Basically, I'm a hopeless romantic and I genuinely love to hold hands and cuddle. I can be quite content alone at times, but when I'm with someone, I want to be truly with them. While my brain may be wired for logic, I have the soul of a subdued (and sometimes not so subdued) comedian and a heart of mush.
I'm passionate* about exploring the wonders of everything - trivial or profound. I'm always looking for a challenge, be it rollerblading, antique clock repair, violin making, theoretical physics, home improvement, opening childproof containers and removing the stuff I buy from "security packaging" without using a chain saw.
I'm a responsible person. I like to see things "done right" and avoid shortcuts whenever practical. I have a caretaker personality, both with the living and nonliving, but am also easygoing and easy to get along with. I value simplicity and complexity, tradition and progress, reason and emotion and seriousness and silliness (though I prefer silliness when at all appropriate!). I believe it's the balancing of attributes that keeps them from being disorders (but if being silly and having fun are disorders, I seek no cure!).
I was once described as "... half nerd, half 'badass,' but the kindest man [she] ever knew." These obviously contradictory qualities do describe me rather well, but they also make me a bit difficult to "figure out" at first. I'm not at all difficult to get to know, just a bit different from most, but in very positive ways! If you're tired of "ordinary" guys, I may just be for you.
*Including overused, effete words such as "passionate" in one's profile is highly recommended by "the experts." I hope I've pleased them! :)
Things I like to do:
Shopping for antiques and collectibles (and restoring them), flea markets, tag sales, etc., inline skating (I used to speed skate competitively), billiards, any of dozens of hobbies and crafts, visiting museums, exhibits, fairs, historic sites, amusement parks, nature and finding new and unusual places. Sometimes just watching a movie, going for a walk or even occasionally doing almost nothing at all with the right person can be best of all! I'll mention cuddling and holding hands again as no one seems to believe it (not that you'll need a crowbar to pry me off of you, it's just that I hear so many complaints about men who don't bother to touch their partner except when ... well, I'm sure you get the point).
I'm sure there are also many things you like to do that I'm interested in (or would be) as well - the above list is hardly conclusive!
Odds & ends:
I tend to appear much, much more formal and logical "on paper" than in person. While I value my logical side, I could not live without frequent doses of humor and the amusingly inane! I do value and often use subtle and "sophisticated" humor, but if you think I'm above laughing until I have tears in my eyes from a well placed whoopee cushion, you're very mistaken! Life without a good dose of idiocy, in its proper place, is too boring to contemplate. My profile gives not a hint of how outright goofy I can be at times!
I'm best defined as spiritual but not religious. I was raised Christian but don't formally practice any faith. I'm open as to your choice.
I'm currently addicted to reading the Discworld books by Terry Pratchett.
I never smoke cigars, but do smoke a pipe on occasion, especially when rereading or watching Sherlock Holmes. :) (Jeremy Brett was the best Holmes ever, btw!)
I love animals. I'm more a dog person, but all pets are fine. In my youth, I worked in a few pet stores and spent some time on a farm, so there's almost no animal I mind being around or caring for. I even kept honeybees for a time. Most likely, whatever they are, your pets will be welcome in my home and yard.
The name "namati" comes from when I was violin maker a long time ago (look up N. Amati if you're curious). Sadly, carpel tunnel syndrome ended that career a few years after it started, but I still use it as it's almost always available. My real name is Ken.
Since I was now asked twice, I'll add that, yes, I do know how to drive the tractor I'm pictured on, as well as other farm equipment with two brake or clutch pedals. I've never tried a "combine," but I understand they're mostly automated now (what fun is that?).
I've been asked several times about my Myers Briggs personality type. I finally got around to taking a test (twice now - almost a year apart) and am an INFJ. I fully agree with the results and give the brief summary below.
I've been a member since September 2010, but met a wonderful woman here who I might well have married and took two years off. Alas, while she felt the same, some issues from past abuse resurfaced and have left her feeling unable to continue in any relationship at all for the foreseeable future. This did, though, prove to me that meeting a wonderful person is possible here!
Myers Briggs test summary:
Your type is best summed up by the word "counselor", which belongs to the larger group of idealists. Only 2% of the population share your type. You are so empathic that you often know what others need before they know themselves. You are a complex person who can deal with complicated issues and people, almost prefer to, as you love problem solving. You can be something of an idealist or perfectionist, and should try to take yourself a little less seriously.
You are a supportive and insightful romantic partner, encouraging your mate to have dreams and work hard to make those dreams come true. Because you are so creative, you have a wealth of ideas to help them toward those goals. You need harmony so much that you are driven to resolve conflict quickly, as long as the terms don't violate your ethics. You feel the most appreciated when your partner admires your creativity, trusts your inspirations, and respects your values. It is also vitally important that your partner be open and emotionally available - in other words, that they be willing to share themselves completely.