I’m a rather intellectual guy who has lived in South Florida for most my life. I’ve grudgingly worked for several years in the tech industry, but I’ve also kind of taught kindergarten, and majored in Sociology and education for one my undergraduate degrees (I also have a bachelors in information technology and a Masters in organizational leadership), so I’m far from your typical IT/IS geeky-guy. I work as a tech analyst at a university in Miami-Dade and do IT process efficiency and technical consulting on the side.
I’m very progressive, highly spiritual, ethical, sensitive, and socially concerned. I avoid junk TV, lewd and low-brow humor, and overdrinking. I fully abstain from meaningless casual sex. I’ve never been and will never go to a strip club, women are to be respected and not exploited. I volunteer and give financial support to causes I believe in, but I never feel like I do so enough.
I have a burning desire for transformation; of myself, of others, of my society, of my species, of my planet. I work, at times, so hard to bring on my metamorphosis into who I believe I could be. But so often I give up and find myself again in Samsa’s situation, in the insect-like state of mere human existence. Much like Camus’ Sisyphus, though, I roll on. I believe that all humans are so much more capable than we give ourselves credit for. Complacency, apathy, and self-centeredness are our worse enemies as a species. I for one will always struggle. I will always fight these demons. I want to be so much more than what I am, and just because it gets exhausting doesn’t mean that I’ll give up. I will expunge complacency, apathy, and self-centeredness from my being. I will join with anyone who wants to help me in this battle to transform myself, themselves, and others around us. We can all do this. This is what it means to truly be human. Who’s with me?
My real passion is NOT IT. It's education, but we are living in a Red State during budget-slashing, perilous times, and there's just no money and no job security in it. I hope to one day return to teaching, but for now, IT is it.
Enjoying the outdoors. Hiking, camping, kayaking.
Volunteering, giving my time and resources to causes I believe in.
I value human beings.
I know great hiking trails, wonderful parks and preserves, beautiful crystal-blue springs, and where to get some of the best kayaking in Florida.
I can identify many plant species and habitats in Florida, is that a talent?
I don't watch much TV, but when I do I watch the following:
Anything on National Geographic or Travel, Animal Planet, or Discovery. I also love Criminal Minds, and Forensic Files.
I listen religiously to the following radio talk shows:
The Takeaway, This American Life, RadioLab, Evening Jazz, Wait-Wait don't tell me, The Story, The Stephanie Miller Show, The Thomm Hartman program.
I LOVE poetry. I don't just read poetry, I feel it in my heart. I try to read a poem a day. Here are some of my favorite poets.
William Carlos Williams, John Berryman, Donald Justice, Sharon Olds, and Allen Ginsberg
I read A LOT. I'm a deeply spiritual person and a lover of philosophy who is always searching for the deeper meaning of everything, so I'm especially partial to books dealing with religion (especially Christianity and Judaism), spirituality, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, and sociology. If you have similar interests, I've probably read much of what you have too. Let's talk about it.
I’ve read the bible from cover to cover, Genesis to Revelation more times than I can count. I love the Bible, even with all its shortcomings and flaws. And yes, I believe it has flaws. I take the book too seriously to take it literally. I'm studying Hebrew now to read the Old Testament in the original language, and to add some spice to my spiritual life.
I love all kinds of music. I'm especially in to the underground scene. I love indie rock, post rock, post-hardcore, metalcore, classic emo, instrumental bands, and anything on NPR.
If a band can list Sunny Day Real Estate as an influence, or if it sounds anything like Brand New, Finch, Minus the Bear, or Brighteyes, I've probably heard of it, and probably really like it.
I'm also in to nerdcore hiphop artists like MC Lars, MC++, and MC Frontalot. That's the only hip-hop I really listen to.
Camping (in a tent, or RV)
Good books, audio books, and music
NPR (National Public Radio)
My wonderful pup Bristol. She's my bitch. Literally.
The meaning of life and death
Now that I'm old as dirt? Reading, watching TV, or hanging out my friends or relatives.
You're also just exploring this and want to meet new people.
You're ideal first date is volunteering together for a worthy cause! (Ok, I know that's unrealistic)
You have a sense of spirituality and are currently following and/or considering following the Way of Christ.
* I don't sleep around, cheat, or assist others in cheating, so lets keep this legit.