I've been in Austin over three years now. When I first moved here, I thought it was shiny and fun to bike through. I still do, but it can be a bit frustrating having so many competing shiny things to do in this city. Life is hard.
I love keeping up with what's going in this world of ours, seeing concerts, trying new things, thinking news thoughts, procrastinating profusely, sipping a tasty craft beer or homemade cocktail with friends, and being constantly on the look out for adventures and folks to have them with. I like getting to know interesting characters and seeing how connections evolve.
Blinking in photos. It's my mutant super power.
I keep my ear to the ground and like to know what's shaking. (But I'm often bad at letting people know until an hour before it happens.)
Other things. Not all things.
Music: Most of my favorites span genres and are a bit hard to pigeonhole. World/Inferno Friendship Society, Gogol Bordello, Madness, Les Claypool's various projects, TMBG, Jethro Tull, New Pornographers, Caravan Palace, Neutral Milk Hotel, Camper Van Beethoven, Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Movies: I really like movies, but I'm *horrible* at remembering lines, actors, and even plots. Princess Bride, The Game, Usual Suspects, Fight Club, Big Lebowski, American Beauty, Shawshank Redemption, Labyrinth, movies by Pixar.
Books: It used to be almost anything I could get my hands on, but these days most of my reading is articles (either for work or for procrastination). Tom Robbins, Neal Stephenson, Kurt Vonnegut, Roger Zelazny, George R. R. Martin, Paul Auster, China Miéville, Neil Gaiman, and Umberto Eco.
Food: Some place I haven't been before, and preferably some food I've never had.
TV: I think TV's mostly crap, but I do have a few guilty pleasures like Bob's Burgers and Game of Thrones. A lot of what the BBC does is good (e.g., Black's Books, Sherlock, and unsurprisingly Doctor Who). I have a platonic crush on Jon Stewart (Trevor Noah's slowly growing on me). I haven't opted for cable in years, but I Hulu/Netflix pretty regularly (are those verbs yet? I vote yes).
Podcasts: Radiolab, Savage Lovecast, This American Life, Car Talk, Planet Money, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, Wits
I'm also a big fan of Theater. I took a course where we got to see 25 plays in 15 days in London - seeing Alan Rickman perform and being wished a Happy New Year by Judi Dench were highlights. I can even be a sucker for musicals. I haven't seen as many plays as I'd like since coming to Austin, though.
* A tune in my ears (or at least in my head)
* New experiences (foods, movies, bars, people, ideas, songs)
* Good friends, family, and other loved ones - without them what's the point?
* A book in hand and a book in reserve
* My laptop/phone (although every so often I'm tempted to never touch a computer again... technology can be the most addicting drug)
* Spark. In its many forms.
Some of those 'things': camping, grabbing drinks with friends (in or out), reading/grading papers, crafting, curling up with a good book, curling up with a bad movie, working in the lab til the wee hours (mad science waits for no one), backyard circuses, themed parties where I'm dazzled by my friends' creativity, game nights, crazy concerts, and moonlit hikes.
I value independence in friendships and relationships while also creating strong connections, and value the same in others (I'm polyamorous and open with a wonderful girlfriend I've been seeing for over a year and several very dear friends). Good communication, knowing your boundaries, and enthusiastic consent are all important (and sexy). Distinctiveness and spark are huge elements of attraction for me. I like people that enjoy the simple pleasures in life and measure success with their own ruler. I'm looking for an unconventional relationship with an unconventional lady — someone who is intelligent, quirky, a bit of a hippie or burner, and progressive.
OR if you're just looking for someone to go to shows/events with. It's always good to have more adventure buddies, especially with so much shaking here.
The best way to get to know whether you click with someone is definitely to interact with them, and I don’t have a whole lot of faith in profiles. So if you're interested in chatting--and potentially grabbing a drink after a few messages--drop me a note.