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My self-summary
I can't see your "liking" me because I'm not a paying customer so send me a message!!

These profiles are excruciating, almost as bad as dating itself. I just moved to Portland in June of 2013 from Austin prior to that I was in Ireland and a bunch of other places in the US. I lead a gypsyish lifestyle. I love to travel and don't like to be tied down too much anywhere. However, I've always loved Portland and am happy to be here. I have 2 boys who are grown and won't be having any more. I love the outdoors; camping, rafting, fishing, hiking, and cycling are some of my favorite activities. I'm pretty free spirited with a very unconventional life and would like to meet others who understand and embrace it.

I am carless and cycle or bus everywhere, Portland is such an ideal place for this. I love cycling and think a nice ride would make a great first date.

I've been starting to do some longer distance cycling (20-30 mile treks at least once a week). It's quite exhilarating to cycle routes I've never been on and explore new areas of Portland that I haven't experienced yet. I don't mind the solitude of these rides but it would be nice to have a partner to cycle with! I recently did a 61 mile ride to Sauvie Island and back.

I'm a full time student in my last year for my undergrad in Social Science with a PoliSci minor. I didn't get into grad school so I'm looking to graduate with my BS in December. I'm in the process of applying to join the Peace Corp. next spring.

I'm an atheist, 420 friendly and very political. Politics, whilst quite maddening, are a passion of mine. I'm quite liberal and find I won't be compatible with anyone right of moderate. This election cycle is making me question the sanity of this country and I'm starting to think strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is a basis for a system of government.

I don't mix well with Libertarians either, especially the conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers (the last needs to have a nice bout of polio or measles and see how quick they change their insane views). Also, not compatible with religious people of any sort.

WHAT I AM LOOKING FOR: Real dates, and real conversation, and real courtship that all leads to a real relationship. I'd love to have a real connection with someone. I'd love to find someone who enjoys the outdoors as much as I do. And someone who is passionate because there should be something in your life you feel strongly about and focused on!!
What I’m doing with my life
I ask myself this constantly and have yet to come up with a definitive answer. If you know the answer, please PM me and clue me in on this. Working towards becoming a Social Worker. I worked in corporate America for 20 years and left when I felt it had sucked away most of my soul. Mostly, I'm just trying to enjoy life as much as possible whilst not being completely irresponsible! :)
I’m really good at
Cooking! Learning! Making things seem more exciting than they actually are by the liberal over usage of exclamation points! Sarcasm! Political or religious discussions and/or debates.
The first things people usually notice about me
People do remark on my sense of humor and sarcasm.

Oh, when I was overseas and leaving a gay nightclub, one of the guys who was walking nearby me came up and took my hand and said, "you are gorgeous, you have such a pretty face but your hair is so unfortunate." (it's always wet in Ireland and so my hair was never at its best). So, there's that I guess, people notice my pretty face but unfortunate hair.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Could they make this category a little more broad?

Food: Most and almost all, especially seafood. I'm an adventurous eater.

Movies: Mostly comedies, suspense. Not the crap that Hollywood generally churns out currently.

Music: Blues, bluegrass, gypsy jazz, alternative, country, most music other than rap/hiphop. I love live music and am hoping to find some great venues here to experience that. Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Muddy Waters, Adele, Old Crow Med. Show, I'm kind of all over the place but I like variety in my life!

Shows: I don't have a tv but sometimes I watch stuff on my laptop. Arrested Dev, Portlandia, Trailer Park Boys, It's Always Sunny in Philly, Father Ted, Shameless, Veep, Newsroom, Drunk History, Wilfred, Fargo (amazing show!)

Books: Non-fiction, Historical (love American History!), true life events, some biographies and autobiographies. I have forgotten how much I miss reading just for enjoyment. Someday when I no longer have to read textbooks constantly I can revisit that wonderful hobby!!
The six things I could never do without
My kids
Sense of humor
I spend a lot of time thinking about
how much I love my life and how best to get the most out of it. What I can do to help others be happy. When the hell am I going camping again???
On a typical Friday night I am
Looking for a great happy hour spot!
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up. I don't act my age because I think I'm in denial that I'm actually my age. I'm not ashamed or embarrassed of it, I willingly tell anyone who asks how old I am but I think I mentally block myself from actually feeling my age. Also, sometimes I only make sense to myself. I love going to nude beaches.

Cell phone usage is a huge pet peeve of mine. If we go on a date together, I have very little tolerance for you being distracted with your electronic devices. I'm going to give you all of my attention and I'd hope you'd want to reciprocate.

I feel things very passionately. I have a lot of empathy and compassion. I'm a very direct person and don't do passive aggression very well.
You should message me if
You can form proper sentences and don't live in your parent's basement. Or in their home. Seriously.

Hey poly people, I'm sure you're lovely, I'm sure we'd make great friends (I have a few already) but I'm not interested in dating you or having a relationship with you. I'm too selfish to share like that.