The bad: I work at a large law firm downtown and bill lots of hours. (So committing to carve out the time to spend with someone and making the most of that time are important to me.)
The ugly: Full disclosure, I'm a Republican and a capitalist. No, no, not a mustache-twirling robber baron (a term I don't care for, by the way). More like a... a captain of industry!
When I'm not working, I like to run outside whenever I get the chance. I read a fair amount, and I almost never set foot on a bus or a train without a book in hand. And sometimes I play a little piano and guitar, for the quality of which I hope my neighbors forgive me. Update: I bought a harmonica for my birthday last week, and now I can sort of play Taps and Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. So there's that.
Every so often, I'll pick up a short-term hobby or interest just for a few weeks to see how I like it. Once, it was French. Another time, it was bowling. Right now, it's barbecue. Don't ask why. I don't know. But it was a good choice.
Movies: American Beauty, the Big Lebowski, the Big Short, Casablanca, Casino Royale, the Departed, the Empire Strikes Back, the Godfather, Hook, the Hunger Games (yes, I know they're for teenage girls, shut up), It's a Wonderful Life, Lonesome Dove (except for the water moccasin scene where a fellow Irishman gets it), the Rock, Se7en, V for Vendetta.
Shows: The Americans, the Big Bang Theory, Firefly, Friday Night Lights (Tim Riggins is the Dillon, Texas-equivalent of Christ, discuss), House of Cards, How I Met Your Mother, the League, the Man in the High Castle, Peaky Blinders, Scrubs. I'm currently in that awful Amazon/Netflix Hell in which I can't find a show that I want to watch and get into. Suggestions welcome. (No, seriously, help!)
Music: Arctic Monkeys, The Beatles, Ben Folds, the Black Keys, the Bravery, Death Cab for Cutie, Eric Clapton, Franz Ferdinand, the Fratellis, Good Charlotte, the Killers, the Kooks, Jimmie Eat World, Modest Mouse, the New Rivals, the Offspring, Pink Floyd, the Postal Service, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Rolling Stones, the Shins, the Strokes.
Food: Barbecue, Chinese, Italian, Mexican, pizza, sushi, Thai.
(2) My computer(s). (Personal laptop's name is Hal. Work laptop's name is Tron. iPad's name is Deep Thought.)
(3) My car. (Her name is Abigail.)
(4) My library card. (Shut up. Not one. Word.)
And about why so many people on dating websites feel the need to post their lists of deal breakers in their profiles. Am I the only one who finds that offputting?
But of course, you're welcome to message me if you'd like, particularly if you're someone to whom people regularly apply adjectives like "kind," "nice," "positive," and/or "sweet," ideally preceded by the adverb "genuinely." These qualities seem to be getting more rare these days, and I value them pretty highly.
Ultimately, I'm looking to find "the one," but I always try to go into things without any expectations. So no pressure!
Only one ground rule: No ghosting. Not now; not ever. It's the worst.