If I had to choose one thing that defines me, I'd say it's humor. I believe that with humor, we can get through anything (and maybe even maintain our sanity in the process), and one of my greatest joys in life comes from making others laugh. I love all forms of humor, from Chris Farley fat-guy slapstick, to dry British humor, to zinger come-backs, and everything in between. Puns are great. I like to think I wield sarcasm like a surgeon wields a scalpel - carefully, and sparingly, so as to produce maximum effect with minimal damage. A co-worker once described me as "the master of the dynamite drop-in," which, were I to guess, is a result of being the youngest of three children in a family with a bunch of talkers. To get a word in, it had to be inserted edgewise, with precision and a modicum of force.
Religion is an area that I've struggled with most of my life, primarily because I don't feel, deep down in my bones, the feeling that the devoutly religious have described to me. How do you fake faith? I've identified my religion in that neat little check-box as Atheist, and that probably comes closest to describing it, but really, it'd be better if they'd add a "/Shrug" category, because the truth is I don't know. And to me, faith is too important to mimic. That said - I'm accepting of other peoples' beliefs, and find intolerance to be unacceptable. But - with me, it's best not to proselytize. I am who I am, and I'll accept you for who you are.
Politically, I generally identify myself as being a moderate. I lean to the conservative side economically, but socially I skew a bit liberal. That said, I find the entire political system flawed, primarily because the people that we select to run our country are more concerned with getting re-elected than they are with actually *running* our country. I'd love to see massive campaign reform to allow lawmakers to focus more on doing what's RIGHT rather than doing what will get them enough money to get re-elected.
My interests are pretty varied, I think, and I'm always working to be well rounded. My work is pretty demanding, so I'm constantly striving to counterbalance that. I love reading, and movies, and music, but I also like to get out and be physical. I love that feeling you get when you finish a really hard run, and you slow down to a walk.... and it's like you're just floating. Or after a tough strength workout, that feeling of being utterly depleted. I like games (video and board), crosswords, sudoku, and logic puzzles. Keeping the brain stimulated is crucial to staying young at heart. I love sports of all kinds - playing and watching. I haven't had the opportunity to get out to the theater or the symphony recently, but would love to find the right person to do those kinds of things with.
However, I've also realized that I'd gotten a bit static in my approach to learning, and have recently worked on branching out. It's pretty easy to get caught up in the workaday world, and forget that there are more rows to cultivate in the garden than just the ones that yield cash crops. This has manifested in research into all sorts of random topics such as (in no particular order): combustion engines, new ways to tie a tie (ashamed to admit I've always used the schoolboy before now, but - now I know how to tie a double-windsor - not sure if this now qualifies me as cultured? I'm going to give myself the benefit of the doubt and go with "Yes."), a return to my favorite of all mythologies - Norse, and a little dabbling into documentaries (most recently, Guns, Germs and Steel, wherein I find the case presented compelling, to say the least).
Most of my friends have been friends with me forever (as in, grade-school forever). I've never felt the need to have a huge circle of friends, though I enjoy meeting new people. I tend to be a bit shy and reserved in big groups, but I love interacting one-on-one and in small groups and ultimately prefer small group gatherings rather than parties. I prefer to *talk* to people rather than shout over music. :)
In a relationship, I pride myself on providing "unconditional positive regard," and look for the same from my partner. If I'm with you, it's because I enjoy being with you, and want to be with you. And I will always be in your corner and ready to help wherever and however I can. It's probably safe to say that I suffer from "delusions of knight-in-shining-armor-hood," if you'll pardon the tremendous awkwardness of that turn of phrase.
I've always been drawn to strong, independent and intelligent women that, despite being independent, aren't afraid to lean on me when they need to. I'm not much for chauvinism or machismo - though as a guy, I'll likely have my moments, for which I'll apologize in advance. I do believe in being a gentleman, since that's how I was raised, so I'll probably open doors, and walk on the side of the sidewalk nearest the traffic (as though my body would actually prevent a runaway car from plowing both of us over, but whatevs - and also, yes, I do know that this isn't the origin of the custom, but it's the purpose I envision it serving in this day and age).
So - all in all, I feel a bit like a needle-in-a-haystack that is, itself, searching for a different needle (in a different haystack) - recently, I'm not even sure if that other haystack is in the same barn - or on the same planet, for that matter.
Oi. That's a lot, but I take this seriously in one respect - I am who I am, and don't want to misrepresent. There's a lot going on here, but ultimately, what you see is what you get. Hopefully, you get what you like. :)