As a person I like to think of myself as confident but not arrogant. I believe that my ability to make people smile and laugh is one of my best qualities, because laughter is something that we, as human beings, all share and relate to, one of those common threads of our experience.
I also believe in standing up for what I think is right and not being walked on. I'm always there for my friends and loved ones. I don't run from adversity. I care what people think of me because I believe in being the best man I can be. I've made mistakes, but I've learned from them. I want people who meet me to think, "Hey, what a nice guy". It's not about attention for me. It's about the importance of one's own honor and respect for those around him.
I'm an easygoing person who tends to give people the benefit of the doubt in most situations. I automatically assume that people are trustworthy, until they prove otherwise. I try not to judge people, and I'm not a yeller. I'm polite, I say please and thank you, and I'm kind to people when no one is looking.
I'm a single dad of three girls, aged 16, 13 and 9. Three very amazing, very redheaded, very exhausting, hilarious, exasperating, intelligent, infuriating, beautiful young women, who I love more than life itself. I've been continually astounded over the years how my ability to love and to *be* loved has continued to grow because of them. Being their dad has been and always will be the most important thing I do in this life. Thankfully, they are very patient with me as I work my way through single parenthood :)
-- What's my story?
I was born and raised in Saint Paul (Como Park), moved to Ohio for nine years for college and graduate school, and moved back to the area in 1999. I live in Hudson, WI, but my job takes me all the way across the Twin Cities every day.
I discovered at a young age that I loved theater. Theater, acting, was something I enjoyed, because it made other people happy. It was also the first time in my life that I felt like I was a part of a team, a group of people that shared a common goal, a vision, and worked together to achieve it. It was where I fit. I pursued theater into college, earning both my Bachelors and Masters degrees. After graduate school, I got into telecommunications, and was able to use all the things I had learned through theater and apply it to my career in an industry that's had its fair share of ups and downs. I've survived layoffs and mergers and buyouts because I strive to make sure that I provide more value to the company that goes beyond what they pay me. The payoff for me has been job stability and flexibility, which allows me to still be active in theater during the summer.
--- Things I love:
DOING: I love singing karaoke, camping with friends, or staying home and catching up on my favorite TV shows or watching a movie. Even though they break my heart on a regular basis, I still love the Vikings. I enjoy watching just about any sporting event, from peewees to the pros, when I have the opportunity.
EXERCISE: Maybe this should go under "needs improvement" - working on getting back into a healthier lifestyle, after quitting smoking over a year ago. I've been a runner (on and off) since 2001, and have completed the Twin Cities Marathon twice, in 2003 and in 2009. My goal is to run it again in 2014. Running and I have a love-hate relationship, you might say. I think I'm falling back in love :)
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