I'm an independent, gentlemanly, amiable zany with a good, solid geek streak. I have a dry, witty sense of humor which I use almost as frequently as my curiosity. I am fiercely intelligent--a National Merit Scholar, if that means anything to you--but I hardly ever mention that, because I feel it's too much like bragging. I do that a lot, hiding my light under a bushel, largely because I like being under people's radar and then surprising them with hidden talents. I only mention it here because this is a dating site, and everybody's running around, taking measurements on everybody else. I am quite imaginative--about everything under the sun, really, although most of my mental wanderings take an either scientific or literary bent: I have designed a very plausible missing link to the evolution of modern bats, and written Barton Fink a perfectly good idea for a wrestling movie.
I am free of racism, sexism, religionism, and other assorted bigotries, and don't really understand why other people aren't. Well, actually I do understand, it's just that that kind of thought process feels so very alien to me. (Word of warning: I sometimes say "that that", "had had", and even "whom".) I enjoy flipping social mores to see them from the other side, which is why I wholeheartedly support things like the Hawkeye Initiative and baseball caps for teams like the New York Jews.
When I was growing up, my family spent a few of my formative years on welfare, so thrift is pretty well ingrained in me. I abhor the culture of waste, entitlement, and dissatisfaction that our society has created, and feel smug when I do perfectly fine without what most other people seemingly consider to be neccessities. Television, gaming consoles, tobacco, credit cards, MP3 players, restaurants, coffee, cell phones, alcohol, and even cars are all on the long list of Things I Do Not Need. I am a firm proponent of living simply, and well within one's means. This is not to say that I'm cheap--if there's something that I want, and at a price that I consider fair, then I will buy it. How many of you own a rapier?
I have NEVER been afraid to be different. I'm also 100% behind being childlike without being childish; to combine the curiosity, enthusiasm, innocence, and open-mindedness of youth with the wisdom, maturity, perspicacity, and good taste of age. I think keeping a healthy sense of play is important.
I'm active, but not athletic: If you'd like to go on a little afternoon hike/picnic on the spur of the moment, can I come too? If you're the type that goes snowboarding every other weekend, I'll just stay home, thanks. I'll occasionally do Manly Things if they happen to need doing, or maybe just to say that I did them (I once cut halfway through a big log using only a large wooden mallet), but not to impess the womenfolk by waving my testosterone around. Given the choice of, say, fun things to do in a boat, I would rather row out to the middle of a lake and read a book than go kayaking down some rapids.