40Chandler, United States
Join today
Find great matches with our advanced matching system!
Join today
Find great matches with our advanced matching system!
My self-summary
I have two undergraduate degrees -- Anthropology and Theatre -- and I'm considering a second attempt at graduate school, but the gods only know for what… I spent 8 1/2 years in the United States Marine Corps; my service has been one of the largest defining moments in my life. I love to travel, both within the US and abroad. I've hit nearly all 50 states (only 8 more to go) as well as 9 countries (not counting the US). My favorite place to be, in the States, is Northern Minnesota – home. Abroad, it would either be in a hammock in a lovely garden of a hotel in a resort town in Turkey or in the countryside in County Donegal, Ireland; I could see myself retiring to either. With that in mind, I support a united Ireland.

Also, I'm so hip I have trouble seeing over my own pelvis.
What I’m doing with my life
I am currently in a state of flux, career/education-wise. I am trained as an archaeologist, and was in graduate school for it, but I’m not sure it’s the right place for me any longer. I know that my department certainly isn't, at least. It has taken me around the world, and for that I feel blessed, but I'm no longer sure that’s where I’m meant to be.
I have recently relocated back to the Phoenix Valley to be closer to family and to get somewhere that isn't Buffalo for a while. I don't know how long of a stop it’s meant to be, but if I do stay in Arizona for a longer stretch, I will definitely be moving down to Tucson. I like it down there far better than the Valley.
In what little free time I have, I like to ride my bike (weather permitting), read, target shoot, go to the driving range, and plunk at my bass guitar. If you could help me improve my golf game or my skills on the bass, that would be a HUGE bonus.
I'm also open to any number of other things and always welcome new experiences. I prefer the theatre to the movies, but readily enjoy both. One of my undergraduate degrees was in theatre and in my last year and a half in Buffalo had the wonderful opportunity to do technical work for a small theater company. I hope that I’m able to do the same here in Arizona. If I weren't terrified of the auditioning process, I would love to return to the stage as an actor, something I haven’t done since college.
I’m really good at
Field archaeology. Set construction. Fixing a clogged sink. Horseplay with my niece (and nephew when I can pry him away from his PS3…) I was a computer technician in a past life and have a knack for many things technological.
The first things people usually notice about me
Either my beard or my eyes. I have a full beard that I don't foresee shaving off any time soon. It's not ZZ Top worthy, or anything, but I do get a lot of people telling me that I look a lot like Zach Galifianakis. I also have been told that I have lovely blue eyes. While I cannot deny that they are, in fact, blue, I will have to take it on faith that they are lovely.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I have an eclectic taste in music. A random sampling from my iTunes playlist would reveal classic rock, reggae, country, rap, Brit pop, Irish folk, and showtunes, to name a few genres.

As I’ve mentioned, I prefer live theatre to cinema, though I have a healthy appreciation for both. When it comes to movies, I tend toward the typical male-oriented genres: military, sports, sci/fi, fantasy, and anything with explosions and/or car chases. That being said, I do enjoy the occasional thriller or romcom.

I don't watch a lot of television, but there are a handful of shows out right now that I quite enjoy. I rarely miss an episode of Bones, Castle, and The Big Bang Theory. There are others, like Supernatural, that I will stream online from time to time when there are a handful of new episodes I haven’t seen. I am also a big damn Firefly fan. I could power through the series once a week or more if I had the time to spare.

When it comes to books, my only thoughts are this: If at the end of days, and I'm standing to be judged, and the only thing they (whoever "they" may be) have to say is that I owned too many books, I will consider that a life well lived. I am a voracious reader and used book sales are my kryptonite.

I don't have many hangups about food and consider myself rather adventurous. I have been fortunate and have traveled rather extensively. In each place I have visited, I have done my best to sample authentic local delicacies. My favorite thus far, I think, has been Hákarl in Iceland. I'll let you google that if you don't know what it is.
Six things I could never do without
My laptop. It is not only my academic lifeblood, but also a source of much of my entertainment. My television, while fantastic, is infrequently used as I don't/won't get cable, so many of the DVDs I watch are through my laptop.

Cats. I currently have three. Except for when I was in the military and a very short time after I was discharged, I have always had a cat in my house. To me, a house without a cat is not a home.

A pocket knife. Perhaps it is the Marine in me, perhaps it's influence from my grandfathers, or a combination thereof, but I never go anywhere without one.

Good friends. Even though I recently moved to be closer to my family, with the exception of my older sister who lives in England, it’s my close friends that keep me sane.

Books. I love a good movie or TV show as much as the next person, but from the feel of the pages between my fingers to the smell of the binding on a new book or the dust settled into the pages of an old one, nothing compares to a good book. I will never get a Nook or a Kindle…

A properly equipped kitchen. I enjoy cooking even more than I do eating and when I do it, I want to be able to do it well. It's been said, and I tend to agree, that the important thing is the spices. A man can live on packaged food from here 'til Judgment Day if he's got enough rosemary.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Life, the Universe, and Everything.
On a typical Friday night I am
Sleeping? Family dinner? Avoiding family dinner? What I would LIKE to be doing would be grabbing dinner and a drink or three with friends and colleagues and/or going to a show.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I make up silly little songs about my cats.

Also, I know all the words to Ice Ice Baby and Baby got Back...
You should message me if
You find any or all of the above interesting or would like to know more about me.
You're a hoopy frood who really knows where your towel is.
You can tell me what’s best in life.
If, like me, you are looking for jamaharon.
The two of us