Your typical New Haven city boy. Love the city, love the quieter corners of CT more. I'm not opposed to getting my hands dirty in my garage. I enjoy fast cars, building fires, and disappearing into the woods with a few supplies. I've got an affinity to the ocean, I can't be away from the shoreline without missing it. I've built my friendships and my home and now im ready to build a relationship. I'd have to say I've been raised on strong family values. My parents, my brother and sister, my niece and nephew are my entire world. I grew up on stand up comedy. I find the humor in everything. I don't take myself too seriously and I'm constantly smiling and laughing. I've got my hobbies, like kayaking, hammock reading, cross country mountain biking, (sounding like an L.L. Bean catalogue, Tim) poorly executed photography and most importantly, hiking. I know everyone says that, but I usually can't go a few weeks without lacing up the Merrells and slinging a pack on my back. I never turn down the chance to see some live music (really any kind will do) or hop into the car for an impromptu road trip to a place I've never been. I live for adventure.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm an Operating Engineer. I build roads, bridges, buildings, just like those courageously manly men of the industrial revolution, except with way more high visability clothing. It may not sound glamorous, but trust me, it is. Highly trained, highly skilled, Union proud and greatly in demand, especially in a state like Connecticut. This state's failing infrastructure is slowly bouncing back thanks to men and woman Operating Engineers. *Wink wink, Q Bridge. I've never been the cubicle type. 9 to 5 has never been my style, but I'm proud to don a hardhat during the week so I can put on a nice suit and tie for the weekend.
I’m really good at
Killing spiders, riding a bike where it's typically unsafe to do so, conversation with strangers, finding multiple uses for a blowtorch, opening beer bottles with a chainsaw, spending money on airfare to the west coast, hand stands, parallel parking.
The first things people usually notice about me
My beardface or my tattoos.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books- Tolkien, Asimov, Tony Gonzales, Neal Stephenson, George R.R. Martin, Jean M. Auel, O'Brien, Steinbeck, the list is endless. I haven't had cable in five years. I've just constantly been adding to my book collection. Gonna need a high-back chair in front of a fireplace and a smoking jacket soon.
Movies- Anything Disney and Miyazaki.
Shows- Bitchin Kitchin! (google it.), Top Gear (the real Top Gear, as seen on BBC.) Breaking Bad, of course. No Reservations, Parts Unknown, Orange is the New Black. The usual Netflix roster.
Music is one of those things that when its right, it's right. Good beat, good flow, good melody, then it doesn't much matter what it is. Country and metal have always been a favorite. Wait, no. Forget all that. LIVE music, that's what I love most. Anything live. Dude playing violin in the streets, awesome! Choir singing harmonies, even better. Any form of music performed by individuals with raw talent.
Cuisine- Sushi, Pepe's Apizza, Authentic Mexican, hot tea with honey, saki, bourbon, local beer.
The six things I could never do without
A sturdy mountain bike
All wheel drive and 93 premium gasoline
Four wheel drive and a straight six
Some snow to play in
Things I can do without:
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Lately? I've been thinking about spending time and money turning my Jeep into a Mad Max style off road adventure vehicle. I figure it'll give me an excuse to hide my city side and sneak in among the hillbilly crowd, they always seem to have more fun. But more likely I'm wondering about life on other planets.
On a typical Friday night I am
Exploring every corner of this state's parks and hiking trails, perhaps looking for that perfect driving road. Or maybe I'm just catching up with good friends, drinking a hoppy IPA in an Irish pub.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Admittedly, I could be critical of modern film, car culture and what most people find trendy as of late.
You should message me if
You want to go rock climbing, you own a pair of hiking shoes, or a DSLR, you know of a few good places that serve great beer, you need an oil change, or you have a few good dirty jokes.
Instagram- punchemintheundies (a bounty of shenanigans.)