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RyansPlace

40 M Seoul, South Korea

My Details

Last Online
Today – 5:15am
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
White
Height
6′ 0″ (1.83m)
Body Type
Athletic
Diet
Smokes
No
Drinks
Socially
Drugs
Never
Religion
Christianity, and somewhat serious about it
Sign
Scorpio, but it doesn’t matter
Education
Working on masters program
Job
Military
Income
$80,000–$100,000
Relationship Status
Single
Relationship Type
Offspring
Pets
Likes dogs
Speaks
English (Fluently), German (Okay), Arabic (Poorly)

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My self-summary
A number of my friends describe me as "chill," which always surprises me a bit. I suppose the professor in me is calm and patient, but I also would describe myself as energetic, passionate, and a bit feisty at times. I have opinions and I like to share them.

When I see a good opportunity for a pun or punch line, I can't help myself. I live for laughter and silly behavior. That said, I have a serious, sensitive, and artistic side. While I cherish time spent with my friends, I also need time alone to think, process, and create.

Career: I have been a scout helicopter pilot in the Army for the past ten years. I've lived in Hawaii, Germany, and all over the continental U.S. with two tours in North Iraq.

The basic list of words to describe myself are athletic, intelligent, sincere, spontaneous, strong willed and a bit witty. Honesty and sincerity are traits I cherish. I'm very optimistic and tend towards the positives in any situation, though life's trials can get to me at times in which case I look to and lean upon you. I'm otherwise mostly cool with some corny qualities. I'm spontaneous, but not impulsive. I'm a believer in passionate romance where everything is bigger then life. I'm also an avid reader and writer(history, literature). I absolutely love the snow and every sport it has to offer. I have a passion for art and music (you can see more about that below). I'm loyal to my friends or lover and will always be there when needed. I am very social and prefer cafes and trendy gatherings. I live downtown, just off the river walk and love to entertain. I never need an excuse to throw a party or just have a bunch of friends over.
What I’m doing with my life
I've spent the past three years recovering from a motorcycle accident that occurred shortly after my last tour in Iraq. Half that time was spent walking with a cane. I started walking normally in April after 18 some odd surgeries and already have completed a mini-tri, Tough Mudder and about to do the Spartan Obstacle Race in Dallas. I still spend half my day in physical therapy at Ft. Sam Houston's Center for the Intrepid (a place for wounded warriors) get my strength up. The rest is spent working for the Commanding General at Army North and knuckling down on a Masters program.

Since the start of the war, rarely have I been anywhere for more then a year. Moves usually took me from one side of the planet to the other. The accident and resultant injuries gave me an opportunity I wouldn't have otherwise had to slow down, reacquaint myself with family and friends and figure out what i really wanted in life.

Professionally: I’m planning to get out of the military to work on a Masters program in Int’l business and alternative energies (hopefully, in Copenhagen, Denmark, but really open to studying anywhere) starting fall 2012. My long term goals are to work in the energy field either in Europe or back in the states. I'm currently school shopping for a online Int'l Business Masters program that can be completed within a year. I intend to be in classes by mid-January.

Personally: I'm working pretty hard towards attaining a fixed-wing license and plan to eventually buy a plane once I settle down. I still workout everyday and try to spend the weekends with a balance of studying and sharing time with friends.

Sports: Snowboarding is my passion. My father is a snowboard instructor in Aspen, Co. I go to see him as often as I can. Since I am in Texas, I have taken up kayaking as a side sport with several wounded soldiers. I'm assembling a team to play kayak polo (essentially where everyone rams and attempts to drown each other) in December. I played last year against a Brazilian team with a broken leg(that was fun). I'm also finally learning to play golf and spent the first weekend of November under the tutelage of several golf pro's in Houston.

Travel: Travel is a big part of my life. I've been to over two dozen countries and prefer to be abroad as much as possible as it gives a healthy perspective of events back home. As I write this, i'm planning a return trip to visit friends in Munich and London. I made a lot of friends while living in Schweinfurt and love going back. I'm also entertaining a detour to either St. Petersburg or Morocco. Suggestions?

To sum up: I am in a transition period. At least three years of school and campus life are ahead of me until i'm reacquainted with the professional sector...wherever that might be. During this time, I do intend to continue to travel a great deal.

Why am I here?
I wasn't sure about writing this section, but i've been asked several times why i'm not married. I've been constantly on the move since the war started. I've met wonderful people that helped shape me into who I am today, but never had a chance to develop a relationship beyond the first six months. It's hardly fair to ask someone to give up everything just to wait around while I went off to play hero. I now have the stability to offer you more than a simple card and gift on Xmas and realize that's what i'm truly missing in my life. I simply function better with a lover/best friend that I can bounce ideas off of and challenges me to be my best.

UPDATE: 18 DEC 2012, I've recovered better then anticipated and have been offered an opportunity to deploy to Afghanistan with elements out of Fort Bragg to train Afghan security forces, hopefully putting the polishing touches on their transition to sovernty. I can't think of a better way to prove to myself i'd actually beaten the odds than to accept this assignment. That masters degree can wait just a bit longer. I still want out of the military and anything related to government work, but I can't say no to a challenge like this. I'm not sure whether to close this profile yet. it's hardly fair to advertise myself when i'll be departing so soon.
I’m really good at
Solving problems. Putting others before myself.

Other skill-sets include: Making excellent smoothies, massages, putting together awesome travel plans, and entertaining friends.

I'm very good at reading people and anticipating their needs or challenges. I'm patient as an instructor and love to teach.
The first things people usually notice about me
My eyes, smile, and confidence.

...Side note, I’m told often I look young for my age. Trust me, those are current pictures. When I was a platoon leader, the Warrant Officers used to joke “Hey kid, get off the flight line…. Oh, sorry Sir!” It’s been my curse.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Three Cups of Tea (something I wish i'd read before deploying), The Alchemist, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (pretty funny), Way of the Peaceful Warrior, Outliers, Packing for Mars, Boomerang, the Grand Design, and the nerd in me likes pretty much everything by Arthur C. Clark, Steven Hawking and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

I'm currently reading Steve Jobs biography. He was far from a model person, but his business sense and ability to build exceptionally creative and effective organizations is something to be emulated.

Music: A wide variety. Personal favorites: Radiohead, Silversun Pickups, Killers, Tori Amos, Moby, ect. I also listen to a variety of lounge and jazz music, but tend to steer clear of country (i'm yet to fully assimilate into Texan culture).

Movies: My old favorite is still Master and Commander, but i'm a closet lover of a lot of romantic comedies. others include: reservoir dogs, Always (the movie that first inspired me to be a pilot), and several others i'm not thinking of right now.

Shows: I don't watch a lot of television, but am into the Daily Show, Stephen Colbert, and Family Guy for the laughs. I prefer to watch documentaries on the science and National Geographic channels and am often listening to NPR or on it's website.

Theater: I love going to live performances. Whether its local productions, traveling broadway shows or the occasional opera. I recently saw STOMP at the Majestic Theater. A few years ago, they performed for my neighbor's little girl at their house in New York (where I grew up) as part of the make a wish foundation. Part of the band was tied with flight cancellations, so they had to throw together a new routine on the spot. The Majestic was nice, but they're show in my neighborhood was excellent. A few of them even cried.
...One of my dreams is to see a Russian Opera is St. Petersburg. Does that sound pompous?

Food: Sushi and Wine. I occasionally prepare sushi, but really like to make all kinds. Always more fun cooking for friends then alone.
The six things I could never do without
1. My family & friends (they count as 1)
2. True passionate love (technically, i'm living without it, but don't wish to remain this way)
3. Laughter
4. Learning
5. Exercising
6. Sushi and smoothies
7. My passport (couldn't stop at 6)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
My future: career decisions, what kind of dad I would be (I still believe kids are the perfect excuse to play with the next generation of toys), what it would be like to actually own a home and wondering how difficult it is to learn landscaping.

I'm at a crossroads where I have the flexibility to do anything I want. Tough choice to make when you have so many options.
On a typical Friday night I am
I prefer to be out with friends downtown or traveling, but most likely home since i'm nursing a broken leg.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 28–38
  • Located anywhere
  • Who are single
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating
You should message me if
I feel fortunate to have lived an extraordinary life until this point. I have no interest in slowing down. Travel to out of the way places and giving of yourself to accomplish things that really matter should be a passion of yours. You have to be an individual, strong, independent, with your own professional goals. You should also be well educated, witty and have a great sense of humor. I like to work out, and look for that in a partner. A little geekiness and affinity for snow is a plus. I would like a partner who challenges me intellectually and inter-personally. Be someone who is comfortable in your own skin, optimistic, and outgoing and most importantly, grounded!

...we each have our own ideas of the perfect combination of characteristics or traits that add up to the right match. Truth is, all it takes is the chemical compatibility that makes you forget yourself. So if you do not fit anything above, but convinced your it. Write anyway.