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My self-summary
Edit - I have moved to Champaign, IL to pursue graduate studies. I will update the profile later, but felt I should at least explain that much now.
"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.
What I’m doing with my life
I work as a system engineer at a nuclear power plant. Nerdy? Yes. Boring? NO! I've got systems that keep gigawatt-capacity rotors spinning at 1800 rpm cooled and safe. I've got systems that tell operators where the control rods are at so we can keep our beastly reactors in check. You know how we split atoms and neutrons fly everywhere? I've got systems that count the neutrons. Subatomic particles, son! It's my job to keep these and other marvels of science working.

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’m really good at
I'm good at stepping into a situation that's intimidating / embarrassing / awkward / scary. For example: being the first one on the dance floor, approaching that scraggly drunken guy that's stumbled into our yard and finding out what he's doing, or speaking to a friend I think is having trouble at home. I'm good at keeping secrets and my promises. I'm also not too shabby a gamer. :) I'm better at shooters and kart-style games than fighting games or sports games.
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.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm rather tall. I could tell you about my eyes or my hair, but if you're this far and haven't looked at my profile pictures yet, let me save you the trouble - Physically, I'm gorgeous. ;)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Favorite shows? Anime- any and all kinds. NCIS. Chuck. Game of Thrones. Adventure Time (especially Simon & Marceline episodes). Finally read the last Harry Potter book and now want to see the movie when I get the chance. All of the traditional nerds-on-a-couch flicks (zombie movies, bad sci fi, etc.)

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. :)
Six things I could never do without
What a funny little box - many people respond to it as though the question is "what is most important to you in your life?" and their friends and family always make the list. In truth, even the ones we love most may pass on within our time - and we must carry on without them if that happens. Others respond as if it's a question of survival on a deserted island - I'm tempted to go this route, but it leads to strategic answers, boring for a personal profile. So instead, I'll respond with six things I will not be satisfied without:

-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.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Foam fighting
Anime, manga
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
On a typical Friday night I am
At my best-guy-friend's house, gaming and watching anime / taking a gal friend out to dinner / at home "working" on a project and/or video game.

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. :)
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'll fill this out later. Better yet- I'll fill you in in conversation. Much more fun that way. Ask me anything you want via private message though- there's a difference between answering a question, and spilling my guts for the world to see. :P
You should message me if
you want me to message you back! :)
The two of us