I'm an attorney with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. I'm proud to defend the men and women who defend our borders. My personal views on our Nation's immigration policy may not be what you'd expect, however. I hope to run the El Paso Office someday, preferably sooner rather than later.
I own my own house, car, and motorcycle. I carry zero debt except for my mortgage. I closely manage my own investment portfolio and consider myself an expert on money management. I plan to get licensed as a certified financial planner at some point, partially to achieve my goal of multiple income streams. If you're drowning in debt, I'm not interested.
I was doing plaintiffs' side class actions at a midsize firm in Cleveland before moving to El Paso back in March '08 for the best job in the world. Got a nice condo on the west side but recently moved out to the far east side after buying a beautiful home out here in the Tierra Estes neighborhood. Met a girl pretty soon after arriving here, but she missed her family back in San Antonio and moved back there, so we called it quits a few months back. I cook, I work out, and I got my sh*t together. I absolutely love living in this amazing city and taking advantage of all it's got to offer. But it's a lot more fun when I'm able to share those experiences with someone.
I enjoy traveling and get to do it pretty frequently thanks to my job.
I think the first things people notice about me are my energy and positive attitude, and that I'm comfortable to be around. Modesty aside, I secure peoples' trust and confidence quickly. I'm tactful and discreet, and I pride myself on not betraying that trust and confidence.
I avoid egoists, pretentiousness, negativity, people who take themselves too seriously, and people who indulge in self-pity. I keep people in my life who add value to it, and I try to reciprocate.
I'm big on personal responsibility and individualism; my political views can best be described as libertarian.
I enjoy fast, sharp, irreverent comedy, and like spending time with people who laugh.
I'm partial to weird genres of music, like vocal and melodic trance, Latin (salsa, merengue, mariachi), pipe organ, bagpipes, and steel drums.
I describe myself as pragmatic, realistic, logical, and cautiously optimistic. But silly at times.
I have a history of demonstrating strong loyalty to people and organizations that are important to me -- but I do not go beyond second chances.
As a lawyer, words are my stock-in-trade. I can't stand people who cannot use proper grammar or spell correctly. Everyone should read Strunk & White's The Elements of Style. If you can't differentiate between there/they're/their and to/too/two, please move on. Even if you're smoking hot, I won't be able to respect you. And to be attracted to you, I need to respect -- and admire -- you.
I look for humility in people I meet. That doesn't necessarily mean I'm always good at practicing it myself. I believe diplomacy and humility are two of the greatest traits an individual can possess.
I'm generally not one for deep self-analysis and introspection. Most of the unhappy people I run across seem to constantly dwell on themselves and how they're feeling. I'm more concerned with action. Action gets you places and accomplishes things.
On that note, it's been my experience that right thought follows right action -- not the other way around, as conventional wisdom would have you believe.
In that vein, a person should be judged by the direction in which he or she is currently heading.
I've learned that it's easier to learn from others' mistakes than my own.
We are the product of the decisions we make. Wise decisions = a happy, fulfilling, successful life.
For a long time, I made poor decisions and suffered the consequences. But thanks to the grace of God and help from other people, I've righted this ship and gotten my life back on track. Ever since, I've reaped the rewards and over the past decade, my life has gotten better and better. And now I want to share that with the right person.
As far as what I look for in that person, it's character, personality, intelligence, and beauty. Prior marriages and/or kids are dealbreakers; sorry. And while I look for ambition, I've dated lawyers, Starbucks baristas, and everything in between.
I'm shorter than your ideal; I realize this. Yet, the vast majority of my past girlfriends have been taller than me -- some significantly so. Take from that what you will.