Get ready for a long profile. Yes you are allowed to make fun of me for it. But expect a sarcastic jab right back :)
I think life is supposed to be an adventure and I try to live it that way. I work hard but I also have a lot of fun. I'm a big fan of continually learning and trying new things. I find that having a big and regularly growing social circle is fulfilling to me since I rarely meet a stranger. But I also have a small handful of the best long-term friends anyone could imagine. I spent the past 8 years starting and growing a small company, along the way I did a tremendous amount of volunteer and civic work, but late last year I had an intriguing offer out of the blue, started selling my interest in my company to my business partner, and I took a position with the consulting firm that made the offer. The new position allows me to have a balance between travel in and out of state and regularly working from my home office, all of which is quite a change but extremely enjoyable, and provides a nice balance.
I'd describe myself as a clear eyed optimist, a hard worker, a social animal, and a person of the highest caliber of trust, but also with a sometimes unpredictable streak (in a good way). Like an unplanned week in Puerto Rico with almost no agenda, or quick weekend road trips. On a recent work trip to Oakland where I was flying out two days early to explore, a brand new friend made on the plane said 'hey hop off the plane in LA instead with us and go out with our us and our friends, you can fly on up to Oakland tomorrow' and I did it and had a blast. My ultimate goal is that if I live to be 100 and realize I'm on my deathbed to think back and say 'wow, I squeezed a lot in' rather than 'I wish I had... I wish I had..."
I do have some peculiarities- among them are that I stopped watching traditional TV after college (though I do Netflix), I drive and usually run and clean to long audio books, and despite the fact that I'm an 8th generation Alabamian, I have never chosen between 'Alabama' and 'Auburn' ...I didn't go to those schools, though their football seasons do offer great social opportunities that I appreciate. I can't help but thinking of Plato's Allegory of the Cave when I think of many of my glued-to-the-TV or radio or stadium football obsessed friends. I am a doer not a watcher. Sitting in front of a TV and watching people who are nothing like me play a game that has no impact on my life whatsoever while entire days burn up is not my idea of fun. Give me an active outdoor adventure to go on or at least give me a beer and let me wander into the back yard or the tailgate area and socialize or explore.
Though I grew up in metro Birmingham, I live about an hour down I-20 now, near Anniston, and travel between the two cities multiple times a week. I have been seriously considering moving back to metro Birmingham, which is totally fine with my new job. Anniston is a truly great community (if you think I'm joking then you're completely wrong).
My ideal first date is a low key, no pressure conversation over coffee or supper. It is also a basic requirement that you be who you say you are and not a big hairy scary old man wearing a wife beater tshirt only pretending to be a woman online :)