ThaManInTheArena
36 Victoria, Canada
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My self-summary
I am a supervillian.

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
What I’m doing with my life
Full-time single dad about to be a full-time not-a-parent as my kid grads this year and will be going off to Ontario to start her life close to her mom. It's been a great ride.

I'm also a published author with two novels and over a hundred articles involving politics, technology and social issues. I've also been given writing credits in indie video games, and I'm working on a screenplay.

A few years ago I got in a really bad bike accident and as a result had to switch from an active to sedentary lifestyle. But I've since healed completely save for the odd back pain and occasional sciatic nerve flare, but I just recently bought another bike and I'm on the fast-track to being fit again!
I’m really good at
Writing, listening and understanding both sides of controversial issues whether they be political, religious or otherwise.

Storytelling. I've got a million and one great stories, and some of them are actually true!
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm tall. But despite my size, I'm a gentle giant. I'm calm, and I've been told my voice is "enchanting."
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I'm pretty sure every listens to a wide variety of music, and I'm no different. But in terms of genres, my favorite would have to be shoegaze. I guarantee most have never heard of it.

Top three (for various reasons): Jurassic Park, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Ink.

Shows I never miss: Game of Thrones, Walking Dead (and its spin-off), and Doctor Who.
The six things I could never do without
1. My kiddo (Who is leaving the nest. Aaaagh)
2. A to-do list.
3. YouTube & Twitter.
4. Experimental Post-Rock.
5. My Nautical Star hat.
6. Fernwood.
7. Breaking arbitrary rules put forth by OKCupid. (Badass over here.)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
All sorts of things, really. I daydream a lot. (Both a blessing and a curse of being a fiction writer.) I think a lot about social movements, media and journalism, political corruption, how the super-rich stay super-rich, and... Snapple. I think a lot about Snapple.
On a typical Friday night I am
Usually making sure my daughter gets home safe from wherever it is she goes on Fridays. So far I have 100% success rate. But seeing as she'll be moving to Ontario in about a month, my Fridays are now going to be filled with something a little more self-serving. Yay!
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
My "losing-my-virginity" story would make for a great slapstick comedy.
You should message me if
...you have some obscure knowledge to share with me.

...you're down with deep conversations about human nature.

...you believe principles are more important than politics.

...you're honestly interested in hearing my collection of ridiculous and often wildly inappropriate pickup lines.

...you have a tattoo. I like tattoos.

...you're a supervillain.

...you realize that there are 86,400 seconds in a day... and it takes just one of them to click on the 'message' button.
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