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My self-summary
I'm a born southerner (born in Chattanooga), raised northerner (that never really fit in up north), and have finally returned to the south, where I finally feel at home again.

I'm new to Georgia, having just moved down here on June 1, 2013. I'm looking to meet new people for all kinds of things, from just social friends to far more intimate partners. When I lived up north, I lived in the big city. I got tired of it. Now, I'm living on the outskirts of Buford in a very quiet community. I would love to explore the city of Atlanta, but I'm also excited to explore the large amounts of wilderness and small town regions around it.

My interests are in movies (I'm always open to any movie of any genre for watching with someone), exploring (I'm always open to seeing or doing something new), gardening (I moved too late in the season to have my own garden this year, but I have big plans for next year), renaissance festivals, and local history.

I'm pretty laid back, and am generally open to almost anything.

My day job provides me with a lot of travel (within the state) and stress, so on my weekends, I enjoy de-stressing and exploring interesting areas I've seen during my travels at work.

My home is also in a relatively secluded neighborhood, which is great for de-stressing on weeknights as well, but also has neighbors close enough that I can also often find a cookout or bonfire to join in on.
What I’m doing with my life
I am working with a couple of friends I've had since high school towards a common goal of developing a complete off-grid, zero carbon footprint farm on a 20 acre property in Georgia. We will be providing our own food, power, water, waste treatment, and supplies, as well as recycling as much as possible into bio-fuels, compost, and other such things. Our home will be three separate apartments, one for each of us, and a shared common area, with the home itself providing all heating, cooling, and hot water, all without the need for electricity. Yes, we will have electric power, and will likely be living comfortably, but without reliance on the outside world.
I’m really good at
My best skills lie in cooking, science, and technology. In addition to that I am an amateur author and screenwriter (with one movie in process, likely indefinitely). I am certainly a geek, and tend to focus on creative ways to engineer solutions to problems. Because of that, I do tend to be highly logical at times, even though my nature is mostly juvenile and emotion driven.
The first things people usually notice about me
I guess that now I have all of my hair cut off, people tend to notice my smile and friendly demeanor. Since moving to Georgia, my smile and friendliness have been even more noticeable, since I'm loving life here.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Anything by Neil Gaiman, Aldous Huxley (I love Brave New World), Ken Kesey, George Carlin (a brilliant writer as well as a brilliant comedian, RIP), George Orwell (1984 in particular - it was supposed to be a warning, but it appears to now be an operating manual), Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange), and many others. Predominately I prefer political fiction (specifically anti-totalitarian or technological hell fiction - and I don't mean Tom Clancy sort of shit - I want real literature), as well as social and religious satire.

I love cinema in all its forms. I really prefer independent film, however, as very few original films have been made by Hollywood in the past 30 years. In fact, Hollywood has destroyed the art form, rather than contributed to it. I much prefer independent cinema to anything else. That said, a few of my favorite titles (some of which were distributed by major film companies after completion, but were created independently) - Full Metal Jacket, Clockwork Orange, Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human (it's not porn, really), Breaking the Waves, American Beauty, Pink Flamingos, Cry Baby (I was an extra in this one - in the theme park scene - I'm really hard to see, but I'm there - the scene was shot a mile from where I was living at the time), anything by Troma (Lloyd Kaufman, the owner of Troma is a personal friend of mine, and still one of the last bastions of truly independent film-making - not to mention, one hilariously warped filmmaker) - the Toxic Avenger series, Poultrygeist, Sgt. Kabukiman, NYPD, etc.

Music: Just about anything, except rap and country. Lately, I've been really into contemporary Irish folk fusion. I've also been really into old-school punk lately - particularly on days when I'm feeling nostalgic about my youth.

Food: I cook. I make all kinds of great goodies. I've mastered Italian cooking and general American cooking (burgers, ribs, anything fried, etc.). I'm pretty good with Maryland style cooking, but still have room for improvement - I make a damn good crabcake, steamed crab, and ocean fries. I'm working on my UK (specifically Scottish) styles. I do make a pretty mean haggis though - and I make an atholl brose that is killer strong and tasty - it's the heather honey and the fine choice of scotch.

I do pretty well with TexMex, though almost all of it has a discernible Maryland twist to it. I still make some pretty killer tacos, burritos, piled nachos, and Mexican rice. I'm also pretty good with Cajun, though, once again, it all has a definite Maryland twist to it. I make some killer gumbo, dirty rice, and jambalaya.

I also like Thai, Korean, Japanese, and Vietnamese, and, since they're all so inherently healthy, I'm working my butt off to learn these styles. Homemade sushi is coming this weekend (August 1-2, 2009, depending on my work schedule). Homemade Pho will also be coming soon to my home. Asian cuisine has been the core of my diet lately, along with lots of fruits and veggies.

I'm also open to try anything that's put in front of me - how can I say I don't like it if I haven't tried it?
Six things I could never do without
Realistically: Books, good food, good films, good friends, internet, warped senses of humor (including my own), and time to myself. (Okay, that's seven... shoot me. I've never been good at following rules.)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What I think about largely depends on what is going on in my life. Often it's work-related. If I'm in a relationship, it's more often about the woman I'm with. Most often, though, it's about completely bizarre shit like, what did this nutjob think he was going to accomplish when murdering all of these women (serial killers), or why the fuck are the people allowing this to happen (Constitutional rapings like the Patriot Act and subsequent legislation), thoughts about how to approach the off-grid living project, or such little nuances like, "Why the hell did I just watch 2 girls, 1 cup AGAIN?"

Yeah, my mind works in strange ways.
On a typical Friday night I am
Friday nights, I'm generally exhausted from the work week, and choose to stay at home, often researching off-grid living, or designing the off-grid home. Typically, I'll be enjoying (or making) some beer, homemade mead (honey wine), and/or rum while doing that.

There are also rare instances where I actually do go out on Friday nights, generally to attend a gathering with friends or to find a nice quiet area where I can gather my thoughts and enjoy the fresh air.

I also enjoy bars, particularly brew pubs and bars that specialize in craft beers. I'm not much of a fan of bud light or similar beers. I like drinking beer, not piss.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Realistically, I'm kind of a homebody with a wild imagination and a hell of an alternate personality that rarely comes out to play.

I'm on a diet, and working to lose 80+ pounds, and could really use a good exercise partner.

I really miss how thin/attractive I was back in my stagehand/roadie days, and have a hell of a drive to get myself back to that state of physical shape/prowess.
You should message me if
You're open minded, interested in the bizarre, and are willing to explore the world off the beaten path.

If you get the reference in my username, bonus points!

Hell, just send an email if anything above even remotely interested you.
The two of us