likes to laugh, to whom I will give my time, my mind and my creativity. If she helps me garden, cook, and can vegetables, she will have my heart as well." :)
Now, for one of them, petting is no longer enough. She constantly demands full-body massages. I have recently had to confront the reality that I am a middle-aged man, living alone with cats. That sounds so bad that it even creeps ME out! I feed them well in the hope their hides will one day make really nice slippers.
I've been thinking about creating a photo album of all the dead things they drag back to the cabin. Actually, it would be too gruesome. I could never post anything that grisly on OKCupid. Damn, I've been out here too long with these friggin' cats.