I think we all know that these online dating profiles are basically gratuitous self advertisements for how awesome we all are. They kind of have to be - we are trying to quickly convince someone that we are at least worth going out and grabbing a drink or a coffee with. But it seems that the real trick (or rub) with these things is convincing a potential match that we are at least "dateable" without coming off like 1) a narcissistic asshole, 2) a cheesy douchebag, 3) a poser, or 4) some awful combo of the above three.
So, if you choose to actually read my profile, please note that I am not comfortable with tooting my own horn. But on here, we all have to to some degree. It just is what it is. That said, everything I have written below is accurate and true.
"She wasn't doing a thing that I could see, except standing there leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together."
—J. D. Salinger, "A Girl I Knew"
In April of 2015, I talked my boss into letting me work remotely, so now I no longer have to go into "the office" on a daily basis. As an avid traveler, the awesomeness of this development cannot be overstated. So, I am now location independent, splitting my time between the Seattle area and exploring the world.
***Update*** I just got back to Seattle at the end of Sept after spending the majority of my summer in Europe and California. It was awesome, but I'm looking forward to reconnecting with my friends, family and city.
Me in a nutshell: I cherish friendship, family and adding value to the lives of those I touch. I have experienced enough life to be jaded by it, but I’m not. I trust that you are not either. I am well traveled (40 countries), served as a Marine Corps officer, fought in a war, taught English in a favela in Rio de Janeiro, worked as a newspaper reporter, well educated, been married and divorced (once), worked as a lawyer, lived in six states, ran with the bulls in Pamplona (I was young and obviously very stupid) and have seen a perfect sunset in the Gili islands of Indonesia. I also enjoy hiking, working out, campfires, Netflix, drinking wine and laughing my ass off.
I'm looking for someone rad. I am attracted to women who are intelligent, curious, worldly, self-aware and empathetic. Most importantly, I treasure those who dream big and focus more on life’s opportunities than its potential pitfalls. Also, being able to laugh at yourself and life's absurdities is a big, big plus...