Many who I've met have described me as an 'old soul'. I get along exceedingly well with folks many years my senior. Often times people of my generation make me shake my head with disbelief, sadness or disgust. A few even bring out the desire to throat-punch somebody. 😄
I live fully and I'm utterly faithful to the small circle of friends that I have built. Quality, not quantity, is my goal. I have no kids, I've never been married and I take no obligations except those I choose. To be completely frank I could hardly give a damn about sports; my "heroes" don't play with balls. I prefer a truck over a car but a well broken in pair of boots and a good trail is better than either type of vehicle.
For work I run heavy equipment and I also fill in at a shooting range back home in Wichita, KS whenever I'm up there on a weekend. I don't have a lot of free time due to work but for my friends I will MAKE the time.
He earns whate'er he can,
And looks the whole world in the face,
For he owes not any man."
Work, shooting, work, crossfit, work, running, work, travels to see my folks and Grandparents out of state…
I had a good place in the world that I had worked hard to attain before my carpet was yanked out from under me a few years ago. Now I'm moving again towards my purpose. I do my best to lead a life of honor without regret as I seek my point of balance.
Being underestimated. Make assumptions about me at your own risk.
Teaching specific skillsets.
Getting a rise out of folks for fun… can anyone say "leaf-blower duels with buddies while wearing kilts and "SUBMIT" T-shirts in front of the womyn's college"?? Yeah… that's something I would do.
Surprising the hell out of folks when I lift my scarred knuckles up off the ground for a moment or two and articulate something that I'm thinking about.
I tend to be quiet until I have a reason not to be.
If I am rocking a beard it's probably that it is RED. It's a Viking thing...
Most don't know I need corrective lenses. I usually wear contacts because they interface well with protective eyewear (sun glasses, ballistic glasses, etc). Folks tend to be surprised when I wear regular lenses.
At parties or get-togethers with friends I will typically be in the kitchen and working like mad! This amuses the hell out of the women-folk.
There's almost always a toothpick hanging out of my mouth.
Utilikilt. 'Nuff said.
I love reading for pleasure but lately I find myself reading and really enjoying books from economists like F.A. Hayek and Milton Friedman as well as books from authors that managed to escape Bolshevism, Communism or other so-called utopias. Stories of perseverance and determination captivate me.
Movies: Snatch, Intersteller, The Lonesome Dove, Blood Diamond, Million Dollar Baby, HUGO, Battlestar Galactica (New Series), Babylon 5, Miami Heat, The Departed, The Man With No Name Trilogy (Fistful of Dollars, Few Dollars More, The Good, Bad, and the Ugly), 300!!!, the Bourne trilogy, Boondock Saints, Kingdom of Heaven, Alien and more.
Sterling Archer is my spirit guide.
Music: I hate trying to list my music picks, there are just too many. Instead I will list a few of the albums I keep in my truck. These are discs that get constant play:
Blackhawk Down - Hans Zimmer
Haunting vocals, great contrast between ethnic and rock. According to Zimmer, much like the movie, it's score also portrays two radically different tribes clashing. It does this in spades.
Tool - 'The Holy Gift'
Either you get it or you don't.
Trans Siberian Orchestra - Night Castle
'Believe' and 'Epiphany' both take me to another place but they're far from the only good songs on this album!
Gary Moore - Live at Montreux
Recently discovered audible awesomeness. It's an eargasm.
From Beale Street to Oblivion - Clutch
Highway music: max volume, windows down and in the dark baby.
Florence + the Machine - Ceremonials
Surprised? Yeah. Me too. A badass broad and good friend on the east coast introduced me to this and I'm glad she did.
Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace - Foo Fighters
Send in your skeletons, sing as their bones come marching in...
Excitable Boy - Warren Zevon The title says it all, his songs tell a story as all good ones should.
Una mattina - Ludovico Einaudi
CAKE - Comfort Eagle
I want a girl with
Who uses a machete
To cut through red tape
Dangerous Man - Trace Adkins The story of Life from a man's perspective.
The Division Bell - Pink Floyd
If you even have to ask...
Food: I love to cook but I rarely do anything other than the basics unless I want something specific. I love cooking for and with the person I am close to. This applies especially to (buttermilk) pancakes. Pancakes aside, I am firmly of the belief that there aren't many things in life that cannot be improved by the addition of some sweet potato, avocado or both!
Spicy foods are awesome be it Indian, Thai or Mex. Bring on the flavor of pain.
I once won a chili cookoff at work with a Dark Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie. Credit goes (where it is due!) to a friend for the recipe and to my mother for teaching me how to make a proper pie crust.
2. My Friends - More valuable than any possesion. "Blood makes you related but loyalty makes you family."
3. A Sense of Humor - Humor is how I get through the tough times. Be it light-hearted or extremely dark I am almost always trying to find what's funny in a given situation.
4. My Honor - If you have no honor, how then are you worthy of life?
5. An Independent Mindset, I do and believe certain things for very specific reasons.
6. Being debt free, I am beholden to no one.
A steno notebook
My ceramic kitchen knives
My crack dealer, AKA Amazon.com
Wishing wholeheartedly for a lifestyle that would let me be responsible for a dog of my own.
How much I miss the Republic of Texas.
Not watching TV. Haven't had one for four years and it suits me fine...
Reading a good book or really wishing I was.
Cussing a blue streak if one of my 24-hr on call rotations falls on said Friday night.
Driving to Wichita.
Getting ready for a competition shoot on Saturday.
All of these moments I'll never replace
No fear of my heart, absence of faith
And all I want is to be home
All I want is to be home
People I've loved, I have no regrets
Some I remember, some I forget
Some of them living, some of them dead
And all I want is to be home"
You aren't afraid of the beard.
You want an adventure.
You want to learn to shoot. 😉