31 Burke, VA
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My self-summary
So, a little about me?

I love to explore, and to learn. I do read a lot, but not all the time, and everything from stories to biographies to technical books. I can easily get lost for hours in history and art museums. While my list of international travel destinations isn’t really long yet, I have been to most of the major cities on the east coast and traveling abroad more is a priority for me.

Relationships are important to me. I tend to have a smaller number of close friends, but really value those friendships. I also have a great relationship with my brother and parents, and try to see them at least every few months.

I value my physical and mental health and fitness, and I’m pretty active. Aside from exercise, I enjoy tennis, hiking, and social sports leagues. I look forward to attempting a triathlon or Spartan run, want to learn to rock climb, and would like to explore the outdoor trails around here more extensively.

I work as a patent examiner in Alexandria, and would like to open a small patent prosecution law firm some day in the future. I also dream of writing a novel, and occasionally tinker with ideas in my head, but I’m not close to having a rough draft ready yet.

Some other random things I enjoy: live anything - sports, music, theater, comedy. Great food and new restaurants. A well-crafted cappuccino. Natural light. TED talks. Dogs. Deep conversations its participants get lost in.

I’m looking for a partner who shares some of these things with me. I especially value someone who is open-minded, empathetic, affectionate, and a great communicator. Someone who is active, values her health and fitness, and is willing to try new activities. A woman who is curious about the world, open to other cultures and viewpoints, loves to learn, and really wants to explore the world. I’m seeking a true partnership, built on a foundation of friendship, with romance, passion and chemistry added, with a woman who is looking forward to a marriage and family at the right time down the road.

If I sound like someone you would like to meet, go ahead and message me. Good luck!
What I’m doing with my life
I work as a patent examiner, and hope to either join a law firm or start my own practice at some point in the intermediate future. Trying to learn to play the guitar and re-learn German.
I’m really good at
Listening and giving advice, learning new things, being open to all manner of new experiences, discussing and debating (friendly) about all sorts of topics, hitting a golf ball a really long way but rarely where I want it to go, being randomly handy and mechanically inclined, solving problems.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm low-key and a bit quiet. Though I do enjoy being social, I do need occasional time to myself.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: right now I'm working on Game of Thrones, the Steve Jobs bio, a book on the mechanics of flying an airplane, The Intelligent Investor (which was apparently inspirational to a younger Warren Buffet), and The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama. Don't get the impression that I read constantly...I just like to mix up what consuming.
The six things I could never do without
1. My family and friends
2. My physical and mental well-being
3. My morning coffee
4. A good read
5. A new and exciting experience
6. Changing seasons and being outside
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Where to move in the lower 48 when I can full-time telecommute from work - about 18 months left to figure that out. Also, where I should take my first international trip in years - haven't been out of the country in quite a while and I'm pretty anxious to discover another part of the world.
On a typical Friday night I am
For the time being trying to meet new friends since I'm pretty new to the area. I don't really have a typical destination in mind for a Friday or Saturday night, but could enjoy a new restaurant, a movie, a sporting / concert / theater performance, comedy show...
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
You should message me if
You share a few of my interests, but have something you would like to share; have some interest in travel, and aren't opposed to outdoor activities, even if it's just a day hike; can at least learn to like my dog; are self-aware, and not uncomfortable sharing your emotions / boundaries; and have a sense of humor and enjoy good conversation over your drink of choice.