I’m unconventional in a few ways. I'm not the life of the party, but I'm probably part of the fascinating conversation going on in a group off to the side. I like a high "signal to noise" ratio. I tend to prefer quieter areas and smaller groups where talking is more pleasant and easier. I may not be a comedian but I enjoy the quirkier side of humor. I was born up north but grew up around Fort Worth where my family still lives.
I regard myself as a principled agnostic and a practical libertarian. I've voted liberal and conservative and I celebrate Christmas enthusiastically. Reality trumps optimism and pessimism. I don't apologize for the way I am, the things I enjoy, or what I believe (that said, I'm pretty open to new stuff and having my mind changed). I'm not much of a texter. I find it detracts from being in the moment and being mindful of the person or people you're with.
I am looking for a partnership -- emotionally, socially, intellectually, physically, financially. Equals in a variety of ways. I think changing for someone else is not always a bad thing and growing together can be noble and inspiring.
Random bits: • I have a Blackberry, but I'm probably going to succumb to pressure and get a Smartphone soon • I have no tattoos or piercings • I'm a night owl by nature although I get into work at 6:30 • I can be utterly fascinated by science topics • I’m pretty athletic but I’m not a gym rat -- more like a greyhound who lives to run around • two German engineers had significant impact on my life: Oskar Heil and Felix Wankel • my house smellls like incense • the only alcoholic beverages I really consume anymore are quality craft beers in moderation • I’m a bit of a loner and am working on it • There are days now and then I'd really rather just swallow a nutrient pill or two than bother eating • I’ve gotten misty-eyed while watching at least three Futurama episodes • no pets currently, but ask me about Argentine Tegus, Teacup Schnauzers, and Bambinos • My Facebook profile quote is: Embrace workability at the expense of being right; compromise with vigor; admit mistakes eagerly • I never smoke cigarettes but I do enjoy the hookah occasionally • I commute on my motorcycle whenever possible • I seriously looked into building a monolithic dome house • I love to drive and sing my guts out while driving • I'm a fast walker • some of the best times I've had in my life were while playing role-playing games with friends many years ago • I love warmth and get a little paralyzed by the cold • I take baths and usually watch a game or favorite show while in the tub • I've used the same velcro wallet since 3rd grade and it still works great • I lead a spartan existence in some areas and indulge in the finer things in life in others