karstic
42 Schoharie, United States
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My self-summary
Oh, hello there. Thanks for looking at my profile. Say, that's a nice bathroom selfie. Is that a low-flush toilet in the background?

(appropriate non-sequitur)

I try to tread lightly, live simply, and make somewhat of a green and sustainable life. I tend to be logical and analytical, but music feeds my artistic side. I've got one foot in each world, and that's the way it will always be.

I kind of have a love/hate relationship with online dating. While its fun and interesting to see all of you lovely people out there, its kind of like window shopping. Here we are putting the best we have to offer out there all in a few paragraphs like so much binary code on a programmer's screen. I suppose in some respects its OK, as when you start looking into biochemistry, we're all just a mass of 1's and 0's like everything else in the universe.

I'm cautiously optimistic. I like looking around at all of the interesting people out there because it gives me some hope for the future and on most days, that's all I need.

Equally open to monogamy and poly.
What I’m doing with my life
Working in the sciences and drawing lots of maps while exploring other career options. Living in a (stationary) tiny house surrounded by a lot of land. Playing fiddle for contra dances, background gigs, and occasional other adventures. Occasionally fermenting something interesting. Trying to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am.
I’m really good at
Listening, joking around with friends, brewing, fiddling, fixing things, talking to people, finding swimming holes with a topographic map, identifying elemental constituents with various forms of spectroscopy, and kissing.
The first things people usually notice about me
Recently, an acquaintance asked me if I had any recommendations for meditations. I really don't have much experience with meditating, but she assumed I did because of my calm persona. So, there's that..
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
On the closest shelf in no particular order is: Radical Homemakers (written by a good friend), some Anne LaBastile books, Applied Hydrogeology, Mount Misery, The House of God, My First Summer in the Sierra, Violin Owners Manual, True Horse Stories, The Solar Home, The Sloughter's History of Schoharie County.

I enjoy the occasional movie, but do not have or care to own a television.

Music: The Incredible String Band, Celtic Fiddle Festival, Nightingale, Martin Hayes, Le Vent du Nord, Genticorum, La Bottine Souriante, Alasdair Frasier, Elana James and the Hot Club of Cow Town, Sandy Denny, Fairport Convention, Richard Thompson, April Verch, Bob Wills, Iris Dement, Norman and Nancy Blake, and The Wailin' Jennys. Farewell to Doc Watson.. got to see him play a couple of times at the Troy Music Hall. Johnny Cunningham was probably the best fiddler I've ever heard.

I like to make meals from whatever is in season at the local farm stands. I eat healthy and try to eat local when possible. I'm interested in learning more about responsible harvesting of wild medicinals and edibles.

While I certainly know my beers, I tend to buy wines if there are pictures of horses on the label. Go figure.
The six things I could never do without
Carbon
Hydrogen
Nitrogen
Oxygen
Potassium

Oh, and coffee/tea/???
I spend a lot of time thinking about
My future and what I need to do now to make things happen. Why people/dogs/horses act and behave the way they do. Sustainability issues, scientific problems and how the two are often related. I also think a lot about wood heat.

However, lately I think about going to some other picturesque country setting where no one knows me and running a small farm house brewery. My lovely partner and I would run it together, and in the converted barn we would brew authentic and old-world farm house ales which no one really makes anymore. I would balance the water chemistry and she would enjoy mashing and shoveling out the lauter-tun. Hey, I can dream.. I usually think about these things when trying to learn something like the intimate details of the krebs cycle. Its somewhat related.. it takes a lot of ATP to brew beer.

Also from a biological and geochemical standpoint, all the pieces of saran wrap you've ever used still exist, more or less.
On a typical Friday night I am
The old answer was playing tunes or at a gig, but these days the answer is glass of wine and a book, cleaning, or prepping for a hike the next morning.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm kind of tired of this, but the rural lifestyle which I so enjoy makes meeting people more difficult because as Americans we like ease and convenience, not traveling too far to meet new people. Though, I persist for reasons I don't completely understand.
You should message me if
You'd like to get together and play tunes and/or meet for coffee and get to know each other. If we clicked, I'd travel a ways just to meet someone new and interesting.

You feel the need to elicit with an illicit response (for the English majors).

You are a fellow weirdo.

You can convince me that the internet isn't full of people that believe other people want to look at pictures of their cat.

Note: Responses with excessive texting shorthand will be met with derision and scorn.
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