groundedexplorer
41Berkeley, United States
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My self-summary
I'm a fun loving, spontaneous adventurer with a healthy streak of responsibility. I have a flexible career that allows me a great balance of interesting work and lots of free time. *Update - I have a regular schedule now and work only during the day. I'm no longer a swing/night shift worker, and it is awesome.

I value experiences over possessions, depth over superficiality, and balance over fanaticism. I enjoy the freedom when I accidentally leave the cell phone at home or when there's no reception. I love cafes with no wifi. And despite being a bit of a tree hugger, I still like to read books/magazines printed on paper. But I am not a luddite!

I enjoy having a creative outlet, which has lately been designing the interior of my home. Now it's on to the landscaping! It has been awesome to put so much effort into creating a space that I love. I'd enjoy continuing to create that space together with a great partner.
What I’m doing with my life
Spending time in the ER watching auditions for Darwin awards, filming scenes for the movie 'Jackass', and trying to figure out how so many people fell on things butt first in the shower. Seriously, though, it really does feel great to connect with patients, take peoples' pain away, and sometimes actually save lives, all with a laugh or two along the way. *Update: I still do some (daytime) ER shifts, but now do mostly urgent care for a normal circadian rhythm and better lifestyle.

In my free time, I enjoy cycling, short trail runs, yoga, planning trips with friends, gardening, cooking, and some random craft or home improvement projects. I love nature and though I still love backpacking, I'm starting to develop quite an appreciation for 'glamping'.
I’m really good at
Making people feel at ease.

Being willing to try new things. Planning trips. Being adventurous.

Being genuine, authentic, and kind - the same qualities I hope to find in a partner.
The first things people usually notice about me
My laugh and generally positive attitude, with a touch of sass...
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Music - I enjoy exploring new cities through music - Austin City Limits, New Orleans French Quarter festival, Telluride Bluegrass festival (mandolins + mountains = awesome!). A few favorite musicians: Van Morrison, Wilco, Emmylou Harris, Thievery Corporation, Bela Fleck, Chris Thile, Zakir Hussein, Alicia Keys, Norah Jones. I love music in general. I have taken guitar lessons at Blue Bear in SF and at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley. Right now, it's gathering dust, but I pick it up at least once a month.

Books - Some of my favorite other authors are Tom Robbins, Oliver Sacks, and Isabel Allende. Also enjoy David Richo, Thich Nhat Thanh.

Movies - I'm a child of the 80's - still not sure anything can beat Back to the Future, Ferris Bueller's Day off, and Karate Kid. Bonus points if you can still remember where this is from: "Yippee ki yaay mofo!". One of my all time favorites is 'Bend it Like Beckham'. More recently, I loved 'Lala Land' (I love musicals!), Moana, Office Christmas Party (laugh out loud hilarious), 'A Theory of Everything' (Eddie Redmayne is amazing), 'The Martian'.

The best thing about the Trump era: SNL (Hey, I'm a glass half full kind of person.)

Food - Somewhat recently pescatarian after watching friends roast and butcher a large lamb. I love picking plums and apples from my trees, and enjoying home grown tomatoes, sugar snap peas, and herbs.
Six things I could never do without
Laughter
Loving relationships
Authenticity
Health and the ability to actively enjoy the outdoors
Travel/learning about other cultures
Music!
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Travel planning. And chocolate.
On a typical Friday night I am
Either out with friends - dinner, live music, drinks, maybe at the climbing gym, or on a weekend trip

Or in - cooking, reading, playing music with friends, playing Scrabble or Cards Against Humanity, soaking in a hot tub.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I sometimes enjoy running to Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, and Lady Gaga.
You should message me if
You love live music, good food, or an active day in the sun. You would enjoy getting to know a fun-loving, kind person with a bit of a sarcastic and irreverent edge. You are generally content with your life, know what you want, and are ready to embrace the 'we' with the right person. If the 'love languages' of affection and time spent together resonate with you, let's chat. If you have no idea what a 'love language' is, well, ask your sister...
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