33Monterey Park, United States
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My self-summary
Outgoing and interested in what's around me. Talkative, often humorous and ALWAYS tall. I am a native of Southern California and love it here, I have traveled some but the mix of people and activities here makes me proud to call this region home.

Got my degree a couple of years back, and up until recently I wound up working in fields with only the most tenuous connection to it. I would love to go back to school but it has to make sense financially. I also fear I'd get sucked headlong into academia and be one of those Post-Doc 43 year olds. As corny as it sounds, learning is one of my most-loved ways to pass the time.

I am straightforward and reliable, older than most of my friends by two years and that has made a bigger difference than I would have ever thought. I am not above embarrassing the hell out of myself to delight those I am with.
What I’m doing with my life
I have been working for over three years as a residential counselor in a girl's foster home. All that nonsense people say about how working with children is rewarding? True, to my immense satisfaction. I am in a place to make an actual difference in the lives of really vulnerable kids. I am getting a crash course in being a parent...and learning so many awful things about teenage girls.

Not to sound too cloying, mind you. The place I work is high intensity and some shit goes DOWN. I usually win at telling work stories at parties, if shocked silence and people saying "oh my God..." under their breath counts as a win.
I’m really good at
Talking AND listening. Being the calm one when everything is going to shit. Driving places, finding things, amusing kids with strange facial contortions. Cooking, hosting, adventures, figuring things out. Lifting, fixing or assembling things. Starfox 64. Getting stuff off the top shelf, sorting out an emotional crisis (the secret is usually tea). Standing guard against nightmares after they wake someone up. Being a father figure. Anything involving playing with animals. Accents and SFX. Opening doors for people of all ages and leaving a light on for someone coming home late. Being very tall. Cleaning my home. Christmas time.
The first things people usually notice about me
Tall. Then mah eyes. Mostly the tall thing though.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I am a big fan of The Wheel of Time book series. Terry Pratchet used to be amazing, but has deteriorated. Then he died and I was pretty sad, and regret that he never finished Discworld properly. There is also this little collection of O'Henry's short stories I wind up reading every 5 months, his use of language and unusual narrators make me happy. Victorian romance novels...Mansfield Park, Jane Eyre, Emma..my willingness to admit my reading preferences shows I am secure in my masculinity!

I enjoy Cirque du Soleil, and most not very serious movies and some of the more serious ones. I have a massive and unashamed love for the older Disney movies, and if prompted enough WILL sing some of the songs. I might even try to do the voices if asked nicely enough. Finding more and more that I really like the Marvel cinematic Universe. I just am fascinated with how they successfully interconnect so much.
I am open musically to whatever sounds good at the moment, though I seem drawn to non vocal tracks or stuff in other languages. I have this nasty habit of listening to lyrics and then realizing they are really dumb. This tends to kill my enjoyment of country music, for example.

Food is good. Good food is better. Lousy food is TERRIBLE. I once decided to give vegetarianism a go, and not for a reason that many might think. It did not work out. Iron deficiency is a thing.

I just realized that when they say shows they meant TV. I rarely watch TV so I kinda missed the point there. Ha! That being said, I have several shows on DVD, like Battlestar Galatica and Dead Like Me that I happen to think are marvelous. Currently, I like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as it represents crossovers between films and TV, which I always wondered why nobody bothered with as a kid.
Six things I could never do without
1. My sense of sight.
2. Trees.
3. My car. Used to ride the bus. Looking back I am shocked I survived.
4. Music.
5. Cell phone.
6. My hands (I am attached to them).
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I like to daydream about colors, and coming up with new funny voices. My job is pretty demanding, but the time I spend thinking bout the kids and how to help them with their respective issues is well worth it.
On a typical Friday night I am
Running around having fun on an outing with four or five teenaged girls.
...when reduced to a quick blurb my job comes off as creepy.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I once considered voting Republican. It was for a local sanitation supervisory position. Felt like a good fit.
You should message me if
You enjoy being amused, like being talked up and are looking to meet strange but endearing people. If you feel that adventures are fun, but not every weekend has to be one then we might be well suited to each other.
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