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26 • Charlotte, NC • Man
I’m looking for
- Ages 18–40
- Near me
- Who are single
- For new friends
- Last online
- Apr 22
- 6′ 0″ (1.83m)
- Body type
- Strictly anything
- Atheism, and somewhat serious about it
- Cancer, and it’s fun to think about
- Working on university
- Seeing Someone
- Mostly monogamous
- Doesn’t have kids, but wants them
- Likes dogs and has cats
- English (Fluently), Japanese (Okay), French (Poorly), Spanish (Poorly)
'Lo there - the name's Andrew. I'm a student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, triple majoring in History, Religious Studies, and Education, trying to work my way through on hourly wages. I'm dating a fantastic woman, and enjoying life.
Fun facts time.
Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong time - that maybe I would have been better off in Victorian London, or perhaps on some Viking longboat in the age of sail. I yearn for the kind of adventure, the kind of culture, that simply doesn't exist anymore... maybe I just need to freeze myself until we colonize mars. For the time being, I'll just satisfy myself as a pseudo-steampunk with viking blood, and the all-powerful interwebs.
I hate that the relgious option on here is so limited. I'm a Unitarian Universalist, and like most UUs, I don't think about religion in simple terms. I'd say Athiest, but that comes with a lot of baggage. I'd list Christianity, because I understand my experience with the divine in those terms, but I'm also an Agnostic, in that I recognize I have a set of beleifs, and not any knowledge. I am laughing about it, because hell, a rib-woman giving her naked man an apple that a talking snake told her to eat? That's humor. I'm also VERY serious about religion, because it's something I study as a UU and as a historian, but I can't put that, because I sound like a fundamentalist.
Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman have a wonderful quote about the end of the world in Good Omens, in which they talk about all higher life forms being wiped off the Earth.
Nothing left but dust and fundamentalists.
I live without debt, but I don't save like I should - if I have money, I tend to spend it. I'm generally pretty frugal about what I buy, but I'm a sucker for leather-bound books... or books in general, I suppose. The last three presents I got were sets of shelves so I could fit them all.
I love animals - all animals. I've owned or lived with cats, dogs, raccoons, monkeys, chickens, ferrets, cows, and horses - and one particularly unruly herd of goats. There's something innocent about animals, something pure - and nobody can provide therapy like a dog's fuzzy love.
And lastly... much as I hate to admit it... I'm lonely. I'm a social person, someone who thrives on contact with other people, on cuddling and talking and drinking till three in the morning. Working nights made it really hard to meet new people, though, and I really just would like to find someone who'd like to... be.
I am leather-bound, loquacious, and anachronistic. The only thing I like straight is my bourbon.
My history courses were enjoyable, until we got down to the pure research of it - and while I live in books by habit, the material was dry, uninteresting, and couldn't hold my attention. Maybe it's just a bad course; who knows. Plenty of time yet.
My girlfriend (who is a writer) is working on her first Novel, and I (also being pretty handy with words) am helping; if nothing else, one of the people in this novel will be speaking a language I've been working on creating since I was 11 years old. So that's awesome.
I'm working my way through a school, trying to get on well enough with my roommates, and loving the fact that I have my own kitchen, at long last.
For now, that's enough for me.
I am -rather- good at a lot, however. I'm a passable cook, and singer; I kick moderate amounts of ass in video games. I write well, I speak as well as I can. I'm a fair hand at listening, and empathizing, which has lead me in years past to be a sort of counselor for all of my friends.
I wish I were better at a few things, too, now that I think about it. I wish I could stick to one thing better - particularly writing. I've got literally dozens of half-written or barely-started stories, and thousands of worlds bumping around in my head. I also could be better at letting go of things - physical things, not people, don't freak out. I'm a bit of a packrat, though I have a love of organization, so my place is tidy, just... full.
Everybody likes their ego to be stroked from time to time. That's not bad.
... right? >.>
When I'm met in the wild, however, I'd wager that people notice my sense of humor first. It's always on; while there are some things I simply do not find funny, or some times when I choose not to make a joke, I firmly believe that the only way for us to stay sane in the universe is to laugh at it. Nothing's off limits for that.
Or there's the obvious - I'm a six foot, burly, bearded Norwegian with a shaved head, often found wearing a five button vest, tie, and combat boots. I own several canes, two umbrellas with (differing) sword handles, and a felt bowler hat for which I once drove eight hours. Maybe some part of that?
For my roommates' sake, I pray that day shall never come.
I read entirely too much. I've always loved new books, and used bookstores are a rare treat for me. I could never narrow down my favorite book; my favorite authors, however, include Terry Pratchett (the namesake of my first ferret), Tamora Peirce (likewise, my second), Orson Scott Card, Tanya Huff, David Webber, David Drake, Jim Butcher, Eric Flint, John Ringo, Stephen King, Anne Rice, Larry Niven, Douglas Adams... the list goes on and on. I generally prefer fantasy, science-fiction, or alternate history novels, although I've been known to pick up anything with pages.
Also, why is there no section for plays? Tom Stoppard, yo. David Mamet. Represent.
As for movies... well, I'll watch just about anything with a plot. The Dark Knight was great, though the Avengers might have knocked it down a peg - they're different movies, though. Joss Whedon's dialogue should win every day, but Heath Ledger was amazing. Don't get me wrong - something doesn't have to be big-budget to be great. Case in point: Brick is awesome.
My copies of Repo! The Genetic Opera and Constantine are equally well-used. Serenity, and its earlier predecessor Firefly, remain the undefeated champions of my movie library. I've got Netflix now, so I watch everything I can. I generally look for movies for comedy, or for a bit of escapism; I love fantasy, and space opera, and other escapist genres.
What I absolutely cannot stand is watching the kind of humor that relies on someone getting ridiculed or shamed. I always empathize with the person... so those kinds of movies don't work well with me.
TV I don't watch much, save the Daily Show, though I'm working through plenty of shows on Netflix - Farscape, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Archer, Sherlock... I could just keep this list going, but let's cut it here.
As far as food goes... well, my standard rule in life is that I'll try anything twice. If I like it twice, I might even learn how to cook it.
Forgetaboutit. I'm the kind of guy who has both a favorite rapper - Eminem - and a favorite opera - Leoncavallo's "Pagliachi." Those could change at any given minute, mind you - and the same goes for everything that's going to follow here. All it really does is serve as a snapshot from when I wrote it.
My favorite song is the choral version of Adagio for Strings, with Florence + The Machine's "Heavy in Your Arms" and Nickel Creek's "The Lighthouse's Tale" jockeying for second; I'll listen to anything with some thought behind it. My favorite overall genre is Jazz, Swing, and Big Band Music, stuff like Sinatra, the rat pack - and there's a streaming radio site online called martiniinthemorning that I listen to constantly. As a tiny sub-genre, I love steampunk music, which is probably best exemplified by Abney Park, Steam Powered Giraffe, or Doctor Steel. James Brown and Barry White both grace my iPod; my favorite composer is Samuel Barber.
In short, I'll listen to anything with soul.
I don't like prioritizing like that; there's so much I could make do without, and so much which the loss of I could eventually get over. I used to think I couldn't live without certain luxuries; I've found out that I'm stronger than that.
I'd sorely miss, however, any of the following if they were to disappear - or have missed them when they did.
My father. My mother. Empathy for every living thing. My ferrets. My library. My job. Tazo Wild Orange. Burt's Bees Bay Rum Cologne. Indoor Plumbing. Charmin Ultra. Free High-Speed Internet. My belief in the inherent goodness of all mankind. My desire to change the world for the better. My kitchen. Saffron Rice. Sugar. Lemon. Earl Grey Tea.
I wonder which book on my reading list I will devour next; I wonder if the random shady dude in the parking lot on my way home from work is going to jump me as I walk past, and I wonder idly if I could take him.
Generally, I don't spend too much time dwelling on anything other than the present. I like existing. It's a supremely enjoyable state.
Or, now, maybe re-answering all the old questions to make sure they're up to date, and to make sure there's an explanation for each and every one.
I could do something simple like "I could perform a rendition of damn near any disney song on cue, with different voices for each character," but I'll do that in a crowded bus, so it's not really that private.
I suppose... well here's one. I had a skin disease when I was a kid; shingles, kind of a 'roid rage version of the chicken pox virus. It left me with scars across most of my back and shoulders, and very little feeling throughout that whole area.
Or maybe the fact that I physically cannot throw away a book - I have one, a novel that a family friend got me as a kid, that's poorly-disguised propaganda against fantasy books and games. I can't throw it away or destroy it, on principle, and I can't give it away or sell it, because someone else would read that tripe. So now, it's turned sideways and hidden behind other books on my shelf.
It's bound up with duct tape, too. Just in case. I don't want whatever it has to spread to my other books.
I've recently realized that I'm a Scotch man, and there's a bottle of twelve year old Speyside single-malt in my kitchen. Do you like Scotch? Teach me.
Most importantly, if the idea of us meeting up in the real world - cracking a bottle of Port, going over each of these match questions in the "The two of us" section, with requisite discussions every time we disagree - appeals to you, then we need to do this up right the fuck now.
While I'm always looking for new friends, people from the UNCC area are most appreciated - distance and I don't mix too well.
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