montrose_harbor
30 Portland, United States
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My self-summary
I'm originally from the midwest. I moved here five years ago to do a volunteer program, and stuck around. I like doing things that are fun, and hanging around fun people. I like living in Portland. I like being outdoorsy, but "being outdoorsy" is a rather new concept to me. I appreciate the artisan culture of Portland, but also like to occasionally poke fun at its absurdity. I like sarcasm and dumb jokes.

Sometimes, my internal quest for enjoyment overrides the external social norms. Which is a roundabout way of saying I will always be an enthusiastic karaoke participant. But I will butcher any and all singing, and most likely choose some terrible song. It will be embarrassing for those around me (unless you can also hang), but I will be so happy.
What I’m doing with my life
I work for a homeless service organization, supporting a transitional housing program and their membership board. It's a nice balance of some nonprofit management skills and direct service, as I get to know the folks who live there, and connect them with other social services around town.

And in all my free time, I pick up some freelance graphic design work. Mostly related to some political / social work I believe in, when given the opportunity.
I’m really good at
listening. Also, I have an exceptional sense of direction.
The first things people usually notice about me
how I love making bad puns, and laughing too hard at them.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books:
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, The Giver, Ishmael, A Separate Peace, Into The Wild, Everything Is Illuminated. Dave Eggers is my favorite writer. The last book I read was Michael Pollan's latest, "Cooked".

Movies:
I own three movies: The Royal Tenenbaums, Stranger Than Fiction, and Drop Dead Gorgeous. Oh, and some great French movie I bought while studying abroad without proper knowledge of the difference in DVD types, and now I cannot play on my American TV.

TV:
The West Wing, always and forever.

Music:
Guster is my all time favorite band, and yes, I recognize that they are totally lame. The heart wants what it wants. Recently I've been into Lord Huron, Andrew Bird, Ben Howard, and San Fermin. I like Ben Folds, Bon Iver, the Beatles, The xx, Pearl Jam, Kanye West.

Food:
Thai, pickles, mustard, oysters, sour beer, stouts, good bread. Anything homemade. Really, kind of anything.
The six things I could never do without
family/friends, cold-brew iced coffee, mountains, Venn diagrams, trips to Seattle, and cooking dinner for other people.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
my purpose in life. I feel like I'm getting good at being me. I know what I like, I know my strengths– it'd be nice to find someone to share my happiness with.

If I had a superpower, I sometimes think I'd like to have the ability to transcribe every. single. thought. that goes through my head. Can you imagine reading that over?

For example I just (in my head) considered the similarities between "pickle" and "bagel". Not at all in their form or taste, but in the words.

So, sometimes I spend too long thinking about irrelevant musings.
On a typical Friday night I am
either drankin' a fine microbrew at a bar with friends, or sitting on my couch watching terrible reality TV shows in an attempt to decompress from the week.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I don't know the difference between "the former" and "the latter". Every time I read it, I google it for clarification. It makes no sense to me.

Update: it still makes no sense to me, but I have overcome that to learn the difference. I can now comfortably use "former" or "latter" in conversation.
You should message me if
you hold the secret, mystical second half of a sacred amulet I was given at birth by a bearded wizard, the match only revealed to be held by my one true love. Just kidding, message me if you wanna chat or get a beer. Or tell me how dumb I am for not knowing the difference between the former and the latter.
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