jmdavids
35Portland, United States
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My self-summary
I like too many things. I cook, make music, run, climb, lift weights, get high, read, drink, stay up late, wake up early, go out dancing, plot, plan, work my ass off, and also manage to feel like I don't do anything. Most of my hobbies happen in intervals. A few weeks of this and a few weeks of that.

I manage to be both genuine and snarky. Funny always wins. I try to make myself laugh and the people around me. I try to get better at listening, to myself and others. Self-care. Sometimes life feels like an on-going cycle of remembering and forgetting yourself, so I'm always trying to remind myself of the things that make me happy.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm the chef at a ramen shop. It's a good gig but eats up a lot of time and energy. I work in working out as much as possible. Squats, running, and bouldering. I spent the winter hibernating on the couch with the heater on, but now summer time in Portland is (sort of) here! I want to be outside and meet new people. I'm a committed non-monogamous relationship. I have a pretty tight schedule, but I'd love to meet somebody fun for an on-going thing.
I’m really good at
Talking myself into and back out of just about anything. Driving (but not so much parking). Making people laugh, including (especially!) myself. Cooking.
The first things people usually notice about me
My style and charm, I'm sure! Maybe my shoes, depending on the pair I'm wearing.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
BOOKS: Mostly non-fiction. I read sporadically, so it's hard to stick with a narrative. And I like to learn. I just started a book about world history from an Islamic perspective, and have been going through a couple books about classic hip-hop albums. Workout related shit. That kind of thing.

MOVIES: I don't super keep up on movies, so I mostly end up seeing super hero movies when my friends get excited about something. I'm up for anything, depending. Either something heavy and cerebral or completely stupid.

SHOWS: I grew up with The Simpsons. Trailor Park Boys was funny before it got picked up again by Netflix. King of the Hill is even funnier after living in Texas for three and a half years. Game of Thrones is clearly the best show ever. I am kind of obsessed with True Detective season 1 and have watched it 3 times. Sense 8 turns the brain and the heart at the same time. More Netflix shows and less actual TV.

MUSIC: As long as there's a beat, what I listen to ranges wildly - soulful house music, diva dance jams from the 80's, 90's and present, rap music from New York and the Bay area, 70s soul & funk, instrumental hip hop. I love music more than anything in the world. I love learning about different genres of music, where they come from, how they change, who makes it and why it sounds how it sounds.

FOOD: I like strong flavors. Spices, salt, fermented things. Dim sum, curries both Thai and Indian, yakitori. Pretty much anything with cilantro, lime and chilies.
Six things I could never do without
Tacos.
Funky drummers.
Coffee with brown sugar.
Squats.
Valhalla.
Ear plugs and eye masks.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Everything. Patterns and cycles, what makes a person what they are, how a person can become more than what they are, the narrow part of the Venn diagram where hip-hop and fish jokes intersect, the history and future of humanity, what to eat for dinner, sex, the enormity of the universe, funny things that rhyme with what you just said, what book I should read next, the passing of time, how to properly conjugate made up words. You get the idea.
On a typical Friday night I am
Trying to wind down from the week. I'm more exciting on a Saturday.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
The to-do list app I use on my phone just released a calendar app that syncs to the to-do list and reminds me of holidays. I've been looking forward to this for months and I'm way too excited about it.
You should message me if
You want to grab a drink or go dance to 90's or electronic music. You want to meet somewhere neither of us has been before. You want to run or climb. You want to cook something together. You're into surrealism. You like to laugh a lot. You want to hear about the time I owned a surf shop.
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