43 Redmond, United States
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My self-summary
I just moved back to (the) Seattle (area) after a few years in California, where I learned a lot about my trade but made no money. Now I am poor. But I'm starting my own business, so that should fix that right up, right?

I make eye contact and listen closely. I crave quality interaction. I'm interested in just about everything, and I love to think about things intensely and thoroughly! and talk about them! (So please don't be one of those people who says, "You think a lot.") I love to laugh and once in a while I even say something kind of funny. I'm fairly comfortable with myself and can handle intense situations pretty well. I've done a few unusual things with my life, like study music in India. I like walking around in nature but I'm not hardcore. I find I'm often out of step with what everyone else is into. I don't like being categorized and I try not to categorize others too much. But I did get bored with digital photography and I'm shooting mostly film these days, which puts me in a certain hipster category, whether I like it or not.

(Just to be clear, I make photographs, not movies. Some people misinterpret "shooting film" to mean "shooting films" (note the singular and plural). But I think it's a natural misunderstanding. The word "film" means "motion picture" to most people, but to me it means thin, transparent plastic, coated on one side with a light-sensitive material such as silver halide crystals suspended in gelatin. So when I say I'm "shooting film" (singular) I mean I'm making images upon such light-sensitive material, using a film camera...... which is not a movie camera but a camera that holds film. As opposed to a digital camera. There are a few pictures of me in my photos section playing with my view camera, which exposes 4x5 inch sheets of film one at a time. That's the kind of camera where you have to put a big cloth over your head to look through the camera to make sure everything's in focus, and you have to figure out the exposure (shutter speed and all that) manually. I find it way more fun and satisfying than digital photography.)
What I’m doing with my life
Helping people solve problems. Taking photos. Writing. Reading. Exercising, bike riding, walking, hiking, and generally trying to balance being fit and healthy with being well read.
I’m really good at
Understanding and using the English language. Being specific and not generalizing. Listening. Seeing things in different ways. Scrabble. I think I'm getting better at photography.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
books. E.M. Forster, Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf, Homer, George R.R. Martin, Tolkien, Bertrand Russell.... A book I hated: The Corrections.

movies. The Lion in Winter (O'Toole/Hepburn, not Stewart/Close), Top Hat, The Princess Bride, The Court Jester, the occasional superhero movie, Woody Allen flicks, Ang Lee.... A movie I hated: Braveheart (and not just because it's wildly inaccurate).

TV. The Daily Show. ... I'm glad Game of Thrones exists because otherwise I wouldn't have read the books; but now that I've read them, the TV show strikes me as utterly stupid.

music. Beethoven, Diane Birch, The Black Keys, Florence + The Machine, Indian classical music, Lady Gaga (a much better singer than Tony Bennett), Melody Gardot, Neko Case, later Philip Glass, Public Enemy, Rachael Yamagata, Soundgarden, A Tribe Called Quest, U2, Willie Nelson.... I dislike: most country music produced in the last 20 or 30 years, and the Decembrists.

food. I like almost everything, but my favorite is homemade North Indian food.

stand-up comedy. Louis C.K., Mitch Hedberg.... Bill Cosby was on this list; I grew up listening to his stand-up albums, but I can't listen to them anymore.

This might be important for you to know: I don't much care for sports, and I actively dislike (American) football, both the sport itself and the religion around it. (Also, why in the world is it called football?) ... But I will go to a baseball game or some other kind of game, if someone else pays for it.
The six things I could never do without
Oh, you know, the usual.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Lately I've mostly been thinking about my business: how to advertise/pitch it, how to explain what I do, how to train other people to do it, and how not to bore my date to death by talking too much about it. Seriously, it's a danger. My head is full of this crap these days. ("I'm passionate about what I do" is the positive way of saying that.)
On a typical Friday night I am
Oh, you know, the usual.
You should message me if
you're cute and smart and you think we might get along.