--- I am originally from Streator, a small town in north central Illinois in between Interstates 39, 55 and 80.
--- In August 2013, I moved to Marshall, a small town in southwest Minnesota, where I am the sports editor of a daily newspaper.
--- I have been a sports journalist for 16 years, winning state awards for sports coverage in 2006, 2007 and 2011.
--- My job includes writing, editing local sports stories and headlines; designing newspaper pages; taking photographs; color-correcting and sizing photographs; providing and updating content on the newspaper's website; and using social media to keep readers informed.
--- I attended Illinois State University and Northern Illinois University. I have an Associate in Arts degree from Illinois Valley Community College.
--- I consider myself to have a wide variety of interests.
--- I like sports with my favorite teams being the St. Louis Cardinals, the Chicago Bears, the Chicago Bulls, the Chicago Blackhawks, the Peoria Rivermen, the Illinois Fighting Illini and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
--- I enjoy playing and listening to classic rock and going to concerts. I am learning how to play my Fender Stratocaster electric guitar and I have played keyboards for more than 20 years.
--- Some of my favorite bands are AC/DC, Aerosmith, Van Halen, KISS, Bon Jovi, Metallica, Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, etc. Basically, anything that is considered to be rock music from the 50s to the 90s. XM Radio ROCKS on Hair Nation and The Bone Yard!
--- I like working with computers and being creative with graphic design. I have been trained to make newspaper pages, magazines, newsletters, books, posters, calendars, campaign signs, logos and virtually anything imaginable that gets printed.
--- My favorite types of movies are action-adventure and comedy. I enjoy meeting my friends for dinner at restaurants and going out to sports bars and clubs for live music and dancing. I like to play card games such as Euchre and Poker and I like to collect CDs of my favorite rock bands. I have found exercising on my treadmill 5-7 days per week to be a great stress-reliever.
--- I am always open to trying new things.
--- My parents raised me to be old-fashioned. I am an only child, who probably has spent more time with adults than with people of my own age. Sure, I have a lot of friends who are close to my age. But during my early years, as an only child, I believe I was forced to mature faster than my friends because of the interaction I had with many adults who were part of my family.
--- I consider myself to be a person with a well-balanced personality. I seek that same quality in another person. I am looking for someone that is open to having as much fun as possible without doing anything illegal. The sky is the limit. I want someone who holds family as a top priority.
--- If any of this fits with your description of what you are looking for, I look forward to hearing from you.
I realize that I am not a match for every woman out there, but please have the decency to respond because it's the mature, respectful way to act. If you are one of those women who refuses to respond for whatever reason, I find that to be highly disrespectful and extremely ignorant on your part. For those women, you're clearly not worthy to know me. It's very sad that I have to post this message on my profile but, apparently, there are women out there who have never learned anything about showing an ounce of respect. I guess it's because these women come from families whose values are less than ideal.