fredgoat
36Eugene, United States
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My self-summary
I identify as pansexual, but I think heteroflexible is a more honest description of my actual behavior.

Polyamorous and anticapitalist. That doesn't mean I'm a fucking socialist. That doesn't mean I'm not a fucking socialist.

Amazing truths for your information so behold:
Hussites > Hessians
Nausicaa > Mononoke
Celebi brothers > Wright brothers
Tulsi Gabbard will be the next president of the United States
What I’m doing with my life
Learning and listening. I like to think that I also fight systems of oppression.

I get really excited about things like plant-based antivenins and parasitic wasps. Still like talking about permaculture and free schools, but I guess I've decided my focus is elsewhere. Biology and pedagogy generally still capture my imagination, though. As do machines and history. I'm a tutor.
I’m really good at
lots of things without trying, which makes me terribly lazy when it comes to things I actually have to work at, like music, programming, or dancing as a lead.

You know what? I'm actually pretty damn good at filling out online profiles. (our match percent just dropped, I know)

What else. Listening! Also explaining. A man who explains things! How novel! But seriously, that's what people pay me to do.

Visual pattern recognition. I like to think I'm good at recognizing non-visual patterns as well.

Also I can tell magic rings apart from normal ones. This will turn out to be important later in my story.
The first things people usually notice about me
My beard and hair colors do not match.

I tutor so I look like a tutor. My gender identity and presentation have fluctuated wildly over the years. Nowadays I see my assigned gender mostly as a source of privilege (and the idea of gender identity has little personal meaning to me outside of that), so in a sense I embrace it as a way of accepting responsibility for the task of destroying that privilege. My greatest privilege is my wealth, in which I include my U.S. citizenship. In summation, my gender is "Gringo".

I can be quiet if people around me are loud, but I'll open my mouth about ecology, radical politics, centrist politics, gender politics, tv shows, other people's foibles, my own foibles, the nuances of any mundane situation, plant families, etymology, and of course the Protestant Reformation.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books - I read extremely sporadically, but I've been on a huge audiobook kick. Science history, classic sci-fi, gritty and/or feminist fantasy, historical fiction. Barbara Hambly's Dragonsbane. Ursula K Le Guin.

Movies - Miyazaki, and I'm a sucker for Pixar and Wes Anderson.

Shows - The Wire, Carnivàle, and of course Stranger Things for a start. Steven Universe for dessert. Adventure Time all the time, forever.

Music
Bishop Allen, The Decemberists, The Magnetic Fields, Kimya Dawson, The Flaming Lips, Jason Webley, Mirah, Cake.

Food - yum!

Favorite Ukrainian realist painter - Ilya Repin
Six things I could never do without
Riparian zones. Wikipedia. People appreciating my humor. Smart radicals. Access to a bicycle would be nice. Pfffff... oh, soup in a breadbowl.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Lo-tech engineering projects I'm never going to pursue. The worlds I could find underground, or in space, or between my toes. What I want to do.
On a typical Friday night I am
Loving Oregon. Wondering what my plan is. Traveling in my head. Sabotage and bricolage.

Cursing at a circuit I put together that just won't work and I don't understand and why don't my electronics projects ever just work?
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have herpes and you probably do, too.
There's a great deal of fear and confusion about this STD, which seems to have started in the 70s, when it officially went from a Weird Little Sore to a Horrible Sex Affliction. Personally, I'm sick of being stigmatized for being informed. So many people are disgusted by You Herpes Mutants, or are horrified to find that THEY THEMSELVES are Herpetically Afflicted. Everybody calm the fuck down.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herpes_simplex#Society_and_culture
Bottom line; you already have herpes. YOU HAVE HERPES. Your cold sores are herpes. Yes, those normal little sores that cropped up a lot more ten years ago, but you still kindof get them occasionally. If you kiss one of the uninfected minority, you can give them herpes. If you go down on someone, you CAN give them genital herpes. Just be careful, and be informed. Maybe even get tested!
You should message me if
when you were young you were the King of Carrot Flowers.

If you share an interest, are politically active, are happy with life, write wittily, and are good, OR any combination of three or more of the above.

If you want a sidekick, if for instance you were a badass superhero whose powers are urban exploration and patience but you needed a sidekick.

If you need a hand picking mushrooms. If you'd like to know how jellyfish reproduce.

Seriously, tell me all about your cold sores, we'll talk about it, it's cool.
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