If you're still with me, here is a little about me:
I am looking for the girl next door with an edge; she's intelligent, takes care of herself, cares about her family and friends, she's her own person, laid back, low-maintenance, independent, and has that beautiful smile. She might even have a tasteful tat or peircing or two. She can appreciate a guy who is tough, always considerate, hardworking, witty, and educated. She appreciates being spoiled, but never expects it.
Things that I LOVE, not necessarily in any order:
My family. My pets (I haven't lived a single day of my life without a pet, although college overseas and Navy deployments have temporarily separated us). My friends. My job. Rainy Saturday mornings sleeping in, followed by a warm sunny afternoon spent outside doing anything at all. A strong cup of coffee. A dry red wine. A quality beer. A unique scotch or vodka. Cooking new food creations for family and friends. Our country. All music- especially live music. Traveling to new places. Seeing, doing, or eating anything new. Building things. Destroying things. Making new friends. Working with my hands. Sunsets at Pearl Harbor. Helping people. A beautiful smile. Sitting on the deck out back by the fireplace on a cool, starry evening, a glass of wine in hand, cuddled up with someone I love (it's been a long time since I've done that though...)
Things that I DISLIKE, not necessarily in any order:
Inconsiderate people. Idiocy. Rudeness. Liars. Mud. Forgetting about the
leftovers in my fridge. People who will not try anything new. People
who resort to personal attacks on those with whom they disagree, rather than making a well thought-out point. People who are easily manipulated by the media and can not - or refuse to think for themselves. People who take advantage of others. My number ONE dislike has to be: People who will not take responsibility for their own actions, their families, their communities. I am not happy with the direction our country is headed. "Where are we going, and why are we in this hand-basket?!?"
I like to be in charge. I ALWAYS return the shopping cart, even if that means walking it all the way back into the store - in the rain. I have no problem admitting my mistakes, and I am a firm believer that our society has lost its’ focus on personal responsibility. I’m very loyal to my friends. I love my free time. I’m not easily offended. I don’t remember the last time I was angry. I NEVER litter. I think I have an excellent understanding of human nature and motivations. My BS sensor works great. I only date one person at a time, because if I like you enough to go out with you, I'm willing to give us a shot. I am very honest. I have a strange sense of humor. Sarcasm is my friend. I frequently shine my shoes. I DO NOT take myself too seriously; and believe that people who do should lighten up!
I spent 6 years in the Navy and Reserves, doing finance and accounting work, mostly the Pacific Fleet, then finished up in the SeaBees (CBs = Construction Battalion = Dirt Sailors). I joined after the September 11th attacks. I went in enlisted rather than officer even though I had 3 college degrees already. Going through boot camp with kids right out of high school 8 years younger than me was an experience. Between being in the Navy and going to college in Ireland, I've been all over the world.
I've been told that I am a really great cook and I love to entertain and introduce my friends to new foods, wines etc. I sometimes read cookbooks for fun, and have subscriptions to a few foodie mags, but I have NEVER in my life cooked from a recipe. I believe that a recipe is more of a suggestion than instructions. Sunday dinner parties are my favorite part of my week.
I love to get my hands dirty. I actually enjoy working in the yard or fixing things. I take pride in having the best kept yard in the neighborhood.
Your mastery of proper grammar and spelling is a must. If you don't know the difference between your and you're, there, their and they're, etc., we may not get along. I am not a picky person, nor am I hard to please, but these are things that Irritate me. Don't get me wrong, your having an extensive formal education is by NO means a requirement of mine, however, your ability to function effectively in civilization IS.
If you've read this far, you get bonus points.
If I sound like someone you might like, let me know. Even if it doesn't work out for us romantically, maybe we will have made a new friend.