"There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands." -- Richard Bach, Illusions
Who I am...
I am most definitely an adventurous personality type, seeking intellectual and physical challenges as well as reading and experiences that force me to examine my belief system. I will choose being in over my head in preference to a comfort zone in work or sports (though relationships follow a completely different paradigm). It is in those situations that you have to reach deep within, and externally, to find resources and adapt to new dynamics. I am not foolhardy and I will step back to learn necessary skills if I find I have been overly ambitious. If you're familiar with Myers-Briggs, I'm a classic INTP.
Integrity of mind, body, and spirit are among my greatest values. A perennial student, I love a good argument about ideas and politics -- but only with those who can engage in verbal sparring as good sport. Interpersonal harmony is foundational. Bushido probably best captures my personal code of being.
I think my gift is seeing beauty and grace under a damaged facade and restoring that beauty. The extra-curricular activities I've found most rewarding have been restoring an early 20th century home and fostering abused animals. In computer systems work, this talent translates to an ability to see foundational flaws in existing systems and how to most effectively (and, hopefully, elegantly) address those issues.
All pictures were taken within the past 3 years except for the one of me on horseback, which is a few years older. One common thread when I do meet people from online sites is their surprise that I really do look like my picture -- or better. That said, pictures are scarce as I tend to duck when the camera comes out or, worse yet, make faces. I'm not shy though. Give me a part on stage or at the white board and I'm in my element!
I expect that a fit body and joy in life would be shared values. A well-developed sense of adventure and playful nature would stand you in good stead.
The person who would "know" me, maybe share a love with me, would understand the following:
* You have always felt like a square peg in a round hole - or maybe an eight-sided peg with cylindrical appendages. You may have found a way to fit, but there is so much of you that is not embraced by that fit.
* You see "A" and you infer "Z". You have to expend considerable effort to understand why people need B through Y.
* Your greatest frustration is having to walk people from A to Z -- and, heck, most people drop out by G anyway.
* Your mind races with ideas and there is no one to share all of them with.
* Even if you work in a discipline in which you can share your ideas, your ideas cross so many domains that there is still nobody to keep up with you, never mind converse with you.
Some sweet gentleman gave me the "eye candy" award. More than that, I'm brain candy -- and quite addictive if you have a mind that can sync with mine.
Periodicals -- The Week, The Economist, Nature, Science. WSJ and NYT when I have a bit more time in my day.
Radio -- NPR, BBC
Books / Authors -- My tastes are fairly eclectic though you will usually find me with a new science book. I am a perennial student. Teaching Company & Books on Tape make up a huge part of my library with subject areas including history, philosophy, theology, history of language, and literature. Other perennial favorites include: Merriam-Webster, Wikipedia, anything by C.S. Lewis or Richard Bach; Tom Clancy and Robert Ludlum -- but they're all read now, :-( ; Carlos Castenada, Brian Greene's books, e.g. The Elegant Universe, Catch-22, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Jane Austen, Rumi, Tolkien, Atlas Shrugged / Ayn Rand.
Music -- Springsteen, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Brad Mehldau, John Scofield, Brian Eno, Velvet Underground, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jimmy Hendrix, Dream Theater, The Doors, Green Day, Santana, Grateful Dead, String Cheese Incident, Widespread Panic, Bach, Beethoven, Janis Joplin, Sam Cooke... to name a few.
Movies -- Indie films, Dr. Zhivago, Lion in Winter, Casablanca, An Affair to Remember, The Usual Suspects, My Cousin Vinny, Monty Python, Brazil, Lord of the Rings, Kill Bill, and pretty much any dance movies.
Theater -- Broadway musicals! Les Miserables, Phantom, Billy Elliot, anything dance, drama
Food -- I love all kinds of food, especially spicy foods. Sushi is a staple.
TV -- going back a git in time...House, 24, Dexter, Dr. Who, Torchwood, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver ( <3 )
That said, I would though like to find the one person that I would pray I would never have to do without.
I also think a lot about everything I read in current events -- how we came to be here, how we might extricate ourselves -- current events always seems to lead me to thought of extrication, and how I might possibly profit from things as they are -- with either solutions or playing the bubble. Hey -- if I can't or won't join them and I can't save them from themselves, I still need a retirement plan!