People who know me but not well almost invariably say that I'm always in a good mood. Sometimes I am in a really good mood. Other times I am not. Outside of those really close to me, people frequently can't tell the difference because I tend to laugh and joke with people anyway.
Overall, I'm known as a "nice guy", probably because I treat people with respect, whether they deserve it or not. When I meet someone new, I assume they deserve respect until they prove that they do not. (It is very rare that someone proves that they don't deserve respect--I think it's happened twice in my lifetime.) That said, I'm an intellectual, and like many intellectuals, I can frequently be very cynical about people and about life. Is that a contradiction? Probably, but that's people. Life is full of that kind of shit.
In spite of being a Seattle native, I had never heard of the Seattle Freeze until I was out of the area and someone complained to me about it. (If you don't know what it is, I suggest you look it up on Wikipedia.) Maybe I hadn't heard of it because my attitude is exactly the opposite. When passing a stranger on the street, I try to catch their eye and, if I do, give them a friendly nod (if I'm in a bad mood) or a friendly hello. I can, however, be quite shy when it comes to actually walking up to someone and talking to them (or sending an initial greeting message here on okc). I am very self-confident, but if I like someone then I want them to see how interesting I am (I really am!) and I don't want to offend them. On the other hand, I know that if they are easily offended by me then they aren't the right person for me. Therein is another of those contradictions in life.
I'm very friendly; I tend to be very easy-going and hard to offend. There's no point in spending your time pissed off at little things, so I usually just say "fuck it" and let it slide off. Things that put me in a bad mood must have been eating at me for a pretty long time.
Interests of mine include the PNW standards of bicycling, hiking, camping, and general outdoorsiness as well as some not-so-standards such as playing hockey and sword fighting (real fighting with real armor and fake swords).
Everyone thinks they are funny, so I won't tell you I am. The main reason we all joke is to amuse ourselves, so of course we think we are funny. My sense of humor runs the gamut from dark humor to total irreverence. I tend to take things literally if I think it's funny to do so and I can have a pseudo-intellectual discussion about pretty much anything. (Try it; pick something and start a discussion if you dare.) If you find such things humorous then you'll probably find me pretty funny--my friends tell me I'm funny all the time, anyway. I frequently describe myself as an occasionally cynical goofball who will make you laugh.
In the interest of full disclosure, I should tell you that I am waiting for my divorce to be final. All the hard parts are done and my ex and I remain good friends; we just didn't do married very well anymore. It's all over except for the legal technicality of having to wait until February for it to be final, so I don't consider myself "in the middle" of a divorce anymore. I am divorced in all senses except for the legal one.
If you want to know more, see my pictures and my answers to the questions. I was really bored at my previous job, so I've answered a hell of a lot of them for you. :-)