I just recently returned to the Chicago area although I was born, raised, and spent more than thirty years on the northwest side of the city itself. I spent the last eight years living in Mesa, AZ prior to moving back to the Midwest.
I normally spend about half of the month on the road delivering vehicles all across the country and I invest some of my other free time traveling to conventions and trade shows ; obviously I enjoy meeting folks all over the US and seeing plenty of the sites. Since I'm self-employed, I get to make my own schedule and luckily don't have a boss hovering over my head. As far as the conventions and trade shows, I run a website which is devoted to what people like to consider “geek culture” so tend to be checking out movies, comics, games, and the like before the rest of the public gets their hands on them. While this probably sounds pretty sweet (and, truth be told, it is) it also means I invest a lot of time into shooting video and writing up articles for my site.
This boils down to not spending a lot of time at home and being on the go quite a bit. Funny enough all of this probably makes me much more appealing, since so much is usually cooking in my world I don’t have a lot of time to be bothering someone else with what might be wrong with their world. I’m not trying to say I’m too busy to care about or to invest myself in someone else’s life (I do it all the time) but I’m not looking to complete anyone nor need someone to complete me.
I’m kind of a big kid at heart what with the comics and games and so forth but that doesn’t mean I don’t conduct myself as an adult. I take the responsibilities of life seriously so it isn’t as if I live in my parent’s basement, need to borrow someone’s car, or scrape by to meet day-to-day needs. I suppose I get to enjoy being a big kid, and get to run a website devoted to frivolous things, because I take such a hard stand as far as getting work done and paying bills on time. Yeah, I’m pretty old school in that respect.
I will say I’m a “Blue Stater” through and through and a practicing atheist and I know that doesn’t play very well here in Indiana. As far as god, I’m not overly concerned with people’s beliefs as long as they aren’t preaching hatred against anyone who isn’t like them - I don’t think “the gays” are going to Hell; I don’t think anyone not subscribed to a particular religion is better or worse than the next; I don’t believe you have any better answers about why we’re here than anyone else.
I have no interest in pulling a Sam Harris in telling anyone why their faith is wrong. I just don’t have time to jig and dance with people who want to find excuses for their own insecurities and bigotry in some words (possibly) written thousands of years ago; I guarantee if there is a god he/she will be much happier with me doing my best to live life to the fullest, and benefiting my fellow man, than someone who rained piss and vinegar on those who were different.
Or, in other words, don’t let the fact I’m a nonbeliever scare you since what god you may or may not follow means a lot less to me than in your trying to be a good human being. Hopefully you’ll give me that same benefit.
Open and honest is my bag of tricks, and I think I’m pretty well grounded in reality for the most part. I’m not a guy or a dude but a man. Lately I’ve found plenty of boys in the world (regardless of age) masquerading as men and that's just not my style. Not to say I'm going to judge other people on how they go about life but I sum myself with a few lines from the classic 80's flick 'Say Anything'.
I saw the movie a long time ago but this exchange has always stayed with me…
D.C.: Lloyd, why do you have to be like this?
Lloyd: 'Cause I'm a guy. I have pride.
Corey: You're not a guy.
Lloyd: I am.
Corey: No. The world is full of guys. Be a man. Don't be a guy.
What more to say?
More than anything I posted this profile to meet some new people since I don’t want to do the bar scene and I know I don’t to come across as I’m in need of a girlfriend, since that’s surely not the case. I just looking to hopefully meet some cool people who might possibly share some common interests and where it leads is a roll of the dice.
Since I'd rather not have this intro run novella length, at least I've tossed out a bit about me so I welcome anyone who'd like to send along a "Howdy." I can't say I'm expecting to find some sort of true love online but I would like to meet new people and friends. I can say I'm a relatively normal person, fairly interesting to get to know, and at least capable of providing a laugh or three.
Plus I'm quick with a joke or to light up your smoke.
Movies: Casablanca, Citizen Kane, Doctor Strangelove, just to toss a few out there. Yes, I do watch movies that are in color though too... I'd say my movie collection is somewhere around 350-400 or so and I do movies reviews for my site so there's always something which need watching.
TV: Mad Men, The Walking Dead, a lot of BBC shows (The IT Crowd is classic!) - I know everyone says it but I really don't watch a whole lot of TV. Normally if the TV is on, I've got some sort of documentary or indie flick streaming on Netflix. I have to say I avoid reality TV like the plague and people who are reality TV junkies like a bigger plague. Sorry reality TV fans but if that's your bag of tricks I'll bet real money we won't get along.
Music: U2, Bruce Springsteen, Aimee Mann, Tori Amos, Wye Oak, Rush (don't bust my chops about Rush... Go see them live and we'll talk...); just about anything from someone who probably won't shoot me after the concert.
Books: Yikes! There's loads so don't even know where to start! I listen to a lot of audiobooks while I'm in the midst of doing something else. I tend to reread Stephen King's On Writing from time to time just to get some imaginative juices flowing and always bust out a little H.P. Lovecraft when I'm in the mood for some classic horror.
Food: Anything that won't eat me first... I might be tempted to engage in a little hand to hand to see if it'll eat me first though. No offense but I'm a meat eater so I have no interest in debating the pros and cons of that with vegans.
A good book or three
A cold beer on a hot day (or any other day)
Baseball and in particular the Chicago Cubs
An interesting game to play
Hey you got seven, so there's a bonus one tossed in there!