I am new to Colorado as of December 2014. So, there's that.
A word of warning that this is going to get (unapologetically) wordy and may come across as though I take myself way too seriously, but it's only because I love thoughts and words and what they can do. Consider yourself so warned.
☞ God comes first. Being Catholic is a huge and active part of my identity.
☞ I believe that living a principled life and being a compassionate person are not mutually exclusive aims.
☞ I grew up in Dubuque, Iowa but lived in the Twin Cities for about a decade. I'm still Iowan at heart but consider Minnesota as my adoptive homeland.
☞ By design, I don't own a lot of things. Intentional living is more than a motto.
☞ I'm not worried about finding happiness in life. I search for meaning in all things, instead.
☞ I have cultivated a talent for steam calliope. I suppose this and some related interests make me something of an anachronist.
☞ Words and ideas leave me insatiably intrigued, and the world is too big a place for restricting words and ideas to labels like conservative and liberal.
☞ Music (composing, singing, arranging, listening) is my perpetual glimpse into divinity. If you're cool with me noodling around on the piano while you're reading on the couch, we're going to get along fabulously.
☞ The river runs through my veins. I spend much of my time at or on the water.
☞ I have learned first-hand that it is in the surviving of crises that one can simultaneously embody humility, self-possession, and compassion.
☞ Without family, I am nothing, and family can be so many things.
☞ I have two ears and only one mouth for a reason.
☞ A first inversion major chord with an added ninth, sung by a choir with good intonation, will always warm the cockles of my heart.
☞ Seriously, steam calliopes make my socks roll up and down.
I would be a fool to say that I have life figured out, so I will instead say that I am a man on a journey. It really all comes down to this: I intend to live a life characterized by unceasing love, and I discerned early on that I could best accomplish this through a lifelong, companionate, marital relationship. Every time I have had an opportunity to examine my life, I've returned to the same conclusion. It's not the only thing that will bring me fulfillment, but I know it is my vocation. I don't put off things that are important to me, which is the whole reason I'm here looking for a life partner.
I'm the Technical Product Manager for a music software company in Boulder (just promoted January 2016). For the previous four years I was the tech writer for the same company. The guy that knows how to do that one thing in [insert industry-standard scorewriting software here]? I'm him. Seriously, how cool is it that I get to work a 9-to-5 job with the people who were legendary to me as a student and musician? Most of my non-work time is spent continuing my calliope research, writing music, playing piano, going to choir rehearsals, goings-on at my church, and communing with nature at the river side.
Music is not only my profession but also my passion. I play piano/keyboards, with a particular (peculiar?) interest in steam calliope. No, really. Steam calliope. For real. Ask me about it. Plenty of videos of me doing so online...
Maybe the better question is reflective: what do I notice? In the past few years, I've noticed a marked shift in my compositional style, and a greater awareness of how differently I perceive the passage of time.
My musical tastes are manifold: I prefer traditional New Orleans/Dixieland jazz, ragtime, modern choral music, and liturgical music. I've been known to listen to Ben Folds, and Peter Ostroushko blows my mind. Also, Victor Borge is sort of my idol. Chances are, if you are a musician of any caliber, we are likely to get along famously.
You know how some people say that some book is "their bible"? Yeah, my bible is the Bible. Also, I may have said this elsewhere, but Viktor Frankl's "Man's Search for Meaning" quite literally changed my life. Full list available on my LibraryThing.
I do not own a TV, and I'm perfectly okay with that. I prefer my theatre live. I am guilty, however, of being a sucker for The West Wing, Parks & Rec, A Mighty Wind, and documentaries. Ultimately I'd rather be reading, doing, or (more often than not) creating something.
I would rather cook for someone than go out to eat. I've just discovered ZipList - it's entirely transforming my recipe management system. UPDATE: ZipList is dead. Long live ZipList! (I realize this is faulty usage of the formula, but I think it's funnier this way.) On to Pepperplate.
I have a deep appreciation for Calvin & Hobbes and old time radio. I listen to a lot of NPR, and I have been a contestant on Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me. I've got Carl Kasell's personalized message on my voicemail to prove it.
The sixth thing I could never do without: the freedom to choose whether or not I will adhere to predefined, arbitrary rules on listing the number of things I could never do without. Fortunately for the OkCupid team, it just so happens that here we are at number six, and I'm calling it quits. Touché, mes amis.
UPDATE: I have only just realized that my username is an anagram for Jean Lint Notion, which I do hereby claim as the name of my non-existent band. Alternatively, it is an anagram for Ole Tannin Joint, which will likewise be reserved for the name of my non-existent tea tavern.
UPDATE: Exploring the great Coloradan wilderness. So far I have yet to find a sizable body of flowing water. Suggestions very much welcome.
I don't know much about sportsball. Perhaps you can educate me as to why people flip out when their teams score a goaldown.
Ultimately, the best way of describing what I'm looking for is a life partner. I want to be a confidante, an advocate, an equal. I intend to bring that person into all areas of my life, because I know that an experience is best when shared; likewise, I want to discover her background, passions, and viewpoints.
Also, to be very frank, I'm looking for someone who, like me, is crazy about their relationship with God (without actually being crazy). The beauty that I find in the liturgy, a morality based on sound philosophical foundations, the intellectual tradition of the church, and the natural world all around me - that beauty defies description. I so completely want to share that joy and hope and love with a companion. :)
I suppose I should note that I am seldom one to initiate contact, out of deference to what I can only imagine is the overwhelming number of disgusting contacts women receive on such websites (female friends who have profiles here have related horror stories). If I do reach out, it's only because I'm quite flabbergasted - in a good way - by what I've just read on a profile.