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My self-summary
My name is Duncan. It means warrior, and I am glad my parents chose it.

This will not be brief, but I appreciate someone taking the time to read through it.

In terms of my personality...

I am always honest. You may think that sounds great now, but keep in mind this means I will refuse to tell lies in situations where you might want me to. For some people, that gets annoying. For me, its a principle of integrity. Maintaining my own sense of honor and honesty is more important to me than lying for you.

A great fictional character that represents me would be Eddard Stark (from Game of Thrones). Like him, I consider honor paramount, and the only people I would ever give up my honor for (if I had to) are those I love the absolute most.

I dislike large crowds and cities, I prefer smaller gatherings and open spaces. The woods and rivers are great.

I grew up relatively poor with a "do it yourself" dad, so I'm accustomed to being frugal and not having nice things. I'm of the opinion that homes are meant to be lived in, not maintained like pieces of art. I prefer some dust and dirt instead of pristine white.

I have good control over my emotions, and I'm often bad at interacting with people that don't share this feat. I just don't know how to deal with people who are always angry or depressed.

I really don't feel I was born during the right time. I have a large reverence for ancient cultures and traditions, especially warrior cultures (Celtic, Norse/Vikings, Greek/Spartans, Samurai, Native Americans, etc). But I do like some of the things the modern world has brought us, like films, games, the internet, etc.

I immensely enjoy stories, in just about all formats. This includes video games, movies, books, etc. It should come as no surprise that I also like creating my own stories, though I am a lazy writer with many unfinished projects.

I love animals and treasure their companionship, but I also recognize natural order of things. I am no stranger to hunting or butchering, though I prefer that proper respect is given to the animal.

I want to travel the world and see all of the diversity in landscapes and animals. How I intend to be able to travel remains a mystery, but I'm still hoping!

If I had to equate myself to an animal, it would be the mythological Chimera, because I am a mismatched being, made up of strange, incompatible parts that aren't meant to fit together.

Specifically about love...

I have been in love before, it was by far the best feeling I've ever felt, and I would like to have it again. I hope to one day find my dream companion, my "valkyrie", so to speak. This ideal I've built up is quite possibly too bizarre to ever become reality, but I continue to hold out hope she exists.

Some of the more romantic activities I would love to do with a woman include riding around on horses (or running, if we lack horses), hunting, camping, gaming together, and sparring. Seriously, let's suit up in armor, grab our weapons, and beat the crap out of each other. I love it when a woman knows how to fight.

I honestly wish I could just take one of my guy friends and turn them into a female, because that is pretty much what I want. I cannot think of any feminine traits I desire aside from the physical body - I want a good friend and companion that just happens to be a woman.
I am looking for an equal, a comrade, someone to share my life and love with. I am looking for someone that I just get along with, effortlessly, where we can always say we'd rather be doing something together because we love each other's company.

I know it's all unrealistic, but I prefer my romanticism and dreams to reality.

I asked a friend of mine to write a "review" of me. And no, I didn't ask him to make it sound epic, he did that of his own accord.
"Duncan and I met in a health class in the 10th grade. It wasn't long at all before I began to see his sarcastic, yet somehow witty and amusing humor manifest itself. He's not a very aggressive person, despite his imposing size and princely appearance, rather, quite the opposite. Duncan is shy by nature, yet once he gets to know someone, he's a steadfast ally. Always willing to lend an ear, he has on many occasions listened to various rants and endured massive Wall-O-Text text messages, just to reply calmly and efficiently, giving just the advice we need to hear. A conversation with him may last hours if left unchecked, for he has a wealth of fun and interesting things to talk about.

Oh, what can be said of Duncan? He is strong, yet studious. He enjoys video games and movies, yet has a love for the simple pleasures of the outdoors.

Duncan has not abandoned reading in this new era of technology. Entranced by written words, he has pushed his abilities to their limits, becoming an admirable wordsmith and an accomplished recreational writer.

Duncan is a great guy: a fiercely loyal friend and a passionate romantic. Need I say more?"
What I’m doing with my life
Nothing much, for now.

Been working at a small business for about a year, prepping and shipping internet orders. It pays well enough and I don't find it terribly boring, so it's decent work. Just manual labor, really, nothing exciting.

I don't really know what I am doing, but I do know what I am not doing...
I will not be doing the modern dance.
I will not be entering into a 40-year grind of a career for the sake of money.
I will not be retiring from this career at 65 and then becoming depressed because I am too old to fulfill my dreams.

I'm trying to be more pro-active, do things I've always wanted to do.
I've started learning how to ride on horseback, I got myself a bow and tried hunting, I had an artisan make me a ceremonial axe. Now I just need to get some armor...
I’m really good at
Sharp, sarcastic humor. Ever since I was young I've had a knack for making "witty" responses. It's kind of cliche but it's what I do.

I like to think I'm a decent writer, but I really need to keep working at it.

I'm skilled at staying calm and seeing the brighter side of things. I rarely bogged down by negativity, and I rarely get angry.
The downside to this is that people assume I am emotionless, but the more in-depth answer is that unlike many people, I have a good hold over my emotions and usually act on logical principals.

I can shoot a recurve bow pretty decently.

I am pretty good at video games, especially if they involve charging forward with an axe into a horde of enemies.

I can roar like a barbarian and purr like a cat.
The first things people usually notice about me
Without doubt, the long hair and the beard.
Also, in social situations where I don't know anybody, I tend to slip into an English/Scottish accent. Not sure why, a nervous habit I guess.

They might also notice I don't fit normal social standards, I tend to be very blunt and don't act as one "should". I am aware of this, and I know it doesn't win me many friends, but it's how I prefer to be.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I generally stick to scifi-fantasy, and I don't read very often.
Saying I don't read often sounds bad, I know, but it's true.
-Favorite of all time is The House of the Stag by Kage Baker
-Harry Potter series (Childhood nostalgia, whee!)
-The 13th Warrior/Eaters of the Dead
-"Orcs" series by Stan Nicholls
-The Road

Movies - Too many to name, so here's a random selection.
-Favorite of all time is The 13th Warrior
-Lord of the Rings Trilogy
-Chronicles Of Riddick
-Sin City
-Godzilla (classic, not the American one)
-28 Days Later
-The Avengers
-Fight Club
-The Green Mile
-Mr. Brooks
-Black Death
-The Last Samurai
-The Grey
-Ridley Scott movies
-Mel Brooks movies
-Guillermo del Toro movies

-30 Rock
-Game of Thrones
-NOT Anime (Some exceptions apply. But honestly, I really do not like anime. My friends tried to show me many shows, I disliked all of them. The art style, the voice acting, the story arcs, the characters, I just don't like it.)

Lots of variation, obviously, but my more prevalent genres are metal, rock, electronica, classical, folk music, and especially soundtracks.
-System of a Down
-Blackmore's Night
-Lacuna Coil
-Andrew W.K.
-Loreena McKennitt
-Rob Zombie
-Marina and the Diamonds. Yes, she is "pop". I am allowed to like ONE pop artist. Her voice is beautiful and her lyrics are intelligent.
-Game of Thrones soundtrack. Seriously amazing.

It's important to note that I don't usually like an artist's entire body of work, but rather just select songs. They have to be especially good for me to like multiple songs.

I like both online PVP and single-player immersion.
-Diablo I/II
-WarCraft III
-Mass Effect
-Dragon Age
-Neverwinter Nights
-Elder Scrolls
-Dark Messiah
-League of Legends
-Command & Conquer
-Dawn of War
-Kingdom Under Fire
-Dota 2

Overall, a game has to have one of two things to interest me. Either it has to have a great story, such as RPGs, or it has to have PVP. I either want to immerse myself in a story or I want to go crush people's faces, because computers don't put up much of a fight compared to players.

I have an overall tendency to enjoy Fantasy and SciFi, if you didn't notice.

Food ... I like meat. I'm a carnivore. I also like spicy stuff. I'm not really sure how else to categorize my food tastes, but I should say I am not big on fruit. I've tried many-a-times to eat it, all different kinds, but my body goes "NO!" and tries to throw it up.

-Playing with dogs
-Riding horses
-Browsing the web
The six things I could never do without
In no particular order...

1) Love. Everything else in life comes second.
2) Music. It inspires my writing, keeps me going, and is just great.
3) Stories. I love stories.
4) Nature/animals. One of the reasons I dislike cities is because they are farther from nature.
5) Video games! I enjoy being able to run around and fight people in virtual space.
6) Meat. The bestest food group.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I think about love a lot. I wonder if I'll ever find my "companion" I keep thinking about. I hope I do.

I wonder where my eccentric lifestyle is going to take me, but I don't really worry about it.

I often ponder warfare and killing. Why people did it, why they do it, the kind of mindset is takes to kill another human, the tactics used, etc. I'm of the opinion that love is invariably tied to hate in most instances of violence. If the follow the string back to it's source, usually the reason people do violence is because of love. To protect someone they love, to get revenge for something that happened to someone they love, etc.
On a typical Friday night I am
Sitting at home.

I used to play D&D with friends, but people lost interest so the group stopped meeting.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I don't really have any secrets, so here are some things to know.

I am still very good friends with one of my ex's. There is nothing romantic between us now, she is married I'm happy for her, but we do talk. She was the first serious relationship I had and a great friend. I learned a lot about what love means and what relationships are. For that, I'll always be grateful.

I have JRA - Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. Most of the time it is irrelevant, my medication keeps it under wraps, but I can get random periods of joint pain that really limit my physical activity.

My one "mental problem", which I am aware of and acknowledge, is that I avoid confrontation in relationships. The probable cause is my childhood, during which my parents argued frequently and eventually divorced. I don't like being around couples when they argue, and I really don't like to argue with my partner.
People claim arguing is normal and expected, but I dispute that, because I've had relationships before where we practically never argued, and it worked great.
You should message me if
...if my description intrigues you. If so, just do it. Don't be shy, I assure you I'll message you back. Life's too short not to take chances, especially tiny ones like messaging a person on the innernetz.

...if you happen to be an intelligent, creative, geeky, 6-foot tall, muscular warrior-woman, that certainly helps your chances.

...if you are Brienne of Tarth. know who Mad Jack Churchill is, and you wish you could be like him.

If this , this or this is you - please submit your marriage application now.