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My self-summary
Music/Event Schedule: I'll occasionally post stuff on this in the event that someone will feel adventurous and maybe want to kick it in real life.

Hey, what's up people? My name's Chris. If I had to be categorized, you might say I'm "hippieish." In other words, I'm relatively "liberal" (whatever that means nowadays), enjoy going to shows, concerts, music festivals, and having fun whenever time and money allow, and I'm pretty laidback most of the time and not what you would call much of a complainer. On the flipside, I also enjoy showers, living in a permanent home, and having a satisfying and stable career. Plus, I don't have dreadlocks, don't sell drugs or smoke myself retarded, I'm not a vegetarian/vegan, I don't drive a VW bus, and I don't smell like patchouli, hence the "ish" part (not that this stuff defines "hippies," but we're generalizing... okay, stereotyping, here). Anyway, if you're down to earth and into any of that, I'd like to hear from you.

I'd say I'm a sweet guy. Thoughtful. I'm the type of person that holds doors open for old ladies. It feels good to help people out when you can, and I just try to do right by my human brethren. On the other hand, I have an occasional sarcastic streak that pops up, especially if I get to know you pretty well. However, I've tempered it quite a bit because, as I've gotten older, I've come to the realization that being a smartass is not a viable answer to everything.

I'm curious about the world and find people fascinating. I love a good story. Even if we don't have much in common, I'm usually up for talking anytime I'm messing around online. That said, if you like what you read, forget the star ratings, just send me a message. I'm a "replies often" type. It's too bad more women on OKC are not. Y'all get badgered a lot more I guess. Anyway, regardless of match %, zodiac sign or whatever else may not completely align in your search parameters, I'm an optimist when it comes to friendships.

These dating sites are all a numbers game. Women can reply with silence all they want, which they usually do, but I guarantee you (yes, you if you're reading this) will get way more out of this process if you engage in a dialogue. I'm not one of these douchecanoe internet stalker types, and a message from me doesn't mean I want to meet you in person or ask you out on a date right away. Doing so based solely on some text an pictures without talking first, IMing or exchanging emails would be kind of naive. If I think we might have stuff in common or if I'm just interested in learning more, I'll send a message. If I get the silent treatment in return, I'll probably put your profile on hide, so I don't end up messaging you again by mistake. I'm just a normal dude trying to make small talk, and I'm on OKC have conversations with people. I hope you are too. Have fun.
What I’m doing with my life
I went to Indiana University my first go around through college and have a bachelor's degree in communication and an associate's in audio recording technology, but I'm back in school to be a radiographic technologist/x-ray tech. I'll be done with the program this summer. Yeah for me. Working in a hospital and seeing the things that some of these patients deal with can put a person's little problems in perspective tout suite.

I spend a lot of time playing guitar. I'd like to play in band, but am currently not, mostly due to school. If you play music of any kind, I'd like to chat.

I aspire to do a lot of things. Two biggies on the list are world travel and getting in better shape. I've never been abroad, but the United Kingdom, Italy, France, the Scandinavian countries, Australia, and New Zealand are tops on my list. I'm curious to know about your experiences if you've spent much time in these places. As far as getting in shape, I've become more sedentary than I want to be with my school schedule, and would love to be more active. An energetic activity partner that kicks my ass off the computer every so often would be sweet.
I’m really good at
I'm a good listener. I love hearing good stories and laughing about the ridiculous and beautiful stuff that happens in life. I like hearing opinions different from my own, as long as the holder of said opinions is not too heavy handed or condescending.

I'm good at keeping an open mind. I don't wear my opinions on my sleeve. I try to see alternative points of view and perspectives, even if I don't agree with them.

I'm a pretty good guitarist. I know too many awesome musicians and talented guitarists to not have some humbleness in this area, but music is what I'm most passionate about as far as hobbies.

I'm a bitchin' iPod/playlist author/mix CD/party DJ. I can spend hours thinking about track sequences and the flow of a mix.
The first things people usually notice about me
Physically: I'm short for a dude, around 5' 5". I've got a big heart and a big brain though. Second thing people notice is probably my ear piercings. I have 2 gauge plugs in my ears. I've had about the same size, give or take, for many years, with no plans on doing anything extreme. The third thing is probably the wood bead/hemp necklace and glass pendant that I wear pretty often. When I first got the hemp part, people kept telling me it looked like a snake was around my neck. I assure you, not a snake.

Socially: Apparently, I smile a lot. I can be a really quiet guy at times, but am capable of being outgoing when motivated. Or after a few beers. I avoid blatant gossip, talking shit about people, and drama in general. I think it's a waste of breath and takes too much time away from my own life.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Music: I'm into classic rock, funk, hip hop, reggae, jazz, bluegrass, livetronica, some metal, some [[punk]. etc, etc. Beatles, Zeppelin, Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Bob Marley, Wilco, Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead, Phish, moe., Lotus, Radiohead, My Morning Jacket, Fleet Foxes, Flaming Lips, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, old Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sublime, 311, Motown, Stevie Wonder, Daft Punk, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, A Tribe Called Quest, The Roots, Van Morrison, Fela Kuti, Rage Against the Machine, TOOL, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes are just the tip of the iceberg

Books: Kurt Vonnegut; Cat's Cradle, Timequake, Galapagos, Slaughterhouse Five. I'm an old comic book fanboy, but haven't collected since I was 16. The Neil Gaiman's Sandman stuff, the Watchmen graphic novel and The Dark Knight Returns are all awesome.

Movies: Tarantino, Coen Brothers, Scorsese, Wes Anderson, Pixar, Harold and Kumar Go To Whitecastle, Will Ferrell,The original Star Wars, Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Amelie, I Am Trying to Break Your Heart, The Last Waltz to name a few.

T.V: OPB, "Antiques Roadshow," "This Old House," "The Joy of Painting." "Oregon Art Beat," "Oregon Field Guide", "The Newshour," "Family Guy," "Planet Earth," "Dirty Jobs," "Mythbusters," "Chapelle's Show," "The Office," "Six Feet Under," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Seinfeld," "Scrubs."

Radio/Podcasts: This American Life, Radiolab, Stuff You Should Know, Sound Opinions, NPR, sports radio.

Food: Indian, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Sushi and Mexican. I'll pretty much eat anything.
Six things I could never do without
1. My friends in Portland, Indianapolis, Chicago, and San Francisco.
2. A guitar.
3. A computer with internet access.
4. My sense of hearing.
5. My hands.
6. A bed.

"Never" is kind of misleading. I could be alive without these things, but life would definitely blow.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
music. theory, equipment, guitars, amps, stuff like that. I'm always interested in learning. I'm borderline OCD with Google and Wikipedia. I love finding little mindblowing factoids. I have a lot of interests: politics, stocks and finance, sports (watching more than playing), and things pertaining to my medical career.

I think about how love and sexual desire are really just a bunch of biochemical reactions involving neurotransmitters like oxytocin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. Check out Radiolab's "This Is Your Brain On Love" podcast. It'll give you some new perspective on the subject.

I like to ponder the ridiculousness and irony of the human condition from time to time. I think humans are, for the most part, a bunch of hairless big brained monkeys with a penchant for procreation, blowing each other up, and melting the polar ice caps. It's simultaneously horrifying, sad, and kind of amusing in that "can't look away," car wreck kind of way. The fact that my overgrown primate brain can even conceptualize "irony" while filling out an online dating profile is bizarre.
On a typical Friday night I am
Jamming in the basement. Watching a Trailblazers game at the bar. Going to a concert. Staying in is pretty normal for me on a Friday.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have some songs from Blink 182's "Enema of the State" album on my iPod. I can't help it. They're hilarious and their songs are catchy as hell. Call me a 13 year old girl if you want. I can take it.

I also have John Denver on my iPod. "Take Me Home Country Roads," "Rocky Mountain High"... c'mon those are sweet fuckin' tunes. "The Eagle and the Hawk" is pretty over the top though. Did you know that the couple that sang backup vocals on "Take Me Home..." is the same couple that wrote Starland Vocal Band's "Afternoon Delight"? Yeah, the same song Steve Carell, Will Ferrell, and Paul Rudd do a cappella in Anchorman.

Unlike, Jeffrey Lebowski, I love the Eagles and CCR.
You should message me if
you fall into the following categories:

*You think there is enough overlap in our interests/lifestyle/personalities to make it worth your while.
*You are a Blazers fan and you want to watch the game at a sports bar, or you have extra tickets (Yeah, right.)
*You want to turn me on to some music or a band you're diggin.
*You want a show/concert companion, and would like to catch a show at the Goodfoot, the Crystal Ballroom, or another cool venue.
*You're a musician and want to play some music.
*You want to do something outdoors or go for a hike.
*You want to invite me to a game night (I'm down with Scrabble, Monopoly, cheap buy-in Texas Hold'em ) or pub quiz
*You're not interested in dating me, but you have a friend that might be.
*You just want to chat.

I am definitely single and by no means relationship phobic, but if I viewed your profile, messaged you, or rated your profile 4 or 5 stars, don't think I'm limiting my interactions to dates. I'm just as interested in making friends as I am in a romantic relationship. I pretty realistic when it comes to judging whether someone is "out of my league." If you're a lot older, a lot younger, height is a physical compatibility issue, or you're just really hot/i.e., "high maintenance" (which means you're probably not gonna message back or you're a porn bot/fakeass cam girl anyway), I'm much more skeptical about the dating prospects, but I'm willing to entertain the idea. If you have kids, I'm always up for making new friends, but I'm not interested in taking on the challenge of a romantic relationship involving someone else's children. It would have to be a very special situation, but much respect to single moms. Whatever the case, I like to keep things platonic at first and let things progress naturally. Let's exchange some messages or do some IM and take it from there.

Happy OKCing,
The two of us