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My self-summary
My name is Steve. I'm a racer, adventurer, (bad) writer, history buff, thrill seeker, unrepentant Whovian, nomad, dinosaur wrangler, and often rather silly. I spend most of my time traveling the country competing in rally and desert races. The environments and scenery are breathtaking and being out there on your own, man and machine vs the unknown is indescribable. When at speed all outside thoughts cease to exist, you become so focused on the car and the road that they effectively become the entire world. It is simultaneously adrenaline-pumping intense and zen peaceful.

When not strapped into a tin can hurtling through deserts and forests at irrational velocities I try to keep myself active here at home. Lately it seems that has mostly meant writing articles and coordinating interviews for my latest side project. I hike, bike, and camp whenever possible. I've recently gotten into jogging and obstacle course races (Warrior Dash, Rugged Maniac, Tough Mudder, etc). I love the outdoors, love exploring new trails and new areas. Travel and road trips are a staple. I start going crazy if I haven't crossed a state line in six weeks. I think meteor showers are an amazing gift and always make sure I'm out in "stargazing territory" for the big ones. I'm an avid reader and go through books like a seven year old through halloween candy. I love music and couldn't imagine a world without it. I listen primarily to rock, but my playlist includes something from virtually every genre (with a steadily increasing quantity of orchestral/classical pieces and opera). I sing in the car when I'm alone, loudly. My pet dinosaur Bacon (who somehow has become a bit of a facebook celebrity) can attest to this. He isn't a fan.
What I’m doing with my life
In short, this:

Traveling the country in the name of adventure and speed. Hitting as many state and national parks as I can. Stumbling across unexpected waterfalls and jaw dropping nature. Writing stories for and conspiring to slowly take over a major journalism website.
I’m really good at
Tripping over flat surfaces. Seriously. It happens more than you could ever imagine.

I am also good at being silly and making people laugh, according to outside opinion.
The first things people usually notice about me
Honestly, I don't know. My hair? My height? My enthusiasm? Ot perhaps the little red stuffed dinosaur in my pocket (yes, there's a story there). I'm sure it varies from person to person.

On second thought, my money's on the dinosaur.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I love books and will read almost anything. I'm a fan of everyone from Dickens to Goethe to King to Crichton to Adams. I tend to lead more toward the fiction side of it all (though I found Shadow Divers to be an amazing read). If I had to pick a favorite out of everything I've ever read, I would have to go with the timeless creation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The original Sherlock Holmes stories are magnificent. There is reason he is legend.

Choosing a favorite movie is impossible. That being said, Christoper Nolan has yet to make a film I haven't liked. I tend to prefer movies that make me think and make me wonder.

My music tastes are eclectic, vast, and span every genre. I listen to everything from Rage Against the Machine to Golden Earring to Gnarles Barkley to 2Cellos to Chopin.

Food is awesome. Let's just leave it at that.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Just how many states and countries I can manage to visit in a year
On a typical Friday night I am
Working, in the shop tinkering, at home reading, or on the road headed to parts unknown.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
My family owns a funeral home. For all practical purposes I grew up in it. I've worked in it in one capacity or another for about nine years now. Some people seem to find this life strange. What I find strange is imagining my world without it.

I have Asperger's, a form of High Functioning Autism. Which (arguably) puts me in the same room as Einstein, Van Gogh, Goethe, Asimov, and eight U.S. presidents. Oh, and Elvis. least conversation in the Asperger's room is bound to be interesting.
You should message me if
If you were able to make it this far without falling asleep. If anything you read interests you. Or if you simply want to meet the most awesome little stuffed dinosaur in the world.