Also: If I rate you highly but don't reach out, it's because I don't match what you're looking for. Feel free to say hi if I sound interesting, I won't bite.
Now, on with the description! *cue theme music*
I'm most frequently described as solid, passionate, and intense. When I engage, I'm all in. I like to learn new things, try new things, be challenged, and have long conversations about everything. If I don't know about it, I'm interested in it. When I'm passionate about a topic, you'll find me speaking quickly and talking with my hands a lot.
One ideal day involves visiting new places, hiking, rock climbing, gaming, good food, good drink, friendly competition, cooking, and someone interesting to share them all with. Another ideal day is spending the entire day alone in the quiet. Life is all about balance.
Meeting people that can make me think is always interesting. This doesn't mean that you have to be a PhD in something, everyone has something to teach. I highly value intelligence, probably above everything but loyalty. The best friendships and relationships that I've had were all with people where we didn't have to finish th....
I try to do one thing every day that scares me, and I hope one day to be the person that I want to be, rather than the one that I am. Self-improvement is absolutely critical to me, and I try to be as well rounded as possible. This does have the side effect of having a lot of unrelated hobbies. :-)
What hobbies you say? Photography, brewing, tinkering, rock climbing, cooking... These are a few of my favorite things.
Doing things to keep active is also a priority. I rock climb twice a week (and have been doing it for ten years) , walk seven miles a day on average, and would rather be moving than standing still. I'd like to get back into weights and running, but there are only so many hours in a day.
I'm very comfortable with who I am, and because of that I'm fine with whatever you want to be as well. As long as you don't hurt anyone who doesn't want it, do whatever you want and be happy.
Bonus points if you can make me question my points of view or make me actually laugh out loud.
I work in the high tech field in Boston, so I'm there most weekdays. I get paid to do what would be my hobby anyhow, which is awesome!
I'm a start up kind of guy, so I'm not happy unless I have a hand in my own destiny.
If you think you can be good at something, that's most of being there. The rest is repetition and fine tuning.
I don't mean that arrogantly, the mental component is hugely important. Think you're good, and you will be. Think you're bad, and you will be. The mental attitude sets the foundation.
I've been told my smile, so I'm going to go with that.
Music is anything but rap and twangy country. Lately I've been listening to a lot of glitch hop. Previously to that, Daughter was on constant playback. I subscribe to all access, and will frequently just pick a something I like and let it play related songs. Pendulum, Enigma, Richard Shindell, Lori McKenna, NIN, Loreena McKennit, Delirium, and anything by Bear McCreary are always favorites.
I cut the cord a whole back, so I don't watch a lot of TV. Shows I've enjoyed through online means: Archer, Arrow, Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Firefly, BBC's Sherlock, the Netflix House of Cards, and back episodes of Doctor Who. I will troll Netflix for random things, but nothing else with regularity.
Some all time favorite movies : Big Fish, What Dreams may Come, the latest Batman trilogy, the original Matrix, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, V for Vendetta, Shutter Island, Army of Darkness, The Avengers.
As for food, I'm a sushi fanatic. I love almost all of it, and could eat it happily every other day. Nom nom nom. I like to cook in general, but specifically Italian or Japanese Hibachi. There's just something comforting about making a multi course meal from scratch and feeding people. I blame my grandmother for that one. :-)
New things to learn
Really, that's what it boils down to. Why does it do that? What makes it tick? The drive for knowledge is eternal.
Why did they act that way? Why did I make that choice?
People are fascinating. Choices, preferences, wants, needs. Trying to understand the motivations behind what we all do is enough to keep me interested indefinitely.
Also, why some people have their profile set as looking for new friends but really mean "if dating doesn't work out" :-)
Wandering around Boston just because.
Staying at home with a book.
Soldering EL wire to an inverter, and sewing it into a sweatshirt.
Brewing honey ginger ale (Beer, not soda).
Full 5 course Italian meal from scratch.
Hosting movie night - It's cold out there!
For the general public : I listen to podcasts at 3x speed, and it took me about two months to train myself to get there. Now I can't listen to anything at normal speed because it sounds unbeara...b..ly..... S.... lowwwwwww.
You can perform the social dance with grace, but you'd rather just say what's really on your mind.
You sometimes say things or do things that shock others, but not just for shock value.
You're OK with quiet. You feel no need to fill a comfortable silence.
You'd rather lose a close game than win in a landslide.
You're passionate about something.
You understand the difference between confidence and arrogance.
You enjoy a good discussion/debate.
Something about this has tickled your fancy.
You think you can kick my ass in something.