So my answer to the typical question of ‘where are you from?’ is slightly more complicated to answer than most, having moved around a fair amount. But the quick highlights range from England & Belgium for over a decade, then on to NYC, a spell in CT for prep school, a little turn in Ohio then a fantastic five years in Chicago back to NYC and now to the DC area… so far it's been great getting to know our Nation's Capital more. All this moving around has pretty much left me with me no distinctive accent (other than when I travel outside the US of course) but I can whip out an English or Irish accent (along with some others) on demand if need be... ha.
The most fulfilling and exciting part of moving and traveling around so much is being exposed to a variety of people and opportunities. When it comes to sports I would much rather be playing them than watching it on TV (except for Team USA at the World Cup) and I have played my fair share of them. The latest sport I've been throwing myself into is golf and I am totally hooked but soccer, tennis and squash have been main stays for many years. I also thrive on releasing my creative energy where for the most part of my high school and college career I would channel that energy into ceramics (wheel throwing to be exact) and I have been able to get back into it in spurts here and there but miss doing it on a regular basis.
In terms of me and what I am looking for, compared to most guys I actually don’t have a ‘physical type’ that I gravitate towards, naturally there needs to be a level of attraction to find each other sexy but chemistry for me depends on a few other facets. The girl who grabs my attention the most, is someone who can smile with their eyes, whose laughter can be heard all around the room, holds their end of the conversation with almost anyone and ‘gets down’ on the dance floor (is there a non-cheesy way of saying that?) I am looking for someone who finds it exciting to cover a lot of ground in a weekend between friends and activities where there may be multiple wardrobe changes ranging from shorts/t-shirt by the water, onto some sort of athletic attire then perhaps followed by something more dressy just to mix it up. Seems so simple.... right?
My career to date has included a wide range of roles/projects, all in the in the Non-profit sector, with each one challenging and pushing me...but I love a good challenge. One of my proudest achievements is starting an After-School Youth Program on the South Side of Chicago that is centered around education and sports. And yes, pleased to report it is still thriving today!
Movies: Best recent movie i have seen, Argo. but some classics i enjoy, Good Will Hunting, Shawshank redemption, Saving Private Ryan, Garden State, Braveheart, Wedding Crashers, Old School…and pretty much all the Bourne series.
Shows: Modern Family, Arrested Development, the office, House, Sons of Anarchy (yes, it’s a guy thing), True Blood, Mad Men, Homeland, Games of Thrones (so addicting)…while the movies have been suffering a little, scripted shows are definitely hitting new heights.
Music: I like it all, Rap/Classic Rock/alternative/some country/80’s/90’s toss in some 70/s for the fun of it. I need to give a big shout out to Pandora…who just makes finding all sorts of new artist/songs so much easier and fun. Pumped up kicks, fantastic, Magnetic Zero’s and 40 days…very fun.
Food: i love Mexican food (ike great authentic taco or enchiladas) Thai food (spicy noodles or green curry) Indian (lamb vindaloo) Italian Food (although it needs to be at least good but hopefully great Italian food. There is just way too much so-so Italian food) Of course, I love great Bar-b-que...the one thing I will not do, McDonald's or fast food in general... and yes this would be a deal breaker!
* Laughter (this can be fun, sexy and just feels good!)
* Great food (tasting amazing food is just sublime)
* Interesting conversation (exercise for the brain, simulating and fun)
* Gadgets (love all the new fun tech toys)
* The ocean (so beautiful and love being in my boat on the water)
My less practical side: the next time I can be enjoying time on my boat, drifting across the water, feet up, sun in my face, beverage of choice in hand, music filling the air all to be able to ponder life's great mysteries like.....”who do NYC cab drivers talk to ALL DAY?”
Working: (yes I do have to work weekends sometimes) fortunately I love what I do and it can be fun with the group of people I work with.
Laid back: I am completely fine with catching up on my DVR and either take out or trying my hand at some cooking...and of course a beverage of choice, great wine or cold beer.
Fun times: I love seeing live music and always want more of it my my life...anything from big concerts or great cover bands at local bars but most likely....there would also be dancing involved... or more recently I have been seeing some great live comedy shows, they are a blast.