I've been, in no particular order, an engineer, a lifeguard, an academician, a ski instructor, a researcher, a writer, a consultant, an airline pilot, and farmer*.
I put the asterisk next to the farmer because that was sort of short-lived. Nevertheless, I learned a few things while farming as a twelve-year old. I didn't list being a student, because we're all students going forward, or at least should be.....
I am relatively laid back. I'm doing things I enjoy and have a mostly stress-free and happy existence. I have friends of all ages and feel comfortable talking with almost anyone.
I think dating can be fun in of itself, even when it turns out there isn't chemistry. It's all about expectations. My expectation is just to meet someone and have fun getting to know them. If there is chemistry, then all the better. I think it would be great to meet someone I might fall head over heels for, but I think it is a mistake to expect that or to think that is a prerequisite for a happy and healthy existence. I like the idea of meeting new and interesting friends as an end in itself.
Here on okcupid, I used to believe Match % is at least as important as anything that can be gleaned from pictures or a one page profile. I think Match % is more 'honest'. However, I've yet to actually date anyone here who is a really high match (i.e., > 90%). I've met a few really awesome people who were relatively low matches, but I still put a certain faith in the math. I guess you never really know until you get into the same room ;)
Sometimes I think I should be more proactive about dating. It just hasn't been something I've put much effort into amongst all the other stuff going on in life, but as the lottery slogan says, "You can't win if you don't play."
Here are some things I really enjoy and who cares how good I am?
Playing ice hockey. I'm still trying to keep up with the 20'somethings at the rink.
Bicycling. I have a road bike and a mountain bike and really enjoy them both, but road cycling has started to turn into a real passion. I've started doing some longer rides. I've been riding with a few groups in Portland and have met a great group of new friends. Maybe in 2015 I can put more miles on my bike than my car. Want to go on an epic cycling adventure. I'm in.
Skiing. I don't ski much anymore, but you could probably talk me into going without trying too hard.
I'm thinking about getting into a new water sport. Maybe surfing or kite boarding or paddle boarding.
Aviating, navigating, communicating. People actually do care how good I am at these three.
(d) music: The list could be long and distinguished, like abolishionist Ben Franklin's biography, but the best of the best all begin with "B": The Beatles, Beck, Bishop Allen, and the Freewheelin' Bob Dylan. Basically I like all sorts of music, but I don't think musical taste is very important in a match.
(e) food: It is with great conviction that I proclaim that I am not picky. I like just about anything, so long as it is horribly bad for me. I like most everything else, too. The lobster (pronounced lob-STAH here in Maine) is good. I like the steamers (pronounced steam-AHHHS)(i.e., steamed clams) even better though.
One of my favorite places in Portland is J's Oyster Bar. If you ever visit, you should check it out. It's sort of a classy dive, with great food and strong drinks. I usually order a lobster roll, a bowl of lobster stew, and a Bloody Mary. I call this J's Hat Trick, but if you ask for that they'll have no clue what your talking about.
My friends and family are probably the only things I could never do without - They are those who really count, regardless of whether or not they understand binary or count to six.
How I can decrease my lap times by not trying to go faster.
A friend recently gave me a bumper sticker that I really like. It says, "Don't always believe what you think."
I usually get a chuckle out of the profiles that turned this question into "You shouldn't message me if". That said, you should not message me if the only Joy in your life is a dish-washing liquid. I probably don't want to see nude pictures of your vagina, either, but if that is somehow therapeutic for you then have at it, just don't expect me to reciprocate. That in fact would be impossible.
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