I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve, where it's easily hurt, but I keep it out there so people can find their way in if they want to... and everybody's welcome!
I was in a long term relationship, but nothing lasts forever, and 25 years was as close to forever as I got.
Ya can't keep a good man down, as long as he remembers to do good things on his way back up. So, I'd like to leave the world, and the people I meet in it, better than I found them.
I am sweet, caring, and funny
Update, May 9, 2011
*So, I found myself in the position of being one of those "it's complicated" guys, in a long distance relationship.
And while I believe this is the woman I will spend the rest of my life with, until I finish school, that will have to wait.
She is actually the one who told me about OKC, when we were still just friends. Like so many of us, I love the tests and match questions, so I'm often doing just that, if I'm on.
Actually, M and I have met some nice people on OKC, and hope we'll meet more.
And I am pretty nervous about that.
But I did well in school, way way back when, so I hope a lifetime's experience will help me, this time around.
*Fall '10; It looks like, so far, all that experience is paying off. Three quarters in, my G.P.A. is 3.89 and building (up from 3.83).
It also looks like my goals and aspirations for what to do with my education may have fallen a bit short, and that perhaps a teaching career is in my future.
*Spring '11; School is going great, and I am loving it! Plants of the Pacific Northwest, Stream Ecology, and an internship with an environmental restoration company (specializing in wetlands), fill out my schedule.
*Winter/Spring '13; A long overdue update - I'm in Virginia now not in Washington State, no longer in an "it's complicated" relationship, and I couldn't be happier. I came, last spring, to help take care of M's mother, who has since passed, it was a very enriching experience, even though it came with a fair amount of pain and grief.
I'm, apparently, good at writing an essay, tutoring English, running a study group, and meeting a deadline... who knew?
Connecting completely different ideas and schools of thought, storing immense amounts of otherwise trivial information in my head, and finding a useful way to tie these bits of information to our everyday lives.
*Apparently I'm good at being a little too friendly, but maybe that's a Seattle thing. I'll strike up a conversation with anyone I happen along as if I've always known them.
And, more than likely, that I'm smiling at them.
An Atlas... and, I'm not afraid to admit when I'm lost, or ask for directions.
Maps of all kinds (and no I don't mind if you turn it around as we travel... just because north is up, on the map, doesn't mean we can all think best that way).
Movies: I love a good romantic comedy, that's not too much of a chick flick. I'm not afraid to cry either.
Music: Anything and everything that's good, from classical to classic rock and beyond, but I am not a real fan of country music.
I am afraid that someone might see me dancing, but I'll do it anyways, if I'm really feelin' it... I'll try not to embarass you.
Food: Again, anything and everything, almost... I can't take it too spicy.
I love to cook, and to eat, but I'm a down home meat and potatoes kinda guy at heart.
Microsoft Excel! "Umm no Prof. ________, I didn't take an Excel course in highschool!?!?"
Man I need a truck and a dog! **Update: I got a truck : )
*I still don't have a truck or a dog, but I have a motorcycle, and I'm trying my level best to wear it out... Virginia was made for riding!
I'm still every bit as girl crazy, today, as I was at 17.
Lately, algebra, financial aid, whether the library is open, and if I'm late for class.
How could somebody be a 89% match, yet only a 50% friend?
Where's my belt (I'm losing weight)...
What family is that flower in?
Lately, tired... I work on Fridays, very hard, after a long week of school. The work is incredibly rewarding though.
I do like to hunt, trap, and fish, but I don't expect everyone to be okay with that. I usually get that out in the open, sooner, rather than later, since it can be a hot topic of debate.