I'm Mitch and I'll be your OKC tour guide today.
Before we get going: One of the advantages of this type of forum, is the ability to provide more information than just what can be gleaned from checking out some photos, or gazing at each other from across a crowded room. In that spirit and to help you decide if you'd actually like to interact with me, the following is long.
Depending on your interest level and/or state of caffeination, you may wish to skip around, or even skip it all... alternatively, it might provide an excellent, non-chemical sleep-aid. The beauty of it is, you get to decide.
Perhaps I can slightly improve the efficiency of the process by leading off with, what I know to be, the single most important factor in a successful relationship with me. If this doesn't resonate, feel free to save yourself some eye strain and move on to the next profile:
I'm not perfect and suspect that you might not be either. Open, honest communication (hopefully tempered with kindness) is the only way I know of, to work around our imperfections.
Lack of such, has been core to the unraveling of any relationships, of any stripe (personal or professional) that I've experienced.
Let there be no doubt, maintaining a high level of openness can be inconvenient and uncomfortable to consistently practice. While we will occasionally fall short of this quest, for me, A GENUINE, RELENTLESS, COMMITMENT TO COURAGEOUS COMMUNICATION IS NON-NEGOTIABLE.
OK, now back to our regularly scheduled program...
I'm a straight-ahead guy, and wear my heart on my sleeve (this can be very challenging when attempting to undress). I aspire to remain forever young at heart. Speaking of which, although I completed my 59th tour around the sun last October, I've been assured that I don't look a day over 57…
While I embrace responsibility, I eschew stodginess. I'm upfront, kind, considerate, often funny and emotionally connected. I'm a good man in a storm.
I'm a designerly sort who also builds and fixes things (tangible or intangible). MacGyver has nothing on me.
I'm a champion lemonade maker (as in: when life gives you lemons...). Most of my inner strength comes from, um, my skeleton. I often find solace in my uncanny ability to find humor in almost any fortune cookie.
I am extremely tactile. Remember, the skin is the largest human organ, at least if you don't count the one in the Mormon Tabernacle.
I aspire not to be constrained (in either thought, or action) by any pre-defined enclosure... in other words: "I think outside of the box"… in fact, I tend to avoid the box.
In addition to my life-long love of art (in all of it’s forms - music, visual, theater, movies, architecture, writing, negotiation ;-)…) I love to (live to) wander around in the trees and mountains... actually, I dig exploring most any space, urban or remote.
Speaking of exploration, a couple of years ago, I started exploring yoga. I dig the challenge, the way it makes me feel and the amazingly friendly folk I've met: before, during and after sweating on my organic rubber mat.
Motorcycling is one of my passions and I'm very much a sport bike (and sometimes dirt bike) kind of guy (definitely not the Harley type, but hey, whatever makes you happy and gets you out there).
A great twisty road makes my Ducati and me very happy... This is my form of dancing, and has been said to be the most fun one can have with their clothes on... based on extensive empirical research, I must concur.
I've been fortunate to see chunks of five continents, much of it on 2 wheels, providing a plethora of opportunities to enjoy astounding beauty, experience amazing people, vistas, cultures, architecture, food and much more... as well as dig into many fabulous activities, including hiking, backpacking, climbing, canyoneering, zip-lining, sky & scuba diving, parasailing, flying ultralights, gliding, whitewater boating, sailing, skiing (on frozen and liquid water), roadracing (on tracks), mountain & road biking and much more.
Despite my love of international travel, the States remain high on my destination list. Just within the borders of California, there are a nearly endless array of things to do and see.
There's still so much to explore (whether via motorized conveyance, or just hoofing it) and I have no intention of slowing down. I do know, however, that it would be exponentially better with a sweetie to share all, or even parts, with... perhaps you might like to come along for the ride… After all, that’s why we’re here.
While I do my best to work out, at least, 5 times per week, I aspire to elevate my heart rate daily... hopefully, you might help with this (on any number of levels).
I'm a computer industry veteran who strives to find ways to design things that humanize technology, thereby making it more useful and accessible. I'm particularly fond of working where technology meets the physical world (where the atoms meet the bits).
While I've worked for a number of Fortune 5 companies, I'm an entrepreneur at heart, having started more than a handful of companies and mentored tens of others. These days, I consult with a diverse set of clients, in a range of capacities. This drives me to constantly explore novel combinations, at the confluence of design and technology, in my quest to improve the quality of life for their customers.
Although I spend much of my professional life in the land of ones and zeros, I see the world not in Black & White, but in full glorious color!
I find it quite interesting, given the focus that I've historically put into my work, that I chose to list the fun stuff here first... maybe I actually am evolving...
Now a bit about whom I'm searching for:
Beyond the essential need for transparency and honesty that I led off with (lo, those many paragraphs ago) and at the risk of stating the obvious, I'd love to meet someone intelligent, articulate, affectionate, funny, forthright, open, resilient, just and kind (just like me :-D). A healthy dose of feistiness is great too.
A sense of passion is essential, and generating that passion between us is a shared responsibility.
I'm quite active, and hope that you are too, so we might enjoy a wide variety of vigorous pursuits together (at least for the next 40 years or so).
Even given all of the items on my wish list, for something amazing to ignite, there also has to be a combination of physical attraction (not, necessarily, following some culturally dictated preset standard of beauty) along with a substantial dollop of the ever-referenced 'chemistry'. Despite years of contemplation, the precise formula for this remains a mystery to me. It amazes and delights me whenever I discover a previously unconsidered attribute to be incredibly alluring. Perhaps you have a few that you'd care to try out on me. I remain open to the possibilities.
While the intensity of this, je ne sais quoi, may fade over time (if we're fortunate to hang around long enough, we all, eventually, get wrinkly; and familiarity can sometimes take the edge off of chemistry) this killer combo of physical and chemical attraction provides the initial booster required to put a relationship into orbit... master of the obvious, eh?
On the topic of initial encounters:
Although I'm partial to underwater bowling, the snorkels seem to get in the way of casual banter. As such, perhaps we should stick to more conventional pursuits such as coffee, a meal, a hike or possibly writing a few limericks together...
In summary (and thanks for making it this far, assuming you are still awake and reading):
For me, a meaningful relationship is based on a combination of passion, respect, admiration, trust, sharing, kindness, resilience and, especially, honest communication. Add a huge helping of joy, and season with adventure.
I have a huge heart (metaphorically speaking... no need to call the paramedics) and ultimately want what most of us want: to love and be loved, to share my life with someone that I am fortunate enough to make that rare, head-explodingly amazing connection with... to not only get each other, but to pull for each other!