So, how about a little bit of pertinent information:
My interests and hobbies probably place me firmly within the 'geek' or 'nerd' categories for most. I am fond of a range of literature and have spent way too much money on my Kindle account. I also enjoy gaming in my spare time; particularly titles with deeply immersive story lines.
That said, don't infer any unsavory, basement dwelling attributes. I like going out for dinner/drinks, concerts, and really enjoy outings to museums or similar exhibits.
Personality: I am articulate and generally reserved, though I can be quite personable and extroverted at times. I've been in sales for seven years, and have even been told on occasion that I am "charming", after a fashion. By nature, I am analytical and tend to approach most situations methodically.
Physical: I'm obviously not a trim or small man. I've spent the last eight months reigning in bad habits and building good ones (Hurrah for the gym!). I make an effort to eat carefully, and am quite proud of the progress I have made.
Pros: I'm smart. (So much for the thin veil of modesty eh?) I am generally easy to engage in conversation and enjoy topics across social events, technology, science, literature, and occasionally philosophy (Occasionally, because how often can you rehash Kant vs. Mill morality and add anything of value?).
Obligatory 'smart' joke:
Heard the joke about Descartes walking into a bar?
The bartender asked if he wanted his usual. Descartes said, "I think not" and disappeared. I laughed and insist that you not judge me.
Cons: I'm not terribly spontaneous; I like to plan things out, but I can generally roll with surprises as they arise. Oh, and sometimes my ego traipses into the domain of arrogance; especially concerning trivia and board games.
Other info: I recently passed the CCNA examination; so I still spend quite a bit of time tinkering with home network simulations and am particularly fascinated with Meshnet layouts.
I treasure time spent around a fire, indoors or outdoors, with friends and good wine (or Scotch). Like most people, I also enjoy visiting new locales; I recently drove out to the incredibly underwhelming Swaggerty Fort in Parrottsville. I also like walking around Asheville, Gatlinburg, or similar ilk and checking out small shops and attractions.
Social Interaction: In terms of this site, I would like to meet some new people with similar interests, at least in terms of shared affection for good conversation. Similar hobbies are not a must, but the ability to share existing interests with someone new is of significant value to me.
Employed?- Check. I haven't always had a great deal of success at the whole "Work-Life" balance concept, but I am making a concentrated effort to work to live; rather than the reverse.
I'm pretty open to relocating either with my current employer or with a new organization.
I like to think that I'm personable and skilled at maintaining conversation as well.
Oh, and getting lost. As in devastatingly poor sense of direction; I've been known to get lost in friend's homes. Sometimes, friends I've known for years.
"Collapse" by Jared Diamond (Also really enjoyed Guns, Germs and Steel)
"Hyperspace" by Kaku was awesome and still sends my brain fluttering when I revisit it.
In terms of fiction I am most eagerly awaiting the next Song of Ice and Fire book, and am 'almost' as excited about the Kingkiller Chronicles.
Shows: I re-watch the Firefly episodes fairly often. Such an amazing show. I also enjoy Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead. Castle is on my short list to check out.
Games: Have thousands of hours in the Civilization series and have played the hell out of everything Elder Scrolls since Daggerfall. Recently, the Last of Us has made my short list of truly unique and amazing game experiences.
Music: Mostly metal and punk in my youth. I've really been into William Elliot Whitmore of late.
1. The cat pictured has been with me for nine years. Was with me through my first romantic catastrophe at 21 and through a separation and divorce much later.
2. Access to information. The internet has spoiled me (like everyone else) but the idea of being without access to knowledge via either good, old fashioned books or the web is....Very unpleasant.
3. Caffeine. Coffee. Espresso. Intravenous. Pretty essential to my function.
4. Friends. I have a reclusive streak, but I'm not foolish enough to think I wouldn't lose my sanity without positive social interactions with those I value.
5. I could 'live' without it, but the therapeutic quality of a good glass of Scotch or other spirit is extremely pleasant, and I would be devastated by the loss.
6. Interactions of romance or intimacy. I'm here for a reason after all.
Despite the alcohol that usually accompanies said-evening; I usually leave with a new perspective to consider.
Errrr.....Also....Like most people, I spend time thinking about my current situation and plans for the future.