44Oakland, United States
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My self-summary
I grew up in the southeast and moved to the Bay area almost five years ago. I have a love affair with the mountains and oceans and after many years living in small mountain towns decided it was time to live next to the water. In a former career I spent many nights sleeping under the stars and being a mountain guide in the wilderness, so it's maybe an understatement to say that I like the outdoors. The outdoors is my religion. Doesn't so much mater what it is I just believe everything is more fun outside. Connecting with it regularly is the best way to nourish my soul....its usually where you can find me when I have free time.

I love exploring, and would enjoy having a partner in crim for continued adventures, both big and small, urban and wild, domestic and foreign. I’m fascinated by and revel in the absurdity in this world and the brilliance simultaneously. I believe living a full and amazing life involves stepping out of my comfort zone (hopefully you do that too) and I try to do this regularly. I’ve been characterized by my friends and family as curious, imaginative, playful, "the guy you want to be seated next to randomly at a wedding or on a flight somewhere" and “really just someone that’s super fun to hangout with.” Most of my former students describe my sense of humor and the value I place on laughter as one of my best strengths.

I appreciate spontaneity and variety and relish evenings spent out with good friends and good food, as well as more low-key and intimate ones at home cooking for two. I find pleasure in simple things—sunrises, lightning bugs, the sound of moving water, a photo that makes you stop in your tracks, random acts of kindness, a good chai or margarita, stoping on a run to smell some roses in an adjacent garden.

I believe in “chemistry” and serendipity and being open to the people that come in and out of our lives. There isn’t so much a “what I’m looking for” in a partner but more so someone that I’m inspired by to be a better “me” and someone that likes who they are in my presence. If there was such a thing as an 'ideal match', these are traits I consistently find completely irresistible (but are by no means a checklist)….a warm and generous spirit, an affinity for silliness/laughter, adventurous, she loves the outdoors and can easily laugh at herself. She can also laugh at me if she wants, but laughing with each other would be the best case scenario. She is curious, enjoys talking about anything and everything, confident and can have a good time spontaneously.
I’m really good at
-being silly/playful
-enjoying the company of others
-not taking myself too seriously
-working with my hands
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm tall?
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: I seriously love books and read a lot. Mostly non-fiction but occasionally I get into other stories. On the bedside stack.....The Power of Habit, Quiet, Spark, Born To Run, Outliers, The Element.
Favorites: The Life of Pi, Mountains Beyond Mountains, The Last American Man, Orbiting the Giant Hairball, Ultramarathon Man Favorite authors: Ed Abbey, Mary Oliver, Feynman, Michael Pollan, Jon Krakauer, Terry Tempest Williams, Wendall Berry, Tom Robbins, Pema Chodron, Nassim Taleb, Michael Lewis, Murakami, Ken Robinson.

Music: Probably the best description would be "bluegrass-folk-singer-songwriter-acoustic-americana-indie rock-alt-country-ish" type music. I grew up in a musical family in Nashville (where it's sort of difficult to get away from music) so I appreciate all kinds....what's been playing lately. Amos Lee, Mason Jennings, The Waifs, bluegrass music, Gillian Welch, Todd Snider, Josh Ritter, The Avett Brothers, Van Morrison, Jack Johnson, Norah Jones, Keb Mo, Lyle Lovett, Paul Simon

Television: I haven't owned a television in 15 years, but I'm pretty sure if I did, I'd watch The Daily Show and Colbert everyday. used to love Flight of the Concords.

Radio: This American Life, Mountain Stage, PHC, Etown, Radiolab, Cartalk, City Arts and Lectures, Commonwealth Club talks, Invisbilia

Movies: The Intouchables, Wild, Hector and the Search for Happiness, The Princess Bride, Shawshank Redemption, Amelie, The Gods Must Be Crazy, 180 Degrees South, documentaries, everything at the Banff Mountain Film Festival or MountainFilm, 35.
Six things I could never do without
-Mountains and oceans (maybe its really just wide open spaces)
-fresh guacamole and chips
-sleeping under the stars
-live music
I spend a lot of time thinking about
-random acts of kindness
-architecture and design
-how to make this world a better place.
-how exactly do we lose touch with our playful/creative/artistic sides
-what the next adventure will be...where to go? what to do?
-what kind of wind is there out on the bay right now.
You should message me if
-you're curious and willing to meet in person (isn't it more fun anyways?)
-you think we have some shared interests.
-you're silly and playful...perhaps generous with your energy.
-you like to be outside....and maybe you like the water just as much as I do?
-and, the idea of sailing around the world might be something you'd consider (someday)
The two of us