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My self-summary
"Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth."
-Alan Watts

“I've been making a list of the things they don't teach you at school. They don't teach you how to love somebody. They don't teach you how to be famous. They don't teach you how to be rich or how to be poor. They don't teach you how to walk away from someone you don't love any longer. They don't teach you how to know what's going on in someone else's mind. They don't teach you what to say to someone who's dying. They don't teach you anything worth knowing.”
-Neil Gaiman

I am always trying to learn things that are worth knowing. I spent a lot of time trying to do that in the US, and now I'm taking the show on the road for a while.

I'm currently in Thailand, going traveling around the world for an indefinite period of time. I'm not really looking for anything serious, just keeping this open as a way to maybe meet up with some interesting folks while I'm on the road.
What I’m doing with my life
I was working as an acupuncturist, rock climbing, learning new skills as a chef, electrician, and herbalist.

I spend a couple months a year out in the Black Rock Desert. If you have to ask why, I don't know that I could explain it.

Currently working towards becoming a dive master, wilderness EMT, and doing medical work for international disaster relief operations.
I’m really good at
Cooking tasty things, fixing broken things and unhealthy people, creative problem solving, being a monkey, getting lost and then finding my way again, reading faces, story telling, working with my hands.
The first things people usually notice about me
These days, apparently, it's the hair. I've had long hair for about 10 years, but recently cut it all off and have a mohawk. Apart from that, I tend to be kind of reserved and laconic, but as soon as there's a topic I'm interested in I light right up.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Neil Gaiman, Tim Powers, China Mieville, Clive Barker, Terry Pratchet, Neal Stephenson, Kim Stanley Robinson, Frank Herbert, H.P. Lovecraft, Warren Ellis, and Alan Moore. Also Douglas Hofstadter, Peter Levine, Sun Si Miao, Kahlil Gibran, Albert Camus, Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, Timmothy Ferris, and Michael Pollan. To name a few.

Music: Tom Waits, Jason Webley, Johnny Cash, Firewater, Leonard Cohen, Alabama 3, Esthero, Massive Attack, Glitch Mob, Pink Floyd, Red Elvises, Gogol Bordello, Movits, Nina Simone, Soul Coughing, Tool, Tyr, Nine Inch Nails, Tin Hat Trio, Kronoss Quartet, 16 Horsepower, The Devil Makes Three, Ani DiFranco, Reverend Glasseye and His Wooden Legs, Jerk Church, Ghost Town Gospel, Amanda Palmer, edIT, Gotan Project, Iron & Wine, etc
I'll give just about anything a listen, but I don't have much patience for pop, rap, or country, as a rule.

Food: I'm sort of what you'd call an optunivore. I'll try just about anything once. Twice if I like it. Three times to be sure. I've eaten scorpion and jellyfish and camel, and I'm game to try just about anything as long as it's not still alive or endangered. On the other hand, I like real food, and will generally avoid fast food, processed food, soy (aka the Evil Hippy Bean), and anything with ingredients that come from a lab. I cook most of my own food, if I can make the time, and if go out to eat, it's usually to deconstruct the food on the menu so I can figure out how to make it at home.
Six things I could never do without
A backpack, a good multitool, sturdy boots, an endless supply of books, a laptop, friends I can trust
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Pattern recognition, word games, things ending in -ology, social justice, finding greater balance in my life, learning new ways to help people, finding new recipes, taking the universe apart to see how it works
On a typical Friday night I am
Cooking a meal with friends, reading, watching a movie, rock climbing. On the relatively rare occasion that I'm out at a club or a bar, it's typically because I'm working the event or bartending. In big social situations, I like having a job to do, which is why I ended up being a bartender for a while, a stage hand for 5 years, and why I do that thing in the desert.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
While living in China, I found out that the "lamb skewers" I ate for lunch most days were actually cat. I kept eating them.
You should message me if
I'm going to try to update my location with whatever town I'm going to be in next. If you live in or around there, or are also passing through, and want to meet up for street food or a drink, or hiking around and exploring the area, that all sounds good. If you know some place off the beaten tourist path that a traveler should absolutely go see, all the better.
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