Though I admire the local visionaries, my blue-collar background taught me to focus more on things concrete and practical. I'm endlessly curious, a big-picture thinker, and love science, empiricism and win-win solutions. My adult careers--landscaping, horticulture and farming--have centered around a love for plants, and being oudoors. I majored in History/Gov. and English once upon a time; I don't argue politics so much these days, but good writing still stirs my blood! I know my way around the Oregon wine scene, miss the Austin music scene and love working on houses (as in framing walls, not choosing paint swatches!): current project, a 1915 farmhouse. The gym keeps me sane in the rainy months.
I could say I'm honest, hard-working, laid-back, and plenty of other things, many good, some less than perfect. How bout we grab a drink, and you can draw your own conclusions?
I also manage a nursery and own a farm.
Working with my hands.
Finishing people's drinks!
Losing myself in tasks.
Enjoying my mediocre skiing skills.
Sticking to my workouts.
Not sticking my tongue out unless I
Intend to use it...;-)
Writers: Ursula LeGuin, Thomas Hardy, George Martin, W.B.Yeats, Neil Gaiman, Sean Stewart, Gary Snyder
Music: I've never been musically "cool": Thrash, Hip Hop, ballads, Latin beats, trashy dance pop, country, blues or sea shanties--keep it coming!
TV: Seemingly unlike most Portlanders, I do own and watch a television: All the great HBO series, past and present, Masterpiece/Mystery/Brit-coms, and silly sitcoms generally.
Movies: The Lion in Winter, Blade Runner, Love and Death, Wings of Desire, Passion Fish, anything by Wes Anderson, John Sayles, or Almodovar...
Keeping the balance between obligations/long-term plans and the satisfaction that comes from being present in the moment.
How beautiful, interesting and sexy people are...
...laughing over a few too many beers with friends old and new.
...watching a movie, tv or reading a book.
...having a nice meal/drinking good wine.
...wandering (with my partner of 25 years, and probably our dog) around some place we're visiting, or bedding down for the night under the biggest tree we can find.
I once took pictures of my feet for a guy I chatted with online--it didn't take much effort on my behalf, and it made him very happy...
Dating and snogging a chill, good natured, reliable guy (who isn't going to be "THE ONE") sounds potentially pleasant, not like some sort of epic self-betrayal--I mean, really, who wants to be part of that..?!
You need a few headless torso selfies, photos of my manly farm truck or samples of my better douche-y pick-up lines (Oh baby! You with all those curves, and me with no brakes...Yeah?...Hey, wait! Where you going...!?)