I'm a dude who likes to think, laugh, and fix things; often in that order. I love the Pacific Northwest, I cannot imagine a better place to live. I'm homies with the water and with the woods, we've spent a lot of time together.
Laughter is important to me. Luckily I laugh a lot because I think I'm really funny. My friends are also regularly hilarious.
I love dogs and cats that act like dogs.
I'm very liberal. I phonebanked for ref. 74 and enjoyed it and will probably do it again. I'm not looking for someone who shares my views, I don't care what your political opinions are just as long as you have them.
I'm a staunch skeptic. My favorite recently deceased person Christopher Hitchens guides me here: "What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence."
I like adventures, though I'm often too distracted by my thoughts to see them. But when someone points one out I rarely say no. I spent two summers wildland firefighting after a friend told me I was good at chopping wood and should look into it. I signed up for the class the next day.
The best two weeks of my life were spent in a canoe on the Bowron Lake Chain, something I would love to do again.
I would strongly prefer someone who's into hiking/camping. I have all the gear, I just need you.
I used to hike and camp and kayak a lot, then all my hiking buddies moved away (and then I moved away) and I spent a whole lot less time roughing it. I began fixing that last year by taking up fly fishing. When it warms up again I'm going to start hiking and camping again in earnest. I love the city, but there's just something about pooping in the woods that appeals to me. I call it pooping with a view. Also fresh air and exercise and the transcendent stillness of a night sky replete with stars and whatever.
Lying to children.
I'm also kind of amazing at board games, but let's not make a big deal about it.
I almost forgot! I'm pretty good at ping pong too. I love ping pong because things happen too fast for me to think. This is as close to meditation as I get and I love it.
I tend to joke a lot. Often when I'm not telling jokes I'm smirking because I'm thinking jokes.
Movies: Super Troopers, Blackhawk Down, The Sandlot, Kill Bill, Dogma, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the original Star Wars trilogy, the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Shows: The Daily Show, Band of Brothers, 30 Rock, Breaking Bad, Undeclared, The Rachel Maddow Show. I don't watch much TV because I don't like most of it.
Shows that I watch with my ears: This American Life, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe, Grammar Girl, The Moth.
Music: Chromeo, Royksopp, Macklemore, The Decemberists, The Head and the Heart, The Weepies, Kid Cudi, Soul Coughing, The Presidents of the United States of America, Of Montreal, Tom Waits, Modest Mouse, Lupe Fiasco, Regina Spektor, Frou Frou, Tom T Hall. And that's it. I hate all other bands.
Food: I love Asian food, but I think that's partially because I think chopsticks are fun. It would probably be faster to just list what I don't like. Mushrooms, Grapefruit (not grapefruit juice, I like that), and Insects. That's about all I can think of.
I love spicy food. Like, really really spicy food. Hot sauce did not make the list of 6 things I couldn't do without, but it was considered.
A dictionary. I'm a logophile. Words are great and new words are better.
A good pair of speakers and/or headphones. Fidelity is important to me.
My library card. I use it a lot.
Sensible shoes. I think this explains itself.
An important question I don't know the answer to, preferably concerning a topic which can be discussed deep into the night. Luckily these are not in short supply.
Friends and family only didn't make the list because they are an uninteresting answer. I do love my friends and family.
Because I thoroughly enjoy a good debate, I spend a lot of time parsing and scrutinizing arguments I've made or heard to make sure they contain no flaws in logic or scope.
I guess what I'm saying is I don't really have a typical Friday night.
Nepenthe: that which induces pleasure to make you forget sorrow or pain, especially a drug or drink.
Beer is my favorite nepenthe.