I crave intellectual companionship above all. I am a bibliophile and sapiophile, (though I'm a sucker for girls with ponytails).
I'm opinionated, but open-minded; always willing to look at things from all angles.
I have a quick wit and *seriously* warped sense of humor, to which little is sacred. With luck, you do as well, and hopefully *considerably* beyond:
"Two guys walked into a bar. The third guy ducked."
(No, you don't have to be a standup comedian; just know how to laugh and tell a good joke).
I am exquisitely fluent in English and profanity. Back in the dinosaur days, I spoke several other languages: Were I to attempt them now, traveling, I fear I may inadvertently start an international conflict involving loud noises, smoke, roads choked with refugees, and much bumbling from the White House.
I enjoy theatre. I used perform in and create fight choreography for renaissance festivals, as well as designing and making costumes and swords, and teaching fencing and broadsword techniques; choreography or no, if you are skilled with a blade, injuries to you or your opponent become rare, (unless you *intend* to skewer the loathsome milksop).
I rated ENFJ on "The Best Personality Type For You Test" which is the one I assumed many here are referencing. The rating seems appropriate in my case. I also appear to be a "modern, cool nerd." Some interesting personality tests on this site--though the "Would you be a Nazi" test properly shows me as "Expatriate," clicking on "Expatriate" takes you to the "Swine" profile. With such errors, one might view the tests with a grain of NaCl.
You can drop me anywhere on the planet. If wilderness I can survive, if civilization I will have a blast--and make friends.
I'm outdoorsy at times--I love horses. Previously, I was a rescue/recovery diver, an EMT and a firefighter, was in law enforcement, military/intel, drove a truck, designed electronic circuitry, built and programmed computers, and cleaned toilets among many other things, and if it went "bang" or "zoom," (up to the early '80's), I've probably pulled its trigger or jockeyed its joystick.
I used to tag lions of the African Man-eater persuasion. Actually, they'd eat just about anybody, African or not, man or not. And they didn't need much persuasion.
I have trekked on foot across the Serengeti with only a .416 Rigby to keep me company and I have seen the mysterious corpse of the leopard on Kilimanjaro of which Hemingway wrote.
I love animals and they love me--cats, dogs, horses. My animal-friend preferences are Siamese Blue Points, Australian Shepherds, and good Morgan mountain horses.
My degree-major was astrophysics, but I left the field because I found it academically intolerant. Alas, that seems to be the norm with hard sciences.
I enjoy hiking, shooting, boating, traveling, reading, writing, art, theatre, museums, astronomy, saying "Damn! That was close!" and a thousand other things.
I am a museum junkie; traveling should be educational and enlightening, not a mere shopping spree. I also might just hop in the car and see where I'll end up. I like to lie on the grass at night and watch for meteors.
I believe in genetically modifying Congressmen.
I'm not really into American sports. I enjoy Rugby (especially the New Zealand All Blacks), Soccer (Footy, that is, and I like Manchester United), the occasional Cricket match, and Formula 1 racing. I am fanatic about none of these, and don't plan my schedule around them.
I watch TV and movies quite a bit. As a writer, I find them good and necessary research: I keep track of the latest trends, get ideas, admire good writing and curse inept writing.
I am looking for someone with some similar interests and a higher-than-average intelligence level. While I like to pamper at times, I am NOT interested in anyone who HAS to be pampered. I respect women who are intelligent, multi-talented and who are not afraid to get their hands dirty. If I break my leg, can you treat it and get me off the mountain--like I can for you?
Having read this profile in its entirety ;) should you wish to learn more, please feel free to ask; I'm pretty much an open book. You might also view the tests I have taken, and my answers to hundreds of questions, both via the top menu bar. I find the questions quite revealing, and they remind me of many of my favorite quotes, a number of which I have included.
"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."
— Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for Love
Except for the dying part, I can do and have done all these things. Truth be known, the hog was a warthog, (not so tasty as supermarket pork), and the "ship" was a 38-foot Morgan sailboat, not the Battleship Missouri, but I managed to find Hawaii after 3200 miles and two weeks of sailing, and my crew didn't mutiny.
All-in-all, if you are preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse, I'm your guy ;)
I often attend an ethnological conference. There, people notice my nametag says, "Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."
I have a very broad taste in literature: Marcus Aurelius, Shakespeare, Spinoza, Emily Dickinson, J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert Heinlein, Teddy Roosevelt, Dan Brown, Plato, Dean R. Koontz, Cervantes, Sun Tsu, Gilgamesh, and a plethora of others. Can't stomach puerile fluff, nonsense or works which insult my intelligence, so, if it *isn't* on Oprah's list, chances are I'll read it.
H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, H. Rider Haggard, Robert Jordan, Piers Anthony, Carl Sagan and Richard Feynman are a few of my other favorite authors. Sorry; he seems a very nice fellow, but you can keep Michio Kaku; you can keep his untestable and fanciful "String Theory" as well, (10 points, BTW, if you know the *true* difference between a theory and an hypothesis--*without* looking it up).
I enjoy Classical Music, Opera, Renaissance, Classic Rock, Celtic, (yep, including bagpipes), Glenn Miller, some Jazz, (the Sinatra, Kansas City or New Orleans type; nothing that sounds like two cats fighting inside a piano), Boogie-woogie, Reggae, Broadway Musicals, Blues, and a few others. Loathe rap, hip-hop and any singing which sounds like someone being forcibly drowned in a toilet.
Besides the requisite chocolate, Moose Tracks ice cream, and oatmeal cookies, typically, I'm a meat-and-potatoes guy, but I also like Italian food, (Three-Cheese Lasagna, Pizza, Calzones, Spaghetti), Burgers, Fries, Mexican, German (Curry-wurst!), Greek, Chinese, Indian and Thai. I'm firmly convinced that if you have a patient in defib and there's no AED handy, slipping a nice, hot, Thai pepper into his mouth will get that ol' ticker back into sinus rhythm :)
I do, however, draw the line at eating anything which leaves a slime trail.
I am comfortable in any dining venue from Helen's Hateful Hamburgers in Gardiner, Montana, to High Tea at The Brown's in London, to formal dinners, (and I'm told I look smashing in a tux). I have yet to embarrass anyone while dining. Well, there was the time I got into a bit of a verbal tiff with a Russian at that Greek restaurant in Prenzlauer Berg, but the swine had it coming and I'd do it again so there.
Cinema and TV
I like a wide variety of films and directors, from A Walk in the Clouds, (which proved Keanu Reaves *can* act though he usually doesn't bother), to Avatar, from Hitchcock to Quentin Tarantino to Luc Besson, foreign films such as The Lives of Others, and those of Akira Kurosawa.
There is a special place in my heart for classic films: Casablanca, North by Northwest, Double Indemnity, Gunga Din, The African Queen and a host of others. I am also a fan of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, W.C. Fields, the Three Stooges and the Marx Brothers
I love Sci-fi--which we purists call SF. I'm a big Star Trek fan and enjoy all the *even-numbered* ST films: As to the recent Star Trek films by J.J. Abrams, (lose the Buddy Holly glasses, J.J.), I find them quite acceptable, though I have major grumblings about Engineering looking like a brewery with a Habitrail. I loved the recent incarnation of Battlestar Galactica. I enjoy watching CSI, Criminal Minds, Doctor Who, Firefly, Grey's Anatomy, Grimm, MST3K, House of Cards, Arrow, Top Gear (UK), Game of Thrones, Da Vinci's Demons, The Borgias, Person of Interest, NCIS and NCIS Los Angeles, Babylon 5, Warehouse 13, Farscape, Arctic Air, Continuum, The Blacklist, Revolution, Defiance, The Walking Dead, Vikings, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Haven, Deadliest Catch, The Big Bang Theory (surprisingly, to me, as I find most "sitcoms" unfunny and an insult to my intelligence), South Park, Sherlock, Elementary, Resurrection, a lot of BBC, documentaries out the wazoo, and I've recently come to appreciate a German detective series called, (in English), Marie's Mind for Murder.
What else? Starship Troopers 1, 3 and 4, (2 really didn't qualify--Bob Heinlein would have hated it, and yes, I knew him, slightly--nice chap), Serenity, Jurassic Park, Zulu, The Naked Prey, based on the John Colter legend but set in 19th Century Africa, the Star Wars series, Lord of the Rings, It: The Terror From Beyond Space, (a far, far better film than it may sound, and the inspiration for Alien), The Thing, the 1951 original by Howard Hawks, (Christian I. Nyby did *not* direct that film), not so much the remakes--though they have their place. Action films--including the occasional mindless shoot-em-up, if it's well done, Night of the Living Dead, Zombieland, Army of Darkness. Then, there's Evil Dead II (1987): The only drinking game I have ever participated in involved downing a shot every time the protagonist, Ashe, got hit in the head. As this seems to be the fastest way known to man of lapsing into a coma, I recommend *not* playing this particular game.
Robinson Crusoe on Mars--if you haven't seen this, find it. Watch it. Perhaps the most cerebral SF film of the '60s after 2001: A Space Odyssey. Forbidden Planet--the BEST and the inspiration for Star Trek. The Day the Earth Stood Still with Michael Rennie, not the Keanu Reeves disgrace. The original Pink Panther films, James Bond, Ghostbusters, John Wayne, the X-Men series, The Blues Brothers, The Right Stuff, Tombstone, Glory, Gettysburg, Cyrano de Bergerac, (both the José Ferrer and Gérard Depardieu versions are excellent, though I prefer the former), The Battle of Britain, The Thirteenth Warrior, Conan the Barbarian, The Thin Man series, Patton, a lot of Roger Corman's stuff--Little Shop of Horrors, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Raven. Idiocracy (it's already happening folks; consider Congress), ahhhh the list goes on and on...
Oxygen, Food and Water, (Do you know the "Rule of Threes?")
My Disregard For Conventionality, which is why I'm adding a "7th."
I prefer younger women 30 to 55:
A. Because I feel much younger than my calendar age.
B. Because they are not as set in their ways: They are more spontaneous, willing to go on, say, a road trip on the spur of the moment, and they still have a zest for life. If you have these qualities and more, we can start a conversation whatever your age. Fuddie-duddies, please look elsewhere.
Message me if you are intelligent, are *not* a tentacled space alien bent on the subjugation of human-kind, and, you find we have many things in common.
Actually, *anything* involving tentacles is right out.