I tend to confuse a lot of people when they first get to know me. On one hand, I'm a tree-hugging, peace-loving, eco-friendly, animal-loving guy who loves to read, study science and theology, play games, and play/write music. But on the other hand, I'm a motorcycle-riding, tattoo-covered, Iraq war veteran who has a passion for working on cars, mechanical and electrical engineering, and fitness and nutrition.
I'm also a little bit of an adventurer at heart. I believe in experiencing most of what life has to offer. I've traveled around the world several times and have been to over 30 states and 13 countries (some countries I visited multiple times). I spent every weekend for two years in a Buddhist monastery before joining the military and fighting in Iraq (big change, I know).
I'm very passionate about the ocean and I go to the beach several times per week. My biggest love is freediving, but I also like to surf on rare occasion as well. On the weekends, you can usually find me down in one of the coves in Laguna, exploring the reefs and making friends with the marine life, be it fish, dolphins, gray whales, or the sea lions in Crescent Bay.
While I stay pretty physically active, my emotional state and demeanor tends to be quite the opposite. I'm the calm, introverted, quiet type who doesn't like being around super high energy, overly-talkative, aggressive, or loud people. I strive to maintain a certain level of peace and serenity in my life. No, I'm not shy. No, I'm not stuck up. No, I'm not anti-social. I just like to listen; I like observing. I can't stand small talk but I'll talk about life for hours. I'd rather be at home with a close friend or two than among a big crowd of acquaintances.