I guess what I'm saying is that there's a lot here and some of it is contradictory and unexpected, but like Whitman I am large, I contain multitudes.
In a relationship I am sincere (as opposed to sarcastic / snarky -- that works for some people but not me), emotionally open, and committed. I don't jump into things quickly, but when I do decide to get involved with someone I will do anything I can to make it work between us.
Also I should say that I'm looking for something long term -- possibly even the big M. I'm too busy to chase one night stands or flings.
Oh, and returning to the gym now that I've (mostly) recovered from getting my back messed up in Iraq. I seriously cannot wait to get some of my strength back.
I've often heard that I'm good at reading people, but I feel like everyone thinks they're good at that so I'm skeptical.
I don't usually watch TV but I'm a sucker for Game of Thrones and The Avengers. The Blacklist, too: even though the writing could be improved I've fallen in love with James Spader's portrayal of Reddington.
Tom Waits, Roger Zelazny, and Clive Barker are giants in their field and can do no wrong.
My tastes are generally pretty eclectic, to be honest - especially in music. But I absolutely adore Dvorak's Romance in F Minor and Chopin's Opus 9, particularly the first nocturne.
In closing... are there rocks ahead? If there are, we'll all be dead!
A text editor and a compiler.
Conversation partners. I don't just mean "friends" generically; I mean people with whom I can have long, engaging discussions on any of several topics.
Proper grammar and punctuation. My mother drilled it into me.
I've decided that showing up right around the time of the Chicago World's Fair would be optimal.