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My self-summary
I'm considering running away from Portland to back "home" here in Michigan. I now realize that will require an entirely new OK Cupid profile.

Simple. Open. Honest. Spontaneous. I'm a Midwestern boy from suburban Detroit. I think I may be single-handedly keeping the Nordstroms and J Crew in business in Portland. Which, ironically, makes me the weirdest person in Portland:) I have a bit of a dry sarcastic sense of humor....
What I’m doing with my life
I wish I knew. Ask me again in 30-40 years or join me for the ride.
Used to sing this with my Mom as a child:)
I’m really good at
I always want to be good at everything...
The first things people usually notice about me
Curly hair. Curly curly you look like a girlie. So much childhood pain.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Theodore Roethke. (My profile name.) James Joyce. Gabriel Garcia Marquez. William Blake. Tony Kushner. (More Life!) I was an English major in undergrad. I've read books.

In my mind, this cat video rivals Bartleby's, "I would prefer not to." I can watch it all day. Like all great artists, this cat's brilliance will probably only be recognized posthumously.

Ancient Aliens. (I just had a visitation from the Mormons. I really wanted to ask them if they thought that Joseph Smith was visited by aliens but stopped myself.) American Dad. Family Guy. Jon Stewart. Discovery. History. Nature. Community. Parks and Recreation. Arrested Development, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The Office. I like to take time off from thinking:) No. I've only seen one episode of Dexter and one of Breaking Bad. Yeah. It's not online.

IMPORTANT UPDATE FOLLOWS!!!: I ended my Netflix boycott and got into Breaking Bad. Caught up through season four. Still not interested in Dexter. Too much killing. /END IMPORTANT UPDATE FOLLOWS!!!, YOU MAY RESUME NORMAL ACTIVITIES :) <3 :p

I don't define who I am by the music I listen to. I'm getting too old for that. (And, probably too out of touch with the music scene anyway.) I love going to shows and exploring new artists and I do like a variety of music. I'm from Detroit: Detroit Music. Need I say more. I was fortunate enough to see Nina Simone in one of her last concerts before dying and go to a Detroit rave where Juan Atkins was mixing.

Movies: Boxing Helena, Blue Velvet, The Hangover, The Piano, Kill Bill, Reservoir Dogs, fuck if I know....

My vote for best new artist this year. HA! I don't think I've ever heard anything worse in my life. Ugh. What planet do Rebublicans live on?

Filet Mignon. Salmon. Pizza. Hot dogs.
Six things I could never do without
Water. Food. Oxygen. Habitable Planet. Red Wine. (I need a new hobby.) The Elliptical machine I bought is haunting me from inside its box. Soon as I get my new closet storage system in place, it's next on the list.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Embedding links in my profile: Imagine I'm Cheezy.

"We noticed it's raining tonight in Portland. Our statistics show that more people sign in when there is bad weather. It's the perfect time to message that special someone!" Hum. Have you ever been to Portland OK Cupid?

Starting an ostrich farm and winery. Just learned that an ostrich can pull a rickshaw. Can't wait to get that ostrich fleet out on the streets of Portland. Where to start? 23rd ave? Hawthorne? Mississippi? St. John's? Anyone know anything about ostrich farming? EIEIO. Never thought I would grow up to be a farmer. I don't think I'll have an ostrich to race in the 2013 races but 2014 might be a good target. I can't even believe there is an Ostrich Festival but I'm totally there, off to the races!!

This whole on-line dating thing really shouldn't be that difficult. The Emperor penguins put us all to shame.
On a typical Friday night I am
Out doing something somewhere with someone. How about suggesting something we should do. Conversly, if I sent you a message, most likely drinking at home alone on the Internet.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I miss the attitude and excitement of living in a larger city.

I have a love hate relationship with Portland. It's beautiful and quaint. Never lacking a small quiet bar to chill at. The longer I have lived here the more I realize that I will never be one of you. The more your quirkiness becomes annoying and not amusing. Sorry. It's me not you. I miss dressing up and going out for a night on the town with that feeling of electricity in the air. Gotta love Portland though.

I'll tell you my favorite Portland story. I was invited to a BBQ with some friends and mostly people I didn't know. I brought a steak, cooked it and cut it into bite sized pieces for people to snack on. One woman rather sheepishly asked me if she could have a piece. She was mostly a vegetarian. I was happy that someone even wanted some. Shortly thereafter, she began choking violently on it. Me and one other person began trying everything we could think of to help her. Heimlich. Pounding on her back. CPR. Her face was completely blue and she looked dead. I was about to give up at that point. I really thought she was going to die. A person walked by that was a nurse and said he would probably have to break some of her ribs but could help. Thankfully, he got the piece of steak out and she came back. The ambulance came around and took her away. I was so upset and shaking with adrenalin. The first thing someone said to me was it was karma for her eating meat. WTF Portland.

I didn't realize how much culture shock could exist within the US. I miss loud, obnoxious people with opinions and personality. A table full of people laughing out loud at inappropriate jokes. People talking to people they don't know in a bar. Sox fans and Yankee fans talking trash. Sports. Friends that would be there for you no matter what. Groups of women dressing up, going out on the town and rolling with the boys. Women capable of putting any guy in their place and doing it dressed in a short skirt and garter belt. You know, people with a little attitude.

I'm weird on the inside. I think I'm having more fun with this site than most people:) Despite the above, I try not to judge anyone based on looks, clothes, taste in music, etc... Why do you do it to me Portland?

I live in a cabin in the woods. It's my brother's "mother-in-law house" on his property. I'm somewhere in between Sling Blade and Cato Kaelin.

I have a fear of small animals attacking my feet while walking bare foot in the dark.

I really don't like dogs. They are totally annoying and suck.
You should message me if
Your profile isn't filled with pictures of your cat and yoga positions. You don't have hairy arm pits. You don't have sex listed as something you are good at. (Unless you are willing to put your mouth where your mouth is.) You aren't an emotional wreck from your last relationship/ OK Cupid IM. You don't have a big long list of ridiculous requirements for who should contact you.

Note: I'm being sarcastic. I find the "You should message me if" requirements people put on this thing really funny. I'm happy to meet just about anyone and give us a chance. My life won't be ruined if we meet for a drink or dinner and you don't like me or I don't like you. That's life. Please, feel free to message me.

Seriously. You want to go out for dinner and drinks and see if we connect. It's not that complicated. If you read the above and want to meet me, it's likely I would at least want to meet you for dinner/coffee/happy hour. I attempted to be pretty honest. Send me a message or just ask to meet up. Take care and good luck.
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