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My self-summary
We only have one chance at this and we're all in it together. I want to enjoy my time in this world and seek to empower others to do the same. I want to cook for my friends. I enjoy planning adventures to share with others. I seek to to be aware of the effect of my actions on my community and on the broader environment. With this awareness, I strive to make choices that are consistent with my desire to do good in the world.

I ride my bike everywhere.

In my work--both as a professional and as a volunteer--I am dedicated to protecting wildlife and wild places.
What I’m doing with my life
I have been a park ranger since 1998 and I hope to continue working in the conservation field. As part of my current position, I design print publications and plan nature center exhibits.

The little bitty West Oakland house I live in is ancient and it keeps me busy, too.

In between, I'm making every moment awesome.
I’m really good at
Going, doing, being, appreciating, supporting.
The first things people usually notice about me
It's probably the beard and glasses. And my beard isn't all one color. Call me "Spot."
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I read so much. Do I really have to update this list again?

Books that I think about even years after reading them include The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham, The Fools Progress by Edward Abbey, Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell, Narcissus and Goldmund by Herman Hesse, It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis, Skinny Legs and All by Tom Robbins, Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko, Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac, any book written it seems by John McPhee or Salman Rushdie--whose word play is delightful. Solzhenitsyn. Oh yes, Solzhenitsyn. I have read a lot of Oliver Sacks's work in the last year, too.

Though I don't own a television and don't watch much video, I like going to theater to see documentaries. I'm also into movies that show the world through a unique angle.

I listen to a wide range of music--I prefer music that has a message that I agree with and the I can sing to myself later on. I carry a lot of lyrics and music in my head. Most of what I carry are Irish or Scottish in origin. I really enjoy Mary Black. I like to sing Johnny Cash songs--they're easy. There's a Robert Burns poem--Song for Autumn--that is wonderful to music and sounds fine a capella. I have folksy steaks of Joni Mitchel, Woody Guthrie, Chet Atkins, and early Dar Williams. I also have a louder streak of Sleater-Kinney, VAST, Echobelly, and Portishead. A3. TMBG. Soul Coughing. I recently discovered Martyn Bennett. I am enthralled.

I really am totally in love with Nancy Griffith's voice and music.

I'm pretty easy with regard to food but I do not eat meat that I have not killed or did not see a friend kill and butcher. Mechanized meat is just a real problem in this world so I steer clear. Pun intended, but not fun. I like to cook eastern cuisine--Indian, Thai, Vietnamese inspired recipes. There are some great cookbooks out by Jeffery Alford/Naomi Duguid. Pick one up at a library--the recipes are great and so are the photos and stories. My favorite cook book is The Turmeric Trail by Ragavad Iyer--good, South Indian Cooking. I'm mostly vegan but I don't make a huge deal of it--we do, after all, have canine teeth.

All that said, I do a lot of my own cooking and baking. I am equally at home in front of a gas range or a campfire. On car-camping and rafting trips, I like to cook in a Dutch oven.
Six things I could never do without
my bike
a well-stocked kitchen (is that cheating?)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What's next?

I'm a planner. I believe that I can make a better future by working in the present. I use Google Calendar way too much.

Right now I'm planning a backpacking, kayaking, camping trip to Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for this summer.

What shirt will go with this kilt?
On a typical Friday night I am
Friday nights are usually a quiet evening or a visit to a restaurant or the climbing gym with one or two other friends.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have a hidden concertina and I don't know how to play it. I want to learn but I don't know where to begin.
You should message me if
If you've gotten this far, that bodes well for us. You are progressive, comfortable with polyamory or open relationships, and maybe just a bit excited about wild things. We'll hit it off.

Are you interested in adventures both indoors and out, romantic and otherwise? We may be a good match. Let's go!
The two of us