My name is not Lloyd Dobler. I'm much cooler than him. The name is an allusion. (That's different than an illusion.) I'm a man, not a guy.
Riding my mountain bike, running, learning new things, trying new activities, having new adventures, discovering new experiences, and sharing them -- especially here in my hometown -- are a few things I enjoy.
Since I'm infinitely curious about the world, people and the things they do, it should be no surprise that I read and watch a lot of news and non-fiction, and that I love to travel. I'm a traveller, not a tourist. My travel is usually on business rather than pure leisure or vacation. I'm working to change that. I've been to 16 countries (and counting - it would be more if I didn't have to go to the U.S. regularly) for repeat trips on 4 continents (and counting), and all but one of Canada's provinces.
I'm not impressed by wealth or material and fancy things, great beauty or power, but appreciate them, especially if you have earned them honestly through hard work. I am impressed by great intellect, passion, kindness, generosity, courage, dedication and work ethic.
Good food and good coffee are two of my favourite things (Tip: Starbucks is not good coffee). I really enjoy a leisurely late brunch, especially if the food (and company) has an unconventional or creative flair. Travel helps me discover new kinds.
I have a good time doing almost anything because the fun is in the company, not necessarily the activity (but a fun activity can't hurt). I appreciate intellect and whimsy, try not to take myself too seriously and like that quality in others. I enjoy exercise that's fun instead of a mechanized chore.
I'm pretty easy-going but not a pushover. I learned early on that most sources of conflict or stress in people's lives aren't worth getting worked up about. All that does is expend a lot of energy, usually with no change. Better to invest that energy in making things happen.
At home, I'm usually on my laptop or a tablet devouring news and information and reading about all things under the sun, moon and stars (and even among them) with the news, a movie or the Food Network running in the background.
I work a lot. I'm on a constant quest for work-life balance and succeed or fail to varying degrees. Maybe you can help me with that.