I moved to Minnesota from the east coast after grad school in the 90's and adopted this place. I love the outdoors. Depending on the season, you might find me outside the cities rock climbing, hiking, or sometimes canoeing in warm months. Cross-country skiing and some ice climbing come into play in the winter (though there was more indoor climbing at VE last winter). It's hard to believe I've been climbing and xc sking since the mid-90s. I'm much better at climbing than skiing.
In town, I could be biking to Seward for my groceries or running along the river. I like to eat out quite a lot in town. My restaurant choices have shifted toward organic, local fare or ethnic cuisine (it's a bonus if I find both together).
Evenings when I'm out, I enjoy movies, plays, and live music. I'm particularly fond of the Riverview and the Guthrie. My musical tastes are broad, encompassing classical, swing, modern, bluegrass, but not country except very old work. At home, I like to read. I'm not a TV fan, though Netflix can suck me in. I am an NPR member/junkie for news and The Current.
There'd been a shift in focus for me about 3 years ago to give some additional support to my parents. I've spent more weekends in town as a result. One positive result has been my ability to put a bit more energy into my community. This is evolving for me, but a more supportive, sustainable community is a desire.
I do like travel oriented vacations, sometimes for outdoor activities like rock climbing, sometimes simply to visit some part of the world with culture that's new to me.
That's a brief glimpse at what I like, what do I say about me? I'm more of a listener than a talker. I keep close relationships with family and friends. I'm approachable and pretty open in one on one conversations. I find writing what I am, rather than what I like, well... awkward.
For the present, I'll say, if you'd like to know something about me, drop me a note and ask.
This winter I have started attending Common Ground. Meditation has been very positive. I'm not well versed in the philosophy, but I'm learning.
I mentioned sustainability earlier. I've been making incremental changes in my own life and home: some LED lighting, more biking errands, no lawn chemicals. Bike commuting to work is less frequent this year with the Warner Road bridge still down, but it still happens.
I'm working on learning Spanish. I oscillate between working on French and Spanish. The transitions are tough, but my brain settles in to the language I'm working on after a few weeks.
Physical activities: be it climbing, running, biking, canoeing/kayaking and the like, I enjoy being outside. I'm a decent Ultimate player, more from persistence than great skill. In the summer, I love the peace and coolness long nighttime runs along the river. Weekly "long" runs for me are 10 to 12 miles if you happen to run. Right now (early 2016) I've been doing my longer runs on Saturdays, and I keep running into turkeys near the U of M (the kind with feathers) . They don't seem to mind me passing through the rafter, but I give the beaks a wide berth. ;-)
2. Good, fresh food.
3. Time outdoors with some fun activity and friends.
4. My iPhone is becoming eerily indispensable
5. I hope the MPR transmitters never break.
6. I love the NYT crosswords, but need help to get past Thursday.
There's my stab at six. The first three are paramount, the latter three good to have.
And... I sing in my car... when by myself.
Rock climbers get bonus points, but that's certainly not a requirement.