My family drove back east every summer, so I was able to see all of the US in very close detail multiple times throughout my childhood. My parents were both teachers so we spent our summers on the road--driving, camping, fishing, thrifting/antiquing and exploring. It was a lovely way to grow up.
My childhood on the road gave me an insatiable wanderlust, and I try to go abroad at least once a year. I prefer remote places, where I visit without a plan and just see where the day/week/month takes me. I'd rather be a traveler than a *tourist* any day, so I often couch surf in the countries I visit, and try to experience the country as a local would. I've learned more about myself and our country through travel than I ever did in books or through introspection.
I moved to SF in 1995 to Rollerblade and stayed for everything else. I still go to the park on Sunday's to skate occasionally--it's nice to have that continuity.
In my 18 years here, I'm fortunate to have amassed a close, active circle of friends and we're often doing things as a group. We have a weekly happy hour group (even though I rarely drink) do weekend house rental trips away, camp, attend Burning Man, go hiking, wine tasting, sing karaoke unironically. visit the Tourist Club--basically all the cool stuff the bay area affords.
Though I consider myself social and outgoing, I have a geeky and shy side as well--I guess I'm an outgoing introvert?
I grew up a tomboy and still am athletic, and enjoy experiencing the physical side of myself whenever possible. I'm MUCH happier outdoors than in, and get energized by nature. When I'm out hiking along a river, I'm at peace.
Conversely, I'm a HUGE movie buff and enjoy seeing movies on the big screen multiple times a month. When I'm not escaping through movies, you'll find my nose in a book. I consider myself a voracious reader, and will read almost any fiction without much prompting. I occasionally read non-fiction as well--I basically just love to read!
I bought a small home in Oakland last summer, and I spent some time fixing it up. Though I don't live there full time (it's more of a *summer home*), I do enjoy escaping there for long weekends where I can do woodworking--sand, stain and repair to my heart's content. I enjoy working with my hands and creating things or repairing old things to make them new again. I have a soft spot for *primitives*. Bonus points if you know what those are.
Also, I'm different than many chicks because I LOVE muscle cars (1960 GTO, baby!) and the band RUSH. I hear there aren't a lot of female Rush fans out there, which I totally don't get.
I'd love to meet a man who's creative, handy and loves to travel, but I know there's something to learn from most people, so welcome any communication.
Thanks for reading!!
I prefer to meet locally, go out for a drink (coffee, tea, beer) and just hang out and get to know each other. Usually anywhere from 30-60 min is a good starting place, then if we get along and want to extend the date, we have that option.
I'm also a fan of the midday exercise date--going for a walk, run or skate with men who also have a flex schedule.
Though I surely enjoy eating out, going to clubs or going to movies when I'm in a relationship, I don't feel those are ideal places to meet for a first time.
If you have any other thoughts, I'm open!!
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