My friends would describe me as odd, funny, a bit awkward maybe, a bit off definitely. Also: Trustworthy, loyal, nice, and they would most likely point out that I now stay crunchier in milk. I would describe myself as most of the same things, I suppose. Except the milk thing. I don’t know where they come up with crap like that.
I like some nerdy/geeky things like science, science fiction (speculative fiction), Dune, Dr. Who, Star Wars, Fringe, books, learning, and technology, but my biggest geek-out points tend to be craft beer and music. Oddly, I’m not a gamer. Don’t own any sort of gaming system. Well, not a video gamer. I play poker. Texas Holdem and Omaha, primarily. I’m a decent player. I went out in 36th place out of 499 in a non-ring tournament at the WSOP event in Cherokee this past April.
If you’re into the Meyers-Briggs thing, I tend to bounce between INTJ and INFJ. Which makes me driven, but patient and empathetic. Check that...reverse it: Being driven, yet patient and empathetic makes me bounce between INTJ and INFJ. I’ve changed a lot in the past decade in several ways. For instance, I’m no longer imprisoned by a horde of genetically engineered, hyper-intelligent super asps on their secret island fortress. Suffice to say, that was unpleasant. I’ve also learned a good bit about myself:
1) I’m an introvert. This doesn’t mean I keep myself constantly cordoned off in my place, avoiding contact with the rest of everyone. Instead, it means that I like to socialize with friends for a much longer period of time than I can handle a large crowd of strangers. Unless I’m at a show, that is. I’ll wander into a concert alone for a good band. For more on that, check out this link (if I can paste a link in here): http://www.carlkingdom.com/10-myths-about-introverts
I don’t know that this is especially scientific, but I can say that it all pretty much applies to me. Except for part of #9…I really want to jump out of a plane.
2) The worst part of asking someone out, for me, is picking where to go/what to do. My one and only goal on a first date is to meet you and get to know you and see if we have a good time together, click, etc. Being introverted, though, I can be easily distracted in loud, crowded places. Not agoraphobia, just information overload. I have to fight my natural urge to stand back and observe rather than interacting. This same thing can lead me to overcompensate and talk too much. So, I tend to like smaller, quieter places or places I’ve been before for a first date. Coffee or drinks after work is great. Then next time maybe do something specific like a brewery tour or a trip to Belgium. Ha!
3) I generally just don’t care where we eat. I like pretty much everything. I have a certain diet I need to stick to, but I can generally find something to eat anywhere, whether we’re settling for Generica (nationally recognized corporate food) or hitting up some small, local joint. I love sushi. If I don’t want anything else in particular and you ask me what I want for dinner, I’m probably going to say “sushi.” So, tell me what you like and don’t like and I’ll choose a place if you want me to choose. Once I know what you like, I’m good at applying that knowledge.
4) I’m allergic to cats. I actually learned this longer-ago than just this past decade, but I still keep meeting women with cats. So, there ARE some cats to whom I have had no allergic reactions. They are few and far between, but they do exist. I don’t dislike cats, though. So if you have a cat and you and I seem to hit it off on a date, you should probably invite me to meet the cat at some point. That sounds like some loosely-veiled double entendre, and it probably is, but you should still invite me over to meet your cat. Well, you should suggest going back to your place for drinks after dinner and since your cat is at your place, I will meet it in the process. At this point, I have become unable to separate my actual intent for this paragraph and my mind being in the gutter, so I’ll just stop writing.