I spent 8 years in Portland, OR. Never thought I'd live in Oregon having been born in Syracuse / grown up in north NJ / and gone to college in PA. Never mind the fact that I was living in Miami in my mid-20's at the time! But, it was an opportunity I couldn't pass up ... advertising agency guy + athlete / sports nerd + a chance to work at the agency that coined JUST DO IT = Opportunity that makes you move to Oregon. I quickly learned its not pronounced Ore-gun. I apologize now if I correct your pronunciation later.
Now, I'm back east (as of 6/13/14). Mom is thrilled. So thrilled I've had to remind her that being back doesn't mean I'll be home every weekend. But, she's starting to appreciate that (or at least pretending with more frequency). I'm thrilled because I've got an adorable 3-year old niece who loves her "Uncle Rynan" (yeah, that's how she says my name currently). Update: as of 6/11/15 I now have a nephew. Nice one year back on the east coast anniversary present. I'm also excited to be surrounded by East Coasters again - and the melting pot that is NYC. Doesn't hurt that the job opportunity that awaits me is an exciting one. Nice to feel the enthusiasm I felt the last time I made a big leap of faith 9 years ago.
What I will be doing now that I arrived? Writing a select few hoping you'll let me tag along - or that you'll point me in the right direction for good food, a great beer, or a better subway route - and hoping you won't mind when I can't take the lead in suggesting a great place for us to meet for dinner. Promise I'll do serious work to catch up with the goal of finding a few gems you've yet to discover (I've found a few by now).
Spoiling my niece and nephew.
Shaving my head. Practice makes perfect!
Lots of more interesting stuff too ... rest assured. But, there's no fun in giving it all away. Chances are you'll identify a few I didn't even consider. Fingers crossed.
I'm well aware - and I'm thankful that others agree - that I'm not very photogenic. Maybe it's the way the flash reflects off my head?!? So, if you're on the fence, take a chance - it'll be worth it. Worst case scenario is I buy you a drink and we share a conversation about something we both have in common or can appreciate.
Movies: all over the map
Music: I like acoustic guitar and great lyrics - Matt Nathanson, Jack Johnson, Glen Phillips, Dispatch, OAR, Amos Lee, The Black Keys, Ben Harper, Mat Kearney ... and many many others. I'm sure I'll be embarrassed I forgot a few very important ones (or maybe that I included others above). Please share - there's nothing better than new music. Or seeing live music.
2. A challenge
5. New experiences (wanted to say travel but who doesn't)
6. Shaving cream
About what I'm good at today - and could be tomorrow.
Trying to eat cleaner and smarter / pushing myself physically. I don't want to just be "old" with someone. I want to "grow old" with someone - in age, not body or mind.
About how much a drag being single can occasionally be - but how worth all the aggravation can be when you meet the right person or make a new friend you'll have for life - or even share that one moment, conversation, or laugh that makes it all worthwhile.
I'll say it - where I want to travel to next. Cannot get my last big trip out of my head. Two summers ago I spent a month traveling Europe for the first time. Traveled solo to Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Munich, Interlaken, Florence, Cinque Terre, Nice, Barcelona, Paris and London. Since, just a couple quick trips to Amsterdam for work and around the U.S. For fun. More please. Oh wait, let's add an April '15 trip to the Dominican that may have to become an annual thing.
Yeah, I think about my career too ...
For example, I have a friend who can yodel - yeah you read that right - head in hands immediately. Can't look. If I could turn off my ears I would.
I am ultimately looking for something serious.
You can show/teach/share something new - and are open to the same from me.
You take care of your body.
STD free, like me.