I just started the second year of a three-year Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of New Mexico. I'm also teaching undergraduate English courses while I'm here.
Random thoughts, in no particular order: I want to write the next Great American Novel. My long-term goals are to be a writer, a professor, a husband, and a father. All of those roles are important to me, and I will work hard at each of them to be the best that I can be.
I'm told that my sense of humor is that of an observational comedian. Apparently that means there are others who are equally wry, sarcastic, and given to puns and wordplay. I kind of doubt it, though.
I worked as an EMT in college. After I finished undergrad, I spent a year in a dual-degree MD-PhD program before deciding that I didn't really want to be either a doctor or a researcher. As a result of that abbreviated training, I often know what is medically wrong with someone, but I almost never know how to fix it.
If you're interested, I can tell you exactly what your appendix looks like. If I really like you, I might just write you a new one.
I was born and raised in Kentucky. I went to college in Connecticut and med school in Florida. I've been in New Mexico less than a year, but I'm already enjoying the experience of living somewhere completely new.
I am fascinated by foreign languages and cultures, I love to travel, and I want to see the world. In high school I was an exchange student to Brazil. The places I most want to go next are Spain and Egypt.
I'm a pretty mean cook. My specialties are chicken enchiladas, pasta bolognese, and white chocolate fondue.
I try to have fun with whatever I'm doing. I'm very optimistic but also easy-going, level-headed, and down-to-earth; I don't get carried away.
I played club baseball in college and now play in an adult ice hockey league. I am a fan of the New York Yankees, the New York Rangers, and University of Kentucky basketball and football.
I am better at bar trivia than any person should ever be. I don't really like bars, though, because I don't much care for alcohol and I don't like the environment. I like to be able to spread out, and bars rarely have room for knees, elbows, or feet. I also like to be able to hear the person next to me.
I read voraciously. Favorite authors include Steinbeck, Marilynne Robinson, E.B. White, Zadie Smith, David Foster Wallace, Charles Dickens, Gay Talese, and many, many more.
I listen to all sorts of music, but my favorite genres are jazz, blues, classic rock, country, and classical. I play a little bit of guitar and even less bass. I'd like to be better at both. Someday I'd also like to learn to play the piano; at the moment the only song I know is "Ode to Joy."
My life has a running soundtrack in my head, and I often break out into spontaneous song while completing household (apartment-hold?) chores. I can also do fair impressions of Yogi Bear, any James Earl Jones character, and Stitch of "Lilo &" fame.
And you thought that list was going to give you some idea of what my natural speaking voice actually sounds like.
I believe there's nothing quite like the pleasure that comes from giving the perfect gift. After that, I take my cues from Erasmus: "When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes."
I'm not a big fan of the dinner-and-a-movie first date because there's only so much you can learn from sitting next to someone in a darkened theater without talking. Instead, I would prefer to go do something--anything, really--to see if the chemistry is there, if we can have a good time without really trying.
Qualities I value in women: honesty, directness, intelligence, sense of humor, curiosity, playfulness, flexibility, compassion. Probably others. That's just what came to mind.
I thrive on intelligent conversation and witty banter. I really like debating with other intelligent people, even and perhaps especially when they disagree with me. Passion and courage of conviction is infinitely more interesting than apathy. There is perhaps nothing sexier in all the world than a beautiful woman who can hold her own in a friendly debate. Looking for someone who can match my intellectual curiosity.
If I left out something that you wanted to know, just ask.