NOW... Onto the summary stuff.
People have told me I have a passion for life and I suppose that is the best way to summarize myself.
I can't abide a life where you get up, go to work, go home, go to bed, and then do it all over again over and over and over again until you're dead. I tend to live for the NOW as opposed to the LATER. Why wait? Why not? For me there is no good reason to hold back on anything. If I want it I get it, if I need to see it I go see it, if I want to do it I do it. The idea that I'll do it later doesn't sit well with me. What if there isn't a later? What if I get hit by a bus tomorrow?
So there's a self summary for you -- I live passionately every day fearing that I will be run down by a bus.
What does that mean? For starters it’s a great way to start a conversation as it’s a pretty innocuous statement that can mean just about anything. It can be both hopeful and uplifting on those days when you feel like King of the World while also being wry and sarcastic on the days when you are eating a s**t sandwich. Therefore just about any day of the week, for better or for worse, I am living the dream.
I have a career that I kind of fell into though in reality it feels right. As a man who has walked many paths I can tell you that this is the one that feels like I am supposed to be on it, like I found my calling. Professionally (or lack thereof) I am a salesman and that works as I can talk, listen, eat, and drink with the best of them and that’s about all you really need. A certain charisma works well too.
I own a few acres out here in Merrillville though how I came to be here is a story best saved for telling over a glass of wine or a nice single malt scotch one to two dates in. The moral of the story though is don’t enter into a peeing contest with your friends unless you want to end up with two turkeys living in your driveway and a LOT of grass to cut!
The house is here but a temporary thing. In my head I see renting the place out and moving back towards Chicago or some other far off land if fortune favors it.
I made some new friends recently which I am really proud to have and they set me about this OKcupid site with the goal of finding a girlfriend so I am determined to give it my best.
Finally I am looking forward to the day when I am my own boss. I am a pretty strong willed guy and very much a “Don’t Tread on Me” type so for me the end all be all would be being gainfully self-employed and doing the whole “American Dream” thing yada yada yada. Perhaps having someone erect some sort of monument to me upon my death. Modesty is one of my strong suites though I will admit I suffer from occasional dreams of grandeur.
I suppose I am an organizer and a visionary and those talents work for me.
I am like the John Henry of cracking crab legs. Give me a freshly steamed tower of snow crab and I'll out crack any machine or contraption and when I'm done my heart won't break either.
I also am a fair dancer and am always chasing my Fred Astaire moment when the crowd parts and the spot light falls into the circle as my partner and I step into it to dazzle and amaze.
The Tao of Pooh
Anything from Dr. Suess (when I'm looking for something heavy)
Gone with the Wind
Anything from Dreamworks
Game of Thrones
MEAT (in all of its wonderful forms - sans pastrami)
A Good Band
I have a dream to retire to a big house by the Atlantic Ocean in Nova Scotia, Canada. Sitting on my wrap around porch looking out at the waves while a steely grey sky looms overhead I'll sip a mug of hot cider with a spot of whiskey in it and enjoy the warmth of my wool sweater as it guards me against the crisp breeze coming off the water.
Of course before I can get to that elaborate day dream there are lots of things to think about so that I can get there in the end.
Thus I think about the more mundane as well as the fanciful like cutting the grass and winning the lottery.
Out to dinner with friends is a great option. I know of a place that does all you can eat lobster on a Friday night and another that does all you can eat King Crab legs. Nothing like honoring the brave men from Deadliest Catch by enjoying the fruits of their labour.
I am a HUGE fan of burlesque cabarets and there are always one or two of those to be found on a Friday.
Finally catching a live band that I can dance to is a great way to welcome in the weekend.
Also I'm crazy about lead female singers and musicians. This is a recent thing but I definitely think that's a type for me!
I've been told I'm smart, funny, and a general good time so the reviews are positive.
What do you have to lose?