51 Washington, United States
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My self-summary
Is internet dating considered "natural" selection? I think it is more art than science, but when it gets to the point where they are using people's pheromone samples with any measure of success, please let me know.

Among other things, I enjoy music , movies, art, books, the great outdoors, long walks, food, mirth, and life's simple pleasures.

I am perceptive, communicative, humble, generous in spirit, warmhearted, loving, and affectionate. I have a strong constitution but a gentle spirit. I see the world more in shades of gray (and a spectrum of color) than everything as either black or white. I work hard, but in my personal life I have a mellow / laid-back personality. I am independent-minded but am not a contrarian. I have a good sense of humor (but then again everyone thinks that they have a good sense of humor) and appreciate other peoples' humor as well. I am not a controlling person. I think it is really important that each person in a relationship has the time and room to be with friends and do things outside of the relationship, in order for the relationship to grow and reach its potential. I do not think that I know everything, am right all of the time or have a need to be right all of the time. I am not a crazed sports fan, but from time to time I enjoy tennis, baseball and soccer.

I am socially and politically aware. I believe in social and economic justice. My political philosophy aligns with liberal to moderate Democrats.

I do not have any children and am not planning on having children of my own, but I am willing to develop a long-term relationship with a woman if she has a child/children. I love kids' curiosity, creativity, playfulness, and honesty.

Although it is not my first choice, if after getting to know someone in person for a while where we both "clicked" really well with each other, I would be willing to relocate for love and a promising long-term relationship. Even though I am a social person, in a dating context I am a bit shy in the early stages.
What I’m doing with my life
I work on policy issues at a national affordable housing association to help advocate for funding and reform of affordable housing programs for low-income households.
I’m really good at
...naming the musical artist or song in three notes or less.
The first things people usually notice about me
...I don't know, I've never asked anyone about this before.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I do not go to see and hear live music all that often like I used to, but listen to music at home. Some of my favorite music artists such as: Portishead, Patti Smith, Pixies, Tom Waits, Pearl Jam, Radiohead, Amie Mann, John Frusciante, Friends of Dean Martinez, Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan, Magnolia Electric Co., Will Johnson, Free, The Hold Steady, Calexico, Mad Season, NIN, R. L. Burnside, Black Keys, David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Neil Young, PJ Harvey, Ben Harper, Fiona Apple, First Aid Kit, Joseph Arthur, Alicia Keys, Gov't Mule, R. E. M., King Crimson, Stone Temple Pilots, Smashing Pumpkins, Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Doors, Al Green, Santana, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Funkadelic, Prince, Lenny Kravitz, James Brown, Defunkt, Fishbone, Talking Heads, Stevie Wonder, Peter Gabriel, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Emmy Lou Harris, Joan Armatrading, Suzanne Vega, Billie Holliday, Richie Havens, Kurt Weill, Bach, Chopin, Shoshtakovich, Grieg and Phillip Glass.

Some of my favorite movies include: Brazil, Raising Arizona, Momento, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Yellow Submarine, Ice Age, On the Waterfront, Ship of Fools, Chinatown, Casablanca, The Fog of War, Crimes and Misdemeanors, The Singing Detective (British version), Mullholland Dr., Blue Velvet, Bullets Over Broadway, Angel Heart, and Network.

Radio: NPR, This American Life, TED Radio Hour, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me.

In terms of tv/internet programs I like: PBS' News Hour, BBC News, CBS Sunday Morning, Tavis Smiley, Charlie Rose, 60 Minutes, Frontline, TED Talks, Up with Chris Hayes, nature shows such as Planet Earth & Life by the BBC, The Simpsons, Duck Man and tennis.

I read The New York Times.

Fave artists: Edgar Degas, Kathe Kollwitz, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Alice Neel, John Sloan, Egon Schiele, and William Merritt Chase.

Some of my favorite comedians and comedic shows: John Oliver, Kate McKinnon, John Leguizamo, Tracey Ullman, Paula Poundstone, Alan Partridge, Nikki Glaser, Dana Carvey, Amy Schumer, Richard Pryor, Carol Burnett, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Mystery Science Theater 3000
The six things I could never do without
the great outdoors
music and films
bread and cheese
On a typical Friday night I am
...decompressing from the work week by chilling out at home, listening to music, watching a good movie, or meeting up with friends for food and conversation.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
When I was pretty young I met Candy Darling in New York City at an art exhibit of paintings by Guy Peellaert from a book titled, "Rock Dreams." Candy and I hit it off like fast friends.

I love the song by Minnie Ripperton titled, "Lovin' You" which reminds of life in the 70s.
You should message me if
...you possess some combination of the following traits although not all, including being: down to earth, open-minded, wise, kind, compassionate, affectionate, loving, self-aware, perceptive, thoughtful, gracious, playful, outdoorsy and appreciate life's simple pleasures. Most importantly, I am looking for a woman who's overall sensibilities I share. That's one of those ethereal yet important things like chemistry.

Even though I'm in government affairs in DC, I do not have a type-A personality and would not be well suited with someone who is high strung, intense or "on" all of the time in their personal life outside of work. I would enjoy being with a woman who has a relaxed personality in her personal life. I am looking for a committed, monogamous relationship with potential for a life-time relationship.

I am looking for my soul mate rather than looking for each of us to be each others' functionaries. When it comes to doing things around the house such as cooking , cleaning , etc. I am not into old fashioned roles between a man and a woman. I think balanced burden sharing is an important aspect of a relationship. I believe in making important decisions together.