Bicycling: This is something that has always seemed so obvious to me. I grew up a geek for everyday bicycling. The kids these days are finding it so popular, and I'm thinking, "Well, finally." I actually grew up in a U.S. city that was one of the more popular for bicycling, but among my schoolmates, I was still known as "the guy who rode his bike everywhere". I'm still known as the "bike guy".
Photography: This has been a part of my life since I was a kid. My attention to it ebbs and flows.
Philosophy: Out of all the math- and science-oriented areas that I could enter for college, I wound up with physics. Why? Well because physics is the study of everything. Everything can be explained by physics, right? Yeah, that's debatable, so that's why I entered philosophy... and got another degree.
Traveling: Yes, I've blown months of my life in order to travel... and I'll do it again. Can you relate? I exit the U.S. at least once a year.
Wilderness backpacking: I was introduced to this first in the summer between 7th and 8th grade, as a canoeing trip. It was an all-boys trip. The trip leaders didn't bring enough food. They taught us to make cereal milk by mixing lake water (unfiltered and unboiled) with powdered milk. In the days just after the trip, I reached a 104-degree temperature. If this had happened before penicillin was discovered, I would have died at the age of 12. I <3 backpacking. I also <3 bikepacking.
Math, physics, computers: These have been a part of my life. I've got a degree in physics. I worked for several years as a computer programmer, and our family grew up with programmable computers since the early 1980's.
Current events / news: Probably because of my upbringing, I've usually been up on current events. My local newspaper where I grew up had a city-wide competition on current events, and I was among the finalists.
Music: I've only briefly been in a band. So, to date, my interest in music is most strongly expressed by the several years that I was a radio DJ. Music is still important to me, but for the time being, I find it super-hard to make the time to keep up on new music. And new music is essential.
Some adjectives: caring, daring, candid, intelligent, persistent, and patient.
After I took the Myers-Briggs type indicator test for the first time in junior high, I was defiant to prove it wrong.
I received enough inquiries about my Myers-Briggs type, that I decided to take an assessment/test. My results? Not too surprising:
. . . . ENxx
So many questions in the assessment could have been answered either way, but I sped through it. I've previously been an introvert.
Currently reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed.
Music: I gravitate toward... Yo La Tengo, Stereolab, LCD Soundsystem, The Black Angels, Jesus & Mary Chain, Talking Heads, My Bloody Valentine, Neil Young... and The Daktaris, M. Ward, Fela Kuti, The Flaming Lips, Carlos Jobim, Prince (70's & 80's) ... and on and on.
Food: I'm onto kale & avocado salads, sweet potatoes & eggs, bean burritos, beets, and greek yogurt.
... "never" is a strong word ...
Pen & paper.
If you know some of what you want for the future, but you've also left plenty to decide as you go along, including deciding some things with your future partner.
If you enjoy riding bikes in the city.
(...if) we're friends of friends on Facebook.