- First off, I cringe when I hear the term sapiosexual or see it used in dating profiles. I know you like smart people. I like smart people too. Almost everyone does. I have yet to see an OKCupid profile stating “dumbasses light my fire....”
- I'm single (divorced 2 years ago), no kids, happy, positive and have my act together.
- I can kill spiders like a champ.
- My favorite childhood memory was a summer afternoon when I was 10. My dad and I took a pickup load of brush to the dump, and then we went to the movie theater (on opening day) to see Back to the Future. That's perfect :)
- I served as a Marine Corps officer for eight years and fought in Iraq. Travel tip: don't go there, the natives are restless...
- I work in investment banking. Specifically, as an M&A advisor, I broker the sale of medium-sized privately held businesses. It's a lot of spreadsheets, emailing, hand holding and psychoanalysis… I really like it. It's fun!
- Weirdly enough, even though I am a former Marine/investment banker, I am politically liberal. Elizabeth Warren is my political spirit animal. I'm quite chagrined that we have collectively decided to trigger the Trumpocalypse though. I started my adult life as a conservative Republican and, slowly but surely, politically evolved into a progressive. Weird but true ;)
- I'm well traveled (40+ countries). Discovering different places, people and cultures energizes me and feeds my curiosity about the world and the people who live on it.
- I am good at thinking quickly on my feet and knowing what to do in an emergency (blown tire on the freeway, zombie apocalypse... etc.).
- Has everyone on OK Cupid petted tigers but me? I am feeling a little left out now…
- I was lucky enough to have the opportunity last summer and early fall to work remotely. I went hog wild with it and ended up spending the majority of that time in Europe and California. I was a happy digital nomad - traveling, visiting friends, and seeing cool stuff.
- I like to work out. I am back in the gym again and enjoy weight lifting and cardio (well, maybe “enjoy cardio” is a little too strongly worded…).
- I have lived in six states and on four continents. I lived in Hawaii for three years as a Marine lieutenant in my mid-twenties. It was possibly the high water mark of my life ;)
- The Australian “outback” is really friggin dangerous. Snakes, crocodiles and spiders... and the women roar and men chunder...
- I taught English in a favela (Rocina) in Rio de Janeiro for four months right after I got out of the Marine Corps. I didn't get robbed or kidnapped once! Ahhh Rio... ;)
- I worked as a newspaper reporter at the Arizona Republic after I got back from Rio. Hated it. I loved writing, but was bored to tears writing articles about doggy parades for the “Real Housewives of Scottsdale”. I know, I know… total first world problem...
- However, I did write a long form magazine piece about my experience during the Battle of Fallujah in November 2004. Check out this link if you want to give it a gander… http://cronkitezine.asu.edu/fall2007/fallujah1.html I debated about whether to include this in the profile, but eventually I said “What the hell, why not?” If you don’t like me because I am a military veteran, then I am probably not a good fit for you anyway.
- I have seen a perfect sunset in the Gili Islands of Indonesia. People stopped, cheered, clapped and cried…
- I ran with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. Obviously, I was young and very stupid when I did this.
- I went to Chernobyl (Prypiat) in September of 2015. It was the creepiest place I have ever gone. It is like the set of a zombie apocalypse movie. I was positively glowing… (yes, that was cheap. I know...)
- I was once attacked by a Komodo dragon on the Indonesian island of Rinca. Horrible creatures. A truly bizarre story where the villain was an Englishman. Go figure...
- Recently relocated back to Seattle in December 2015 and now live a couple of blocks away from Pike Place Market. I'm totally enjoying it and feel like a "tourist" in my own city. :) Seattle is growing on me (like a fine north-facing moss...).
- I think the “Seattle Freeze” is real. I didn’t realize it when I grew up in the area and went to college here. But I moved away for 11 years and came back to Seattle to go to graduate school. The first thing I noticed upon moving back (besides the hoards of hipsters) was “like, what the f%&k is up with these people?” Often people here are nice, but as socially distant and frigid as Antarctica.
- I have a ridiculous amount of formal education. It includes, among others, a law degree, an MBA, and an LL.M in tax law from the UW.
- You might ask, “Whoah... dude! What the hell? Professional student much?" or "You must be living in student loan purgatory!” Well, funny you should ask that. The Veterans Administration paid the full bill (tuition, books, living stipend) for my law degree, MBA, and and Tax LL.M. I consider my education to be the best and luckiest opportunity to ever happen to me (so far). I am the first person in my extended family to go to either college or grad school. So now I have a world of opportunities and I am so ridiculously grateful for them…
- I also enjoy hiking, working out, campfires, Netflix, wine, dark beer, witty banter, and well executed sarcasm.
- So, as you can see, I have experienced enough life to be jaded by it, but I’m not. I hope that you are not either.
- I'm looking for someone rad. Basically the woman described in this sentence: "She wasn't doing a thing that I could see, except standing there leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together." —J. D. Salinger, "A Girl I Knew"
- I am attracted to women who are intelligent, curious, worldly, self-aware and empathetic. Most importantly, I treasure those who dream big and focus more on life’s opportunities than its potential pitfalls. Also, being able to laugh at yourself and life's absurdities is a big, big plus…
Bond villain doppelganger...
Movies: The Big Lebowski, Office Space, Dazed and Confused, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Casablanca, Dogma, and pretty much anything by the Cohen Brothers.
Music: Springsteen, U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rolling Stones, CCR, Bob Seger, Leonard Cohen...
Books: I try hard not to be a dumbass - therefore I read and listen (audiobooks) ;) My nonfiction choices tend to be books about entrepreneurship, business strategy, history, politics and biographies (I listened to Unbreakable on audiobook recently - it was fantastic!!!). I am also a real sucker for anything dystopian/sci-fi. Some of my all time favorite authors are John Steinbeck, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, Robert Heinlein, Harper Lee (you only need one great book to be great), and Ernest Hemingway (absolutely love his writing). The Things They Carried by Tim O'brien is a phenomenal war memoir.
"Sometimes I can feel my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I'm not living."
—Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
- Weighing the pros and cons of the "chicken bus." I backpacked around South America for five months (7,000 miles, all by bus). Its super cheap and a great way to see the beauty and reality of the place you are at, but its hard on the ass, joints and eardrums...