51 Ottawa, Ontario, CA
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My self-summary
I grew up mostly in Ottawa, moved away when I was 17, moved back a few years ago. I've re-discovered the bike paths of sunny summer vacations, and I've discovered the cross-country ski trails. I'm enjoying the seasons, the thunderstorms and the snowstorms and the bright sunny days. And I'm enjoying reconnecting with my siblings and their families. There really is no place like home.

I've done a lot of things, been to a lot of places, lived and worked in some interesting and not so interesting places. But, I don't feel that compiling a list here would necessarily define a person well, because it's not just experiences but the nature of a person's response to their experiences that truly creates personality.

I find it truly bizarre to get messages from women who answered Yes to the question "Would you strongly prefer to go out with someone of your own skin color / racial background?". If that's you, please don't contact me.

Some semi-random comments:
- I think the evidence is pretty clear that humans created the gods, including God, not vice versa. I understand that everyone is on their own spiritual journey, and it doesn't matter to me if you disagree with me.
- If you ever visit the Grand Canyon, drag your ass out of bed in the dark and watch the sun rise over the canyon. Leave your camera behind, don't pull out your phone.
- I make up secret life stories for random strangers on the street.
- If I was a dog, I would be a German Shepherd - Husky mix.
- I like solid wood furniture.
- A recent study found that the dirtiest thing is most people's homes is the cloth or sponge they use to wash their dishes. Dirtier than their toilet brush.
- When my nephew was 5 years old, I convinced him that his head was full of nickels, and I was just pulling them out of his tiny cute ear. A few days later, I showed him how to do the trick, because you can't have 5-year-old kids going around thinking their heads are full of nickels.
- Dogs are better than cats. Cats are all right. Cats are better than ferrets or goats.
- I have a Jayne hat.
What I’m doing with my life
Journeying inwards and outwards. I work, volunteer, learn new things, keep my body fit, do stuff with friends and family, and so on and so on. I have mostly lived my life my way, and I hope you have too.
I’m really good at
Doing arithmetic in my head.
Using power tools.
Making beer.
Drywalling and painting.
Seeing things from a different angle.
Building furniture.
Dog whispering.
Getting the right answer to the "STALE is to STEAL" question.
Winning arguments with douchebags by convincingly making up fake statistics.
The first things people usually notice about me
My eyes? My smile? My skin colour?

What I would first notice about you would probably say more about me than you.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I read, watch movies and some TV, listen to music, and eat. What else do you need to know right now? Are you seriously going to make a decision about me based on my favourite movie or the music I listen to?

Things I like:
Dance Monkeys Dance
All I Need To Know About Life I Learned From My Dog
Dear Photograph
Pretty Voice

I don't watch a lot of TV, four hours a week at most. Except when the World Cup is on. My favourite TV show: Shameless. I've seen every episode of every Star Trek series and The New Yankee Workshop.

I like to cook, and I'm a decent cook, but I prefer eating. I can be creative, inventing "fusion" dishes by combining ingredients that shouldn't go together. Sometimes it doesn't work out like I imagined, but I usually still eat it.
The six things I could never do without
I've been thinking about it, and I'm pretty sure I'd survive a zombie apocalypse, and the six things I'd choose would be different under that scenario. Or, for example, alone on a desert island. But under the conditions I'm presently living under, I'll play along:

Freedom of thought.
Dental floss.
Comfortable underwear.
Hot chili peppers.

I could probably survive without the last two, but I just wouldn't be me.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Why people believe what they believe and do what they do.
Calculus and finite difference approximations.
What to eat.
Which shirt to wear, and do I need to iron it.
The flight of a soccer ball through the air.
Being in the zone.
On a typical Friday night I am
I think therefore, on a typical Friday night, I am.

And on Saturday morning too.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I meow at a cats, usually they meow back. It's taken me years of practice to get it right.
You should message me if
- You're not in a comfortable rut.
- Some of your best friends have been dogs.
- You're wearing a short skirt, and a long jacket. You have a mind like a diamond, your eyes burn like cigarettes, and your fingernails shine like justice.
- You like cake.

These are just suggestions. You can message me for whatever reason you like. I'll probably reply.

I can't see who "Likes" me.