fredgoat
36Eugene, United States
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My self-summary
My dance card is way full. We could still hang out maybe? Just don't expect stuff.

Polyamorous 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
U.S. "defense" spending > U.S. social programs
Nausicaa > Mononoke
Celebi brothers > Wright brothers

I'm chock-full of love and and ferocity.
What I’m doing with my life
Learning and listening. I like to think that I also fight systems of oppression. But I'm definitely learning and listening.

I get really excited about things like plant-based antivenins and parasitic wasps. Still like talking about permaculture, herbology, outdoor education, 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. Blues fusion dancing is great!

Listening. I'm dangerously good at listening.

Intermittent hobbies that consist of fixing, making, and exploring.

Finding small things, reading signs from far away, and noticing visual patterns in general. I dunno, it's weird. Good eyes, this one.

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.

I can be quiet. I'll open my mouth about ecology, radical politics, centrist politics, gender politics, tv shows, other people's foibles, my own foibles, or the nuances of any mundane situation, and I can fire off plant families and etymology if invited to do so.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books - I read extremely slowly and sporadically. Science history, classic sci-fi, gritty fantasy, historical fiction. Barbara Hambly.

Movies - Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind! Miyazaki in general, and I'm a sucker for sniffly Pixar and Wes Anderson movies.

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

~~~@##Music##@~~~
The Eels, Bishop Allen, The Decemberists, The Magnetic Fields, Kimya Dawson, Jonathan Coulton, The Blow, The Glitch Mob, Teddybears, Detektivsbyran, The Flaming Lips, Sufjan Stevens, Architecture in Helsinki, Jason Webley, Mirah, Boy Least Likely To, Beirut, Cake, and a laundry list of obscure indie shite.

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.
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. I'm coming to find that people are roughly split 50-50 into the completely uninformed who are disgusted by You Herpes Mutants, and the underinformed who are disgusted by themselves for being 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. 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.
You should message me if
when you were young you were the King of Carrot Flowers.

If you share or are curious about an interest, can type good, are politically active, are happy with life, and are smart, 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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