1/19/14: ... aaand we're back. :) After a couple of months away to get through the holidays, plow through work projects, and the rest of everything, we'll see what 2014 brings. Uh... everything's perfectly all right now. We're fine. We're all fine here now, thank you ... How are you?
The old stuff, slightly re-arranged.
Jim here. This profile is too long, I know, but if you get to the end and can relate to any of it, it's worthwhile. And I promise it's honest :) No false advertising here!
Straight up: A relationship would be great, for sure, but that would be a byproduct of good luck, good timing, and countless other unpredictable factors. If it happens, wonderful! But there's no use trying to fit a square peg into a round hole, you know? I'm all for getting to know some cool new people and letting life take its course, wherever it may lead. In other words: please say hello! I'm always looking to grow my circle of friends. No pressures, no guarantees. This should be fun, not scary (although I have to admit, I don't always follow my own advice).
Before we get started, a word about all the questions I answered: if anything seems strange or like a potential dealbreaker despite the text that follows, feel free to ask! I don't even remember what I answered to some of them, and over the course of the past year, my thoughts may have shifted a bit, too. I don't know. Maybe they haven't. But feel free to inquire! Let's face it: we're all weird people in *someone's* eyes , so it's just a matter of finding the right kind of weird for each other.
I'm looking for someone for whom most of this applies: You would rather read a book than watch dating reality TV shows. You prefer loud guitars to teen pop stars. Sometimes, you're the aggressor (when I start playing things too safe, which is usually ...). You'd rather watch some weird genre film at the Hollywood Theater than get excited by Adam Sandler movies. You enjoy playful sarcasm and are able to arm yourself with occasional witty responses. You understand Star Wars references and giggle at the mere mention of Tobias Funke and the Ass Crack Bandit. You want to explore the amazing restaurants this city has to offer. You laugh and hug generously and will let me eat what's left on your plate if you're not going to finish it. :) You take "nerd" as a compliment if that's what I call you to your face (and I will). You're not "olympic" fit, but you're active and can outrun the zombies (if they're the Romero-type zombies, not the Boyle-type ones - if we get Boyle-type zombies, we're ALL super-fucked; also, maybe that you know the difference between the two?). Most important of all: You're you because that's what you like being, not because you think it's what others want you to be.
And a bit about me:
I'm 39 and have been divorced for a few years. No kids, no drama (I promise!). My "work hard/play hard" equation is in improving, but I need to circulate more. I could stand to lose 10 lbs. I've never smoked a cigarette in my life. Unlike so many Portlanders, I could definitely be described as "indoorsy" (perhaps because I'm not a native - I'm originally from Massachusetts). I don't dislike nature or being outdoors by any means, but camping, kayaking, and backpacking aren't activities on my usual agenda (though I'm not against trying my hand at it - I just don't live for it like so many seem to, though). I'm perfectly content to spend a night at home just listening to music if it's the best option. I have two tattoos and will probably get more. I need a vacation.
Something I don't generally do: watch college sports. Since I'm not a native, I'm neither a Duck nor a Beaver. If you are, great! I don't mind watching the games with you (I've seen plenty), but if I'm on my own, I probably won't since there's no emotional attachment. (Flip side: I'm from Massachusetts, so I'm a Red Sox fan, born and raised. It's in the blood. I'm one of the "good ones", though, I promise.)
Some of my photos probably make me look boring. More boring than I'd prefer them too, anyway. Take a little leap of faith that they can be a little misleading! I'm happy to dress up and go somewhere fancy for dinner and check out a show at the Keller or the Schnitz, sure, but equally happy to put on a t-shirt and jeans, grab drinks, and get sweaty at the Lovecraft bar or the Doug Fir. Or anywhere in between, really.
I work downtown, just outside of Pioneer Square (perfect for happy hours!), in an office nobody would find unless you were looking for it, and I enjoy my coworkers an awful lot, even if I don't always enjoy the work itself. Technically, I'm the manager of a 20+ person department in my company and a member of our "management team". Most of them like me, I think, and some actually think I know what I'm doing! I say this not to brag (well, maybe a little - it shows I'm a dependable, responsible, functioning adult, if nothing else), but to explain why I constantly look like I could use more sleep. It's because I could use more sleep. ;) I'm a night owl by nature, but a very early riser (M-F) by necessity. The result isn't always pretty.
Why OKC? Because I'm terrible with introductions. In writing, it's easier. I can edit and rewrite to my heart's content. If I were to cross your path at Powell's, I probably wouldn't say anything though because I tend to be a bit awkward and shy at first. It's like the sales guys in my office - I could never do what they do. The cold call would absolutely be the death of me. So here I am. Once you get to know me, I might not shut up. But that first hello, yikes. Also, I'm terrible at judging people's ages. The on-line thing helps me stay on the happy side of the appropriate/creepy line.
I eat pretty much anything, although my goal is to go vegetarian at least two days per week for the sake of my long-term health. I'll have a glass or beer or wine now and again, but it's not something I rely on to have a good time. I'm glad there isn't a Chipotle in my neighborhood, or I'd weigh 300 lbs. (for the record, I'm usually between 170-175, if it matters).
My heroes in life are Bill Murray, the Marx Brothers, Tina Fey, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and Statler and Waldorf, if that helps you figure out my sense of humor. My friends seem to think I'm pretty funny (though you'd never know it by reading this profile). .
My passport has expired, which saddens me. I've never been to Canada or Mexico, but I've been to Japan, Belgium, London, and France (only for a day, though).
I live in St. Johns, which is NOT as far away as you think! My living room is like a little pop-culture museum of everything I love. I'll save the secrets of my treasures for future discussions, but I think it's pretty cool stuff :)
Hope you liked that "Facebook video" ;)