On the last episode of "Look How Great I Am!", I tried to paint this picture of who I thought I was and in the process bring you what I hoped was the Mona Lisa. Unfortunately, I get the impression that what we really ended up with was just macaroni art. Since then I've had the opportunity to talk with a handful of people from here, and in the end I was left with the impression that I hadn't been direct enough. Try as I did to leave expectations out of it, it seems there are some basic ground rules that need to be laid out before we can advance from this point. We'll get to that, but first I thought I'd try a simpler approach this time when I attempt to tell you a little bit about myself.
I have a degree in Computer Science. Even though I'm proud of what I do for a living, I hate talking about work because it's complicated and bores most people. I read often. I'm politically liberal but not single-minded and enjoy being actively involved in the process. I have difficulty interpreting art and am constantly fascinated by others who are creatively inclined. I circumnavigated the Earth six times in the eight years I spent in the military, and have had the good fortune of visiting and experiencing a ton of interesting places and cultures. I consider myself a very practical person. The one word that comes up the most when I've asked my friends to describe me is "Mellow". I'm not materialistic and don't like collecting stuff. I'm extremely non-judgmental and hate to see people feel excluded from anything. I've had the same group of friends since grade school, and as a result loyalty has always been an important quality to me. Spotting contradicts in profiles is like a little game to me. Yes, even my own. I love all animals. Except mosquitoes and wasps, they can die in a fire. There's nothing I won't try twice. I believe that there's a time and a place for all things. I really enjoy sharing in the hobbies and interests of my partner, even if it's something I'm not personally invested in. It's the time spent together that makes anything worth it to me, and sometimes I may even come to love it. And speaking of love, I love space and space-related things and fancy myself a bit of a hobbyist astrophysicist. I've even given a talk before members of Congress about the importance of space exploration and science literacy. I donate and volunteer with a variety of causes for the promotion of science and education. I do my best to see all sides of an issue. I'm the far opposite of high-strung and rarely worry about things I can't control. I try to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle to keep my body and mind strong. But I still cheat, because food is delicious. I love to hike and run and miss living in the mountainous Pacific Northwest. I believe that intimacy can take many forms. I like to think I'm a great conversationalist and can speak to a wide variety of topics. That said, there is such a thing as comfortable silence. I'm not the type to run my mouth if nothing needs to be said. I can cook at a level that won't completely disappoint you, but I make no promises on that one. I really love getting to know the core of a person and finding out what makes them tick. I'm very open-minded. I love and prefer diversity in all facets of my life, from my friends to the food I eat and even my pets. I have a dog and a cat, after all. When it comes to courting a woman, I do everything within my power (and sometimes outside of it as well) to keep things fun and engaging. That doesn't mean I exist solely to entertain you, however. I think there can be a balance between the old-world charm of being a gentleman and respecting the independence and sensibilities of a modern woman. And finally, I think a little respect and humility can go a long way, no matter what the cause.
So, about those expectations I mentioned earlier. Let's get the big important ones out of the way first.. I'm at a point in my life where I'm interested in putting serious effort into developing a meaningful and lasting relationship. To be honest, I hate dating, but I understand that it's a necessary part of the process. That's not to say I want to rush anything or walk down the aisle anytime soon. But I do crave that comfortable feeling of being settled into a relationship with someone you truly care about. All that said, I have no desire to waste your time or my own, so if you're not interested in something that has long term potential, we can just let it rest here.
Secondly, if you are the type that keeps such a busy schedule that you can't reliably see yourself being available to date, we're probably not going to work. We're all busy adults here living lives that existed long before we met each other, but you can believe that I will make time for you. That means that if I have plans to go to a concert with some friends on Friday night, but then I find out that you're available to go out on Friday night, I'm changing my plans so that I can be there with you on Friday night. My relationship with my friends is already well established, they'll understand. Don't get me wrong, I'm not asking anyone to change their plans just for me. But I am saying that if I can't see you more than once every seven to ten days, I'm going to assume you're not really that interested.
Lastly, some of the smaller, but still interesting trends I want to address before we wrap things up:
1. I appreciate every message I receive. I know it takes courage to overcome nerves and put yourself out there. However, if you send me a message that only says some variation of "Hi", "Hey there", "What's up" or "You're cute", please don't be offended when I don't respond. As you can see from this disgustingly long profile of mine, there's a lot to work with here and I prefer to spend my time talking with those who show genuine interest. If you truly are interested but the shy type or just don't know what to say, you can still get my attention by rating my profile.
2. Vanity and narcissism are two of the fastest ways to lose my interest. If I get the impression that you are excessively into physical appearance (yours or mine), I'll turn 360 degrees and moonwalk right out of there. It's mind-boggling how often I've been told by someone that they did not read my profile and merely message me for my pictures instead. I know it's long, but it still takes less than five minutes to read.
3. I'm not an English major or a grammar Nazi by any means, but if I can tell that you are deliberately spelling words incorrectly (n instead of and; ur instead of your/you're; Imma instead of I'm going to or I'm about to; -en instead of -ing), I'm going to facepalm slowly and keep moving along.
So there it is. Of course, people are more akin to experiences than essays, but hopefully what you've read here has given you a better sense of how we might fit into each others lifestyles. If you've come this far with me, take a leap of faith and drop me a note! I'd love to hear your thoughts, so when you're ready, I'll be here waiting.
And one last thing.. If you noticed that I've viewed you, you can be assured that I've read every last word of your profile. But don't worry, I'm probably just poking around anyhow. There's a lot of great people here and sometimes I can be a little bit shy, but I'll come around soon enough.