I have two sons and they are number one in my life. I excel at balancing my career, fatherhood and my romantic life but I understand that it's a dealbreaker for many so I figured I'd spare many of you the arduous task of reading any further.
Still there?Okay, let's see...
This is where I am supposed to say how amazing I am and that I'm a world-traveler and how I know the proper use of homophones (A lot of women on here seem rather hung up on that. Why not throw in a thorough understanding of multiplication tables as well?). I am not sure what else I am expected to say here. Oh yeah, I always eat healthy and I'm like the Adonis of the Inland Empire and this => we're going to pretend that little space is the customary shirtless self portrait in the bathroom.
Okay. Now reality. I grew up bouncing between the Inland Empire and the OC. I am a recovering workaholic. I lived in Seattle for six years with a brief stay in Portland. I was a vegan for ten years but no longer. I rode a bull in a Mexican rodeo on a whim when I was 16 and on Kidquiz when I was in 6th grade. I almost have music playing during every waking minute. I am hard-working, loyal, stubborn, liberal, hyper-analytical, handy, mechanically and culinarily inclined, affectionate, passionate, kind, caring, giving, KICK ASS at meeting the parents but not looking like the "kicks ass at meeting the parents" type, suck at false humility and real arrogance but excel at real humility and false arrogance. I don't so much read as much as devour books. I have a great relationship with a lot of my family and have a HUGE extended family. I am energetic, wake early (like 6ish on days off) and go to bed late (1-2ish). I have never been involved with a morning person so I have finely honed my quiet as a churchmouse skills. I enjoy quiet time to unwind, occasionally enjoy loud and crowded bars, like hiking and camping, have tattoos, I love cooking and am damn good at it. I have a 2 year-old Great Dane and a 1 year-old Shiba Inu.
I am on a dating website because I do not want to meet a gal in a bar and I got tired of waiting around in the produce section of the grocery store so I could reach for an apple at the same time as my soulmate like you see in the damn movies. Ideally I'd be reaching for a book at a bookstore at the same time as my soulmate but the Kindle, iPad and Nook kinda ruined that for all of us.
-Substituting curse words with drat, dash-it-all, Ah fudge, etc etc etc.
- I kick ass (obviously I don't always substitute curse words) at making things with K'Nex and reading Dr. Seuss books with verve.
- Useless trivia games ( Undefeated at Trivial Pursuit.)
- Cooking vegan, vegetarian and meat-centric meals with talented gusto.
- Fixing cars.
- Remembering everything except where I put my keys, wallet and/or phone. So if you are good at finding things that is a major plus.
- I am also really good at turning movie night into theme night. Examples: Mediterranean cuisine with Casablanca, Italian for the Godfather, Pop Rocks with Sixteen Candles, etc.
- I am really good at forgetting money in dirty clothes.
- I am really good at finding money in clean clothes and really, really excited when it happens! It is like an "I did laundry!" version of the tooth fairy.
- I used to be really good at leaving my bank card in the ATM but now it gives it back to you right away so that doesn't happen anymore.
-Hiding around corners and scaring the heck out of my boys.
I am currently reading Islands in the Stream by Ernest Hemingway, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles by Haruki Murakami, Collapse - How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, and 3 Who Made a Revolution - A Biographical History of Lenin, Trotsky, and Stalin. I am also reading 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and King Arthur & the Knights of the Round Table to my sons.
Books - Slaughterhouse Five or anything Vonnegut. Anything Hemingway. George Orwell or any and all dystopian novels except Anthony Burgess. I hate Anthony Burgess. Safran-Foer. Joseph Heller. Henry Miller. Amos Oz. Le Morte D'Arthur. A lot of historical non-fiction and biographies. This could be a long, long list. I was finally prodded into reading the Harry Potter books at one time after having been called a book snob and I have to say that they are actually enjoyable.
Movies - Breakfast at Tiffany's & Cat on a Hot Tin Roof are tied at number one. Jaws. Amelie. Godfather I & II. LOTR. Studio Gibhli movies. Anything with Audrey Hepburn or Humphrey Bogart. Streetcar Named Desire. East of Eden. Midnight in Paris. Moonrise Kingdom. Footloose because what guy doesn't want to swing from chains and dance around abandoned warehouses when they're angry? Well made action films like the Dark Knight movies and the Iron Man movies. This could also be a much longer list.
Music - Wilco, The Avett Brothers, Jose Gonzalez, Cotton Jones, Lumineers, Moondoggies, Decemberists, Radiohead, Johnny Cash, Beatles, Felice Brothers, Drive By Truckers, Weary Boys, Neutral Milk Hotel, Andrew Bird, The Shins, The Mountain Goats, Modest Mouse, Ugly Casanova, Reindeer Section, Etta James, Black Keys, Mumford and Sons, Billie Holiday, Chet Baker, Mozart's Requiem, Blac Roc, Sigur Ros. Blues. Bluegrass. Jazz. Classical........see above (long list) Very recently I stumbled upon and am now in love with this song:
Food - ? It is probably easier to just say what I do not like or have not tried. I do not like Ethiopian food. I do not eat seafood except for shrimp once in a great while and even then only in very small amounts. I have never tried sushi so I cannot say one way or another. Scratch that, had sushi for the first time and loved it.
* The seafood bit doesn't really apply anymore, I suppose. I am walking distance to the sushi place now which kinda rocks.
Things that I would prefer not to do without:
-Tabasco chocolates (They are like manna from the sky) or gourmet chocolate in general.
-Ben & Jerry's "Stephen Colbert's Americone Dream" ice cream.
-Really good olive oil and a spice rack.
-Depending on the weather and/or the meal, really good beer or wine.
-Coffee. Black and strong. Coincidentally also how I like my men.
-The concept of nurture vs. nature and how it correlates to attraction.
-That I am not reading enough these days.
-I have a constant stream of culinary concoctions going through my head.
-Women. No one in particular, but I am a fan.
-Lately, the Spanish civil war.
...You have Class
...You have Integrity
...You are Honest
I am comfortable with making new friends along the way. Oftentimes I prefer a date to turn into a friendship I suppose. If it's just not there for one or both of us but we have a myriad of shared interests, then why not?