Ok. Cards on the table.
So check this out. I moved back to Pittsburgh after 5 years in the Navy. Why? Primarily to go to school. That's right, i'm a motorcycle/vespa riding, possibly disappearing for unpredictable periods of time for Sailor-stuff, sort of maybe probably staying with family, 40 year old fucking student. If you get past this and still want to go out, first coffee date is on me.
I love "getting to know you" sort of dates. Coffee, wandering around bookstores, coffee, museum crawling, zoo, coffee........you get the idea.
No emotional/relationship baggage. Thank fuck.
I hate driving cars. I own two Vespas and a 70s Honda motorcycle. Does it suck in the winter? Yes. Do I particularly care? No. it's cheap and ridiculously fun.
If you are looking for a suit wearing, highly serious, career driven, conservative, fabulously wealthy man who acts his age regardless of the situation...........Then i am NOT the boy for you. I was recently described as "not fully baked", which is probably accurate. I had to do a life reset a few years back, so I'm sort of meandering through adulthood at my own pace.
Im over- read, minimalist, kind, artistic, nerdy, go-with-the-flow, foot-in-mouth, inappropriately timed joking, atheist, occasionally vegetarian, comic book reading, witty, optimistic futurist and generally have my shit together.
I'm silly as fuck.
I have a fearless love of the absurd, art, science, language, the Muppets, film, segue's, cryptozoology, astronomy, games, punk rock and comic books.
When i get excited over something i start bouncing. Its like a nervous tick, only I'm grinning and look like I'm 6.
I'm very in touch with who I am. I own my interests, passions, hobbies and generally ridiculous nature. :)
I lean so far fucking left Im nearly horizontal. If you identify as conservative, we probably will not be a good match.
I'm currently working for a company that raises money for progressive non-profits to pay the bills. I'm also an active Reservist, meaning that i play Navy one weekend a month and could go away for awhile at any time. I'm taking my time with school, as I tried it once before and failed spectacularly. Im taking a few classes this summer to get my feet wet, then full tilt next year.
I have a little private mini apartment in a large family house. It's temporary-ish, as I don't quite know what my deployment schedule is yet. I'm still in post military recovery mode. Not the best thing for my ego, staying with family, but until I start school full time, it's a nice set up. Heh, not he best thing for dating, but again, cards on the table.
Im also a cartoonist. I tried being a more serious artist, i really did. I think i just read too much Garfield as a kid, much to my various art instructors displeasure. Tried making a career of it earlier, but it didn't quite take off. Still going after it. Its what I ultimately will end up doing, even if it takes awhile. It's my dream after all, goddamnit. Doing an art-date over coffee somewhere is my idea of an amazing date :)
Being a liberal democrat, artistic, well read, educated, atheistic rational city boy in the military was like living in a Wes Anderson fever dream. :/
Free time is spent taking online courses in Astronomy/Cosmology, learning Japanese, drawing, reading and video games.
Im also pretty good at being awkward and i start talking really fast when I'm nervous and then ill start gesturing and it only gets worse and pretty soon i look like I'm on meth but I'm really just nervous especially around girls i like i might even start going on about random things i find fascinating about astronomy or comics and this is why i don't drink much.
You know those moments when you tell a joke or a quip or something that YOU think is fucking hilarious and then EVERYONE around you is just looking at you and no one anywhere even looks close to laughing and you can just hear the crickets but you’re still giggling at your own joke? Yeah, thats never ever happened to me. Ever.
TV: Game of Thrones, Agents of Shield, The Flash, The Arrow, iZombie, Mad Men, Rebels, Walking Dead.
Authors: Chabon, King, Sedaris, Brin, Nivin, C. Clarke, Russo.....
I've been a ridiculous book nerd all my life. Now catching up on books that ive missed since being out to sea.
Books i recommend.....and i mean, even if you're reading this and thinking "Ug, he's ugly, stupid AND has rotten taste in movies"....at the VERY least, trust me with books.....
1. Straight Man by Richard Russo
2. Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon
3. Enders Game by Orson Scott Card
4. Dune by Frank Herbert
5. Startide Rising by David Brin
6. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft
7. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
8. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
9. Tales Too Ticklish to Tell by Berkeley Breathed
10. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
11. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
.....shit. i forgot about Irvine Welsh. And Jonathan Franzen. And Harry Potter. And Nabokov. And Al Franken.
Music: The Clash, The Ramones, The Queers, Operation Ivy, Rancid, The Specials, etc, etc. Punk, ska and all their little sub genres.
1) My Chrome bag. Lovingly patched with the flags of countries I've visited/lived in.
4) My Vespa
5) A book. Any damn book.
"Stand back. Im going to try SCIENCE!"
...and my dream of buying a boat to live on. 30-35ft sailboat. Why? Because I'm sick of having houses/apartments that just fill up with useless shit that i will never ever ever get rid of. I went VERY minimalist recently, and its quite liberating. I also want to just pick up and go if i get the itch to try new places. That its cheaper also helps.
Get in touch with me anyway and i will regale upon you fucking hilarious sea stories of oceanic misbehavior and nautical high-jinks over coffee or a beer.
You want to laugh. A lot.
You want to spend some time with a nerdy cartoonist/sailor. :)
....and you want someone new and fun to play DrawSomething with.
....who's also not a jerk or a creeper. And drives a Vespa.
Im ridiculous at the best of times. I see the world through a lens of hilarity, refracting the mundane and stupid into awesome and funny.