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My self-summary
I am a curious guy who enjoys learning in all the shapes and forms it takes. I like meeting new people and learning about them, hearing their stories and points of view. I like learning new skills, ideas, and concepts. I have been known to pick something that goes by me and spend an hour researching on it and finding out more. I like trying new things and experimenting.
This has introduced me to some really fun hobbies. Like Balloon Twisting, Topiary, Origami, sketching, and forcing tulips.

I enjoy having long conversations about nothing and everything. Making small jokes (usually silly puns) and coming up with impossible irrelevant questions and scenarios. Or just sharing stories. I enjoy talking about books, science, cooking... just about anything. Well... except politics :p I don't really like to debate things.
I am very honest and usually polite in my conversations. But I can hold my ground, when push comes to shove ;p

Just to get this out of the way... If I was asked to define my political views I am generally a bit libral, but I don't affiliate with any particular political party.

I like to cook and try out new recipes. I sometimes cater to my inner mad-scientist and make up my own recipes, trying out new ingrediants in old recipes or just throwing things together. It is a lot of fun. Not all of my cooking experiments work out *remembers the lime cornbread casserole*, but I am not a picky eater, so I can usually eat my mistakes. It is still fun.
I like to have company over for dinner and host dinner parties, even murder mystery dinner parties.
I also like to bake pies.

I like watching cartoons and anime. The creativity and worlds that people come up with fascinate me. I like a cartoon with good animation, great artwork, some humor (but it isn't always necessary), and good storytelling.

I love to play games (board games, card games, pinball, role playing games, and video games). I just play games for fun; I am not a very competitive person at all, lol.

I love to play games and I am an avid game player.
I will jump at opportunities to meet with people to spend an afternoon playing games. I will probably even make snacks :)
My favoirte games are board games, card games, and RPGs.
I just play games for fun, I am not a very competitive guy. You won't find me 'crushing' the competition, haha.
I also like to and video games and pinball games. So if we go to a pizza joint I might be tempted to check out their old arcade while I wait for the pizza, haha.

From reading above you probably think I just stay indoors all the time, lol.
Well, I do like to do outdoor activities as well; like taking a picnic in the park on a nice spring afternoon, a game of croquet in the summer, or talking a walk on a crisp fall evening. In the winter I would rather stay inside watching a movie cuddled up on the couch. I like to go camping, hiking, star gazing, and roasting s'mores and hotdogs over a campfire. I don't get to do those things as often as I would like though. When I go to the beach, I still like to make sand sculptures :)

My favorite holiday is Halloween. Every year I throw a Halloween party and I have a blast with it. I usually make my own costume too. I go all out for Halloween. It is a lot of fun.

I am friendly, imaginative, and kind-hearted
What I’m doing with my life
I am a Validation Engineer, which is a fancy way of saying software tester, at a small software company. I have been there for several years now and I really like the place and the work.

My family lives nearby and I often visit them a couple of times during the week to have dinner and/or just chat.
I also like hanging out with my friends, like having a game night, throwing a dinner party, or just watching DVDs.

I do meet some of my friends on Wednesday nights for an RPG night, it is fun to make up stories, hang out, and eat snacks.

Why I am here?
I believe that everyday has lessons in it to be learned and experiences to have.
I would really like to meet someone that I can learn from and learn with.
Someone to explore and experience things around us and between us.
Someone to share life with.

I do have more goals and aspirations, feel free to ask me about them.
I’m really good at
Baking pies.

Coming up with new ideas, being creative, and problem solving.

I am also pretty good at interpreting things, like books and rules.
It is what I do most of the day at work.
I usually find myself being the rule keeper when playing games with relatives *rolls eyes and grins*.

Finding things funny. I can usually find a little humor in the oddest of situations.
The first things people usually notice about me
That I am a nice guy. At least that is what I have been told.
Well, it is nice to be nice ;)

One of my friends told me once, 'You are a very strange and interesting person behind a deceptively normal disguise'. Ha ha ha.

I have also been told that I have a rather bright smile and see the world in a rather sunny way.

From a looks standpoint, I guess people notice my long thin spagetti arms :) They are good for reaching things which fell behind the couch and giving hugs.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Favorite Books:
I really like to read Fantasy, Science Fiction, Mysteries, and Poetry.
Alice in Wonderland, Alice through the Looking Glass, Wanderings of Wuntvor by Craig Shaw Gardener, Belgariad series by David Eddings, Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind, Frankenstein, Phantom of the Opera, Sherlock Holmes; Authors: Ogden Nash, Edgar Alan Poe, Douglas Adams, Shakespeare (I like going to live Shakespeare plays), Neil Gaiman;

Favorite Movies
Nightmare Before Christmas, Back to the Future, Corpse Bride, Harvey, Ratatouie, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Sabrina, Phantom of the Opera, Mr Smith goes to Washington, Spirited Away, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Mary Poppins, Classic Disney Animated Movies, and Metropolis
Favorite Music
I love music. I listen to the radio more than I watch TV.
Big Band (especially Glen Miller), Standards (Nat King Cole and Sinatra), Doo Wop, Classical (I love making up little stories to go with the music), Blues, Folk, Bluegrass, Showtunes (including Disney songs), oldies, Beach Boys, classic rock, symphonic metal

Favorite Foods:
My favorites are a nice roast, a good casserole (I make lots of casseroles!), seafood, Thai or Korean food, sushi, and any kind of pie.
I like just about anything. I am not a picky eater at all.
Six things I could never do without
Kindness - Life is too hard without it.
Imagination/ideas - Fun little thoughts.
Forgiveness - Gives us hope.
Family and friends - Togetherness.
Books - A great place to find thoughts, imaginary friends, and recipes.
Pie - We all need sweet moments.

If I could say a 7th, it would be love. But I count that as an absolute necessity, like air and water :)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Coming up with ideas. Like: Game ideas, inventions I would like to see, what my next cooking experiment should be, project ideas (new balloon twists, halloween props, random things), and what kind of party I would like to host next (if it should have a theme).

Making up stories and coming up with story ideas (I have an on going adventure story playing in my head).
I daydream a lot!

Life and its many stages.
Family (current and future plans)
Artificial Intelligence.
Halloween *spooky smile*
Time travel and how interesting/amusing it is.
Wonderland ;)
On a typical Friday night I am
My Friday evenings are often pretty open.

If you would like to do something let me know ;)
I am pretty much game for anything.
I would like to try Karaoke some night.

Usually, it is just a quiet evening. I might stay home, make a fancy dinner and watch a movie on my TV. I often go online and chat with friends.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I like to sing. And I often sing in the shower and around the house, lol. Yeah, I am a bit silly. I have been told life isn't a musical. I am not sure about that. ;)

I don't really like sports. Watching or playing.
I have tried to watch them in the past and I often fall asleep during them. Even in a stadium full of fans at a live game, lol :p
You should message me if
you are someone with a kind heart, a nice smile, and a creative imagination. Who enjoys playing board and card games and even video games. Someone who likes to read, take walks, and have serious and silly conversations. Someone who thinks going to a Shakespeare play or having a picnic would be fun.

If you have any of these traits, please send me a message :)
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