I enjoy getting together with friends to eat, laugh at each other, play cards or board games, play guitar or to go out on the town to watch a ball game, listen to live music or get together like we are this weekend for the annual grunion run along all the beaches near midnight. I run, play softball, read a lot, watch films, cook, do yoga and hit the gym regularly. I'm coaching little league again . . . 6 & 7 year olds . . . I can't believe I'm doing this again! I love road trips from Big Sur to Baja - to fish, surf, find hot springs or the perfect fish taco. I traveled a bit when I was younger and lived in Italy for a year, which really had an influence on me . . . the way I explore things, my interest in other cultures, how I eat and try to organize my family life. I'm looking forward to doing some traveling again, maybe Peru to hike up to the source of the Amazon . . . sounds good to me!!
I moved back down from Santa Cruz two years ago, where I lived for twenty years and did my graduate work and worked as researcher at UCSC. But I just completed my doctorate in sociology and now run the research and data department for children's services in Riverside. With a little time on my hands, a little courage and a lot of desire, I'm turning my attention to finding someone special who I can spend quality time and create something meaningful.
I'm very social and make friends easily, and keep the ones I have pretty much forever. I like open ended conversations and keeping things real. I love dogs, so if you have one I'll live vicariously through yours until the time comes for my next shepherd. I do my best to work on my flaws - try to keep my ego in check, do what I say I'm going to do, and say I'm sorry when I'm wrong. I keep getting invited back by all my friends and family so I suppose I'm on the right track. My taste in music is wide and varied ... jazz, blues, reggae, punk, classical, folk, r&r to listen to and anything else that gets me up to bust a move. A small sample would include Ben Harper, Ray LaMontagne, REM, Nirvana, Johnny Cash, the Black Keys, John Coltrane, Beck.
I'm looking for a kind and graceful woman . . . someone who's grounded in some way, either through the work she does, the practices and goals she sets, or through the way she carries herself after experiencing what we all have to in life. . . someone wired into family and friends, keeping things simple, who lives with gratitude and can handle a little chaos, takes care of herself physically and spiritually, makes friends where the opportunity presents, likes to have fun indoors and outdoors and is open to spontaneity (really is that hard!), who truly wants something meaningful and appreciates having a wicked smart, slightly irreverent but loyal man by her side. I would really appreciate meeting someone I can learn from ... whatever the lesson may be ... I'm open.
Sometimes life takes a left when we were expecting a right . . . but if nothing else it gives us a chance to see what we're made of. Hope to see you on my path.