I've traveled all over the US and parts of Mexico and Canada and found that I really prefer staying close to home. At this point in my life I have no wanderlust for far-off secluded islands or exotic mountain hide-a-ways. My forest land offers a lot and the local community has the rest that's needed for a balanced life.
I'm an early riser, usually eager to get up and start each day. While very creative, I'm not artistic. My creativeness is in concepts, ideas, and mechanical things in a technical way.
I'm quiet, sensitive, very aware of the world around, well educated, multi-tallented, confident and surprisingly bold and accomplished for someone who often comes across as shy and meek.
Also terrible at small talk, honest, very loyal, basically solvent, healthy, mostly happy-- but know it could be better, emotionally available, and have done personal growth work. Did I say quiet?
While usually very accepting of others, I have little patience or respect for those who talk and don't act. You know the ones; arrogant, loud, pushy. The other trait that hurts is when someone tries to change me, tries to make me into their ideal, and put me into THEIR BOX.
I've never worked for anyone, ie I have never had a regular job. I've been an entrepreneur all my life, never hesitated to try something new, different and technical.
I enjoy building things, things out of wood, things from metal, sometimes structures in concrete. I also love working with software (mostly n/troff and a bit of C). Right now I'm working with a Programable Logic Controller (PLC) to control some mechanical equipment here.
I prefer home life over travel. Not at all into spectator sports; no watching baseball, no football, no hockey, etc. Instead I prefer DOING things my self. I put myself through college racing motorcycles and building many small boats. I've played in the "majors" in business, fleeing because I did not like the unethical environment, ie the fact the bastards had no morals.
I often consider Pascal's Gamble before I act. (Is the RISK worth the REWARD?) Blaise and I often talk. He helps me plan my adventures.
Right now I don't think I believe in God (and Blaise is PISSED at my foolishness). I'm not well read enough to be an agnostic, probably just an atheist, have no idea about the creation of the universe. Strongly believe in "Separation of State and Church." Know I'm not a Republican, and am now wondering if I'm still a Democrat, one part hippy, (with intact values from that era) certainly was part activist and my outside now looks a little bit redneck. I feel strongly about Buying American... and worry that China may soon repossess the USA.
Moved here 30 years ago to help found an intentional community (that twice died at birth.) Liked the area and stayed, and have never looked back.
Yeah, I'm complex,
when stuffed into a box my elbows stick out.
Long ago and far away I was hired by a big company during my last year of college. Before I could start the entire department was dissolved... so much for job security. I then drove a tractor-trailer in all 48 states. Twice arrested/shaken down by cops wanting bribes, once in Georgia and another time in PA. (There were many other harassments, but those two times really got my attention.) My trust in authority was weak until then, after that second incident I realized one must never place much trust in authority (government, big business, or religious).
When things need to be done well many people in this day of "experts" and legal liability feel compelled to hire "A Professional." I prefer to do it myself. Perhaps it's because I like knowing, really KNOWING that something is well done. I've seen all too often that many "experts" really don't know what they are doing, don't care about the job, and are really just closet bureaucrats.
My disdain for most experts (and the bureaucracy that demands them) gave me a reason to acquire expertise in many fields; computer hardware and software, woodworking, many building trades, mechanical design, parking lot sweeping, mechanics, and business. I've typeset books and manuals for major publishers with software I wrote, stopped 'cause I wanted to try other things. In my late-twenties I decided to change careers every 5 years, and I've been doing that ever since.
While working with software I most always wrote code or had it written by in-house people rather than trust purchased code. I always prefer "home built" to code Not Invented Here. NIH
Oh, and I have flaws;
I can't spell, hate speaking in front of large gatherings, prefer to watch, think, and learn rather than just dive in (don't jump 'til I'm ready), and can quickly make a fool of myself in social situations. Humm... maybe that why I'm quiet.
I often bite off more that I can chew in the allotted time, so some things are left undone.
And I'm lonely.
After 34 years of marriage I find my self on my own... and not liking it. And I'm a bit confused regarding how to proceed after 36 monogamous years. We have been separated for 11 years Divorce is in progress.