I am a little geek, a little goofy, very smart, often clever, and occasionally thick. But this all makes for a fun, entertaining package.
I grew up in Tampa, FL with most of my extended family. When my parents divorced, I moved to Maine with my Mom leaving the rest of my family in FL. Went to High School and lived in Bar Harbor, Maine for over 15 years. Just before y2k, I was encouraged to come to Boston to do some contract work and I have been here in the Boston area ever since. While in FL, my South Carolina Baptist Grandmother taught me a thing or two about manners and polite. My stint in Maine taught me how to speak plainly and to the point. (No sense in wastin' werds.) And living here in Boston is somewhere in between. Still get enough strange looks when I say, "Thank you, have a nice day" and holding doors for people. I don't let "them" wear me down. I take in stride by saying on a long elevator ride, "Do the noises in my head bother you?" (Which is reference to "The Gods Must Be Crazy".)
I have found living and working in the city is for me. Walking, bicycling, T'ing around is my speed. Let the cars live in grid lock, I'll zoom down in between.
I am motorcycle guy currently riding a '99 BMW F650 GS, the F is for Funduro, as in "It sure is fun to ride!"
I enjoy leisurely athletic activity, walking/hiking not running, touring not racing, etc. I make the candles I burn and give away. Big movies are for the theater, some movies are good to cuddle at home with. I'm a bit of a gear-head, Android owner after ten years of using Palm,fair pool player, avid bicycle rider, motorcycle rider, regular sailing trips, and into walking, hiking, just being outside!
I took up Ballroom Dancing lessons a years ago and dropped after a fashion. I couldn't carry a beat in a bag, I got my left and my right mixed up often, and I have broken two toes with my "stompy" clomping I able gallop out. Sooooo, the group lessons are getting rid of the "stompy" part of my gait (almost light on my feet now), starting to hear the beat at the same time I try to dance(that is coming really slow), kinda "side stepping" (ouchie pun) by memorizing the steps, and overcome one of the few areas were I am self conscious (generally, I am an extrovert). So it is happening little by little. I am so confident at this point, I have been out in public, with no broken toes to report Yippie me!
And, I have been taking the time to do some of the things to take care of myself. Chiropractic visits as needed, drumming, buying more tickets to live music, live theater performance, etc, Started being a Big Brother all in 2006, and now my "Little" is now a young man out and about in the world..
- Talking up a storm. And, often, even making sense. I love to share stories and knowledge.
- Enjoying the outdoors sailing (top notch), bicycling (driving to endanger), and walking (have to slow down to a walk sometime)
- Great hugger and pretty darn good kisser (from what I have been told
- Figuring and pondering things out. Lends well to my job in the computer industry, but that is not the only thing. I like tinkering with things to see how they work.
- Pretty darn good with computers
Movies: I am all over SciFi movies like Pitch Black, Star Wars, Star Trek, FireFly. They are guity pleasures. I'll sit thru a "Summer Movie" like Batman Begins, Jurrasic Park, etc if it is hot out. And I like to catch quirky or unusual movies like "Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels" or "The Gods Must Be Crazy"
Music: Ouph. I gravitate to classic 70s rock. But I have a "sweet tooth" some types of classical. I have a colllection of movie sound tracks (I can almost relive the movie in the theater of my mind as the music plays). Small collection of alternative and house (ya ya, guilty pleasure). Overall, I can enjoy a *wide* range of music, but it depends on the moment. HUMANWINE and Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band and Mucca Puzza come to mind as recent live shows.
Food: Food? FOOD??!? Just don't call me "Late for dinner". While I love steak, I don't eat it unless it is really good or I am cooking it. Salads and fresh fruits keep my engine running clean, but I do love the deep dish double cheese with everything pizza, or lasanga, or Indian food so hot it dissolves the stomach lining. Sushi comes to mind.
- A place that I can call "home base", doesn't have to be much, but a place I can go to regroup and recharge now and again.
- My good health, both mental and physical
- Wallet with ID (we are moving towards a police state yet), just enough cash, and one credit card
- Pocket knife, keys (house, bike lock, etc)
- Treo 755p (well I can do without but my brain is in there, phone numbers, appointments, MP3s, email, web browser, GPS maps, gosh and oh my)
I keep looking at this list and realize that I could strip away a good deal of the materialistic stuff. NOTE TO DON: You best do that, there are better things than cash.
Useful application of human technology. The less obtrusive, less imposing, more intuitive, the better. I spend time thinking about how my contribution to the computer industry helps, rather than hinders society.