I love adventures. Outdoors, indoors, in my head, wherever. I love to hike and camp and just get out in nature whenever I can (closest thing I have to a "church"). I don't do it nearly as often as I should; work and/or other activities always seem to get in the way. BUT! I'm working on it.
Not religious or too terribly spiritual. I grew up super Christian and went to private Christian schools all my childhood, but for the most part, religion has been a non-entity in my life since college. I'm pretty open-minded and respectful when it comes to other people's religious beliefs, mainly because I view it as an incredibly personal thing that I have no right to try to change in someone else. But, I'm quite happy with my current worldview, so I maintain this sentiment only to the extent that I am afforded the same right to believe what I believe. Though we might differ, If you can agree to disagree and not harbor any ill will or judgment, then we could still be friends.
I try to take care of myself. I still eat terribly and don't exercise enough, but I'm one of those lucky ones whose genes keep it from showing. Exercise is still one of my favorite things, though (I played baseball all my life and into college, and I used to be a very avid runner), so I'm trying to get myself back in a groove with it.
I can be awkward and weird sometimes. I've been told I notice really interesting things, but I can't figure out whether that's a compliment or not. I tend to think it's a good thing. I'm definitely quirky, to say the least.
I'm also a bit overly introspective most of the time. I overthink almost everything, but mostly because I enjoy it (even though I agree that sometimes life is best done by action rather than thought). I'm very theoretical at heart, and I love taking apart tangible things and exploring the meaning behind them. I can be extremely over-analytical, which has its benefits and downfalls. I'm working on curbing the latter somewhat, but it's been a useful skill and has generally served me well throughout my life. However, I'm also extremely goofy and find myself not taking things TOO seriously most of the time. (Side note: I answered a question on here that asked if I was intense or carefree, and I was disappointed that I couldn't check both... It's a weird combo, I know.) So yeah, I'm "intensely carefree". I'll let you figure that one out, because I sure as hell haven't.
I think meaning might be one of the most important things to me. I was definitely that overly curious kid growing up seeking explanations for everything under the sun ("But why, Mom?"). I'm never satisfied intellectually, and I'm always seeking more and more knowledge about people, about the world, about ideas and concepts, etc. I would absolutely love nothing more than to find someone of a similar inclination to explore these realms with me. It's also one of the reasons (I think) I've never been able to do the whole hookup scene or just casually date people. Companionship is great, don't get me wrong, but for me, things usually fizzle out pretty quickly if there's not something deeper going on.
Also, for the record, I'm not the most traditionally romantic person out there; I've found my "love language" is almost universally service-oriented (both giving and receiving). To me, one of the most romantic things someone can do is to go out of their way to make someone else's life easier. I'm definitely working on being better at developing other means of demonstrating affection, but I'm also realistic enough to recognize that I'm never going to be the most sentimental and touchy-feely guy out there. That being said, it perhaps makes sense that I've found I connect best with people who possess a strong independent side (as I do) and are in many ways emotionally self-sufficient.
I'm a long-term idealist but short-term realist, so always trying to balance lofty ambitions with the day-to-day necessities I frequently overlook. I get a little too ahead of myself sometimes, but my friends seem to be pretty good at reining me back in to enjoy the present. Life is pretty good, though I'm always working toward making it even better.
Questioning assumptions, particularly my own.
Advice, or so I've heard. I'm not always the best at emotional support, but I'm damn good at picking apart a problem and finding unbiased solutions.
I'm also tallish and wear glasses 99% of the time, so it's hard to miss me.
Let's see if I can do a basic rundown of the high points, though:
Books: Love Steinbeck, Hemingway, Kerouac. I read a lot of nonfiction nowadays (thanks, grad school). Travel writing is a personal favorite, as well as stuff with a personal development bent (guilty pleasure).
Movies: Foreign/indie, documentaries, and classics mostly. Huge film noir buff. I'm definitely down for blockbusters and other fare as well, though.
TV: Arrested Development, HIMYM, The Newsroom, Parks and Rec, 30 Rock, 30 for 30 documentaries, I actually haven't had cable in, like, 7 years, so I'm pretty bad about watching shows regularly. My friends also make fun of me for the fact that I've probably seen at least the first 2 episodes of every major binge-worthy show out there but then trail off or get distracted by something else.
Music: I go through phases, covering pretty much every genre imaginable. Been in a weird post-punk/alternative/trip hop mood of late. Last month I was on a huge soul kick (love me some Al Green and Otis Redding). I'm sure I'll be on to something new by next week. Two favorite bands are Death Cab for Cutie and the Beatles (Modest Mouse is a close 3rd). So yeah, I'm all over the place here.
Food: Everything, duh.
2. Sophomoric humor and/or dry wit 💩 🔥
3. Coffee ☕️
4. Nature/Hiking ⛺️
5. My cat, LC 😸
6. Microsoft Excel 📊📈🤓