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.
I love really old Blues/R&B, rock, a touch of country, and a heavy dose of cayenne flavored Cajun/Zydeco for good measure. If it's a stripped down combo with a raw garage sound to it, there's a good chance I'll like it.
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 flat plain made me appreciate the little things you discover along the path... look! a ditch!
I enjoy making things... which leads me to enjoying building hot rods, building a PC or warming the birds' feet with a ham radio. Also enjoy getting to the range once in a while just in case Walking Dead becomes a reality. If it needs building and I feel the need to sponge up new knowledge, I'm all over it.
If there was a central 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."
I enjoy cracking a smile with a well timed joke. Sometimes it might even be my joke. Stand-up is likely not in my future (and sadly, neither is singing blues on the corner) 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.
I am drawn like wildfire to intelligence and good natured humor. Chemistry, intertwined interests, and a sense for adventure. Curiosity about the world around you. I do seek a certain degree of class and charm with an ability to ignore my lack of it. A touch of fitness and enjoyment of the outdoors would be helpful. I've recently taken up mountain biking and enjoy it, but sadly I have to admit to getting dusted by a young blonde recently. Or it might have been my intentional strategy to prevent the humiliation of being seen wrapped around a tree. My next adventure this summer is kayaking. I think I have the hiking thing figured out - left foot, right foot.... left foot, right foot....
I should probably add a few references from my nearest and dearest friends.
"Smells better than most gorillas" - Dian Fossey
"He finally learned to put the toilet seat down" - Hulking Helga (ex)
"Doesn't grasp even the simplest concepts of physics" - Albert Einstein
"How he burned it, I'll never guess" - Chef Boyardee
"More loyal than a beagle. Better pilot, too" - Charlie Brown
"His yard reminds me of 1945 Berlin. So does his personality." - 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.
EEOC Incriminator: I do discriminate based on how you carry yourself and treat others.