38Camarillo, United States
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My self-summary
Most of this profile is from a number of years ago. I'm looking for exercise buddies, fellow foodies, hiking partners and gamers.

If I had to describe myself in three words, it would be "Does not follow directions."

I prefer people who are willing to be direct and speak their minds and solve problems rationally.

I believe that anyone who loves reading Tolkien is worth talking to. I enjoy archery and fencing, rock climbing, and paintballing.

I've been a teacher and an e-learning specialist. I've done a little bit of work with augmented reality, but right now I'm doing web development and design. It pays the bills so I can focus on things I enjoy.

I can be sarcastic at times. That doesn't always go over well on the internet. But in my defense, it doesn't always go over well in real life, either.
What I’m doing with my life
Learning everything I can. Making connections with fascinating people. :-)
I’m really good at
listening, writing, wasting time, rock climbing, identifying wild plants\Botany\taxonomy and herbal medicine. I'm much better at the midwestern habitats where I grew up, though.
The first things people usually notice about me
I've been told I have a 'nice ass.' But having never taken the time to look at my ass, I don't know if this is true. Of course, I'm far too modest to post a picture. So if you want to know, you'll have to meet me in person and trail slightly behind me while I'm walking.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
(a) Lord of the Rings\LOTR(J.R.R. Tolkien), Contact (Carl Sagan), American Gods (Neil Gaiman), From the Soil\Rural China (Fei Xiaotong), The Bridge Across Forever, One (Richard Bach), Small Gods (Terry Pratchet), Peterson's Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants, various myths, Asimov's non-fiction essays, The Evolution of Infectious Diseases (Paul Ewald), Extinction (David Raup), The Princess Bride (William Goldman), At Home in Universe ( the Autobiography of Buckminster Fuller), Player Piano, Palm Sunday, Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons, (Kurt Vonnegut), Getting to Yes (The Harvard Negotiaton Project), The Mismeasure of Man (Stephen Jay Gould)

(b) Groundhog Day, Lord of the Rings, Real Genius

(c) Rock, Country, J-Pop, Modern Gaelic, Alternative, 80s, musicals. Gaelic Storm, Country, Folk. Papaya, Aqua, Toy Box ... almost anything except Rap and heavy metal.

(d) Health food, Italian, $4-7/bar dark chocolate (The proper stuff), toffee, fruit, vegetables. I'm strict vegetarian, but not evangelical about it.
Six things I could never do without
Earth, Wind, Water, Fire, Heart and Captain Planet! Did anyone else think it was a little ironic that the action figures for an environmentally themed super hero were made out of... uh... plastic?

...I've been thinking about this question. The only time it actually moves the conversation forward in some way is when it lists a dealbreaker. Like a religious person lists "God" and an avowed atheist says to themselves "I'm outta here." Because really, people listing "air" here in an attempt to be clever aren't really telling us anything we don't already know.... okay, I kindof did that, but I was actually being clever. At least a little, right?

Anyways, since this question only serves to list dealbreakers I'd suggest to anyone reading this that they re-interpret it in that fashion and list things that they need in a relationship, specifically.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How people seem to believe that they understand the experiences and conditions of others so much better than they actually do.

"Beware of dog and the cat is not trustworthy either"
On a typical Friday night I am
Working. Going out with friends. Working. Texting friends. Reading web comics and searching pubmed. Working.

I love hanging out with people, but I need more down time than average to recharge.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I cannot talk to strangers, because once I talk to them they are no longer strangers.
You should message me if
You like to read. You're interesting. You like people who are interesting. You're honest, or at least a very bad liar. You need an exercise partner. You need a hug. You've read the book but didn't like the movie. You're outgoing and want someone to talk to. You're introverted and need someone who can understand you. You have a question you just want to ask somebody. You have a secret you just need to tell somebody. You're a massage therapist and you need someone to practice on. You run an animal testing lab that's fresh out of guinea pigs and you're looking for volunteers. There's something you want me to teach you. You have something you think you can teach me. You're feeling lucky. You're feeling lonely. You're at peace with the universe. You've managed to read this far in my profile.
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