36Middle River, United States
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My self-summary
I like to travel when I can, as there's no feeling quite like that of exploring foreign countrysides, or historic places that have been around longer than you have. I've been to 15 different states, England, Scotland, Ireland, Belgium, and Canada. Not a large list compared to some, but at least I've seen a small bit of the world. I plan to add extensively to the list, eventually.

My absolute most favorite place in the world is Canaan Valley, West Virginia. I love vacationing there in one of the houses on the mountain and just absorbing everything the surrounding nature has to offer. It's almost a form of soul food, to me.

I enjoy learning, reading, animals, writing, nature, and video games. Although I haven't had a whole lot of time for any of them recently.

Football (Specifically, my Baltimore Ravens) is the only sport that I enjoy. Although I'm open to learning about others - I've heard that Hockey and Soccer can be fun to watch but I've never gotten around to it. But to be honest though, you'll never convince me that baseball isn't boring.

I thoroughly enjoy Cooking, and I'm pretty damn good at it. Although cooking for one doesn't really fall into the above statement. I'd prefer to cook for at least two, if not a whole group.
What I’m doing with my life
Professionally, I provide technical support to students (and their parents) who attend an online virtual public school.

Personally, I'm a very big advocate for animal adoption. I try to help raise awareness about it when I can. Animal cruelty is the one thing that just gets under my skin like nothing else. Back in November of 2008, after many months of searching for the right dog, I went through the adoption process and rescued a (then) 4 year old Schnauzer named Lucky. He's the most adorable and well-mannered dog I've ever met. He is an absolute attention hog, when I have people over, too.

I'm also pretty damn good at forgetting to turn the dryer on after I've just put clothes into it.
I’m really good at
Collecting books that I'd really like to read, and then not having enough time to actually read them all. I've got a decent collection, too. As of April 2014 the count is 464. It all started with an old hand-me-down paperback novel my grandmother gave me when I was little, titled Flowers in the Attic. I've kept it for strictly sentimental reasons, and have had to repair it (poorly) since, and most of the books I get now, I get in Hardcover editions, but there's never anything quite as special as your first real book.
The first things people usually notice about me
Honestly, that would depend on who you ask and when you ask it. A quick poll of my friends and co-workers came back with a few answers. If you are looking at the tangible, that would be that I'm well-dressed. If you are looking more towards the intangible, then it would definitely be my humor, or my intelligence.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: (I don't really have a favorite author, but these are some of the ones that I enjoy the most) Alexandre Dumas, Leo Tolstoy, J.R.R Tolkien, Frank (& Brian) Herbert, J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, Jim Butcher, Piers Anthony & Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Movies/TV: Farscape, Doctor Who, Big Bang Theory, Stargate, Star Wars, Star Trek, Leverage, Mail Call & Lock 'n Load with R. Lee Ermey, Firefly, Pirates of the Caribbean, Army of Darkness, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Ghostbusters, Hot Fuzz, Taken, Sherlock Holmes, and anything by Miyazaki or Pixar.

Music: I like a lot of artists from a lot of different genres, but I really don't have a 'favorite'.

Food: Steak, lasagna, and sushi are my top favorites.
Six things I could never do without
The written word, Mountain Air, the sound of rain, the smell of books, music, and my dog.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
All the things I need or want to do, and why I haven't done them yet.

I have a list of things I want to try and/or learn how to do (or in some cases finish learning). I don't get a lot of time to remove from the list sadly, but I try.

Presently the list consists of:
Learn to Rollerblade (I got as far as getting the stuff)
Go Horseback Riding
Get Scuba Diving Cert
Try Archery
Learn Yoga
Learn Sign Language
Go to a Hockey Game (to see what all the fuss is about)

Sometimes, when I have trouble thinking, I look up and or research things that fascinate me.

Currently that list is:
Whittier, Alaska
The Arcade in Rhode Island
Centralia, Pennsylvania
Oslo, Norway
On a typical Friday night I am
Depends on who I'm with and how my week went. I'm just as happy staying in on a Friday as I am going out.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
The way this question is worded differs from how a lot of people seem to interpret it. Obviously 'nothing' is an incorrect answer because everyone has a "privacy level" that they use to differentiate things that they do and don't share with just anyone. Is this the fault of a poorly worded question or a failure due to reading comprehension? Maybe a bit of both.

However, the most private thing I'm willing to admit to just anyone is that I saved my dads old digital answering machine after he died, so that I will never forget what he sounded like.
You should message me if
You found something moderately sweet and/or endearing in the profile you just read, and want to talk or maybe get some coffee. Or if you're a fan of car trips to nowhere in particular.

I have two deal breakers. Smoking and a dislike of animals. So if you should happen to be a non-smoking animal lover, we should get coffee!
The two of us