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My self-summary
So, I finally updated my profile after at least 3 years. Going to focus a little more intently on the dating thing now. I don’t think a lot has changed since I last wrote my profile, except me taking it a little more seriously at the moment. I still pretty much look like my pictures.

Fairly well-educated transplant from the midwest. Teacher of science and lover of deep discussions about, and participation in, the hows and whys of who we are, what it all means (if anything), the universe, art, humor, gardens, brewing beer, the Oregon wilderness, relationships...oh heck, just about anything. Also, how to avoid really long sentences. Anyway, I've never been married but came close a few times (also no kids). Basically, I'm a guy with a lot of interests, not necessarily a huge amount of talent in all of them, but in some, yes. I'm laid back and compassionate. I like my students and they like me. I think everybody wants a partner with a sense of humor, although this profile is admittedly humorless. Brooding mopers need not apply. I really don’t feel I’ll soon be pushing 50. I hope it’s the new 40. Or something.

I'm looking to shift gears, that's why I'm here. More play time. More travel. My passport is gathering too much dust. I like to do all sorts of things...indoors and out. I prefer XC skiing in winter for the exercise and connection with nature. In summer I like to kayak, hike, bike, camp, appreciate nature. That's outside. Inside I'm contemplative, geeky, sometimes awkward, sometimes funny (I try more often than succeed I suspect), introspective, non-religious. I suppose I should address the atheist thing. Seems to turn a lot of people off. I didn’t come to that view without a great deal of thought, introspection and experience. I actually grew up in a large mid-western German Catholic family, so I know what it’s like to be religious, then “spiritual but not religious”, then agnostic. If I had to, I’d say I was a secular humanist. I just want to make the point that I’m not a “lazy” nonbeliever, who just never gave it much thought. So, I probably wouldn’t match well with folks who are religious, although “spiritual” or agnostic are just fine with me.

I would be interested in someone of similar ilk yet different enough to intrigue me. Not intrigue me due to your "mysteriousness" or inability to be open, but intrigue me because of your thoughts, actions, warm heart and willingness to accept me or anybody for who they are. I think I need someone who really likes a good discussion and won't take disagreement as an offense, but maybe a turn-on, in some sort of crazy way. I mean disagreement, not a fight. I was told recently I need someone who either works a lot or has their own interests which they pursue, because I, at this point, need to have my own time to do my thing, and completely respect (and desire) your same attitude. I'm not sure that's necessarily correct but I appreciate everyone's need for space and independence. I appreciate people who are "present" and not distracted when with other people. I'm not looking to go party all the time but once in a while a wild night can be fun.
What I’m doing with my life
Teaching chemistry for a career. Otherwise, trying to have fun!
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: natural history, science fiction, science non-fiction, history.
Movies: I'll watch just about anything except maybe horror.
Music: Blues, rock, bluegrass
Food: yes
Six things I could never do without
a chance to dig in the dirt
freedom to do my own thing at times
close relationships with friends and family
my teaching job
my home
my health and well being
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The universe and the people in it.
On a typical Friday night I am
Out with friends for dinner or cheap movie and beers, or home cooking/hanging out/relaxing.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
If I'm such a great catch...why am I still single! But that's for one-on-one conversation.
You should message me if
You're interested in the potential of a meaningful relationship with someone interesting, witty and funny, not too much pressure, and who isn't nuts or a player!
The two of us