Cliff Notes version (for the tl;dr):
I'm a ballroom dancing, world traveling, stargazing, philosophizing, rugged, rosy glasses wearing, marathon running, intellectual adventurer. I'm down to earth, practical, logical, but also empathetic and idealistic. I live for action and want to run wild and dance in the rain. But, I'm just as happy relaxing on the couch with a good video game, book or movie. A child of dual extremes, I push both my mind and my body as far as they can go because I want to experience everything life has to offer. I'm a Marine and a librarian (there's a joke in there somewhere).
However, do not be dissuaded by my intensity. I might seem a little intimidating, but I am quite calm, level-headed and easy-going (is that grammatically correct or should it be dehyphenated??). Giving a good massage to the person I care about while spending a quiet evening at home, cuddling on the couch or staying in bed until one or two on a Saturday after a night out to the theater or dancing is my idea of a day well spent.
Hmm... this is waaaay to long. I will edit it. Read it all if you have time, if not check back later.
I'm a lifelong student (not the delegation but in the sense that I always am driven to learn all the time), librarian, (a library technician for all those in the field) and full time enthusiast of everything the world has to offer. I am a military vet and proud of the duty I was able to serve my country and the places and world view that I was able to build from being in it. I love life, the universe and everything. I also love academia and would stay in school learning forever. But, lately I've been feeling the need to "settle down" with somebody--actually, I think "settle down" is a bad choice of phrase. I want to find somebody to share and experience my adventures with. To dance in a downpour and laugh about it after, to visit exotic landscapes and take goofy pictures, to lay out and watch the stars while talking about the meaning of life, to curl up in bed at watch a movie or just read a good book while enjoying a nice glass of wine. That sounds awfully cliche, doesn't it? So be it. Cliches have to start somewhere, right?
Don't--under that description--assume I'm some hipster or yuppie new-age man though. I like being active, getting rough and dirty, working on my car and think a day of working hard outside is more fulfilling than sitting in a cushy office sending emails (although I currently do the latter). I love hockey and football, but much rather be--and have been--in the mix than being at the game, and much, much more than sitting in an armchair watching it at my house. I enjoy the outdoors and find it liberating to throw society aside for a week or so and enjoy nature's bounty.
I have a deep love of history, philosophy, science, language and books. I want to learn everything there is to know and be able to pass that knowledge on and see the interconnection of everything. I'm one of the people who always wondered how vampires get tired of "living." Loneliness? Maybe. Boredom? Really?!? You must suck at everything cool. I could have a millennium and still not read and learn everything I wanted to. It's probably why I don't sleep very much. No time!! But I digress...
When I'm not out having a blast and enjoying theater, cook outs, dances, musicals, going to theme parks and on adventures, I am recuperating or hanging out at my house with friends or by myself. I am just as comfortable curling up on the couch and watching a movie, playing a video game, reading a book or working on whatever I am "practicing regularly" that day (see "I'm really good at").
I'm a cuddler, and think that I could easily have been happy as a cat (Plus, 9 lives? BONUS!). Curling up next to somebody in front of a fireplace, reading a good book and enjoying a drink is amazing. Don't get me wrong, I'm a passionate guy and love the infatuation and draw of a new relationship. But, like being comfortable too. That moment when you don't have to be doing anything, because just being in the presence of the other is enjoyable.
Now on to the /slightly/ negative stuff.
As you can probably tell by now, I can come across as a bit verbose, but I always like to listen too. A successful relationship should be an equal give and take, and not one person shouldering the burdens of the other.
I abhor politics, politicians and gossip, reality tv, religious debate. That being said, I don't mind talking about religion or having religious discussions with informed, levelheaded individuals who understand their respective religious texts and do not degenerate others beliefs because they are different in doctrine, faith or practice. I hold spirituality and truth over dogma and feel if more people were to try and understand others, most of the world's excuses for hate would be solved. And since this has come up before recently, if you are an indoctrinated creationist, that is okay. As long as you are willing to accept somebody who believes that evolution and creation can co-exist. Why does religious discussion always go there? My personal view is: what does it matter what you believe or do not believe in? If the two parties care about each other, things will work out.
I've seen a lot of horror and devastation in my life--more than anybody has a right to see--and I think living through it has enabled me to truly love what has been provided to us, not just as Americans, but as people. Often times, this leads me to be disappointed with humans as a species because I feel there is so much potential in people to help one another and make the world a better place and they fail to live up to it--and no, I am not a hippie.
That being said, I am also a realist. I may shift to a hyper-logical state when confronted by important decisions and plan and adapt to my environment immediately and overcome the obstacles. I was trained to. I can see the other side of an argument and use it to objectively come to a compromise or suggestion that will diffuse bad situations and arguments--which can be frustrating for people who like to stay angry for the sake of stress relief (it's a valid form of relief, just--from experience--tends to not work with my style of discuss, consensus, make-up). I was raised in a "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all" household and apply that when I am angry, in order to mentally calm down before I say something that might hurt somebody's feelings or that I might regret saying later.