This section is brutally open-ended. How does anyone know what to write here?
My "My Details" lists me as being 35. This is factually correct, however, I don't identify with being 35 in any way whatsoever. Not that I haven't had 35 years of life experience, I just don't feel like a middle-aged person. I go on Facebook and see my friends from high school posting pictures of their teenage children and that really weirds me out. I suppose it doesn't help that I went straight from high school into the job market and then decided to go back to college recently. I am surrounded with college-aged people, so I kind of identify with that age. Most people say I look like I'm in my mid 20's and that's pretty much the age that I feel.
I think there's probably people out there that would look at my situation and say that I've missed the boat. By this time in my life I should have a 401k, a wife, a house, a dog, kids, and a mortgage. I see it differently. After I graduate this fall, I have an entire planet's worth of opportunity and experiences to choose from. I could go be a yak-herder in Siberia, or work on a fishing boat in the Caribbean. I see my future as one of vast opportunity and certainly don't feel like I've missed out on anything.
So, I have had 35 years of time on this planet and in that time I've experienced quite a bit. I've lived in Seattle, California, Massachusetts, Indiana, New York, and India. I've been a line cook at a German Delicatessen, a carnival games barker, a corporate 9-5'er, and a video game designer, among many many other things. I've been on midnight drives to Tijuana, robbed at knife point while working at a gas station, and purchased black market DVD's at a seedy underground mall in New Delhi. I've lived and experienced a lot in my time here on Earth, and I'm in no way finished.
I think perhaps the best way to describe myself would be to say I'm a giant ball of contradictions. I'm a fiscally conservative, socially liberal capitalist. I'm strongly antitheist but am fully aware of the good that religion is capable of. I believe in the basic goodness of people but am also painfully aware of the selfishness of humankind. I'm cynical and logical, but open-minded. I'm kind to strangers and animals but have little compassion for people who I feel have created their own problems. I absolutely detest crowds but felt extremely comfortable amidst the billions of people living in India.
I'm smart, funny, charming, and a good conversationalist. I enjoy a good conversation on any subject, provided my partner can do so without getting emotional or upset. I enjoy learning. I like teaching myself new things, like keeping saltwater aquariums, fishing, programming computers, chess, or playing the guitar. I might never be considered "really good" at any of these things, but I think my interest peaks at a certain point where I'm satisfied in my level of knowledge on a subject and something else interesting comes along. I also enjoy learning about politics, history, biology... pretty much anything I find interesting I will research for my own edification.