When alone I enjoy playing the guitar. I also enjoy cooking and trying new recipes. Of course, the caveman in me loves grilling various meats and veggies over a grill layered with applewood. Give me a great microbrewed ale, 6 or 7 rainbow trout, some veggies and good company and I'm as happy as I can be. Ok.....watching my daughter on Christmas morning is as happy as i can be. You get the picture. ;)
I love the outdoors. A great day for me is to hike in the Red River Gorge or fishing or kayaking along Elkhorn Creek. Roadtrips along the back roads, small town tours, antique-filled barns, old general stores, unique landmarks.........these are the things that make me happy.
I am a safety manager for an international environmental consulting company. This allows me the opportunity to travel some, mainly along the eastern US. Overall I travel about 20% of my time. My family also owns/operates a shoe/boot store.
I love action movies and comedies; my favorites are One Frew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Shawshank Redemption, The Village, 007 movies, etc. The Hangover, Friday, Christmas Vacation are some of my favorite comedies.
Give me Pandora vs. radio any day; Pandora rules.........my "go to" station on Pandora is Band of Horses. My Morning Jacket, The Shins, Avett Brothers, Todd Snider, John Prine, Steve Earle, Iron and Wine............I dislike cliche' country music about four wheelin and drinkin beer with Betsy Sue down by the backer patch and the creek. I mostly like songwriter music....songs with a deep meaning and great guitar. Rap is annoying, ego driven, raunchy, rude poetry with a beat. Omg...I made it sound cool.
Laughter is very important to me. Most find that I have a good personality and a way of making everyone laugh. You know they say fat guys compensate for their big bones by being really super funny. I'm pretty thin. I suppose I could say I'm compensating for my lack of hair or "misplaced hair". Then again, I've been funny all of my life. Hmmm. Speaking of hair, ladies, don't dismiss the balding man. Did you know balding is tied to testosterone? And you know what testosterone is tied to!! Bam!! Stay away from those big pompadour hair styles because those guys spend way too long primping and don't have any gunpowder in their artillery anyway.
Confession: When I turned 38 my hair started to move around. Once a year I have to pluck ONE hair that grows two inches below my current hair line. It grows there to remind me that vanity will never be an issue for me. I feel young for my age, with the exception of an occassional bad knee when hiking. When I'm around someone I enjoy being around I tend to be a little high energy and that knee pain goes away. Enough about my hair and my knee.
I don't have many dislikes. Ok. Some. I'm in Kid's Place right now so this is a real-time emotion coming out. There are little kids that are screaming loudly as a way to communicate. They are doing the Marco Polo thing, only squeeling it instead. They are like horrible whales that could make an ear bleed. Okay.....I have a beautiful little girl that I adore. I would date someone with kids as well AS LONG AS they don't have little screamers. I'd rather be torn apart by wolves as to have to be confined in a room with two or three girls or boys screaming at the top of their lungs. I say this in very general terms. Of course, if I were romantically approached by Heidi Klum I wouldn't turn her down because of Klum/Seal lung blasting screamer kid. I'd buy headphones.
I love hikes to a waterfall; beaches...the smells, the sounds, the sun, the people; I love sleeping in on rainy days, feet in my lap during a movie; a dog or two by the fireplace, the smell of freshly cooked onions and garlic, rosemary and baked chicken basted in real butter, beer.......homemade preferred. I enjoy visiting historical places, walking where soldiers walked, distilleries. I like creek fishing, kayaks, canoes, boats....lunch on a little bend in the creek with some great Vermont cheese, summer sausage and wine.