I don't want the whole process to be based on what is written here, I just want to make connections with people that I might be able to make a positive connection with in real life, and while it's good to filter out egregiously bad matches, I'd rather converse with people that won't work out, than miss out on a potential good connection.
I am an engineer by both college degree and temperament. In other words, I'll spend 3 hours figuring out a way to do a 30 minute job writing, photography and bicycling (I'm bi, I ride both road and mountain). I enjoy reading http://www.red4est.com/lrc/books , but don't get much time. Since I am so busy doing stuff, I watch almost no TV and few movies. This does often leave me a bit out of touch with popular culture.
My relationship status is, as they say, complicated. I am in a long term, open relationship that often resembles housemates more than lovers. Details and/or introductions will be available if and when they become relevant.
By personals ad standards, I'm a veritable midget standing at a mere 5'8" - much shorter than the normal requisite of 5'14". I'm a mesomorph and I enjoy physical activity, which means that apart from a little extra "pizza muscle", my 200 pounds is pretty solid. I've got wavy brown hair and brown eyes. I have enough body hair to lend credence to Darwin's theory, but not so much that one would guess that my simian ancestors decided that evolution was just too much bother after all. My eyesight is somewhere between "What chart?" and "What wall?". I was born in September of 1960 (Mom went into Labor on Labor Day), but my chronological age has little to do with my apparent age, or how old I act.
When choosing what, or where to eat, I will frequently choose the new and untried rather than the known and comfortable. In foreign countries http://www.red4est.com/lrc/sing/singtales.html, I'll ask natives to order for me, but refrain from telling me what it is until I've decided whether I like it or not. When it comes to alchohol, I don't drink much, but I try to drink well. I have a preference for complex red wines and Isaly Single Malt scotches http://www.red4est.com/lrc/whisky.html . I generally avoid sweet fru-fru drinks. My diet is omnivorous, leaning towards Asian and spicy. I have no moral objections to red meat, but tend to eat it in moderation lest there be so much of me to love that no one can tolerate that much goodness in their life.
I am secure enough in my masculinity that I don't care one whit about traditional gender roles. I can, and do, cook http://www.red4est.com/lrc/recipes.html, sew and clean. I'm better at cooking than the other two. I can also build and drive a race car, http://www.red4est.com/jasmine ride a motorcycle, write http://www.red4est.com/lrc/stories.html and dance. When it comes right down to it, I don't tend to pay much attention to many societal roles, except those required in a "professional environment". When dealing with others, I strive for honesty and openness, realizing that a little discomfort up front can save a lot of pain later on.
I consider words to be my personal playthings. People who do not enjoy puns, flirting and other forms of wordplay will not enjoy my company. Despite my inclination to abuse the English language in my own special way, I tend to have little patience for euphemisms and marketinglish.
I try not to force relationships into predetermined forms, but prefer to let each relationship grow and mature on its own.
My vanity page is a classic example of what happens when html grows up without supervision. It's a byzantine maze of hypertext links and pictures that has been slowly accreting for several years. It is located at http://www.red4est.com/lrc
I first got into photography in 1973, and had a darkroom through most of high school. By the time I graduated college I no longer had a place to set up the darkroom, and other hobbies to take up my time. In 2007 I started to get back into the hobby, and when I got a DSLR at the end of the year, I got a lot deeper into it than planned. Some of my better shots are at:
And I'm currently looking for models to practice portraiture with on a TFF (Time For Files) basis. You pose for me, I get to use the pictures in my portfolio and you get something better than a cameraphone shot for your OK Cupid profile (or whatever you want nice shots for).
I am paronomasiac, mesomorphic, and busy