I graduated from school with a BA, and refuse to go back to school at least until I pay off my existing student loans. I have a career developing educational software, and enjoy it both for the work and the end result.
I'm a single dad, and have my son most of the time. It limits my options for getting out a bit, but I love having him and wouldn't trade it. That said, his mom is still in his life and watches him from time to time. Our relationship is mostly limited to where he is concerned and is mostly drama free at this point.
I believe in opening doors for others, and like helping friends who are moving, though I may still be a bit envious of those who are moving out of state.
I love camping, swimming, and biking and don't get to do either near enough, and have enjoyed wall climbing, ice climbing, white water rafting, scuba diving, and canoeing among many other outdoor activities and would love to find someone to share doing all of it and more. Recently I have added kayaking and sailing to this list, though I have a lot to learn about both.
I'm looking for:
She should like reading, board games (RPG's are a definite plus), going to the movies, going out to talk over coffee, and just going for a walk.
She should be intelligent, a bit nerdy, adventurous, and like to be active. She should like animals, especially dogs, and kids at least enough to be all right with my having a son.
Have a sense of direction in her life and not be into head games or drama. Someone who is straight forward, direct, and honest is a huge plus.
I work creating educational software, which basically means I spend most of my day programing and working with other programmers, editors, and content specialists of various types to create software. The details of that tend to make most people's eyes glaze over pretty quickly (though maybe not quite so quickly if you are in the education field as well), so I try to avoid talking about it unless someone asks.
Aside from work, I spend my "spare" time working on improvements to my house, studying martial arts, and trying to keep up with a four year old boy. :)
Oh, and I have only one rule about questions: Be sure you want to know. Because I will answer, and it will be truthful. I am happy to answer any questions you want to ask though.
Favored Authors: Roger Zelazny, Jim Butcher, Fred Sagerhagen, Tad Williams, Kim Harrison, Laurrell K. Hamilton, Robert Heinlein, and Glen Cook.
Movies I am looking forward to: My son is just getting to the point where we can go to the movies together and get through them without too many distractions, so we have been getting out more often, and I have oddly been managing to find time to get out and see some movies that I wouldn't want to take him to as well, though taking someone else would be a welcome change...
Favored Movies: Firefly/Serenity, Harry Potter, Batman Begins/ Dark Knight, The Lord of the Rings (LoTR), Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Avengers (Iron Man, etc), V for Vendetta, Gross Pointe Blank, Indiana Jones, Avatar, Pump up the Volume, Atlantis, anything that Miyazaki is involved with (Castle in the Sky, Naussicaa, Kiki's Delivery Service, Howl's Moving Castle, etc), among others.
Current TV shows: Arrow, Big Bang Theory, Castle, Continuum, Doctor Who (new one), Lost Girl, Suits, Supernatural, and White Collar.
I'm generally willing to give any sci-fi show a chance, but am not big on slapstick comedy or things like the Office, or SNL. That type of humor just does not appeal to me. [shrugs]
Cancelled TV shows I liked while they lasted: Stargate (all), Due South, Chuck, Farscape.
1. My son
2. Sasha (My 7 year old Puppy) - who passed a couple years ago and I still miss so much. :(
3. Water (snow, rain, lakes etc... yeah I know I live in a desert now... ) - so apparently this can be done.
4. Greenery. Trees, plants and other stuff alive and preferably without thorns. - See #3
5. Friends and family. (Most of my friends have escaped AZ, and my family all live in different states, though we still talk pretty regularly.)
6. A meaningful job and work that can have a real impact and that I can be proud of. - This one I stand by. I did without this for a few years recently, and hated it (though the people I worked with were good), but sucked it up in order to get myself in a better financial place. Now I am back to something more fulfilling, and I feel so much better about going to work each day.
I have managed without each of these in the past and survived, but have no desire to do so again.
So I am updating this:
1. My son
That is all.
How education can be done better, and how to help teachers more.
Also, how I could move to Seattle, and what that would take to actually do.
If a sitter can be arranged, and someone I know is up for it, a movie, or getting together to talk over the warm beverage of choice isn't out of the question.