Here's the short version:: I grew up in the midwest, arrived in Atlanta via NYC. I strive to be a polymath (a.k.a. Renaissance Man). I have 4 degrees, the most interesting of which is in Culinary Arts. I just finished my MBA. I have a giant dog, who is a floppy cuddly mess in general. I work with computers, and enjoy traveling, hiking/camping, scuba diving (I'm a certified Divemaster), board games, cooking (seriously, I cook a lot) and most anything creative. I'm not especially religious, and generally open minded and "try anything once"/"Live and let live" kind of personality.
I'd like to find someone who is strange/unique/interesting that enjoys getting out... (Hiking, Motorcycle Rides, Farmer's Markets, Comedy Clubs, New Restaurants etc..) and staying in.. (Cooking Dinner, Conversation, Movies, Whatever....) Friends or/and More? Tell me what makes you different.
I really have four serious turn-ons/desires:
Be Open-Minded, and
Be able to Laugh at most anything.
(even the Oxford Comma)
Flip through my questions, it'll give you a better understanding of who I am...
Here's the long version:
I am a computer nerd by day, and a.. well, okay I’m pretty much a nerd most of the time. I’ve been here a couple years, so I guess I’m not really new to Atlanta chronologically anymore, but socially maybe. I feel like I haven’t seen much the city has to offer...
I'm the kind of person who gets excited about other's passions as well as my own. I try to support the people who are important to me in chasing their dreams, passions and goals. Whether it's physical like exercise, life goals such as opening their own business, or even just wanting to paint a room in their house. Even if it's something I personally am not interested in, because I get joy and feel success out of helping/seeing my friends succeed. This suddenly sounds like I'm pitching a self-help seminar...
I try to find the beauty and humor in all things. Intelligent Conversation is a must.. I tend to be a bit sarcastic, and curmudgeonly. People laugh a lot when they are around me. Which is good, cause laughter can be an awesome sound. It can also sound like a choking horse. I can make fun of just about anything and usually do. (Including myself) I'm perfectly happy in a balcony seat at the theatre, heckling stand-up bears. I think sarcasm is a perfect indicator for intelligence and I appreciate it in others as well and can take as much or more than I can dish out.
I play bored and video games on occasion. Not in a childish way... Okay sometimes in a childish way.
I also try to “better myself” constantly, which means I’m usually trying new experiences, going to school or taking a class, trying a new recipe… I’m generally introspective after-the-fact. I tend to do things to feed a passion, not necessarily to switch careers. I enjoy scuba diving, so I became a certified divemaster. I enjoy cooking, so while in Manhattan I went to culinary school, and got a degree in Culinary Arts. I enjoy fixing/working on projects, so I bought an old house and restored/remodeled it basement to roof, by hand.
I also do things for the story/experience... I've done big things like Burning Man, I've done little things like, take a left turn down a rural highway just to see where it goes.
I think what I'm saying is I do things..... things. I tend to be spontaneous, I'm defiantly not always a planner. Which means, that travel (either Road Trip, or by plane) is always an option. I've traveled around most of the US and Caribbean, but am looking forward to spending more outside the US.
The only thing I can't tolerate is intolerance.
I guess you could say I strive very hard to stick to the ideals of a "Renaissance Man" or Polymath, if you're snooty. Though I work on different areas of myself at any given time.
I've dated such a diverse group of women over the years, I'm pretty much open minded. I don't really get hung up on looks. Race, Age, Waist Size, Cup Size, these are not the most important things. If you are stunningly beautiful but couldn't hold a conversation with both hands, I'm not interested...
I definitely take the "build relationship from a strong friendship" approach. So let's have a conversation first, see if we actually like each other. I don't have a list of "You must be ". I like interesting people, from strippers to ministers, from professional comediennes to federal prosecutors... I would rather get to know you, and see what happens... Seriously.