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My self-summary
The mustache does not define me.

I've spent a good chunk of my adult life living and working overseas, so I guess you could consider me somewhat "worldly" and well-traveled. Lived in Panama, El Salvador, Korea, Morocco, Colombia, and Turkey. Worked in several others. While I may come across as bookish (and sometimes painfully shy), I do thoroughly enjoy new experiences and am always looking to try new and different things.

My days of jumping out of airplanes, running rapids, slogging though jungles, and other 'thrill-seeking' activities are pretty much behind me. Been there, done that, got a huge stack of t-shirts. Nowadays, my idea for adventure is a bit more sedate - walking around to explore a new part of town, discovering restaurants I haven't tried yet, and of course - people watching. "....laughing on the bus, playing games with the faces......"

I do not particularly care for cars, and gave up driving a long time ago. I walk a lot, and enjoy the exercise. I like to bike, and have several electric scooters. UPDATE: Well, I finally broke down and got a sorta-kinda car. It's a cool, nerdy/geeky/retro three-wheeler daily commuter (picture posted). I may eventually convert it to electric.

I'm a complete smart ass, and have a quick wit and a sense of humor that is generally described as acerbic, snarky, and irreverent. I will often take the opposing view just to keep an interesting debate lively. I've been known to sometimes break out in song - with the sole purpose of embarrassing the person with me.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm one of those mindless drones that works for the government, happily sucking on the teat of Uncle Sugar.

My spare time is spent reading, doing 3d computer art, and designing - and sometimes building - electric vehicles.

And let's not forget eating! Love food, and am always on a quest to find great restaurants - be they Michelin starred or mom-and-pop holes in the wall.
I’m really good at
Finding holes in rules! I've got a lot of respect for them, and believe that they are absolutely necessary for maintaining a civilized society. However, I truly despise stupid or poorly defined rules/regulations/laws, and take great joy in poking holes in them. When I was in the military, I intentionally shaved one sideburn to the minimal regulation length, and the other one the maximum length - because the rules didn't say they had to be symmetrical.

Other things I'm good at:
- Concocting completely unhealthy - yet delicious food
- Eating said food, and that of others
- Submitting to the demands of my masters (my two cats)
- Procrastination (why put off today what you can put off tomorrow!)
- Humility (I'm better than anyone else at it!)
The first things people usually notice about me
My laugh. Even though my 'neutral' facial expression looks pretty serious, I'm a consummate 'straight-man' - always ready with a quick quip.

Most people notice that I don't have a lot of tolerance for idiots, nincompoops, and morons.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I devour sci-fi/fantasy - in all its forms. For movies, I tend to gravitate towards darker, dystopian environments: Blade Runner, Dark City, Firefly, City of Lost Children, Brazil, Alien, Children of Men, Clockwork Orange, Lathe of Heaven, etc. I also enjoy quirky off-humor flicks: Mystery Men, Holy Grail, Badass, and any MST3K.

Books: Dune series, The Postman, Ringworld series, Honerverse, Pern series, Darkover series, Solar Clipper Tales, etc. As much as I admire many of the great Sci-fi masters - such as Azimov, or Heinlen - they don't make me cry (meaning they don't draw me in emotionally, which is important to me).

I actually prefer the original radio series of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy over the books/TV series.

Musically, I'm very diverse: REM (when you couldn't figure what the heck they were saying), Dire Straights, Lincoln Park, Metallica, Korn, Pink Floyd, Moody Blues, Crosby Stills & Nash, and of course Elvis Costello. I generally do not pay attention to song lyrics. To me, a singer's voice is just one of the instruments, and I judge a song's quality by how it sounds, not what it's trying to say. Yeah, I know.... weird, right?

Having lived overseas so much, I tend to watch TV series via DVD or streaming: Star Trek whatever, X-Files, Fringe, Burn Notice, Dexter, Midsomer Murders, Cracker (the original UK series), Lovejoy, etc.

Food: if it's bad for you, I probably like it. Ambrosia on Mount Olympus was actually pizza. And let's be honest - everything tastes better with bacon!
Six things I could never do without
Tough question. Over the years - and living where I have and done what I've done - I have discovered that there's not really anything that I cannot live without. While I like my 'stuff,' I've found that nothing is absolutely critical to my existence or sanity. There are a few things that I have 'missed' due to lack of availability however.

- Good food
- Common curtesy
- Common sense
- Tap water that's safe to drink
- Pets
- Intellectually stimulating conversations
- Books
I spend a lot of time thinking about
If Sherlock and Moriarty were gay (or one of them was female), would they show up on the top of each others "enemy" list on OkCupid?

What would cats be up to if they had opposable thumbs?

Why don't we ever hear any news stories of 'gruntled' postal workers?

Are women really that much into kayaking - as this site would lead one to believe?

Should I save up my pocket change and buy up a city block in downtown Detroit, tear down any remaining buildings, and build an Earthship/Earthbag urban farm community?

What new dish I can come up with that has bacon?
On a typical Friday night I am
More than likely, not going out. I do eat out as much as possible during the week, but I'm not a big fan of going to places that are really crowded. If I do go out on a Friday night, it will be somewhere off the beaten path where I can relax, enjoy some good food, sip my beer, and read a book.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
In the fifth/sixth grade, I had a serious crush on Liz Cheney - yeah, that one, daughter of Dick. She lived a couple of blocks away from me growing up in Wyoming, and we went to the same elementary school. Seriously, she was a pretty darn cute ten year-old.

Who'd have thought that a sweet girl would turn out to be such a Republican.
You should message me if
......you can guess the number I'm thinking right now.....
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