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My self-summary
I'm a geek at heart, with a love for the finer things in life, but not so high brow that I'll turn my nose up the simple things. Yes, I'll have a $30 glass of scotch with my What-A-Burger. At the moment, I'm starting a new chapter in my life. I'm determined to get out and enjoy life, despite that my job schedule makes it difficult to hang out with my friends, as most of the guys I work with live all over the country, or are rarely home when I am.

I'm a little shy and quiet at first. I'll be the guy who listens more than talks. But when I'm passionate about something I can talk at great length about that subject. I'm a smart ass and I embrace both aspects of that trait, being both smart and an ass. Which has gotten me into a fair about of trouble with my betters throughout life. But fuck 'em if they can't take a joke.

I don't fit well into any archetype. I'm not a jock, I love video games and good movies, I love to read as much as watch a show. I love to shoot and I love outdoors stuff, but I hate the heat of Houston, so I don't go out that much. I'm from the Northwest and I miss the trees and the mountains and having four seasons. I'm not religious, but I am not without a spiritual side. I'm neither a republican or democrat, as I fall somewhere in the middle. I really think that both parties have their heads too far up their own asses to ever do any real good. I might be a little crazy, but the crazy mixed up with smarts and a razor wit, makes for some funny dinner conversation. I own guns, enjoy shooting and fully believe in the 2nd Amendment, but I'm not a "gun nut", and I do feel that some regulation on firearms is necessary. While I work offshore and live in the south, I consider myself a feminist and a LGBT ally who believes in true equality for all.

Having explored the poly/open relationship path for a couple of years now, I have realized that the monogamous social construct is not the only option. This path has made me grow in ways that I never would have anticipated, and I have learned a lot about myself. I won't try to convince anyone that it's been easy and painless. But what I've discovered about myself and the friends that I have made and lost along the way have been worth the temporary pain and heartache.

I have a great daughter who is the light of my life. She has acquired a rather ghoulish and possibly inappropriate sense of humor; to which I am partly responsible for. She is an amazing kid and while she can make me crazy, she keeps me grounded and makes me appreciate life.

Update, September 2013
After 20 years of smoking, I have been cigarette free for three months. I'm not a complete non-smoker though. I've exchanged the cigarette habit for e-cigarettes. Instead of stinking of stale smoke, I now puff on a sonic screwdriver and smell of baked goods. I still love a good cigar, but not as a daily habit.
What I’m doing with my life
Caution. Life in progress. Please keep your hands and feet inside while life is in motion. Someone will be by with a moist towelette if you need to freshen up.
Thank You For your cooperation.
The Management

I work offshore and have one of the best geek jobs ever. I get to work on giant underwater robots and the controls are basically a multi-million dollar video game.
I’m really good at
I'd say that my greatest skill and one of my passions is cooking. I've been playing around in the kitchen all my life and since I was 7, I wanted to be a chef. I made that goal, then had it pissed on. Now I cook for fun and not for a paycheck. It's better that way.
I'm pretty good at fixing stuff and general tinkering. I've built an AR15 from parts as well as disassembled and reassembled a hydraulically powered robot arm with complex electronics and only had a few pieces left over.
My wife claims that I'm very orally skilled in certain areas that only a woman would appreciate. Not bragging, just listing my skills as they have been evaluated by others.
I'm pretty good with tying knots, but thats part of my job.
I seem to be some sort of Old People Whisperer. Old folks and friends' parents love me. Which has doomed many adolescent relationships for me, as young girls tend to want to piss off their parents with their boyfriends.

Since joining OkCupid, I've noticed that I'm also good at not being an idiot douchbage asshat when attempting to communicate with women. I was not aware that this was something that would set me apart from the masses, but after seeing the silly nonsense that my female friends gets in their inbox everyday, I guess I have a rarefied skill set. This superpower allows me to communicate at a level higher than, "YOU PRETTY! MONGO WANT WANT SEE NAKED! MONGO WANT SEXY FUN TIME YOU".
The first things people usually notice about me
Damn! Who put this wall here? I'm tall and generally a big guy. I'd guess my eyes, and most people claim that I don't smile much. Most women seem to like how I smell. While that hardly counts as "first thing noticed", it's certainly better that BO being noticed immediately.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Read a lot of crime thrillers and true crime. Michael Connelly and Ann Rule are two great of examples respectively. I grew up in Washington state, the alleged "Serial Killer" capitol of the US, so it's a subject that hits close to home. I like sci-fi and I'm currently reading book 5 of the Songs of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) series. While Anthony Bourdain is great on TV, his writing is even better. His style is a lot like Chuck Palahniuk's, who is also a great writer. Rolled through Choke in 2 days. Love Douglas Adams. The Hitchhikers Guide series was laugh out loud in public funny. If you've never read Don't Tell my Mom I Work on the Rigs: She Thinks I'm a Piano Player in a Whorehouse, it's worth a read for some insight into the crazy world of working offshore and in the oil/gas industry. William Gibson and Robert Heinlein are my two major sci-fi heroes.

Movies: I like to be entertained when I watch a movie. I love horror movies and Sci-fi. I like a good comedy, as long as it's smart. I'll give anything a shot really. If there's sub-titles, I'm cool with that, but I need to know that going into it, so I can be ready for 2 hours of reading.

TV: I like shows like Dexter, Fringe, Community, and Justified. Dr Who, Torchwood, and House of Cards are some of my new must see shows. There are plenty of others that I watch in bulk while I'm offshore.

Music: I'm all over the place with music. My iPod has a very broad range of stuff on it. Wu Tang Clan to Norah Jones, Mozart to Marilyn Manson, Jimi Hendrix to Skrillex. What I listen to depends on my mood and what I'm doing.

Food: I can't really pick a favorite. I can eat Mexican and Tex-mex all the time without getting tired of it. But I love food in general. If there's bacon involved, I'll try it.
Six things I could never do without
In no particular order
1: Sex
2: Bacon
3: Coffee
4: A Job
5: My daughter
6: A good knife (it's always the right tool for the job)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
When I'm at work I think about work, my daughter, better food, boobs, beer and sex.. When I'm home, I think about how to make my family happier and the future. Also think about boobs, sex, food and beer. When I really get to thinking, I ponder the mysteries in life and question everything we were taught about our world.

I wonder why the concept of compersion took so long to be recognized as a thing, and why it took the growth of polyamory to give it a name.

If the old wives tale about your heart stopping when you sneeze is true, what would happen if you hooked someone up to an AED (automated external defibrillator) and threw pepper in their face? I have a basic understanding of how the thing works, so I'm relatively sure that it won't kill them; but I'd bet it would be hilarious to watch. Better than the "Don't taz me bro!" video.

If there is a robot uprising, I'll be on the front lines. Thankfully, I know where the breakers are.
On a typical Friday night I am
I have a few typical Friday nights. When I'm offshore, I'm either on shift working or asleep. When I'm home, we either hang out and watch movies, play video games with my kid. Maybe go out for a movie and dinner.

Since joining OKC, my social life has gotten much more interesting. Friday may include cigars and single malt scotch at Downing St. Looking ridiculous dancing my ass off in a club on Washington Ave. A pub and food truck crawl through Montrose. Or just hanging out with friends. All in all, I'm far less likely to be at home on a Friday.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
My love of bacon almost borders on sexual.
I'm looking forward to the Zombie Apocalypse.
You should message me if
you find you have anything in common with me.
you want to kick my ass at (enter video game here)
you don't mind that I'm a firm believer in ethical non monogamy and that there is a good chance that I'm dating someone who also shares this lifestyle.
you love bacon and want me to cook it for you.

If you live inside The Loop or are at least willing to drive here on occasion. As my social life had become more active, it is harder to schedule the time when I need to drive an hour each way every time I want to meet someone. Not saying that I won't, but meeting me half way is helpful. Plus, I live on the the corner of Awesome and KickAss and there's just so much to do and see here. I am not a suburbs guy who goes to Applebee's for a night out.
The two of us