-- Extroverted technologist by day, misanthropic Luddite by night
-- T-Shirt, shorts, flip-flops. To work. Because I can. I can pull off well groomed and fashionable when I need to, but it is not my norm. Most importantly, skinny jeans will never be a part of my wardrobe.
-- 25 year old car. It’s my toy, in good shape, with air conditioning
-- Android over Apple. It’s a principled stance.
-- I smoke cigarettes. Not inside, that's gross. I try my best to be considerate of others when I do. The best smoke is after running. Smart, huh?
-- My party days are behind me. If you are looking for a party buddy, I’m not your guy though you are welcome to party without me.
-- Crowds are exhausting. I don’t do them.
-- I can’t dance. I’m white.
-- Respectful, polite, open-minded
-- Never been married but a few LTRs. No kids, but I did get custody of the dog in my last “divorce”. I’m on great terms with my significant exes.
-- Concurrently fucking eloquent and delightfully crass
-- Considerate. Our time is valuable, and I don’t want to waste yours.
-- I’m a nerd. Took a lifetime to embrace that.
-- My “little extra” is about ~5 pounds. It was ~10. I affectionately refer to it as my “lab weight”. CS students don’t get out of the lab much.
-- Recent college graduate. I'm completely self-sufficient, but that means I can’t be your sugar daddy.
Still here? Glad you stayed!
I kick ass. At least that's what people I trust say about me, usually when trying to set me up on dates. I prefer to use a more modest tone when describing myself.
I've held residence in Austin for 30 years, and even though I have done just about everything there is to do around here, I have not tired of the place. While I may yet wander out to some foreign locale, Austin is my home and taking up residence some place else will never be more than a temporary situation. My family is here and my friends are here (most of whom I have known since childhood). I'm a bit of a South Austin snob, and tend to not wander further north than the Capitol.
I'm like a sine wave just slightly out of sync with the rest of society. We intersect, then deviate, then intersect again. Wash, rinse, repeat.
I am many things, yet I generally defy the labels. I've been known to ride a skateboard, but I am not a skater. I do athletic things, yet I am not an athlete. I take some photos here and there, but I would never consider myself a photographer. I've played some music, but will never consider myself a musician. At the moment (and for the foreseeable future), "software nerd" is applicable.
Pragmatism is a constant theme in my life. There are very few things that one has control over, and being aware of this allows me to focus my efforts on those things I can. To me, this is much like surfing and I use "surfing as life" analogies regularly. In those terms, I am not the aggressive short-boarder who paddles for everything that comes along. Rather, I am the patient long-boarder who paddles out everyday, then bobs around waiting for that one good ride with my name on it. Occasionally, I misjudge and take a ride in the washing machine, but that is part of the experience. Paddle back out...
Personality tests classify me as an extrovert (ESTP, to be precise), but unlike most extroverts, I recharge through solitude. I like people and being social, but I often find it to be an overstimulating experience and tend to steer clear of loud, crowded places. I would much rather sit in some quiet, off the beaten path spot with one or two close friends. Combine this with my independent streak, and I might go days at a time without making a phone call. Even though I may be alone, I am rarely lonely.