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My self-summary
I'm looking into moving North from Texas... I'll be in Portland looking around for the month of August and I'd love to meet some new friends and see if this is the right place...

I've decided that the only thing I have to say about myself is that I'm semi-competent. I can function in the world, drive stick, anticipate problems and fix things. Is it me, or is this getting more rare? Also, I'm based in Austin, but I travel a lot for work and pleasure, and I like making new friends everywhere I go, so...

Beyond that, how to start? Well... Feminist. Humanist. Occasionally oblivious. I have a brain bent for science but fell into art and I can't seem to get out, which is just as well since I enjoy making things, including my own hours. I prefer to be active, exploring trails, paddling the lake or swimming in the Springs when I'm not making or helping someone else make, or trying to keep said creations from blowing up or causing NORAD to raise the DEFCON threat level.

I'm adventurous and uber-inquisitive about the world around me, to the extent that I have been known to trek to the middle of nowhere in Death Valley to see places where the rocks move by themselves; jump onto a bus taking biologists into the Chernobyl exclusion zone; or take a three day side trip through Bosnia to the site of appearances by the Virgin Mary, despite not being Catholic, or even religious. I'm skeptical and agnostic, but intrigued by all that there is we don't know, awed by nature and the universe and completely humbled by my small place in them. For those who want to know, I generally score as INTP, with occasional forays into E and S. I'm also a typical Scorpio, but without the jealousy component, and put absolutely no stock in astrology.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm arranging photons into pleasing configurations. Writing and talking about art and science. Rescuing old theaters. Collaborating with choreographers. Making big public spectacles with trash collectors, lineman repair crews and arborists. if you want to see more photos.
I’m really good at
Noticing. Writing. Listening. Watching. Traveling. Navigating in the dark. Guiding boats down rock-filled rivers. Falling off paddle boards. Swimming after lost paddle boards and kayaks. Explaining quantum physics and obscure mathematical theorems. Treading water. Carnivals. Driving cross-country. Building functional furniture. Being mistaken for native in foreign lands. Riding roller coasters. Mastermind. Scrabble. Thumb-wrestling.
The first things people usually notice about me
I get 'kind eyes' a lot. Strangers talk to me quickly and ask me for help and directions, even in places where I've never been and don't speak the language.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Murakami, James Baldwin, Firefly, Edward Abbey, James Morrow, Richard Avedon, Bill Frisell, Walt Whitman, Jack Johnson, Bill Bryson, alliteration, Marvin Gaye, Sylvia Plath, Charles Wright, David Bowie, Fried Ice Cream - okay, any ice cream, Buster Keaton, Neil Young, Raymond Chandler, Jameson neat, Alexi Murdoch, Russell Greenan, Fnord. The Clash, Ta-Nisi Coates, Wing F. Fing, Bonobo, The National, Pasta and Bread, Christopher Moore, Wilco, Veggie Heaven(!), Emmylou Harris, Absinthe, Richard Brautigan, Pierre Jeunet, John Coltrane, especially with the Africa Brass, Dr Who, How many can I put in random order before you stop reading? Mark Twain, Peter Greenaway, Junip/Jose Gonzalez, Fiona Apple, Mark Rothko, RadioLab, Douglas Adams, Beethoven, Robert Anton Wilson, Mezcal, Donald Barthelme, F for Fake, Kurt Vonnegut, James Turrell, Sushi, James Baldwin, Mary Oliver, Charles Mingus, Steve Earle, Coen Brothers, Massive Attack, Zoe Keating, Crab Legs, Loscil, etc
Six things I could never do without
Ω ≈ 1
D = 3
ε = .007
Q = .00001
N = 10ˆ36
Λ ≈ 10ˆ-120
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Everything. I am in love with and in awe of the world, and spend as much of my time as humanly possible seeing as much of it and learning as much about it as I can. There aren't enough hours or days or years...

Examples: I find it beautifully hilarious that bridal showers in Latvia include the washing of socks (there's a story, of course), and that there is a word, Mamihlapinatapai, that means, approximately, "a look shared by two people with each wishing that the other will initiate something that both desire but which neither one wants to start." How fantastic is it that there is a word for that?
On a typical Friday night I am
Working in a theater, swimming in Barton Springs, or carousing with my friends at one of those things that people point to as 'keeping Austin weird', but which seem perfectly normal to us (recent examples: marching band parades, art car derbies with flames and power tools, communal dinners in the woods, etc, et al, ibid, i. e. ack!)
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
You don't wanna get mixed up with a guy like me. I'm a loner, Dottie. A rebel.
You should message me if

...are smart as hell with a smart-ass sense of humor, insatiably curious, and in a life that's a bit unconventional in one way or another (don't be bored).

...enjoy spontaneity whether or not it's well planned.

...are in the habit of taking care of yourself, eating reasonably healthy and staying active.

...are strong of mind and will, or have ever been told that you were intimidating, outspoken or opinionated.

... are ready to teach, learn, and explore together.

...know where your passport and your towel are at all times.

*A love of moving water, radical politics or guys who shave their heads are worth bonus points. Formidable kissing, scrabble, or thumb wrestling skills automatically get you past the bouncer and in the door.
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