I'm a merchant seaman, born and raised in Seattle, WA and have spent most of my career on the Pacific and in Asia, Alaska and both the Antarctic & Arctic regions. My books and clothes and a few trinkets of memory are in a mountain cabin, but I'm not there to the degree ownership would typically imply. Hiking, travel and reading are how I spend much of my time ashore, and I don't need much beyond comfortable boots, a wool coat (high latitudes are preferred) and good coffee (I'm from Seattle, after all). My father was a geologist: More than a profession it was also his religion, a thing which has informed my view of our peculiar little species. I'm interested in policy more than politics, moved by lonely landscapes, charmed by the independent yet cooperative, adaptive nature of cats and fascinated by the vast spectrum of human variety. I can be engaged or withdrawn as befits the mood of my host, respecting either, as well as your space, property and time.