funnycat51
54 Portland, United States
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My self-summary
I’m sociable, playful, and affectionate by nature.
I love deep, intense discussions one on one, about topics such as politics, environmental issues, psychology and relationships. I equally love interacting with my friends at a party or a pub. Most people would say I'm an obvious extrovert, but one time I did a personality test and I was very close to the middle on the introvert-extrovert continuum.
Gardening is a favorite pastime of mine, as I have a fascination with flora, fauna and nature in general. A couple of years ago, my son and I put together a cold, saltwater aquarium that was supposed to be something like an Oregon tide pool. We populated it with sea anemones, crabs, some little fishies, seaweed, limpets and snails that we collected at the coast. It was really cool! After about a year it started to run down, so at that point we returned the surviving critters to their native habitat. We also had a warm water aquarium for a few years, and I'd like to get one going again.
Lately, I've taken up the captivating past time of mushroom hunting and joined the Oregon Mycological Society. Foraging for mushrooms in a light rain in a lush, drippy forest is one of my favorite things to do on a weekend day in the fall. In the winter, well, I mostly wait for the days to get long again, but while waiting, I'll go back-country or cross-country skiing, which is gorgeous and exhilarating.
I'm a DIY type. Now that one can Google stuff, I think I can do everything myself. I recently redid a kitchen mostly by myself, although I have to say I'm not great at electrical wiring.
The last few years, I've been on a mission to simplify my life, paring down my possessions and moving into a small house in a lovely, walkable neighborhood. I bike to work now. My car is the next thing to go, and I will try living carlessly (not carelessly)! My car is in a pitiful state anyway, which is ironic since my house is tidy and well cared for. The front bumper is held on with duct tape, and you can't get out of the driver's side unless you roll down the window and open the door from the outside.
Television, I don't have one, as I find them annoying.
Travel, I'm addicted to it, and have lived in four countries on three continents. Last year, I was in Bergen, Norway for three months. It is a stunningly beautiful place and slightly boring.
I like exploration and discovery. I'm interested in art and am concerned with the aesthetics of my environment. I'm very appreciative of dance of all kinds (I especially like modern dance), and really enjoy dancing.
I read a lot.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a research scientist in the field of neuroscience. I teach a bit too, but I'm much more passionate about my research. It's very rewarding intellectually, and I love the freedom of academic life.
In the coming year, I hope to wander a little farther down the path of personal discovery and growth.
I've come to realize that the only regrets I have thus far in life are things that I haven't done, and nothing that I have done (despite mistakes). So, I want to do more things!
I’m really good at
Lateral thinking and discovering connections and insights that are often overlooked by others. Motivating and inspiring others. Strong problem solving, trouble shooting skills. I'm very resilient and adaptable.
The first things people usually notice about me
My smile, my energy, my perpetually messy gray hair.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Reading is one of my favorite past times, and when reading for pleasure, I prefer fiction. I like a range of genres from classic British lit like Jane Austen and EM Forster, to contemporary (mainly from US, Canada, UK, Australia). I'm quite a fan of well written Sci Fi/fantasy and futuristic stories. I also enjoy works that illuminate life in other parts of the world or other times in history.
Here are a few books that I read in the last few years: The Windup Girl, The Name of the Wind, Oryx and Crake, IQ84,.
Some contemporary authors that I favor: Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, JK Rowling, Peter Carey, AS Byatt, Haruki Murakami, and more, but I can't remember all their names right now.

Music, my taste is pretty broad. I love rock, funk, blues, classical music. I have a thing for Eastern European folk music. Not so keen on country.

Food, I love it!
The six things I could never do without
Wilderness areas, art in my environment, modern anesthetics (so glad I didn't have to go to the dentist 200 yrs ago!), opportunities for experimentation and discovery, books, love n' friendship.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Lately, I've been thinking a lot about politics, my research, the interplay between one's relationships and one's personal development, whether or not I should get therapy.
On a typical Friday night I am
Sometimes at a bar/pub with friends. Sometimes at home reading, thinking, cooking, watching a movie, wandering about.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm an alien. There, I've said it. Feels good, actually. I will even go so far as to admit that I am British and Australian.

Also, I look at least three years older than my photos. One day, I will get around to posting new ones.
You should message me if
Message me if you think I sound interesting and if you get the impression that I'd find you interesting.
For the time being, I am interested in friendship. I like men who are highly intelligent and intellectual, creative, non-materialistic, and, most importantly, kind.
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