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My self-summary
Let's get outside, drink whiskey and listen to Tom Waits.

I'm a native midwesterner, so by law that means I'm naturally a friendly, thoughtful, independent person. I like to think I'm creative because I spend a lot of my free time writing, making music and working with my hands. I catch a couple shows a month at somewhere like the Fox, Bottom of the Hill or Great American Music Hall.

I'm down to earth with a bit of an adventurous streak, and my sense of humor relies WAY too much on old Simpsons episodes and Douglas Adams books. I love the outdoors, and hiking through the backcountry of Yosemite or snowboarding in Tahoe as much as possible really clears my head.

In the past year I've realized that I'm at the point in my life where I'm tired of meeting people in bars. Fun for awhile. Not so much anymore. It'd be nice to forge a deeper connection. So I guess that's what I'm looking for here.
What I’m doing with my life
I just bought a fixer-upper in Oakland, of which there's been SO much fixing, and not so much upping yet, so a lot of house projects. Saving the future of the earth at a solar company. Teaching myself Pro-Tools. Writing in my spare time. Trying (and mostly failing) to learn Spanish.

I escaped the work week once last year. If I can get out again, I'd like to teach English in South America to experience a little more of the planet (and see Patagonia before it melts).
I’m really good at
Adapting to the world and my environment. I'm pretty comfortable in any situation or location I find myself in. I'm a pretty great listener, too. If there were a listening championship, I would easily place in the top three.

I also make a decent breakfast and I'm an ace on trivia night. So if you need to know the capital of Liberia while eating french toast, I'm your man.
The first things people usually notice about me
I shave my head, so if it's a sunny day; it's probably the sun shining off my dome. That thing is a beacon when it's bright out.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Charles Bukowski (yeah, I know) said "An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way." That seems about right.

Books, just finished Alice Munro's "Runaway Stories" and I'm currently plowing through that history of the Koch Brothers, but I'll read anything that's well-written (or at least has a cool cover).

I love PT Anderson, Martin Scorsese, the Coen brothers and Wes Anderson's films. I'm always up for a good documentary too.

Breaking Bad, Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Mad Men, Mr. Show, Arrested Development and the Wire are/were all great. I'm also a sucker for college football & basketball.

Music pretty much fuels my life, and I listen to it constantly. I try to go to a few shows a month and listen to everything from soul to late 70's post-punk and country to new folk, indie & hip-hop. I think Tame Impala, Kendrick Lamar and the War on Drugs are making some of the best new music right now. And A Tribe Called Quest, the Beatles, Radiohead & Yo La Tengo are unimpeachable.

Also, "Roadrunner" by the Modern Lovers might be the best song ever written.
The six things I could never do without
I'm a pretty simple creature, I don't need much to survive. Water & food and I'm set.

That said, I'll always want something to make some kind of music. So add a guitar and an iPod to the list. I might even make something work with a harmonica or melodica.

I need an escape from the city too, so I'll take a loaded backpack with a tent so I can make a home wherever I want. Add my bike to the list, plus someone to share it all with and that's an even six items.

Shit. Just got a puppy. Gotta find a way to work that little guy in somewhere this list.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The five best American ambassadors that embody our best attributes. The constantly evolving list at the moment:

1) Elizabeth Warren
2) Willie Nelson
3) Tina Fey
4) Stephen Colbert

Need a fifth though. That last spot is always the hardest to fill.
On a typical Friday night I am
At a show or getting dinner and drinks with friends. Sometimes all three in the same night. I know, I know, three incredibly easy things in one night? How does someone find the time?! Oh yeah. I do.
You should message me if
You want someone to laugh with and have meaningful conversations with while traveling around and exploring new places and experiences. You want to be with someone complements you personally, emotionally and makes you feel comfortable.

I'm really interested in intelligent, honest women who laugh easily and often. A great smile and eyes that convey a lot of joy are always a plus too; so thumbs up if you possess either of those.