34 Ann Arbor, MI
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My self-summary
Trying to walk the fine line between boring, safe, predictable and spur of the moment, quirky, and just plain odd.

On the one hand, there is my typical after work day of messing about on my computer, playing with my cats, and trying to decide on what recipe I need to try next time.
Then there is the pop into an exotic pet store to fantasize about all the different cool creatures I could have, spend the evening out for a drive on the curving back roads by some lakes, or find a random pick up soccer game down by campus.

Very much a pet person, I have a pair of rescue cats that have adopted me and graciously allow me to live in their home. Raising some Dart Frogs, and a Bearded Dragon juvenile. I am also in the process of building a custom Iguana terrarium. I would love to have the room to start an exotic animal rescue, since the local shelter just closed down.

A geek at heart, I love learning new things, and being intellectually challenged. I am looking for someone who shares that passion.
What I’m doing with my life
I've reached a point in my life where I have a stable career, good friends, and a plan for my future. I am missing someone to share and explore that future with.

Professionally, I provide technical support for a large telecommunications company. Just took on a new role with a specialty team to continue my corporate climb. I love the training work that I do right now, working with newer people and helping to teach them, then watching as they grow and succeed. It is extremely rewarding on a personal level.
My work schedule can be pretty crazy, and flexible, but I really like the company I work for and see myself growing within for many years to come.

Personally I am an avid reader and enjoy playing assorted, card, board, and other tabletop games with friends.
You can also find me experimenting with cooking different foods, often spicy. Love making fresh sushi rolls. Recently I have been cooking mostly paleo recipes. It is amazing the number of creative recipes out there that can replace the typical snack foods. I love to cook new recipes for others, but when it is just me more often than not I am just tossing together a chicken caesar salad, or a beef and broccoli stir fry.

Soccer fan, and while I mainly follow the English Premier League, I never miss the World Cup. Despite the US losing in the round of 16 loved what I saw from the team, and I look forward to 2018. Trying to enjoy the current Women's World Cup, but the combination of a poor artificial turf, and the terrible officiating is making it difficult.

My plan was to play in a spring/summer league this year, but I ended up breaking my leg into 4 pieces last winter. So the new plan is for spring/summer league next year. Bonus points if you want to join too.
I’m really good at
Multitasking! If I am not involved in at least 4 different projects at once then I am looking for more things to do.
Telling funny stories. I like making people smile, and I am fortunate to have enough oddball experiences I can look back on and laugh.
Cooking. I love to cook interesting meals for others, but if I am just making dinner for myself it tends to be pretty basic.
Creating detailed shopping lists for all the ingredients I need and then leaving them at home when I go to the store.
The first things people usually notice about me
Mostly that I am rather tall. Occasionally it will be the small boats that I have commandeered for shoes.
I also talk with my hands when I am excited or passionate about a subject, which is most of the time.

Or perhaps it is that my smile is uneven. A fedora is actually to blame for that. Well a fedora and a pair of Converse anyway.
No, I wasn't wearing the fedora, or the Converse either. But I did end up with free ice cream.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Hard to pick just a couple authors or books from all that I read, but here goes...
Brandon Sanderson, Timothy Zahn, Terry Pratchet, and Isaac Asimov. Ender's Game, Dune, Wheel of Time, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Dresden Files and Catch 22.
I am currently reading the remainder of the Discwold series, with the occasional side trip through a Robert Heinlein novel.

I don't watch a lot of TV. So when I find something I like, I tend to binge watch all the episodes. I also have a major weakness for B grade Sci-Fi monster movies.
Princess Bride, Crash, American Beauty, and the original Star Wars trilogy. Firefly, Castle, Dr. Who, Sherlock, and Top Gear.
Trigun, Bleach, Witch Hunter Robin and Cowboy Bebop.

In the non-TV sense of shows, Waiting for Godot is my favorite play. Breaking my leg prevented me from seeing it live on Broadway with Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen. I will carry that sorrow to my grave.

I have pretty eclectic tastes in music, so you can find all sorts of genres in my collection. Some favorites would be Breaking Benjamin, Bleeker Ridge, Art of Dying, Imagine Dragons, Red Elvises, Thirteen Senses, Simon and Garfunkel, and Hurts.
Not a fan of rap or most country, but I have a strange affection for the occasional J-Pop song. Namie Amuro and Move are some that I will listen to most when that mood hits me.
The most beautiful piece of music I've heard is Gabriel's Oboe by Ennio Morricone.
The six things I could never do without
An Internet connection
Friends and Family
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How much better life would be if I had one of those refrigerators that dispense ice cubes. Well, no, not really. Mostly I only think about that when I run out of ice.

More realistically, trying to plan for the future during an uncertain present. What is my next career move? Where do I want to buy a house? What is my next personal goal?

But seriously, that fridge will be mine one day.
On a typical Friday night I am
Out with friends. We do cookouts, pencil and paper RPGs, different card and board games, paint tiny figures, and whatever else seems interesting at the time.
If not out with friends, I am back at home reading, goofing off on my computer, or just recovering from a long week.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I tend to read this question as the most embarrassing thing you would admit to on the internet.
I suppose this depends on who I am admitting it to. I mean, if I tell you that I've never played Portal and you don't know what I am talking about, well that just defeats the whole purpose.

Other than that, I don't wear baseball caps any more. When I was in High School, the house I lived in had a lip on the ceiling over the basement stairs, and I was tall enough that I had to duck to not hit my head. One day, I was running down the stairs with a cap on, forgot about the lip and the brim blocked my sight of it.
I woke up 15 minutes later.

And no, I have never played Portal.
You should message me if
You want to go canoeing on the Huron, biking around Ann Arbor, or play a pick up game of soccer. You enjoy tabletop games and a night in with friends just as much. The idea of wandering a zoo is appealing.
You are a bit or a nerd, or a geek, or both.
You want to build a pillow fort. You know where that reference came from.
You are a fan of late night drives to nowhere in particular.
You have a suggestion for an Iguana name.

Above all else, you should message me if you like to smile.