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My self-summary
Moved to the Northwest from New Orleans a little over a year ago. I only knew a few family members out here, so definitely looking to meet new people!

I like both urban and wilderness adventures. My favorite activities are day hikes, museum explorations, and trying new food. I enjoy being there for other people, but I tend to be very self reliant, as I am used to moving around the country on my own. I like most people I meet, because I've found we aren't all that different than one another. (Well once you take out the extremes of serial killers, people like Ghandi and MLK, and those who like the taste of spam.) And just about everyone has an interesting tale they are willing to share with the right coaxing.

Things I strive for and love to find in other people include: inquisitiveness, honesty (especially self honesty), kindness, and empathy towards others.

Something I apparently need to work on: Conciseness. In fact, it is past time to trim up this profile.
What I’m doing with my life
Park Ranger in Seattle, have held various other government jobs in the recent past.

Time off work: seeking out new things to do and see. I am all for road trips and hidden cultural gems. A weekend out with good company, finding a new scenic vista and/or a new offbeat museum or restaurant would be a perfect one.
I’m really good at
Being an equally serious and ridiculous person, being adaptable at whatever life throws at me, having patience with others, and dropping everything to help someone I care about.
The first things people usually notice about me
I don't know, I do not have access to the brains of other people. That could make me a successful zombie, or a neurosurgeon. I am neither. Yet.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Shogun, Chita: a memory of last island, Belgariad, To Kill a Mocking Bird, Leviathan, different random character driven fiction/historical fiction series; compiling one small list would be rather difficult....

Movies: Garden state, Stranger than Fiction, Beasts of the Southern Wild, About a Boy, Dances with Wolves, Wonder Boys, Casablanca, To Kill a Mocking Bird, My Neighbor Totoro, Road to Perdition, Serenity, Almost Famous, Princess Bride, Hachi, Eternal Sunshine

Shows: Mad Men, Archer, Firefly, Big Bang Theory, Star Trek, Downton Abbey, Cheers, Futurama, Northern Exposure

Music: The Shins, The Decemberists, Badly Drawn Boy, Belle & Sebastian, John Oszajca, Wilco, Bob Dylan, Jenny Owen Youngs, Vampire Weekend, Joshua Radin, The Postal Service, Rilo Kiley, Slow Club.

Food: Italian, Japanese, Mexican, Cajun/Creole, anything that stands out on it's own terms and isn't bland works for me.

Other things I enjoy:

Trying new dark beers, drinking strong coffee, writing stories I may never finish (like millions of other people out there), watching football, and trying to figure out which movie in my Netflix queue to watch next. Also love dogs and cats of all colors and sizes. If you introduce me to your pet, prepare for me to socialize with him/her almost as much as I will socialize with you. Well, maybe not that bad.
Six things I could never do without
A car to travel with, music to give me a little perspective from time to time, tent and sleeping bag (in case I need to sleep away from a sheltered buildings), various pictures, and a phone and search engine to look up the details on something I just learned about.

I could probably actually do without all those things if I had to, but water, foodstuffs, dry land, etc makes for a rather uninspired list.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
People I can't see much of anymore
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
It might not always show at first, but I have the internal disposition of a puppy. Minus the licking. Well, at least no licking of strangers.
You should message me if
You want to type things and send them to me, blank messages are fairly pointless. If you are not afraid of completely serious conversations and/or absolutely ridiculous ones.

If you can show me some out of the way hikes and/or snowshoe treks.

If you are always up for making new friends. Even if the romantic spark isn't there, one is never too old to start new friendships.
The two of us