I grew up in a little cow-town in Texas with two teachers for parents, so I like to think I was ingrained with those sensibilities and work ethic. That influence also included respect for others, tolerance, and an open mind, which naturally led me to leave home. ;-) Really, I left home because I didn't want to raise cattle, farm, or teach. I love it here in Greensboro so far - smaller town than Indy (the previous stop on my nomadic circuit of the country), and it fits my frame of life a bit better. And yet there's still so much to see and do around here!
I love really old Blues/R&B, rock, and even country, with a heavy dose of cayenne and Tabasco flavored Cajun and Zydeco for good measure. Although, If it's a stripped down combo with a raw garage sound to it, there's a good chance I'll like it. I almost always have music going around me. If you want a good idea of what I mean, seed some Pandora stations with: Robert Johnson, Elmore James, Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins, Hound Dog Taylor, Magic Sam, Soledad Brothers, Sallie Ford, White Stripes, Bob Log III, and Unknown Hinson. That'll be a good start. Oops... almost forgot country: Hank Williams (Sr.). :)
I also enjoy grabbing a camera and taking off down the road to explore off the beaten path and finding interesting little towns and hidden gems. Growing up on a treeless plain made me appreciate the little things you discover along the path... either that or it means I'm easily amused? :-)
I enjoy making things... which leads me to enjoying building hot rods or building a PC or even ham radio (yes, I'm a nerd!). Also enjoy getting to the range once in a while (it's a birthright in Texas!). If it needs building and I feel the need to sponge up new knowledge, I'm all over it.
If there was one core to all these passions, it would be the desire to always be learning and growing as a person because as the saying goes, "you are the sum of your experiences."
Once I get comfortable with the people I am around, I enjoy cracking a smile with a well timed joke. I'm good for a decent one-liner every 3-4 hours. Every 3-4 minutes if I've been slipped a caffeine mickey. Obviously at those clips, stand-up is not in my future so I have the fallback plan of being a motivational speaker (like Matt Foley) or drawing incomprehensible designs for employers silly enough to pay for them. On the serious side, I also believe deeply in being who you are and being completely straight and open with one another. No good ever came from keeping secrets or telling lies. Life is just much simpler and happier that way. It's amazing to me how many people on here have been burned by someone who doesn't seem to feel that way.
I am drawn like wildfire to intelligence and good natured humor. Chemistry, intertwined interests, and a sense for adventure help. I do seek a certain degree of class and charm with an ability to ignore my lack of it. Don't need to be a zealot, but a touch of fitness and enjoyment of the outdoors would be helpful.
I should probably add a few references from my nearest and dearest friends. And maybe an ex or two....
"Smells better than most gorillas" - Dian Fossey
"At least he learned to put the toilet seat down" - Hulking Helga (ex)
"Doesn't grasp even the simplest concepts of physics" - Albert Einstein
"Cooking? You call that cooking?" - Chef Boyardee
"More loyal than a beagle. Better pilot, too" - Charlie Brown
"I would let him drive a Sherman tank any day of the week" - General George S Patton
"Low down Texas brush popper!" - Rooster Cogburn
EEOC Disclaimer: I do do not discriminate based on race, color, creed, or country of origin. Except maybe Yankees. ;-)
EEOC Incriminator: I do discriminate based on how you carry yourself and treat others.