I'm looking for an unusual person to discover and enjoy on their terms. I delight in meeting new people and watching them show me who they really are.
I escaped to San Francisco from Fresno, Ca, 19 years ago and despite everything I'm still falling in love with this city. For most of that time I've had an enveloping and tawdry affair with Oakland.
I'm a hardworking radical carpenter. I crave living and discovery but work and community activism come way first. Usually I'm OK with that. My work is demanding but exactly what I want (an office job would kill me). My activism is demanding but exactly what I want (except for tear gas, there's no good side to that stuff).
I was in the military (don't worry I was a peace-time cook, so no PTSD) and went AWOL for 3 years. Antiwar and antiracist organizing has been my most sustained political work but I do what I can to support a wide range of work to make a better world and Bay Area.
I like people in general but the weird ones are my favorite. I have very little tolerance for the poor treatment of other people. I WILL intervene when someone is wronged. I am a fierce anti-racist and feminist. I care deeply for those close to me as well as strangers and I'm considerate to a fault.
I love to travel but unfortunately most of my trips were short. The military took me to Oklahoma, Virginia, and Germany. Political work took me to Delaware, Washington, Missouri, Pennsylvania, New York, DC, Maryland, Jordan, Iraq, Mexico, Canada, Cuba, and the Republic of Korea (south). With my family I've been to Idaho, Costa Rica, and Puerto Rico. Some day I'm going to China (and back to Cuba).
I've worked on a number of tallest buildings in the Bay Area and am really into heights. I'm much more smiley than my photos indicate.
My work background is steel carpentry but work lately has involved more painting and landscaping than anything else. Most of the buildings are pretty old so there's an antique fixture restoration element that's fun. I'm also learning electrical work and furniture-making the hard way.
I'm very active in a variety of bay area political/community struggles. My big challenge is to make time to read and study not just act. I've been an activist since I was 14 and more than anything, it defines my life.
The worst Hollywood horror to Citizen Kane. I'm a big Star Wars nerd. Also Documentaries, Zombies, Scifi, Cult, Noir, Anime, etc.
Mostly political history and theory but have a soft spot for Stephen King and Octavia Butler. Just finished "The Martian" by Andy Weir. Right now I'm reading "Showdown at Desire" about the Black Panther Party in New Orleans in 1970. And then there's Hellboy...
The Walking Dead, Girls, Broad City, Breaking Bad, Cowboy Beebop, Shield, stand-up comedy that isn't too racist or sexist, Human Planet, Blue Planet (does anyone else feel like Sir David Attenborough's voice magically makes you smarter?), Wilfred
I like being introduced to other peoples unusual music. I enjoy everything from hip-hop to country, but my favorites are Bob Dylan, Nina Simone, and Howlin' Wolf.
For me, cooking, eating and drinking is a celebration and ritual. Food is my religion. I carefully devour cookbooks and explore anything I've never had. Alcohol is my favorite intoxicant but spirits, wine and beer are more food than drug. Oh...I'm not a vegan. But cooking vegan is fun in moderation.