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My self-summary
I enjoy a general sense of well-being.
I have been sober for more than six years and it was the best decision I ever made.
I love my only child dearly. He will be a better person than I.
I am more tolerant than patient, but would like to be more patient than tolerant.
I am a veteran of the United States Army, yet my home is FHA financed.
I don’t know where I am politically. I am all for maximum individual freedom, but group freedom should be regulated. I’m all for free markets, but markets should not be manipulated. Play should be fair. Safety and public health are my major concerns. If you are able, you should work. If you are unable, I’m uncertain whether government taxation should provide you with an income. I believe there’s an institutional bias against members of the non-dominant class, but I have not examined the data. A government should not unfairly discriminate, but I’m not certain whether private individuals should be likewise restricted. I’m not certain that anything will remove or compensate for that institutional bias. I do not like war, except to prevent an invasion. I do not like the United States’s involvement in military actions overseas, but realize this is a complicated subject having to do with maintaining our empire. I’m not sure we should maintain our empire. Switzerland seems to be doing fine. So where am I, politically?
I organize my personal life in gross, but not in fine.
I am considerate to a fault.
I prefer order and rule following. To some this will seem rigid, to others, responsible.
I am sometimes the subject of the saying “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.”
I am more often unintentionally funny than intentionally funny.
I am very smart, but sometimes not too bright.
I drink more water than most people.
I am Christian through and through. I like religious jokes, but take offense at lawyer jokes.
I know that I shall succeed.
There are some people I dislike at first, but like them later on. There are some people I don't stop disliking. There's this one guy, but you probably don't know him.
I used to think that I was unlovable.
I often miss the forest for the trees, but I have seen some very nice trees.
My stock in trade is my writing. I was a technical writer for eight years until I went to law school. Now, as a lawyer, I continue to write. I often don't see my typos until the third or fourth reading.
I exercise vigorously 5 to 6 days per week. I have a very good looking body for a man of any age. I run a sub-7 mile in the 5K. I have exceptional core strength.
I weigh 145 pounds. My blood pressure is 117/67. My resting heart rate is 47–53. My legs are proportionately longer than my torso. I have zero tattoos. My ass is my most nearly perfect physical feature. My feet will make you question my place among our species.
I eat several 250-300 calorie meals per day and do not like to feel full. Yet I sometimes overeat.
I eat any foods I want and I want almost any foods. I eat kimchi for the probiotics, red meat for the iron, and candy for the sugar.
I do not like the physical effects of aging, but I like almost everything else. I am aging normally with respect to the things about me that I cannot control. I am aging abnormally slowly with respect to the things about me that I can control.
I kick myself when I make a mistake.
I imagine what people must be thinking about me and I am almost always wrong.
There are good days and there are bad days.
I am always a little bit cold and a little bit hungry.
I love babies.
I drive assertively, but rarely speed. I like driving, but I do not like the drive from Portland to Seattle. I like road trips through the American West.
I have a definite spiritual practice.
I pay attention.
I own a 2013 Mini Cooper S with a sport package and one 960-square-foot house and that is enough. I do not have much stuff.
I do not eat enough pizza.
I am on good terms with the mother of our child. I am current on child support.
I have many friends and a few close ones.
I have not been hospitalized since 1969.
I do not have enough money in my IRA.
I now have enough art on my walls.
I have health insurance. I am self-employed. I pay taxes.
Outwardly, I look conservative. Inwardly, I have quirks and am a bit unusual.
I sometimes wear my heart on my sleeve.
I am sensitive and cry easily.
I am both loyal and vindictive.
I am easily moved.
I should see a dermatologist.
I prefer texting over telephoning. I prefer speaking in person to texting.
98% of the time I am a reasonable man.
My Facebook postings are usually limited to books I'm reading and funny things my kid did.
Space does not permit me to discuss my Scorpioness. There are many fine web sites about this and they are accurate.
I strive to stay near the top of the Bell curve.
I am an INTJ. I'm a pragmatic problem solver: The glass is not half empty; the glass is not half full. The glass is twice as big as it needs to be.
Life is difficult, yes, but I feel that mine has been trouble-free.

That about does it.
Now for you:

For a serious relationship, you are divorced and have at least one kiddo. That way, you've probably learned how to share. If you just want to mess around, I don't care whether you've learned how to share.
You persevere.
You will find my confidence sexy.
You will find me honest, respectful, and often able to see things from your side.
I will not intentionally hurt you, but I will carelessly hurt you.
I will seem familiar to you. I am not unlike any other person you've ever met.
If there is anything I can do for you, just ask.
I can fix some shit, but don't rely on me to fix it all.
I will go camping with you, I will not complain, but I will be glad to get home. I am an avid indoorsman, but I like being with you wherever you are.
I am sometimes slow on the uptake, cannot connect the dots, and have trouble putting two and two together. I will admit this to you on a case-by-case basis and I will not be embarrassed.
You are not under employed. You have a car or, if you do not have a car, you live within 3–4 miles of me.
You do not complain about your lot in life.
You are not more insecure than most. You have had an honest psychological breakthrough in realizing that other people’s opinions of you do not matter to you.
You are capable of letting yourself go emotionally with me. You will feel safe and comfortable with me when you're emotional. Not only that, but you thrive on connecting with another emotionally. You know what that means.
You will find me charming and endearing. You will also find me grumpy and defensive.
You would like to see me at least twice a week due to schedules these days.
You are good to your body.
You do not mind me complimenting you freely. You do not mind me looking you up and down. You do not mind me touching you frequently. You do not mind my public displays of affection for you.
After we've been dating for a few months, you will run across some of these more, uh, difficult traits of mine. I will ask that you forgive me. I will be forgiving you of all of yours.
What I’m doing with my life
Just living day to day, man. Trying to solve people's problems and make a buck doing it. Always thinking next year will be better. Riding the waves and the blessings as they come, knowing that both came to pass. Looking for a partner to connect with emotionally.
I’m really good at
Knowing just what to do when all others are panicking.
Communicating needs and feelings.
Listening with understanding and some empathy.
Sex, when it’s with a woman who has entwined her spirit with mine.
Chivalry, politeness, and formality.
The first things people usually notice about me
Wow, what a beard.
He should shave it.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
David Foster Wallace, Flannery O'Connor, Cormac McCarthy. These are my go-to authors; I need some suggestions.
Not huge on movies, prefer TV shows; something about serialization keeps my interest. I get sad when a season ends. I like shows like The Wire, Breaking Bad, The Good Wife, True Detective, Getting On, and Deadwood (RIP). We're in a Golden Age of TV production these days. Mr. Robot--if you haven't seen, see it.
Music: Not age appropriate stuff: The Black Angels, HEALTH, Crystal Castles, Nirvana, Zeppelin, Flower Travellin' Band, LCD Soundsystem, Russian Orthodox chants, Sonic Youth, Tame Impala, Franz Josef Haydn. I was once playing the Orthodox chants and a friend said, "Pete, what is that shit?"
Food: Yes. All of it. Especially avocados and almonds.
The six things I could never do without
My son.
Something to think about.
An iPhone, it seems.
A Mini Cooper.
Water. I really love drinking water.

The six things I could always do without
Self-employment taxes
Sun-damaged skin
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Everything. I think about everything all the time.
On a typical Friday night I am
Exhausted from thinking about everything all the time.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I appeared on "Love Connection" in 1988.
You should message me if
You like to be pursued.