36St. Louis, United States
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My self-summary
There is no real good way of describing me. I don't fit most pre-conceived molds. I'm a little bit of a nerd but I fit into most social settings. I'm more athletic than I look. It really does surprise people. I love to have my beliefs tested because I find that is the best way to learn. But I don't like to argue. I enjoy sarcasm both at my expense and others but I legitimately do not like to hurt people's feelings. My degree is in psychology but I believe only about 5% of the field is at all helpful. I am a Christian but I do value other people's opinion on religion and leave any judgement out of my core beliefs.

I have a lot of different interests and I really don't think it is important in a relationship that all interests are shared. I like to camp. However, I realize that many people see civilization as advanced enough to make it a rather odd hobby. Why pay for climate control only to load up, trek into the woods, build a fire only to still freeze all night? I get it and as long as I don't catch crap for wanting to go exploring every once in a while I'm cool doing it without you. There is one thing that needs to be a common interest though. Both the time and expense make it necessary. And I would always feel like I was not where I should be if you weren't with me. That one thing is travel. I need to see the world. I need to smell it and touch it. I need to to get swindled and have my wallet stolen. I need to walk on places that are older than I can comprehend and talk to people in broken phrases, hand gestures, and smiles. I need to get lost on strange transit systems and try food I can't identify. And I want those memories to be ones shared with the person I love. I want the inside jokes that come with a certain item on a menu that make us both laugh and get us strange looks. I intend on traveling to another country every year and even more when I retire. I've seen my fill of Asian countries for a few years and feel it is time to move on. I'm planning on going to Costa Rica in November unless a more compelling offer is presented. (Hint: if you ever want anything I will fold like a tortilla in the presence of a good back scratch. I should be denied government clearance it is that bad. Screw torture; scratch between my shoulder blades and I'd build North Korea a nuclear reactor.) So travel, yeah, kinda important if you haven't figured it out by now.
What I’m doing with my life
I was a nuclear qualified electrician in the Navy. I finished my contract and I just moved to the St. Louis area. I got a job as a field engineer. I spend time taking photos and camping. I love my cameras and one of them goes everywhere with me. I'm not great, but every once in a while I get a lucky shot.
I’m really good at
I'm great at cooking and as I said above I'm ok at photography and not to bad at ballroom dancing, mostly swing.
The first things people usually notice about me
People used to notice my eyes first but then I got a basset hound puppy. Now I am noticed only long enough for people to ask if it is okay to play with him. There are no hard feelings there; he is admittedly far cuter than I am.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Fahrenheit 451, Animal Farm, Brave New World, 1984, Paradise Lost, Heart of Darkness, Catch-22, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and anything by Dean Koontz, C.S. Lewis, Terry Pratchett, or Tom Clancy. I also read a lot of philosophy and apologetics.

Movies: Lucky Number Sleven, Snatch, Usual Suspects, Boondock Saints, Love Actually (don't judge me, it was a great movie) Gladiator, Braveheart, The original Star Wars trilogy, just to name a few. I love movies!

Music: Most anything that is not rap/ R&B

Food: I love it all. I especially love trying new foods. I admit that did get a little scary when I was in Asia.

[Update on the food thing] I do love food but my waist line doesn't approve. So I have changed my eating habits to reflect this. Combined with my workout schedule I've managed a downward trend in the stomach area. But it is going to be awhile before I look like the guys from 300.
Six things I could never do without
Cooper (my dog)
and YOU! (Corny, I know, but a little endearing isn't it?)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
...nothing. I stumble through the world in a mental fog motivated only by well placed advertisements for Axe body spray and drugs I need to consult my doctor about. Yep, I got jokes! Don't get me wrong here, I love capitalism. I just see the funny/sad side of it too. I think a whole bunch about what I want to cook for dinner and who I should invite over that would enjoy it the most. Oh, and why people can possibly like the book Atlas Shrugged. It was horrible. Maybe the writing wasn't that bad, but her underlying philosophy made me want to punch her in her over-inflated ego. [Note: I do not condone violence towards women but ethereal Freudian constructs are fair game.]
On a typical Friday night I am
I don't know St. Louis so I'll have to wait till I spend some more time here.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I hate two of the most American foods in existence: popcorn and biscuits n' gravy.
You should message me if
Your are looking for either a friendship (not my main reason for being on this site, but who couldn't use a few more friends) or a fun and meaningful romantic relationship.

You have a passport and are open to the idea of adding Costa Rica to it in November. Because all my friends are lame and/or married. You would think it would be easier to find people who want to spend a week on the beach drinking mojitoes.

Please do not message me if you are trying to get me to watch your stupid webcam. I don't care if you need votes or if it is a "free private viewing." The answer is no.
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