Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
After growing up in the hussle and bussle of Minneapolis, I ended
up going to college in the wee town of Madison, SD (population
~6500) and hung around a few more years before taking a job out
here in Redmond last year... leading to my moving away from the
upper-midwest for the first time which has lead to a little
problem... I know no one around these parts and need to change
I'm more drawn to functionality and usefulness than form or pomp...
which ends up making me a horrible consumer because I know exactly
what I want (most of the time) and how it should work and how much
I want to pay for it... the trick is finding something that meets
What do I want? In a professional sense for now I'm happy just
working as an software developer with my sights on more of a lead
developer role in future, perhaps even for myself in future.
In a personal sense I'd like to meet someone who isn't a pushover
(and could kick my rear if I got out of line), someone who has her
own values and ideas and will rationally fight for them when
necessary. Call me crazy but if a person can't rationally quantify
why they believe what they believe and why they think it is
important they need a serious reexamination of their ideals.
Rather than the traditional house with the picket fence and 2.5
children... ideally I'd like a plot of land with a house on it
(picket fence is optional) for actual (medium scale) agricultural
use along with perhaps a kid or three, a hunting dog, and a certain
degree of self-reliance and tranquility.
Despite being a bit of a geek who likes technology, overall I'm
really just a simple guy.... I've never been much of a partier or
drinker (although I do enjoy a good beer), instead I enjoy a nice
casual walk and talk or sit and talk, a few tv shows and podcasts
and contemplation (and discussion) of most topics under the
I am non-creative, evil, and objective
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
I just moved (in March 08) from small town South Dakota
to the big Seattle
area (Redmond to be exact) for a job at one of the local software
houses to work on a product I'd fallen in love with
the first time I'd heard about it the year before.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Understanding complicated issues and reducing them to simpler
concepts for dealing with and explaining.
I say? I get bored from time to time)
The first things people usually notice about me
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Being a 6'4" guy... my size. Previously it was both my height and
width that were equally noticeable from great distances (even
without image magnification) later the width was been reduced by
~200 lbs so far over 2.5 or so years (no surgeries involved)...
later a few of those lbs decided to return over the last year...
also prompting the occasional comment from someone who knows me and
doesn't mind pointing out uncomfortable truths.
Otherwise my smile often gets noticed and complemented (at least
online as being full of 'compassion and understanding' as one
person once put it).
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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, Red vs
, Free Enterprise
and almost everything
, Mad Men
, Penn & Teller BS
Of old: Arrested Development
, The Sopranos
, The IT Crowd
Books: Atlas Shrugged
and anything by
, CLR via
C# (or anything by Jeffrey Richter
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
most Tom Clancy
& Vince Flynn
, Enders Game
, Startide Rising
, The Uplift War
things by Dinesh
or Robert Spencer
(even though they
aren't fans of each other) and many many more.
Almost anything under the sun except for rap and
country... but to name some... KT Tunstall
, Weird Al
, Carl Orff
, Hans Zimmer
, They Might Be Giants
etc. I must confess that over the last few months I've
come to fall in love with the work of one Natalie MacMaster
... so much
so that if not for her husband, I might try to woo and run away
Pizza, I lived on the stuff during college and it's
amazing I haven't become sick of it yet... however it doesn't quite
fit well into my diet. I've also developed a thing for McDonalds
vanilla ice cream cones which are pretty much devoid of anything.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
- My iPod - How
could I have survived my old hour commute without it?
- Chess - I
challenge you to a battle where all you bring with you is your wits
- Red Wing footwear - The one name brand of clothing I wear just
because they are so comfy
- My Pontiac Aztek
- I fit well in few cars... and this thing does very well for that,
hauling my crap around as well as for going deer hunting
- An engaging job - When not well engaged I tend to get bored and
- Money - How else can I support my vices of... well... I think I
need to find me some good expensive vices.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Trying to figure out what the (*&% is wrong with my
The short version is ~18 months ago I began to have some
pain/stiffness with my hands and wrists that has defied medical
explanation (9 specialists and one surgery later) and has lead to
typing and other hand related activities occasionally being rather
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
These days... at work (voluntarily) as most of my things are still
in storage (oh how I miss my 360 and my books), I'm not a fan of
the bar/club scene and don't know anyone around here or much of
what there is to do on a typical Friday night.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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... and think
we must do everything we can to beat it into submission and rule
over it with an iron fist. Sometimes I feel guilty that my gas
grill doesn't emit very much carbon into the atmosphere... so I
make it a point to burn charcoal off to the side to offset the
non-carbon footprint of my grill.
Serious? You be the judge.
You should message me if
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You should write me if you you would like to get to know an
interesting person who recently moved to the area from South Dakota
and spent the better part of the last 8 years living in a town of
6500 and who now knows nothing of what is around him.
You should write me if you too are an interesting person who is not
bored and looking for someone to entertain them.
You should write me if you've got some extra time on your hands and
don't mind spending it with me.
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