I've got integrity up the wazoo: I mean what I say, and say what I mean, and I'm as honest and open as I can possibly be.
I was a non-conformist before I knew what it was, and I have a deep sense of individuality. I think this helps me appreciate the unique, and the different, and the outlier.
I have a lot of healthy skepticism: I continually assess and re-assess everything going on around me, including me and my own thinking.
I have no supernatural or conspiratorial beliefs.
I appreciate cleverness, and wiseasses.
Humor is a priority: I'd be willing to gauge the goodness of a relationship based on how much laughter two people can generate.
I'm also the early to bed and early to rise type, and I've been that way since the olden days, so if having a partner who's a night owl is important to you, I will totally bum you out.
I'm rebellious and iconoclastic: I'll poke fun at just about anything, myself included.
Sometimes, but not all the time, I really like swearing.
Little things mean a lot to me: I appreciate a kind word, a thoughtful gesture, or an honest compliment more than anything you could buy in a store.
I love working out real hard, every day.
I appreciate genuineness and authenticity, and people who have consistency of thought, word, and action.
I'm extremely liberal, both politically, and socially.
I prefer to meet people where they are, and I actively avoid having expectations on who or what people should be. Outside of the extremes of negative behavior, I don't feel I have the right to judge anyone for anything, and I feel I'm on better terms with the world because of it.
Excellent two-way communication is really important to me, so ideally, I'd love to find someone - if we both choose to - to have an intelligent or interesting conversation with, every day.
There's a quote I like that sums this up:
"What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step. It is always the same step, but you have to take it."
Being curious: I'm a thinker/ponderer/wonderer by nature. Not always a good thing, but I'm good at it.
I am the master of the self-checkout lane. People have been moved to tears by my skills (particularly with fruits and vegetables).
I excel at putting my wallet through the wash.
I make the world's most lovable bulgur-bran muffins.
I also make the best tacos this side of the Pecos River. Some guy named Lonnie Grauer makes the best ones on the other side of it.
Actually, I'm not 100% sure what the first thing people notice about me is. I'd love to know.
If I had to make an educated guess, I think people who don't know me might think that I am reserved and quiet. But like many introverts, what's observed on the outside of me is the exact opposite of what's going on inside of me.
Movies: For several years, No Country for Old Men has been number one on my list of favorite movies. 12 Years a Slave nearly knocked it from its lofty perch.
As a general rule, I don't watch any movies with either Kevin Costner, Richard Gere, or Hugh Grant in them.
TV shows: Bill Maher is the high point of the week. I also like the Daily Show and Stephen Colbert. Other than that, I'll look for something educational, informative, or meaningful to watch.
Music: Country music makes me intellectually queasy. I'd rather listen to contemporary popular music - preferring R & B - than the stuff I listened to back in the day. I think what's happening now is more enjoyable and interesting than what used to be popular.
Ashokan Farewell, from the soundtrack to Ken Burns' Civil War documentary, is probably the most beautiful piece of music I've ever heard.
Food: I prefer food that is simple and cooked well over the elegant and cooked well. I would prefer a well-prepared burger, pizza, or burrito over something fancy.
I also really, really love mashed potatoes.
You can also message me if you like Cocoa Krispies.
Or mashed potatoes.