"Who I am" is something I want you to learn from actually meeting me, instead of trying to figure out based on what happened to come to mind when I wrote this information in the box.
I consider myself a country boy, but it's always fun to take a trip to a big city now and again. I've got a job that keeps me busy most of the time during the week, so when I'm finally free on weekends or vacation, I try to make the most of it. I don't like to waste time worrying about petty matters.
My personality... I like to think of myself as like a big Saint Bernard. I'm eager to please, like playing the role of the big, strong, helpful friend, and am quick to trust and perhaps too eager to forgive. I think chivalry is fun, and enjoy playing the role of the knight in shining armor when the opportunity arises.
I love a good challenge. I'll try a new sport, take you on in your favorite video game, attempt to walk that tightrope - whatever! I played the trombone for years, and looking back I think I probably picked it because it was different and I believed it would be hard to play.
I like to impress people. I don't think that's uncommon.
If you're still reading this, you should hit me up to meet up sometime. Make both our lives more interesting.
On weekends, I swordfight with the local Belegarth groups (either Clinton or Davenport). I'm working toward teaching myself more programming skills in my spare time. I've got my EIT certificate from the state of Illinois, and I'm looking to go for my P.E. license soon.
In between all that, I love it when I get the chance to be a nerd among other nerds. Or, alternatively, a jock among jocks. Really - I'm up for a wide variety of activities. The more variety I have in life experiences, the better.
I have a way of getting on the good sides of people's pets, even the ones that "don't like strangers."
I like to solve puzzles - whether they're presented in the form of an actual puzzle, or some broken code, or some complex problem in the real world people are scratching their heads over.
Music? I really care more about connecting with a message I like more than the genre. That means I can be thrilled by whatever genres you want to consider Green Day, Elton John, Simon and Garfunkel, Yoko Kanno, Linkin Park, Hoobastank, Phil Collins, etc. in.
Food - I'm adventurous. There are a few things I've tried enough times to know I simply don't like, but other than that I'll try anything. I get a craving for the vague "something spicy" once in a while. In college, a special treat for me was to haul a backpack full of homework to Jimmy John's in the middle of the night and work there for a few hours. Like most kids raised in the 90's, TMNT taught me that pizza was one of the best foods in the world. :)
-Adventure and exploration. If I'm in a new place, I want to see what's there! If I see a bunch of people standing in an open field, I've got to go up and find out what they're doing. I have friends that, when I see them, they only want to sit inside and play video games. I like video games, but I really need to get out and do something once in a while.
-A sanctuary to return to at the end of the day. A warm, safe home where, no matter what is wrong in the world outside, I can find peace. This means, also, that I make the place safe and tranquil for those whomever I'm living with. When living with my parents, it simply meant I spoke civilly, showed my love for them, and tried not to cause chaos and break lamps/windows as a kid. In college, it meant I kept my mess contained and the room somewhat clean so my roommate could relax as well. It means not greeting someone returning home with shouting, accusations, or nagging. Home is home.
-True friendships. I have them, and I seek more. What's a true friendship? If you wouldn't take a black eye to protect your friend's reputation, if you couldn't accidentally leave something behind at their place and know it would be safe, if you're afraid of what gossip they might say about you if you don't act or dress a certain way - then it's not what I consider to be a true friendship. Over time, life has opened my eyes to a whole lot of cruelty other people endure from those they call "friend." I think I've been very fortunate to find the friends I know and call my own.
-The satisfaction of improving myself. I still learn more programming, even though it will never be required at my current job. By doing this, if I someday decide to strike out on my own again and look for a different tech job, I'll be staying ready. I read a book recently that taught me how to better handle conversations that shift into arguments, and I'm hoping to use those insights in the future.
-The joy of accomplishing something I've worked hard on. LOOK AT THIS AWESOME THING I SOLDERED!! *Holds up a gizmo of wires and blinking LEDs* It might be a well-written short story, or a clever fix to a computer problem, or simply the end result of a day of hauling washed-up logs to the burn pile at my parents' place. The feeling of accomplishment is important.
-Romantic Love ~ and so, here I am, seeking someone to love and to love me.
Women (Hey- I'm honest!)
Electrical Engineering Stuff
How I really should be sleeping instead of doing whatever it is I'm doing...
...How I wish I had gone to sleep instead of doing whatever it is I did
Various wistful thoughts and daydreams
I live in the countryside of the Albany/Fulton/Clinton area, but I visit Davenport most Saturdays - so I might be in your area even as you read this. :)