stevepo67
49 Mercer Island, United States
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My self-summary
Hi,

I'm a very driven person (I run an aviation software company) but I don't take myself too seriously and really enjoy laughing and taking time to see the humor and irony in things.

To me, a sharp wit and a great sense of humor are the keys to staying sane and enjoying life. I like to think these attributes apply to me and I look for them in others. Similarly, I very much believe that exercise and good eating are essential. I used to run now I spend a lot of time on a bike pretending cycling clothes are cool.

I buy organic food if at all possible. I even like yogurt and granola for breakfast (recently got into smoothies -- why did it take me so long to get a blender???) but I don't wear Birkenstocks or insist on seeing the resume of the food I eat (ever watch Portlandia?). And if you like guys with monster trucks and gun racks -- I'm not your guy. A really nice cycle rack, on the other hand...

In the past 6 months, I've probably become slightly addicted to cycling -- new killer bike with all the fixin's, more ridiculous clothing, etc. Last year, my first year riding, I did the STP (a 200 mile bike ride from Seattle to Portland) in one long day (Update 7/17/16: Finished it again yesterday, one hour faster than last year and feel nearly 100% today!). My daughter was sure I'd kill myself while my son figured I could do it but wondered why I don't just spend all that time playing Xbox instead (he's an tremendously good soccer player but also loves the Xbox; I don't know how to turn it on). I think my kids would prefer if I never found cycling so I would't keep dragging them out to ride with me (Memorial Day 2016, for example -- lovely ride w/ the kids around Alki).

When not in motion, I like plays, movies, books, and good food and wine. I've also travelled fairly extensively and think it expands the mind (business trips to Kansas notwithstanding), in addition to simply being fun.

I'm a licensed pilot (little four seat planes, not jets) and have a small plane but haven't had a lot of time to fly lately. That's something I'd like to change as there are so many beautiful and interesting destinations in the Pacific Northwest.

I have two children and they are the best part of my life. They are very different from each other and provide challenges and excitement. Helping them grow up thrills me and scares me at the same time.

I'd like to find someone who is bright and challenging but not negative or condescending. Humor is key. Warmth is key. A good education is appreciated but using Shakespearian quotations or Latin to order dinner is a little over the top.
What I’m doing with my life
Running a small/mid-sized aviation software company and being a big part of my kids' lives.
I’m really good at
Using humor to make people feel comfortable, starting companies, anything to do with computers. I'm also a decent pilot but if you're on a commercial airline and the pilot gets sick, try to find another pilot before I get the controls.
The first things people usually notice about me
I tend to take charge of the situation and usually end up saying something funny to make people feel at ease (well, I think it's funny anyway...). I also tend to wear a lot of black but I don't think humor and wearing black are necessarily related (hmmmm.. or are they?)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Just finished the 2nd JK Rowling detective novel (Silkworm) -- it's good! On to the 5th Tana French novel about Irish murder detectives. Read all the Henning Mankell novels and have recently read Unbroken, The Hypnotist, Murder in Passy, and Eats, Shoot Leaves. Tried Casual Vacancy but just could't finish it (sorry JK). Read World War Z (don't laugh, not only is it actually good, I read it w/ my 14 year old son as a prerequisite before he can see the movie). History and non-fiction interest me, too.

Business books are perhaps the most extreme form of torture known to man.

Movies: Master & Commander (I read the whole book series), The Big Chill, A Fish Called Wanda, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

Food: Almost anything, honestly. I like good food and wine very much (into wine tasting and wine hunting) but I'm open to just about any style -- depends on my mood. I end up eating a lot of salads for lunch but I'm not a vegetarian.
The six things I could never do without
My two kids
My road bike and indoor bike for those rare rainy days in Seattle.
A picture I bought in Paris 15 years ago
My favorite wine opener (really, it's very cool)
My new(ish) espresso machine
The Internet and my iPhone/iPad (I run a software company so it's a work thing, not an addiction to Facebook et al)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
My kids, designing iPad apps for pilots
On a typical Friday night I am
Either home with the kids watching a movie or out with friends at dinner, movie, etc.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Seriously? I think this one is more appropriate with a cocktail or glass of wine.
You should message me if
you'd like a guy who is funny, smart, well-read & well-traveled, a bit sarcastic, a genuinely nice guy (even my ex would agree with that), in good shape without being a fanatic, and has two great kids.
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