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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 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 think I'm a nice guy. Most times I think I put myself in other people's shoes...sometimes I think I'm fooling myself. I think I have an affinity with animals of all stripes. I haven't killed anyone or anything, except maybe a few fish. I saved an owl one time that was stuck upside down on a tree limb. What else can I say, hmmm...I'm somewhat handy? I built some veggie beds in my back yard; I resided one side of my house myself; I've painted my house numerous times; I put in a fence; I'm a decent cook and enjoy trying new recipes...
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. Nothing compared to a hike in the Gorge or on Mt Hood but worthwhile in a pinch.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books of note I've read within the recent past - The Goldfinch, A Little Life, The Sympathizer, and currently reading A History of Seven Killings. 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 on occasion and am always impressed by the 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, both dining out and cooking at home.
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.
The two of us