Mostly just looking for conversation and correspondence anymore. When in MN I really enjoyed the "coffee shop culture" and will happily meet with and talk with just about anyone over a cup of whatever. (Bars don't do the same thing for me, sorry.) That said, I'm very surprised how reluctant folks are around here to simply meet up for coffee. And I'm not talking about an Eddie Izzard "cup of coffee".
I'm very much about making things, teaching things, communicating and continuing my spiritual growth.
My interests are varied and eclectic and I've got an incredibly open mind.
My creativity ranges from blacksmithing (my main passion) to working in wood and leather with the odd bit of writing and sketching.
I enjoy reenacting (mostly SCA) simply because it brings together three things I love: camping, smithing, teaching.
And that tends to bring in children. I'm a father which is a joy and love working with children in general. At events the forge is a "kid magnet" and it's a joy to share that craft, esp. with children.
Generally open minded about cultures, spirituality, and religions. I've traveled too much, seen too much, etc. to see any value in getting judgmental.
I am creative, spiritual, and intelligent.
Yes, I am in a developing relationship which I hesitate to define. I enjoy a variety of activities and like to connect with people.
Lots of processing going on with this.
And i'm very nervous even putting the foregoing out there. I guess i'm assuming that anyone who reads "bdsm" is going to assume that i'm some kind of narrow minded pervert exclusively interested in whips and chains to the exclusion of serious communicating, relating and enjoying life in general. Quite the contrary. The core of what that's about for me is that it's a passionate desire to find someone worthy of focusing on and giving priority to. Seriously, *really*, it is about You. The "kink" forms the symbols and rituals of that kind of connection and focus, if You will.
Seeking Those who appreciate the depth of what that's about and who have the confidence to accept it.
But then there's the poetry ... Rilke, Turtle Island, Coney Island of the Mind, and while it sounds overly dramatic now there are parts of Tennyson that are just ... perfect.
And, too, the wisdom of The Tao Te Ching alongside the Judeo-Christian texts alongside the old myths that still speak.
And the elegant simplicity of Walden or Franklin's Autobiography.
And the delight of A.A. Milne which covers so many areas in "children's" stories.
... the current reading list is varied and eclectic. i'm terrible at keeping it up so why not make it a topic of conversation?
Do realize that for me The Odyssey and Tao Te Ching (and i should probably throw in Shakespeare and some other things) do as much for me and probably more, than things like the Bible, Kahil Gibran, Richard Bach, and such do for others.
My education and following passion has been in literature and composition (although i still can't properly place about 20% of my commas!) so while my tastes are eclectic, generally if i'm going to spend time reading it there has to be some craft, depth and merit to the thing.
Movies ... Blade Runner, V, Last of the Mohican's, Master and Commander, Seven Samurai, Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep, Outlaw Josey Wales, and more. Yes, I tend to "guy flicks" but usually with some merit. ;) Enjoy good "film" a great deal, and have the capacity to run out to the cheap theatre with my daughter and catch "Transformers" and thoroughly enjoy myself.
Music is also an eclectic affair. The tendency anymore is toward a lot of celtic and celtic influenced folk with a seasoning of classic rock (esp. in the shop BTO and hammering go together) and filling in with classical. I'm partial to the more romantic and dramatic of the classical composers (Beethoven, Grieg, Sibelius) although I'm developing a great like for Boccharini and am trying to find more.
My daughter, 'cause, like, she's my kid, right? If you don't get that move on.
Hammer and anvil, OK, that's 2. Hammer then. With a hammer I can make everything else. No kidding. Eventually, yeah. But really. "If you have a hammer all your problems look like nails" is just not true. If you have a hammer and are a carpenter ... then maybe. But if a blacksmith has a hammer ... problems look like opportunities to make the tools to solve the problem, eh?
The dog. Because high, low, thick, thin me an' this dog have been through it. She's still here and a lot of people aren't. I think she's a Bodhisattva, maybe taking a life off as vacation from saving humanity. She makes a lot of sense. Maybe she's *my* Bodhisattva. If so I'm a very lucky boy. "Sure I know what love is: A boy loves his dog." (Extra points if you know what story/movie that's from.)
Friends. Because after a dog ... a friend is a man's best friend. ;)
Or if it's the summer when I'm probably en route to a reenactment or camping trip or hammer-in.
Or I'm out in the shop and forgot it was Friday and that it was after quitting time and I'm still "playing".
I've had prime rib at Lowry's. I've eaten rare sushi in Japan. I've had high priced things I couldn't begin to pronounce. But when the cash through the shop has been thin, and you score a $40/30 minute gig for you and a friend who is more hard up than you ... that $3.95 gyros or 3 chili dogs for $3 that you spring for when the gig is done (because $20 isn't going to keep the lights on anyway) that you eat with that pal is ... ambrosia.
It occurs to me that there are more dogs that I'd sleep with than people I'd sleep with on this planet. (Get your mind out of the gutter.)
Or, maybe, you talked to God today and She told you something really interesting to share.
You've got experience, strength and hope to share.