smithrockneil
64 Portland, United States
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My self-summary
I like to laugh and smile. I try not to hurt creatures of any kind. I've come to believe the planet has a better chance to survive without mankind and will likely win in the end. I wish more people were progressive thinkers and I'm glad I live in Portland because there are so many.

Originally from NY, I moved here from the Midwest in '91 and can't think of a nicer place i'd rather be. Portland has so much to offer...beautiful topography, intelligent people, great food...all around plenty of options and a variety of things to keep one entertained. Of course, it would be so much nicer if instead of one, there were two of us taking advantage of all the goodness here. That's why, I suppose, you and I are on OKC...to find someone to share life's adventures with.

I'd like to meet a woman who is genuinely a nice person. Someone who is active, has a lot of interests, maybe even is passionate about one or more things... Me? I have a lot of interests and friends have told me I concentrate a lot of energy on new infatuations. I am actually very social and easily persuaded to head outside and ski or hike or dine out or socialize with friends. A few years ago, I was spending much of my time rock climbing but I've since gravitated toward studying classical guitar. What I miss about rock climbing is all the social interaction but I get similar challenges from classical guitar (hard to believe, but I think classical guitar has similarities to rock climbing but is way harder!). Me being non-religious and left of center politically, what I'm not wanting in a companion is someone with a religious bent or someone who's politics are of a conservative nature.

I like to think of myself as your typical nice guy. I think I'm pretty empathetic and sensitive. I think I have an affinity with animals of all stripes. What else can I say, hmmm...I'm somewhat handy? I had a parking strip vegetable garden (until my soil sample turned up motor oil and instead built some beds in back)? I'm a decent cook and enjoy trying new recipes? I think humility is a nice trait and there's plenty of it in my veins?
What I’m doing with my life
As I mentioned, I started classical guitar lessons. It's challenging to say the least, but I find so much of the repertoire full of beautiful music. It does take away from my social time but then again, the solace and focus of it can be meditative.

So to counteract the amount of time I'm sitting on my butt practicing, I try to take time during the weekend and get a hike in when I can. In spite of the fact that I've lived here for over 20 years, I've recently discovered the conveniently close short hiking trails in Forest Park.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books of note I've read within the recent past - All the Light we Cannot See, This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz, The Circle by Dave Eggers, Station Eleven, Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, The Enchanted, The Golem and the Jinni, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (I've become a big David Mitchell fan), And The Mountains by Hosseini, Black Swan Green and The Bone Clocks (again, both by D. Mitchell), The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Ready Player One, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, The Slade House (Mitchell again), The Goldfinch, A Little Life, and currently reading The Sympathizer. I recommend all of these, BTW. I do like well-crafted movies but I don't go often enough. I ditched my television years ago but I admit I'll sneak time on YouTube occasionally. I've been to the blues festival last year and was mostly pleased with what I saw/heard. There's a lot of talent in Portland. I listen to just about anything - from jazz to blues to soul and funk and R&B to folk and alt-country to classical to drum and beat...but lately it's been mostly classical guitarists...and a lot of John Coltrane. The same for food - I like trying new dishes and being adventurous. And pizza. Ah, pizza.
The six things I could never do without
Music, laughter, beauty, a great meal, a stimulating thought, a feeling of self worth. And friends. How can I do without my friends?!
On a typical Friday night I am
out enjoying the company of friends.
You should message me if
You don't smoke,
you are not religious,
you are left of center politically,
you are not self-absorbed,
you are not narcissistic,
you are a nice person,
you are genuine,
you can laugh at yourself,
you're looking for a partner, not someone to do the muscle work around the house,
you think life is both wonderful and sad.
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