I am a native New Yorker who has now lived on the West Coast longer than I ever lived on the East Coast. I've been in Oregon for 22 years and consider it home. I lived in California for 13 years before that. I have heard it said that you can take the girl out of Brooklyn, but you can't take the Brooklyn out of the girl, which I find amusing especially since whenever I travel back to the east coast everyone tells me I am so west coast now. What does that mean anyway?
I guess you could say I have an "Encore" career. I currently work in the nonprofit world because I wanted to have a job where I will leave the world a little better than I found it. There are other ways to do that, but this is the one that spoke to me. I work on the fringes of politics (in public policy, I am a child advocate) so I am always paying attention to what is going on. And although politics do not rule my life it would be a bonus if you're interested in current events.
I have two great kids, one a recent college grad who actually has a job on the east coast and the other a college sophomore. I spent many hours watching them play sports and I occasionally miss that. My daughter is a D1 athlete though so I get to scratch that itch when needed.
I enjoy participating in sports and outdoor activities. I played in an adult slow-pitch softball league for a long time but after several injuries - not caused by softball but by trying to stay in shape for it - that ship has sailed. Instead I belong to a gym with a personalized approach to fitness which seems to work for me at this point in my life.
I travel for work but have not had the time and space to travel much for myself until now. I am interested in seeing more of the beautiful state of Oregon. I know there are many wonderful places here just waiting to be discovered. I particularly like Wallowa Lake (it would be hard not to like that place). I also have a soft spot for warm, sunny beaches. Body surfing is one of my favorite things to do ever. I learned to swim in the ocean. The feeling of exhilaration I get from riding a wave is one I have not found an equal for, particularly if there is sand in my bathing suit when I emerge.
Good conversation, a competitive Scrabble game, a trip to Powell's to browse (can you ever leave there without buying though?), and a spirited discussion about the last book you read or something that's happening in the news, over a quality beverage are all things I enjoy. And of course, laughter. Laughter and humor are an essential part of my day. Naturally, situation dictates. There are times when laughter is not the appropriate response to a situation, but in general I think if you lighten up and see the humor in something things are more easily managed. If you think so too, I'd be interested in learning more about you.
One last detail - my profile name is my license plate, which describes the car I drive. Hint: The first word (RNG) is a color.