My family owns a paddle sport business in Abbotsford. If you like paddling, there is no one better to know than me. I have paddled much of BC, and a couple thousand kilometers of river in the Northwest territories, including the Nahanni and Thelon rivers.
At 18 I joined the US Army. I signed up for two years, mechanized Infantry, Hooah! 9/11 happened just before my contract ran out, so I re-enlisted and went to Iraq for a year. Good times! I was also deployed to New Orleans after the hurricanes, picking up bodies and chasing looters. Lots of animal rescue stuff too. Good times again! All told, I was in for six years. Now I'm out. If you put a couple beers in me an ask a few questions, I can be hard to shut up.
I have a degree in psychology from UFV. I wrote in the school paper, was involved in student govt and worked at the campus pub, all that jazz. I'm currently working on another degree, this time in psychiatric nursing at Douglas College. That's right, I'm going to be a male nurse!
I've been known to play video games. I've loved them since I played the original Zelda, Warcraft, and Duke Nukem. Currently I'm into Planetside 2. I just recently cancelled my WoW subscription.
I am an atheist. I don't typically raise the issue, but if it comes up in conversation I will not be shy about it. I am prepared to politely defend my position.
I have a pretty big jeep, and I love camping. LOVE IT. And I'm not talking about your RV Park, or your logging road just off the highway. I'm talking about going so deep into the woods you had best be careful, because it might take several hours to get to a hospital. (I've still got my tricked out aid kit from Iraq, one of my more prized possessions for practical and sentimental reasons) I know a ton of great places in the Fraser Valley and beyond, I just need someone to go with!
I have two phenomenal kids, and until recently, a wife. Let's just say the story involves her and one of my oldest friends. This makes me sad :( It is also the reason I am on this site, writing this bio. I'm not looking for a new mom for my kids, just for something to make me feel better. That could be making a couple new friends, I would honestly be quite happy with that. I'm really impressed with this website, the people that get the higher match ratings seem like people I would really see myself spending time with.
I did a degree in psychology at UFV, now I am doing another in psychiatric nursing. At the end of that I will be a registered psychiatric nurse. That should keep the stories coming.
I'm also trying to gain as much wisdom and insight into the workings of the universe as possible.
I would like to one day build a straw bale house. Google it, it's amazing. Ideally it would be self sufficient, with a garden and solar/wind/geothermal energy, ready for the zombie apocalypse!
Discussing religion, politics, the nature of reality
Driving, especially off-road
Shooting, either in real life or video games
Listing things I am good at
Comforting upset people
Upsetting comfortable people
TV/Movies: Arrested development, Phineas & Ferb, BBC/Al jazeera world news, SNL, Idiocracy, Half Baked, Being John Malkovich, Star Trek, especially TNG
Books & magazines: The Selfish Gene, Diary of Anne Frank, PC Gamer, Skeptical Inquirer, and mostly non fiction books on stuff I like, astronomy, sustainable living, or philosophy etc.
Music: Most anything, it just has to fit the moment. CBC radio 2 is amazing.
Food: I try to eat healthy, but you gotta have fun too.
3. Friends and family
5. Sour Candy
7. Pushing the limits, for example by listing more things than I was prompted to.
Why wouldn't you? Because of some old fashioned notion that it's a guy's job to say hello first? If you are assertive enough to send the first message, that's attractive. Or, if you are super shy and could not normally bring yourself to do such a thing, but can summon the courage to do it just one time . . . I'm also impressed!
I will make a sincere effort to reply to everything, and I'm very non-judgmental. So don't be shy :)