gathermoss
38 Seattle, United States
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My self-summary
I grew up in a diplomatic family moving around the world, mostly through Latin America. I got obsessed with Buddhism in college and ended up living and traveling in Asia for a few years. Some combination of that "nurture" combines with my "nature" to make me inquisitive and empathetic. I regularly fall in love with some new idea or activity and dive deep for a while and it fills me with energy. I'm very attuned to the feelings of those around me, and while that can be exhausting at times it also can deepen my sense of joy when the people I care about are happy.

I'm a recent transplant to Seattle, having come here to stay close to family and start a new career and a new chapter. I'm a PUNK, Professional Uncle No Kids. I see my niece everyday and it's sound profoundly satisfying to see her grow and learn and to be someone she smiles at.

I'm finding my way in this new place and looking for someone to share ideas, explorations, warmth and growth with.
What I’m doing with my life
Settling in to a new city and a new line of work.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
The books I get the most excited about are well-written nonfiction books that let me relish in the discovery of something fascinating. But of late I've started to consider the value of reading fiction simply for the value of the pleasure it brings in the moment. Examples of both:
- Guns, Germs, and Steel
- Born to Run
- So many different books on biology and evolution
- East of Eden
- For Whom the Bell Tolls
- Almost everything Kurt Vonnegut wrote

Movies and Shows
I confess that too much junk works its way in. But some of it is actually really good.
- Game of Thrones
- Westworld
- Black Mirror
- Family Guy
- Rick and Morty
- Clips of witty late night pseudo-news comedy shows

Music
I enjoy music most when others around me with good taste put it on. I'm not good at discovering new music. I loved grunge and alternative rock in high school and college. My years growing up abroad gave me a love for Los Fabulosos Cadillacs and The Tragically Hip. I spent a few years dancing to electronica with an eclectic bunch in San Francisco. My latest appreciation is for jazz.

Food
I use to take pride in saying that I ate everything. But then I found out what gluten was doing to me and now I'm one of those goddamn people. Early years in Mexico gave me an enduring love/need for spice and having the good fortune to have traveled to so many places I'm well aware of how many radically different ways deliciousness can manifest.
The six things I could never do without
Family - cheesy, yes, but true

New ideas

Spicy food

Time in nature

Time alone

Exercise
I spend a lot of time thinking about
- Optimizing routines. I think it stems from a childhood of constant change. And if you're going to do something regularly you might as well do it in such a way as to minimize decision fatigue and maximize results.

- Some lovely idea. Like Basic Income or endosymbiosis or aquascaping or Buddhism or health or evolution or epigenetics or technological change.
On a typical Friday night I am
Winding down from the week. Work can be intense.
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