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My self-summary

This profile is horrendously our of date, so if there's confusion on any points, Ask Me!

I'm a grown-up child of the 70's, who is into all things geeky and interesting. I grew up in the wilds of Northern Minnesota, and have a healthy respect for the environment and an abiding love of the outdoors. . I abandoned a life of long, stressful hours and hung-over mornings (Yes, I was a professional cook for 20+ years, how'd you guess?) to go back to college and get a degree in renewable energy engineering.

I play guitar, both electric and acoustic, and while I try to have an open mind and came up in the Punk Rock/New Wave years, I'm firmly convinced Rock Music had some of its finest hours in the 70's, when bands like The Grateful Dead, Zeppelin, Floyd, and the Stones were doing their best to re-interpret American Blues Soul, and Gospel. . I'll listen to anything that has Art at it's soul, so bluegrass yes, but no commercial pop for me, thanks.I revel in the obscure, and I'm very opinionated about what I know.

My Politics are left-leaning, but there's almost a libertarian streak in my liberalism. I believe in growing one's own food (as well as other consumables), and was raised doing so.I love bicycling or walking around Portland, Going out to the local hot springs, a good cup of coffee in the morning and a good pipe of herbs in the evening.

I'm kind of a mixed-up jumble of contradictions, both spiritual yet atheistic, geeky but warm, mellow yet rockin'. I despise Ignorance and love adventures, and laugh out loud when I hear "You can't do that." I believe when it comes to the big questions in life, any claim to know "How it all works" is patent B.S. I like Kitties and Dogs, and have a hard time trusting people who don't. Bonus for you if you know who Gram Parsons, Larry Niven, Ray Kurzweil, or Brian Cox are; double bonus If you know one or more of the previous AND dig pinball.
What I’m doing with my life
I recently scored my dream internship ( i do science-y stuff! They actually give me money! It's Cool!) which is hopefully turning into a normal full time thing when I'm done with school. I'm looking forward to completing my degree and either going to grad school or working directly in a renewable energy field such as fuel cells or renewable transportation (said internship is in battery prototyping.) I'm a big proponent of manned space exploration, and believe firmly that the evolutionary crossroads humanity finds itself at involves leaving the nest of our home planet.
I’m really good at
Cooking, being late, making up for it, seeing whats over the next hill, making do, playing tourist, back rubs, articulation, being in awe, putting my foot in my mouth, decorating from free piles, cutting to the chase.
The first things people usually notice about me
My eyes.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Writers: Robert A. Heinlein, Sir Aurthur C.Clarke, Larry Niven, Fredrick Pohl, Allen Steele, Tom Robbins, Terrence McKenna, Hunter S. Thompson, and more.

Movies: Not the cinephile some people are.....Monty Python, David Lynch, Tarentino, Memento, Just got into Jodorowsky, especially The Holy Mountain, Ted Talks and documentaries. New addition to this: OMFG! Alejandro Jodorowsky! The Holy Mountain is a movie I will talk anyones ear off about if they stand still long enough!

Music: Pink Floyd (Early 70's Floyd Mk.II,More than Floyd Mk. III) Grateful Dead, Yes, Gram Parsons, Rolling Stones, Built to spill, Sonic Youth, 20's Jazz and Rag, Blues, Billie Holliday, Hank Williams, Patsy Kline, Psychedelic Furs, Husker Du, The Replacements, The Jayhawks, The Bottle Rockets, Clap your Hands Say Yeah, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Hendrix, Zeppelin, Mazzy Star, Cat Power, Low, Django Reinhardt, Stephan Grappelli,The Assylum Street Spankers, The Who, Cream, Talkingheads, Peter Frampton, Duane Allman, Old Funk, Joe Bonamassa, Siouxie and the Banshees, Black Sabbath, Bauhaus, Bessie Smith, Fleetwood Mac (Old & Buckingham/Nicks version.) That one Badass Buckingham Nicks album. Vinyl. Anything that moves me. the list could go on forever.Right now listening to Low's "The Great Destroyer"

Food: I dunno, what've you got? I cooked professionally for 25 years, so I 'm up for anything. Sushi (Miramoto, Takahashi, Sabboro, Yoko's), Indian (India House, Abbarruchi), Thai, Diner food, Pambiche, Jam, The Cheese bar....Cheese alone could be a paragraph! The Pulled pork @ the "Bubbaque" Cart on 12th and Hawthorne...Mom's homemade pickles, calico beans, toffee, and anything my Dad cooks on the grill.
Six things I could never do without
My family, far away though hey be - as well as my local 'Family'
My french press
my guitar
My sense of humor
My eyes

I've done without many times in my life...I think it goes without saying that the first 1 and last 2 are far more important than any of the material things
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Renewable energy, tiny houses, What the future will look like, how humanity will leave the nest, and how we will get from here to there without oil; and how I'm going to get through engineering school with my sanity intact.
On a typical Friday night I am
Having pints with friends @ local microbreweries, planning the next hot springs run, or at home cooking or noodling on my guitar with good friends around.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Is in there somewhere...YOU figure it out.
You should message me if
You like a good time outdoors or in, are up for a variety of adventures, have a sassy quick wit, and don't spook easily. NOT if you want to tell me your "better way" to eat, live, or think. DEFINITELY if you can handle both rural and urban, want a happy balanced life in your future, and have good stuff between your ears....and are a good kisser. Bonus points for pinball queens and smart, sassy book readers.
The two of us