I come from a small town in the central valley of CA, and I kind of lived the life of Reilly--my parents stayed married *until death* and my life was pretty serene and bucolic. We left our doors unlocked, played outside until well after dark, and everyone knew everyone.
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.
Because of that, 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 moved to SF in 1995 to Rollerblade. It's so interesting to me that back in the day, it was the thing that EVERYONE was doing, and now it's only the throwbacks that keep it up. I still go to the park on Sunday's to skate at 6th, when there isn't something else pressing/fun going on. It's nice to have that continuity.
Also with connections I made through skating, I was fortunate to amass 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) and all just got back from a 3 day Russian River vacation where we hiked, kayaked and gamed all weekend. We camp, attend Burning Man, go hiking, wine tasting, visit the Tourist Club--basically all the cool stuff the bay area affords.
In the early 2000's, my close friend ran a *speakeasy* type karaoke club out of his SOMA engineering office. We had a pretty good group of people coming out weekly until we got discovered (we had a strong 2 year run!) and were asked to shut down.
Ever since, we've all been singing karaoke throughout the city--there are a ton of venues--something virtually every night if the mood moves you, so karaoke for *fun* (none of us take ourselves seriously, and we're NOT obnoxious drunken karaoke singers, either) is also a pastime.
Though I consider myself social and outgoing, I have a geeky and shy side as well.
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 prefer to travel the way locals do, and get to know the people of the places I visit. I'd rather be a traveler than a *tourist* any day, so I often couch surf in the countries I visit. I've learned more about myself and my country through travel than I ever did in books or therapy.
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.
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. Also, aesthetically, I prefer thick to thin, hirsute to smooth and short to tall. Call me crazy ;)
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.
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