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My self-summary
Single father of a 16 year old boy.

Martial artist, runner, swimmer, weight lifting guy, programmer-in-training, occasional gamer, lover of books and movies, and, oh yeah, budding guitarist. Avid collector of trivial knowledge.
What I’m doing with my life
A whole lot of studying, guitar practicing, running, writing, and punching people for fun (and getting punched back, when they can. We all pay for the privilege, so it's OK). Also back into bike riding when the weather holds out for it. Gaming with my son. Golfing and bowling very badly.

At the end of January, I added swimming and weight training to my ever growing list of activities.

UPDATE: Just completed a Spartan Super race on October 4th. AROO!

Professionally, I'm a systems operator on the third shift working weekends. If you're not familiar with what that is, just picture a security guard at one of those places where they don't give security guards guns and that's pretty much it. But with computers.

I also used to volunteer with a puppetry troupe to put on shows for elementary school children. So if you see a large bag that appears to have a body in it in my car, that's the muppet style puppet. Probably.
I’m really good at
Learning new things. Pop culture references. Growing hair.

Shorin ryu style karate. Scored my brown belt now. Black is next!

Running ever increasing distances.

Ditto swimming. Did my first mile long swim on 4/11/14!

Also, picking up heavy things and then putting them back down.

Resisting the urge to post shirtless selfies to my profile.

Update: School, apparently. After two semesters this year, I'm holding a 4.0 GPA. Update update: Make that three semesters!

Quit smoking and have now remained cold turkey from all nicotine products since 7/2/2015!

Also got fat again because of the quitting smoking thing. I'll be doing away with that weight during 2016.
The first things people usually notice about me
That I'm beardy. And that I'm usually quick with a smile.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Book authors: Heinlein, Rothfuss, Spider Robinson, Scott Lynch, Terry Pratchett, Mary Roach.

Movies: Super Troopers. Leon. The Fifth Element. Princess Bride. The whole Monty Python filmography. The Spanish Prisoner.

Shows: BBC stuff. Daily Show and Colbert. The Wire. Game of Thrones, when I get to see it. Walking Dead. The first few seasons of Battlestar Galactica (the reboot). West Wing.

Music: Peaked in the late 60s, early 70s. Boston, Zeppelin, Beatles, Pink Floyd, Zappa.

Food: Asian stuff, primarily. Especially pho or Korean dishes. But I dig foods of many kinds.
The six things I could never do without
My son.
A computer.
Lately, my guitar.
Running shoes.
I would have said "my mind" but I've been losing it occasionally lately and it doesn't seem to have hurewe rm ie.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The stories I want to tell and the stories I hope to make.

How to travel abroad for extended periods and get someone else to pay for it. Since I don't anticipate any book deals in the works, I'm thinking either Peace Corps or English teaching. Working on college to qualify for the former and I'll be volunteering to teach ESL locally for experience once I'm done with school and my kid still isn't.
On a typical Friday night I am
Working. Or getting ready for work. I'm currently in a job that I work third shift Friday night through Monday night each week. This makes for a rather challenging schedule, to be sure.
The studying and going back to school for programming is intended to get me away from that and into a day shift but that's months, if not years, away.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I've actually kind of misted up at the ends of two separate episodes of How I Met Your Mother. I'm not proud of this but, damn it, this is the place to reveal awful truths.
You should message me if
... you like my answers and want some laughs. Or deep discussions. Or have a new restaurant you want to try out. Or want to go ride bikes. Or go running the Spartan with me when it comes to Ohio. Well, maybe that should be a discussion after we meet.

Or if you, like me, have a schedule that leaves you up all night during the week and looking for someone to watch movies, play games, or spend half the night in an all night restaurant toying with french fries and talking about life, go ahead and message me.