"There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands." -- Richard Bach, Illusions
"An easy life doesn't teach us anything. In the end it's the learning that matters: what we've learned and how we've grown. " Richard Bach, One
Who I am...
I am most definitely an adventurous personality type, seeking intellectual and physical challenges as well as reading and experiences that force me to examine my belief system. I will choose being in over my head in preference to a comfort zone in work or sports (though relationships follow a completely different paradigm). It is in those situations that you have to reach deep within, and externally, to find resources and adapt to new dynamics. I am not foolhardy and I will step back to learn necessary skills if I find I have been overly ambitious. If you're familiar with Myers-Briggs, I'm a classic INTP.
Integrity of mind, body, and spirit are among my greatest values. A perennial student, I love a good argument about ideas and politics -- but only with those who can engage in verbal sparring as good sport. Interpersonal harmony is foundational. Bushido probably best captures my personal code of being.
I think my gift is seeing beauty and grace under a damaged facade and restoring that beauty. The extra-curricular activities I've found most rewarding have been restoring an early 20th century home and fostering abused animals. In computer systems work, this talent translates to an ability to see foundational flaws in existing systems and how to most effectively (and, hopefully, elegantly) address those issues.
All pictures were taken within the past 3 years. The picture with shoulder length hair is from summer 2010. One common thread when I do meet people from online sites is their surprise that I really do look like my picture -- or better. That said, pictures are scarce as I tend to duck when the camera comes out or, worse yet, make faces. I'm not shy though. Give me a part on stage or at the white board and I'm in my element!
I expect that a fit body and joy in life would be shared values. A well-developed sense of adventure and playful nature would stand you in good stead.
The person who would "know" me, maybe share a love with me, would understand the following:
* You have always felt like a square peg in a round hole - or maybe an eight-sided peg with cylindrical appendages. You may have found a way to fit, but there is so much of you that is not embraced by that fit.
* You see "A" and you infer "Z". You have to expend considerable effort to understand why people need B through Y.
* Your greatest frustration is having to walk people from A to Z -- and, heck, most people drop out by G anyway.
* Your mind races with ideas and there is no one to share all of them with.
* Even if you work in a discipline in which you can share your ideas, your ideas cross so many domains that there is still nobody to keep up with you, never mind converse with you.
Some sweet gentleman gave me the "eye candy" award. More than that, I'm brain candy -- and quite addictive if you have a mind that can sync with mine.