I'm a Portland native and seventh-generation Oregonian who just got back from Salem where I worked as an Engineering Specialist for the Oregon Department of Transportation. Before settling back into Oregon, I spent the previous summer traveling the world, with visits to Canada, Chile, South Africa, Australia, and Japan. I spent the summer before that cycling across all of Western Europe. I started in Madrid, circled the Iberian peninsula, through France, and Italy, through the Alps, to my final destination of Amsterdam.
Still, it's nice to be home in Cascadia.
I've been told that I'm an ESTJ (Determined Realist). While that seems somewhat accurate, I've also found ISTP (Individualistic Doer) to be fairly fitting. Most of my friends would think I'm an extrovert, but I do enjoy my time alone outdoors.
Cycling year-round, let's just say that up to 10,000 miles a year keeps me in very good shape. I spent the summer of '09 cycling 2,500 miles solo around Washington and down the coast to Mexico for charity. In '10, I decided to cycle 4,200 miles solo across the country to NYC. In '13, I covered 5,600 km across a dozen European countries. In six years, I've managed to put over 30,000 miles on my bike and have no plans to stop.
Beyond furthering my career, I also enjoy my side job getting paid to bike around and drink beer. Care to join me for a drink?
I'm usually remembered as that outgoing tall guy with the name tag that cycles everywhere. People also seem to comment on and enjoy my unique "uniform" and various accoutrements. I'm often described as looking ready to go camping at any opportunity. They're usually right.
― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Big fan of Ken Kesey.
My favorite movie, hands down, is The Graduate.
“Maybe I'm spending too much of my time starting up clubs and putting on plays. I should probably be trying harder to score chicks.”
—Max Fischer, Rushmore
Wes Anderson films are great too.
I don't watch much TV, but who doesn't love Broad City, Girls, Arrested Development, or the Flight of the Conchords?
A few songs from the last time I was out singing karaoke: A Message to You, Rudy, Blister in the Sun, 99 Luftballons, and Hungry Like the Wolf.
Looking at my recent iTunes plays, I've got Blind Pilot, Devendra Banhart, Beck, The Clash, The Dandy Warhols, and the Shins featuring prominently, if that gives you a clue.
♪♫♪If you want detail, my favorites fall into a few categories♪♫♪
From the 60s: The Beatles, The Who, The Doors, The Animals, The Kinks, The Band, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, and Jimi Hendrix.
One of my prized records is an original pressing of The Doors from 1967.
Then there are many bands from the 80s such as The Clash, Madness, The Specials, Violent Femmes, Talking Heads, The Pixies, U2, REM, the B-52s, Simple Minds, Men Without Hats, Tears for Fears, The Smiths, Duran Duran, etc.
Plenty from the 90s: The Dandy Warhols, Beck, Nirvana, Semisonic, Oasis, Third Eye Blind, Blind Melon, The Verve, Everclear, Elliott Smith, etc.
As for more recent stuff, I like Regina Spektor, Andrew Bird, Vampire Weekend, Wolfmother, Fleet Foxes, Sufjan Stevens, Belle & Sebastian, Band of Horses, Goldfrapp, Guster, The Raconteurs, The White Stripes, The Decemberists, Tarkio, The Shins, and Broken Bells, to name a few.
Don't forget classic Portland bands: The Shins, The Decemberists, Everclear, The Dandy Warhols, Elliott Smith, Blind Pilot, and newcomers such as Snowblind Traveler and Those Willows.
“Never commit yourself to a cheese without having first examined it” —T. S. Eliot
“Too often I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen.” —Louis L'Amour
“It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and can coast down them…
Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motorcar only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” —Ernest Hemingway
My great-grandfather and namesake was a rumrunner during the prohibition. We've both smuggled alcohol across international borders.
I'm pretty into bikes.
Actually, almost any good reason will do. Try me.
Also, I'm interested in people from anywhere, so feel free to message me regardless of your location. Remember when it used to list looking for pen pals? I've got friends on every continent, and I'm always down for some international correspondence.