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...