My name is Paul. I have worked as an archaeologist over 20 years, mostly in the Middle Atlantic region. I am originally from Wilmington, Delaware, and now make my home in Newport News, Virginia. Until recently I worked for the Army at Fort Monroe where I managed the post's archaeological sites and 189 contributing elements to the Fort Monroe National Historic Landmark District.
In my spare time I am a photographer and artist, I collect antique books and art prints, and I enjoy reading, writing, and film.
I have traveled to England, Ireland, Greece, and Mexico, as well as much of the US. I would LOVE to travel to Italy one day!
I am a life-long Democrat, socially liberal/financially conservative in nature. I am more than willing to engage in a political discussion, provided it doesn't devolve into a shout-fest.
I am an atheist; however, I have no problem with other people's beliefs, provided they are not crammed in my face. Diversity is a good thing, as is tolerance.
I am an empiricist, a skeptic, and a secular humanist, and I place my faith and trust in science, logic, learning, and rational thought.
I enjoy other cultures, especially when it comes to food! My favorites include Italian, Greek, Thai, Indian, Mexican, Japanese, and Chinese.
I am 1/2 Italian on my father's side, and 1/2 Spanish on my mother's side.
I do like kids and pets, so package deals are not a problem for me. Ok, full disclosure: I am not wild about infants, but little kids (ages 4 ^) are perfectly kewl.
BTW, I don't get college football, but I do have a life-long passion for baseball (Go Cards!), and I do enjoy college hoops and pro football (except my team stinks). Sorry, zero interest in NASCAR or other activities where cars go round and round.
I enjoy casual hiking and would like to try camping some time. Other activities I enjoy are board games, rpg, going to museums, antiquing, and anything involving zombies! I fly my nerd flag high and proud!
Oh, and it seems I scored an INTJ by the briggs-meyers personality test, u know, the one in which all the questions lack any kind of context? Dunno what to make of it but there it is...
PS: for any ladies out there in OKCupidland who insist on men sending them long, detailed letters of introduction, ummm, no. 99% of all of you ignore 99% of all messages, no matter what the length. Sort of discourages effort, doncha think? So, believe me, if you get a simple 'hello' from me its because I already think you are so far above the cream of the crop that you are worth even that much effort, which, considering the circumstances, is quite a lot. Doesn't meant that's all you'll ever get, but it does mean that the ball is in your court and you need to reply if you want something to happen. Prove to me that you are worthy of some effort and I will make the attempt. Sorry if this seems bitter but when all your efforts lead to nothing all of the time this is the result.