This is the hard part. I have been working on this my entire life. I will get back to it later.
Despite a few decades of military service I am exceedingly liberal. Damn near neo-Marxist. I never truly fit in the military culture.
Military service has been the closest approximation I have ever had to a career, but the military and I see things very differently. As I have increased in rank and responsibility these differences have become more difficult to bridge.
It is long since time I moved to a different career field. I have been working toward that goal between deployments.
Acquiring and learning new information.
Conveying information and ideas.
Calculated risk taking.
Effecting change where needed. Or at least fighting for it.
Making a cat pur.
Navigating in the wilderness with a map and a compass.
Really bad at parallel parking.
Sometimes my eyes.
Books: Philosopher's Toolkit, Chances Are: Adventures in Probability, Good Omens (Neil Gaiman in general), Game of Thrones series. I work in international affairs so I read a great deal of non fiction and scholarly articles.
TV Shows: Deadwood, Game of Thrones, Firefly, Madmen, Walking Dead, The Big Bang Theory, Breaking Bad, Daily Show, Colbert Report.
Music: Radio: NPR. Music: Lyrics seem to matter most to me. If the song has something to say that is passionate or interesting there is a good chance I will appreciate the song. Some bands that stand out; *Post Modern Jukebox*, Lindsey Stirling, Cake, Living End, Good Riddance, Of Monsters and Men, Social Distortion, Imagine Dragons, Lana Del Ray, Gotye, Birdy. I frequently listen to iTunes University and Audible Lecture courses.
Food: Thai, Mexican, Italian, Chinese, Sushi, Avocados, strawberries, iced coffees, cakes. I will try almost anything and have a fondness for different dishes from all over the world.
I am interested in learning about and collecting art. I like interior design. Love steampunk, art deco, and mid century modern styles. Fantasy nd science fiction conventions and festivals.
The ability to communicate.
Creatures in the world. Especially the fuzzy ones.
I would hate to be in a world where you no longer saw kindness in peoples' eyes or a genuine smile on their lips.
Danger/risk - freedom without the risk of consequences is boring and irresponsible.
I know this is a dating site and I left out anything romantic. I just feel love is not one of those things that you can say you can or cannot live without. It is too transitive. If you try too hard to hold onto it and make it part of your life you wound it. I have been in love for years at a time. Though you never stop having love for someone that you once shared your life with, when they are gone, life remains. It may feel like you did not survive the loss, like it changed you into a different person, but you did survive. You just grew a little and gained more wisdom and insight about yourself and those you shared your life with.
Political economics, particularly with respect to social justice and the effect of economic interests and policies on human rights.
Probability and the law of large numbers. I am particularly fascinated with the aggregate effects of decisions or events on long term results and how it applies to free will and determinism.
Why a zombie apocalypse seems like a much easier and more enjoyable problem to deal with than the problems we have already created for ourselves.
I am into pretty much anything dorky from tech to sci-fi/fantasy to conventions.
I was arrested by the Army for sedition when I was a young sergeant. The charges were dropped.
Years ago, I used fake documents to get into Turkey so I could catch a plane to Crete to see a girl I loved.
The time investment is minimal considering the potential payoff. Think of the mounting opportunity cost as you wait to message me.
Seriously, don't be too hasty in dismissing any interest in me. The military recognizes me as a natural leader, however, people follow me more out of curiosity than confidence in any of my plans.
Knowing me is unlikely to be boring.