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My self-summary
I am:

- an Iowa farm boy in exile, masquerading as the world's worst yuppie. A stable professional with his life generally in order, or at least so my friends reassure me, even if I don't always agree with them. I have my own house, cars, savings, etc., and I'm comfortable with all of them.

- a horrible excuse for a Coloradoan - you won't find me skiing or boarding, nor scaling 14ers nor on three day hikes through the back country in my spare time. I'd rather spend my time reading, researching, traveling, tinkering, working on the house, or just running around the West in my car with the top down and the radio up, headed for nowhere particular.

- 35 years old, 5'11", 210 pounds, and unfortunately thanks to my genetics, blessed with the family baldness curse (and comfortable with it - not vain enough to spend lots of money fighting stress and genetics). Just who and what I am.

- a somewhat obsessive traveler. My motto is frequently, "Why be home if I don't have to be?" Just got back from a month wandering around Europe. (And paying for it at work - I'm so far behind...)

- an engineer, with the quirky, nerdy sense of humor that comes with it. And a little bit of a dork. (I'm probably asking way too much, but let's just say you have my immediate attention if you work in any sort of hard science field (engineering, math, research, etc.) just because we're actually probably going to understand each other.)

- a little bit redneck hiding in an intellectual shell, or maybe the other way around. I can go from NPR to country or some 80s hair band and back in five seconds flat. The more tired I get, the more likely that "y'all" is going to slip in to the discussion somewhere.

- five years divorced after an eight year marriage. Ugh. Haven't really dated since, and now needless to say, trying to put myself out there again is a little daunting.

- a cat person. I have two. They're arrogant, self-sufficient little furballs who view me as a servant, and for that I respect them. I travel too much to have anything less self-sufficient.

- the sort of person who has a very small, very close group of trusted friends. I've never been a party person (even when I was in my teens and early twenties), and while I'm likable, it's a long, grueling process to become someone I consider a friend. Crowds cause me to freak out a little inside most of the time.

- a fiscal conservative and social libertarian, but love a good reasoned argument with nearly any political viewpoint. Don't mistake me for a Republican, though, because I'm certainly not.

- not particularly religious, spiritual, or superstitious. I will not rule out the possibility that a god exists, but I'm not going to find him in organized religion. God is somewhere in physics equations.

- easily amused. Stupid B movies (particularly of the disaster variety), Cartoon Network, etc. are like my crack. I know I just said I haven't found god, but feel that I should re-evaluate Bruce Campbell just in case.

- sarcastic, sardonic, snarky, self-depricating.

- not exactly always neat and organized. Not a slob, just clutter challenged. My life has been described as a swirling chaotic nightmare held together only by force of will.

- a hopeless, sentimental, sappy romantic type that still wants to believe the fairy tale, despite my usual pragmatic, slightly cynical realistic view of things... I really want to believe in perfect, head-over-heals, unconditional and unending love from someone who, for lack of a better term, could be considered my soulmate. I'm very reserved and guarded about letting myself go that way, though.

- child-free. And I think I'd prefer to stay that way. I value the freedom my life has, and while I'd enjoy the chance to share it with another self-sufficient adult, the stress and responsibility of kids isn't high on the list of things I want to undertake in my mid-thirties.

- verbose, possibly even wordy and rambling. As if you didn't know that by now.
What I’m doing with my life
Working to fund my travel and hobbies. Trying to finish remodeling a couple rooms in my house. Also, being my cats' personal manservant.
I’m really good at
- Fixing things
- Breaking things in the name of fixing them
- Writing a novel in response to a yes/no question, or being similarly verbose answering other simple questions. Because if my answer to, "Are you hungry?" doesn't include solid plot and character development, who's going to believe it?
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
- TV (both past and present): Futurama, Firefly, Farscape, Due South, Corner Gas, NCIS (the original), How I Met Your Mother, Mythbusters, Dirty Jobs, Eureka, Stargate SG1, Burn Notice. That should be enough to give you my general style.
- Confessed NPR junkie. Both the serious side - All Things Considered, Morning Edition, etc. - and the not so, such as Wait Wait. And secretly, just between you and me, I usually enjoy Diane Rehm's guests and topics, but her voice drives me a little crazy. I still have the goal of seeing Garrison Keillor do PHC live at home in St. Paul before he calls it quits. Seriously, one weekend I'm just going to fly up and do it.
- Movies: All over the board. Hunt for Red October, most of the 80s classics (Indy, Ghostbusters, etc.), Monty Python's Holy Grail, bad B movies (particularly those with Bruce Campbell - Army of Darkness is a classic), and I usually watch Casablanca every New Years.
- Books: Most of what I read is incredibly dry non-fiction stuff. Honestly, it'll probably bore you to tears. Just finished a book on the electrification of the Milwaukee Road's Pacific Extension. Before that was one on the Collins Overland Telegraph. Told you I'd bore you to tears.
- Music: My musical tastes are an eclectic mix of stuff with all manner of things you wouldn't expect thrown in, but
predominantly it's going to be country and stuff from the 80s (hair bands still rule...) and 90s, oddball other groups I like, and probably with some modern pop drivel thrown in. (Ssh.. that last part is a secret between the radio, me, and the car...) Yes, I'll go from listening to George Strait to Van Halen to Nails to the Decemberists to Alan Parsons to god knows what. Don't really care for hip-hop, rap, or really folky folk music, but otherwise it's cool.
- Food: I'm a strict omnivore. I eat pretty much everything, exclusing eggs, lima beans, and grits. That said, I have a particular love for Chinese, and I've wasted a good part of my life searching for the perfect cheeseburger.
Six things I could never do without
- My cats (they're my kids, but I can leave them alone for a week and they're fine with it)
- My cars (well, at least the convertibles - the truck just doesn't have the same attachment)
- My camera
- Awesome beer (and by awesome, I mean things like Moose Drool, and by beer, I mean things that don't have "lite" in the name or come in a can)
- My family and close friends - both are small in number, but hugely important
- Parenthetical phrases (Some say I have a bit of an addiction (Really, is nesting parenthetical notes a sign I need help?) to adding them just about everywhere. I just say I like to be exacting and thorough in my explanations.)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
- Where I'm going on vacation next. Consider that I'm writing this from a hotel in Switzerland, so yes, I'm thinking about my next trip before I'm even home from the current one.
- Why my 3D printer hasn't finished itself yet.
- How to commercialize some of the things I've come up with so I can escape Corporate America and retire sooner.
On a typical Friday night I am
What's typical? More common options include: Out with friends, home curled up watching TV with the cats, down in the workshop working on building/fixing something, or trying to put about 300 miles under me after work on the start of another adventure.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
My best friend and I have a running contest on who has lost their eyebrows the most times to industrial accidents... I'm currently winning. (Or losing, depending on how you look at it.)
You should message me if
The obvious answer is that you actually made it this far in my profile and didn't die of boredom. Or if you want to. Or if you're as awesomely technically nerdy as I am. *grin*
The two of us