tsparki
47 San Francisco, United States
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My self-summary
I've got a lot of heart and it shows.

Originally from Texas. I'm adventurous and political. A bit of a smart ass. Often funny. Sometimes a smartypants. Sometimes serious. A little bit punk rock & a little bit country. A whole lotta fun.

I'm an environmental organizer. I've worked in different parts of the world on issues ranging from human rights to peace to climate change & forest protection. I've got a huge global family that I've met along the way. Lots of friends in lots of places. Lots of love for that beloved community. They mean a lot to me.

I work hard whether it's at my day job or one of the many environmental or social justice causes I volunteer for or supporting my friends and family.

I like being outside whether it's wandering around the city, trekking further out in the wilderness or spending time in a park. For fun, I go running, hike, camp, travel, read, watch movies and write. (I realize that most everyone puts at least 6 out of 7 of these activities down on their profiles, must be the algorithms.)

Writing has been my big thing lately. I've been upping my game in political writing lately. Taking classes on it. Journaling. Brainstorming stories with others. Getting published in left-progressive-environmental magazines and blogs.

I hate sitting around too much. I keep myself pretty busy with one thing or another. Or exploring wherever I happen to be that day. I am very independent, but also like people. Or least I pretend I do.

I travel. I backpacked through Southeast Asia for two and half months in 2011. Traveled in Australia, Europe and Latin America. I've been to most U.S. states. South Africa, Ireland and Turkey are still on my bucket list to visit. I love going places abroad and domestic. Obviously.

Alone time and slacking off is nice as well.

I'm also usually pretty light and a bit silly (although my humor can be a bit dry, irreverent, sarcastic and ironical). I like to laugh, especially at myself, even better when others do it. I appreciate it. It keeps me honest.
What I’m doing with my life
Campaigner/organizer with an environmental and human rights organization. More of an adventure than a job, it's lots of fighting pipelines and coal mining. I worked in corporate America for nine years and taught community college for six. Love my current work these days though. Being in corporate america helped hone my skills as an anti-corporate campaigner. I get paid to make trouble.
I’m really good at
writing (or at least so-so). teaching. networking. working well under pressure or in crisis situations.
The first things people usually notice about me
My eyes. My smile. What I'm talking about. I sound like I know what I'm talking about. (Although not always the case.)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
in general: live music, culture jamming, reading, hiking, traveling, city trekking, wandering, running, current events, history and politics, Mexican food, sushi, diner food, breakfast food.

books: mix of fiction and non-fiction most recently just finished "The Sympathizer. Currently reading something by Barbara Kingsolver. favorite authors include Barbara Kingsolver, Naomi Klein, Arundhati Roy, Noam Chomsky, Cormac McCarthy, John Steinbeck, Jack Kerouac, Howard Zinn. But, I need more women authors in my life.

movies: on the serious tip: socio-political stuff, documentaries, John Sayles movies. Beasts of the Southern Wild, on the fun tip: the Coen Brothers, Tarantino, Pirates of the Caribbean, High Fidelity, Dazed and Confused, assorted gangster movies and dark comedies, there's lots and lots here.

music: lots of various tastes including Billy Bragg, Wilco, Johnny Cash, Woody Guthrie, Townes Van Zandt, punk, Bob Dylan, Springsteen, old school country, Casey Neill and the Norway Rats, Manu Chao, Magnetic Fields. too much to name. something new every day. iTunes might be curse or blessing, haven't decided which. also iTunes has really turned me back onto Fresh Air and Democracy Now!

tv: whatever serial drama or dramedy happens to be on. All time favorites include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Wire and The Sopranos.
The six things I could never do without
"Never" is a strong word, but not in any sort of prioritized order:
1. music
2. body moving, hiking, running, dancing, etc.
3. something to read
4. my people, friends, community, family
5. wit, dark (& light) humor, laughter, irony, a little bit of snarkiness
6. educating, organizing, agitating
I spend a lot of time thinking about
life. figuring out my stuff. authenticity. my family. my friends. too much.
On a typical Friday night I am
Multiple options. Out with friends at happy hour. Seeing some live music. Going to a house party. Catching a movie. Or staying at home for a quiet evening with a book.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
You'll need to ask in person.
You should message me if
You are honest. Adventurous. Political. Edgy. Authentic. A non-conformist. Passionate. Savvy. Funny. Can give and take a joke. Care about the environment and communities in it. Not unfamiliar with the term "fuck shit up." And deliver all of that in a sexy smart container.
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