The two things more than one friend have said are that I should either be a stand up comic or a counsellor.
I'm usually pretty calm and patient. Unless I'm hungry; then all bets are off.
I prefer small intimate dinner parties or cafe chats to bars or clubs. Actually, that's a bit of an understatement. I'd prefer a root canal over a club, unless there's a band I went there to see.
Organized sports and I aren't really on friendly terms. We see each other around but keep our respective distance. So you won't often catch me watching a Canucks or Lions game. But I'll stick around if you want to.
I believe in being a gentleman. My first inclination will be to hold the door for you, give you my coat, help you with yours, keep my word, listen to you and either walk you to your door or wait until you are safely inside before driving away, among other things.
I am looking for a woman who is as enthusiastic about her passions as I am about mine, who understands relationships are works in progress and who tries to make me laugh now and again. A lady who is kind and compassionate and who, like me, is mostly happy with her life as it is and is ready to open it up for someone special.
In my free time, I build guitars, ukuleles and banjos. I also host a ukulele circle once a month.
Other than that, the typical things people do: Hanging out with friends, spending too much time online, figuring out how my cat plans to kill me next or trying to make the world a better place in my own small way everyday.
Staying calm in a crisis. In my job, I deal with a lot of young people and a few of them have some severe emotional issues. My team tends to look to me to remain grounded and calm during those times when there's blow-ups.
Losing my keys. If this was an Olympic event, I'd get Gold. And then promptly misplace it.
Okay, a friend recently told me that she felt instantly at ease when she saw my smile.
Books: Dean Koontz, Carl Hiaasen, Martha Grimes, Douglas Copeland, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett...a mix of comedy, fantasy and mystery, mostly.
Food: I love seafood. And pasta. Seafood pasta is obviously my favourite.
Music is a huge part of my life and I love all kinds. It is so more much fun to talk about in person rather than create a huge list that you may or may not relate to.
Movies...I used to love movies. I even worked at a Rogers, for crying out loud! But I've fallen out of movie-watching practice. When I do, I'm a huge fan of some foreign movies, docs and clever comedies. Perhaps you could introduce me to some of your favorites!
1. Something to stimulate my brain (see #2)
2. Music, either listening or playing.
3. A soft pillow and a firm pillow.
4. An occasional rainstorm.
5. A nice kitchen knife and a decent sautee pan.
6. My car. Unless you live right downtown, it's bloody impossible to get anywhere without one.
How beautiful it would be if the whole world renounced violence. Then I could conquer everyone with just a butter knife. (Just checking to see if you're paying attention.)
My family. Some of it is far away right now and I'm frequently planning trips to see them.
Attending a live taping of a podcast
Celebrating a friend's birthday
Fixing a guitar for a friend (sadly, this one was a lost cause but don't worry. It'll be harvested for parts and reborn in new instruments)
But I'm usually just trying to decipher the cryptic riddles that were written on a piece of ancient parchment wrapped around a broken amulet the Gypsies discovered in the basket I was found in as a baby. Apparently, once I unearth the other half of the amulet, I'll find True Love and take my rightful place as the Chosen One, or something.
So, y'know, typical 'guy' stuff.
It was more of a hamper, really.