I was born and raised in the Boston area and I'd like to think that I've retained a bit of my East Coast edge, though I haven't lived there since I was eighteen. I've been mellowed somewhat by seven years (including college) on Chicago's South Side and six in the Bay Area, mostly down on the peninsula (for grad school). I'm soooo grateful to be living in Oakland these days, where I feel a strong sense of community.
Words I would use to characterize myself include: open, honest, passionate, emotional, extroverted (in the sense that I derive energy from being around others), contemplative, serious, sensitive, sentimental, caring, considerate, silly, impulsive, irreverent, particular, humble...
Growing up, I was showered with love and provided every opportunity a kid could need to be successful (as I define it, at least...). Consequently I have a lot of love to offer the world and to share with those around me. I was raised with the notion that it's healthy for men to acknowledge and show emotions, so on occasion you may witness me cry tears of joy or sadness. If this doesn't jibe with your notions of masculinity then I'm not the guy for you!
And don't let the tears fool you. I'm also an irreverent dude with a bit of a potty mouth who can be downright zany from time to time. For the most part I believe that nothing is sacred and that there is no shortage of foolishness to both bemoan and satirize. As my daddy would say, "it takes all kinds to make this world go 'round!".
I'm not a religious person but I was raised Catholic and I internalized particular Christian values, such as humility, wanting to help others, etc. (thankfully not the sexual ones!). Although I fall somewhere between being an Agnostic and an Atheist I have a tremendous regard for the power of religion as a source of wisdom, structure, and inspiration for others. I will never begrudge someone's religious beliefs provided he or she refrain from forcing them on me or claiming them as justification for infringing upon the rights of others.
I am on this website in search of companionship. Ultimately I hope to build something stable and long-term because I believe that trust, intimacy, love, etc. grow with time. However, I appreciate that companionship comes in many forms, and as my moniker suggests I'm trying to keep an open mind!