I’m a former Navy Medic & Air Force “brat”; now a Disabled American Veteran, who has been living in Tampa for nearly two-thirds of my life. You could call me a big ol’ bulldog of a guy, but despite having a thread-bare heart (just a little frayed around the edges) I’m a gentle person, easy to get along with and I can form a sentence with more than one-syllable words.
Due to my disability (legs and being legally blind) I’m not one for clubs, but that doesn’t mean I can’t keep up with life and living it. I love going to movies, sports games, theme parks and concerts and fan conventions. I also like walking on the beach, going to the zoo or even just puttering around the local mall.
Seriously, can a good guy find love? I’d like to think so! ^_^
I am Caring, Funny, and Devoted
I'm looking to become a professional author. I have one self-published book already out there and I'm working on another. I also do graphic design and digital coloring, but that's more of a side-hobby than anything else.
I also am a pretty good listener and sounding board, for when people need to vent, rant or just need someone to listen to them. I feel I'm a pretty good friend that way.
Seriously, I'd say it's my laugh and my smile people notice. When I'm having a good time, it's really easy to pick me out in a crowd. Just look for the big fellow with the hat who's smiling and laughing a lot. Guess what? that's me!
I've read some great classics and such, even books like James Clavell's "Shogun", but I want to get hold of "Memoirs of a Geisha" and "The Last Samurai". But I have read Shakespeare's works -- I LOVE his comedies! -- and a lot of the great epics of mythology. My biggest love in books are fantasy and sci-fi stories, plus a few vampire or werewolf tales thrown into the mix. Patricia Briggs, P. N. Elrod, Anne McCaffrey, Ben Weber, P. C. and Kristen Cast are some of my favorite authors. If I had to name just one book out of them all, I'd probably pick the first fantasy book I ever read: "The White Dragon" by Anne McCaffrey. One of my all time favs!
Movies? I like anything save for horror/slasher/terror flicks and basically anything that involves an unhappy ending (at least those that end in a really bad way). I'm a big sci-fi and fantasy fan as well, plus I always watch anything animated: from Disney to Japanese Anime (Studio Ghibli is the best!). You want to impress me? Tell me you like either "Kung-Fu Panda", "Howl's Moving Castle" or "Starchaser: The Legend of Orin"... I'll be your friend for life. ^_^
I've got a wide taste in music; usually anything that sounds good to me, save for most music that delivers negative messages or themes. I mostly stick to rock, rock n' roll, country, some pop, classics, old-time and the Celtic variety. ZZ Top, George Thorogood, Toby Keith, Huey Lewis & The News and others of the like are some of my favorites. I'm a child of the 80's after all. ^_^
Food, well, that covers a wide spread! But my favorites are home-cooking, Italian, Mexican, Chinese and a few of the local favorites like Cubans, pizzeria pizza and such.
When I can, I sometimes go out to a movie or a local event -- concert or such. I love going to movies, but I don't often do, because I hate going alone. I go with the family, but that usually limits us to watching kid-friendly fare. ^^ Got to look out for my nieces! I've been to a few sporting events -- Lightning Hockey mostly -- but i'd love to see a bucs game or even go to a concert or such.
If you're up for that, I have to admit one thing: I cannot drive, so we'd either need a cab or your car. Being legally blind sort of put the kibosh on my driver's license. ^^;
Seriously, there's not much I'll say is really private about me. I'm a pretty open book, but if you really want to know, just ask me. ^_^
-- If you don't mind my being sight-impaired. It sort of limits my transportation options, but there's always a way around that.
-- You are SINGLE. If you are separated, "going through the process" or still with someone, I may not be the one for you. This is a hard rule with me.
If you're still with me after reading all of this, and would like to try an old-fashioned, yet forward thinking fellow who's putting it to you straight . . . well, what are you waiting for? ^_^