dabsaroka
40 Washington, United States
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My self-summary
I'm a smart political/policy-geek type from the west (Montana & Oregon). DC, as a place and community, isn't the first place I'd choose to live but it's absolutely the best place for the work I love and I've been here long enough that I've embraced it as home.

I'm looking for someone who also has a mission in life. Someone to be my partner in crime, my accomplice in taking over the world so we can solve its problems (once we check that off the list, we'll decide whether we want to live in Portland OR, a cabin in Montana, or Berlin), and someone to come home to.

What else do you want to know? I ride my bike a lot to get around town. I love cooking and eating and am working on a garden. I would love to make international travel a bigger part of my life. I love camping and hiking don't do it nearly often enough.
What I’m doing with my life
I have a great job I love, doing policy and legislative work.

I own a house and have spent a lot of time gradually renovating it. Enjoying a new deck; most recent project is the garden; current project is hopefully the last major renovation.

You might also catch me nerding out about food/cooking, various areas of science, and architecture and urban planning. Policy and politics too.
I’m really good at
My job. Planning and executing elaborate meals, especially if grilling and/or baking is involved. Going on trips and other adventures with little advance planning.

Talking too much, especially to over-explain.
The first things people usually notice about me
My glasses. My laugh.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Kavalier and Clay. The Rest is Noise. The Big Short. The Metamorphosis. For Whom the Bell Tolls. The Grapes of Wrath. Honestly, I like more books than I could ever name, and I have more books than I could ever read, much less like.

The Muppets. Rear Window. Fight Club. 30 Rock. The Daily Show. Modern Family. R.E.M. Old 97s. Dwight Yoakam. Neko Case. The Decemberists. Mozart, Bach, opera. Too much to name.

I like pretty much all food, especially grilled or baked if I'm making it. I really like cooking for people.

Shouldn't we just discuss these things as you're going through my bookcases and iTunes while I'm cooking you dinner?
The six things I could never do without
A cause.
The ability to prepare food (i.e. a kitchen or at least a fire pit, and ideally some utensils...).
Something to read.
A sleeping bag.

I really like having a bike to get around town but can't exactly say I could "never do without" it.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Food.
Men.
Getting away.
The next 17 things I should be doing to my house.
How we might ever solve climate change or the dangerous state of American food and nutrition or income inequality and the erosion/implosion of the American middle class. That line of thinking usually leads to the question of whether our country's political system is still capable of solving large complex problems.
On a typical Friday night I am
Often just decompressing from the week, either by myself (reading, watching bad TV, cooking, drinking a beer) or with a few friends (cooking, drinking, out for dinner).

Maybe meeting a bigger group of friends for dinner and drinks.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I used to hate the word 'partner' but I'm realizing it's a pretty good word for what I'm looking for -- in the 'partner in crime' sense of it.
You should message me if
Really, if anything here strikes you as interesting, feel free.

Unless you included a favorable (not sarcastic) reference to Ayn Rand in your profile. Just kidding. Sort of.
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