Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
Forward: I apologize for the novel and congratulate you in advance
if you managed the whole read without being overwhelmed by the
volume of content. After spending so many years on the move, I feel
I lost touch with some aspects of self. I approached writing this
little auto-bio was a way of rediscovering me. It's worth the
effort. If done honestly, you'll learn about yourself. So write
your profile for you. Who cares who else reads it.
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
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
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 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).
Social: 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 never need an excuse to throw a party or just have a
bunch of friends over.
Career: I have been a scout helicopter pilot in the Army for the
ten years. I've lived in Hawaii, Germany, Korea, various parts of
the Mideast and all over the continental U.S. with two tours in
North Iraq. I'm about to head back (FEB '15).
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
I moved here in August after living in Korea last year. Prior to
that, I lived in San Antonio and Louisiana where I recovered from a
motorcycle accident that occurred shortly after my last tour in
Iraq. After some 20 some odd surgeries, a year in a wheelchair and
a bit longer on crutches and a cane, I finally started walking
normally. So far, have completed a mini-tri for wounded warriors,
Tough mudder, the Bataan Death March and numerous fitness
challenges. It's fun getting the most of legs I shouldn't have.
Like a new lease in life. So training for events like the Spartan
Obstacle Race and Great Wall of China marathon is my way of showing
the doctors who went so far out of their way to save my life and
quality of it that the effort was worth it.
Goals: The Army was only intended to be a bit of an adventure until
I finished my engineering degree. The war and crash kept me a bit
longer than planned. I'm currently knuckling down on and GMAT to
enter a Masters program and finally getting ready to transition out
after one more tour in Iraq starting FEB '15.
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
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). 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 an online Int'l Business Masters program that can be
completed within a year. I intend to be in classes by next Fall
Personally: I'm working pretty hard towards attaining a fixed-wing
license and plan to eventually buy a plane once I settle down. I
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. 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 (not
one of my smarter moves). 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 three
dozen countries and just returned from a two week tour of Vietnam
(great place). I 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
(maybe, depending on reltaions) 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. As I said, 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.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Solving problems. Putting others before myself.
Other skill-sets include: Making excellent smoothies, massages,
putting together awesome travel plans, and entertaining
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
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
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
Help your potential matches find common interests.
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
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
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
...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
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
1. Family, friends (they count as 1)
2. My passport
4. Reading/Learning something new
6. Sushi and smoothies
7. Flying (I couldn't stop at 6)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
The 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.
At times, the past: Regrets of dedicating so much of my life to the
wars and the desire to flush everything I learned from them.
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
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
I prefer to be out with friends downtown, a comedy club, traveling
or sitting exercising my nerdum by sitting at home, reading.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
Wouldn't you like to know?
You should message me if
Offer a few tips to help matches win you over.
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.
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