Is there something you've always wanted to do, someplace you've always wanted to go but couldn't find anyone to do it with? Let's do it together! If the logistics are workable, I'm up for most anything.
I am not content to dream of travel to far away lands. I go. I have wandered through six continents and twenty-four countries. I have stalked gibbons in the rain forests of Borneo, piloted a paraglider across the dunes of Namibia, and pedaled a mountain bike to the far shore of Easter Island. I scuba dive. I am equally passionate about wildlife photography and ancient ruins. I am always looking forward to the next trip. Come with me? I'll show you the Southern Cross. Help me find the Clouds of Magellan?
Part of being up for anything is being physically ready for the task. I keep fit by treating physical activity as opportunity rather than burden. I would rather walk several blocks than spend extra time finding parking. Every morning commute is golden because I get to skate several miles to work. And I go further.
Most Sunday mornings, I am out skating laps on Canada Road. This year, I have two training goals: To get kicked out of Advanced at Northshore and to finish the 87 mile Athens to Atlanta road skate with a non-embarrassing time. Join me or cheer me on. I will return the favor.
Going beyond means never being satisfied with mere extensions I learned to skate with no prior experience is similar sports. Salsa did not work as well but that is the risk you take. What barriers should we break together?
When the barriers come down between myself and one that I care about, I communicate in touch. In public. In private. Honesty in verb and expression keeps the channel open. Come in close and see what lies beyond the Beyond.
I am conspicuous, experimental, and modal
I am especially fond of Vernor Vinge. Marooned in Real Time changed by concept of time. My profile/self summary contains a subtle reference to A Fire Upon the Deep.
I'm not big into movies. Generally too much investment for passive entertainment. I have a preferences for Anime, mostly because the ideas and viewpoints can be really out there.
I have have found nothing in film as profound as Grave of the Fireflies. It is a very subtle story of good intentions, poor decisions, and terrible consequences. Not a pleasant time but absolutely unforgettable.
Music tastes are a bit scrambled but tend toward alternative, often obscure or international. Sometimes both like Headless Chickens. I haven't danced Salsa in several years but is still what plays through my headphones when I'm pounding out my 39 mile Sunday skate.
I'll eat most anything, except what I had yesterday. Biased toward Southeast Asian fare as much for what isn't in it than what is. Any cuisine is fair game but I read menus carefully. Bell peppers are generally undesirable and nobody in any culinary tradition can make beets edible.
1)Purpose. I don't need direction from a higher power but I do need a reason to go on. The less purpose I have, the more I need other stuff. But it's never an adequate substitution.
2)Transportation. No place is so amazing that it replaces my need to ultimately go someplace else.
3)Human contact. I'll talk to anyone. I'll work through a language barrier but I need someone.
4)Intermittent communication and, in between, a medium on which to record my thoughts.
I guess that's not 6. Food, clothing, and shelter would make 7. Scratch the clothing. If it's warm enough, who needs it? :-)
Later, I delved into a long standing personal dilemma in The Zone out.
Unfortunately, with the demise of journals on OKcupid you can't read either of these essays. I'm not sure how to fix that or how to get back into a dating game that I never really got a handle on in previous rounds.
Oh, and my self-summary was mostly written in 2007. It is surprisingly accurate despite the passage of time and trials. I've made a few edits recently but don't be shocked if some parts don't quite mesh with current reality.