The one thing I am passionate about...
Regarding sports, I enjoy golf very much, and I like snow skiing. Also, I view hiking as more of an activity than a sport.I enjoy listening to classical music & classic rock. I also like my work, both the research and the teaching. It allows me to have much discretionary time. Over the years I have gone through different phases when I was especially involved in certain activities. For example, several years ago I purchased a sailboat and sailed it alone to the Bahamas twice. Now I have an RV instead of a boat.I enjoy traveling and experiencing the beauty of nature. I lived in Hawaii for 7 years before moving to CA in 2006.
I typically spend my leisure time
I have a lot of discretionary time, as I typically schedule my courses on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Much of my discretionary time is spent among the following activities: reading, conducting research, grading papers, playing golf, hiking, traveling with my RV, taking care of my house, or anything that happens to catch my interest at the time.Missing from the list is the item I need most, sharing life with the lady of my dreams.
The most influential person in my life has been
I have thought about this a lot (long before I found this website). I think a strong relationship is built upon three basic elements, and all of them must be there. One is physical attraction, and while we may all want to think that it is not the most important, it is a driving force for males and females to be together in the first place. Honesty and respect are the other two. Over time, honesty and respect bond together to build trust, and over time, this trust in someone in which you physically crave builds love. I seek a relationship with these elements as the foundation from which we can build lasting happiness.
The first thing people notice about me
Other than my appearance, I suppose that people may notice that I'm a little odd (maybe a lot odd). I'm kind of funny while being extremely serious. I'm outgoing, yet I prefer peaceful, quiet times. I prefer the word eccentric instead of weird. If you can look at our daily lives with an open sense of humor, then I think you will better be able to tolerate me.
The last book I read and enjoyed
Well, by the time you read this, I will have likely read others. I'm reading a new text for a class I'm teaching this fall titled Modern Database Management (9th Ed.) by Hoffer, Prescott, & Topi. It's about managing databases, and one of the things I like about it is that it is relatively comprehensive, yet simple enough to serve as an introductory text for upper-level undergraduate students.For pleasure, I typically enjoy reading classic literature. While not considered classic literature, I recently read a book that contained a collection of essays by John Muir, the famous mountaineer, about his adventures.
The three things which I am most thankful for
- I am the most thankful for my health and the health of my family members. People can't pick their parents, and I am lucky to have been born into a family that is healthy in mind and body. I am especially thankful that my daughter is a healthy, well-balanced, intelligent college student.
- I am thankful for the lifetime of adventures that I have experienced thus far and the ability to remember them. These experiences have shaped the path that led to my current lifestyle, and I feel fortunate to have experienced this journey.
- I am also thankful for possessing a positive outlook for the future. While many things may be out of our control, I am happy with the belief that the future generally holds good things. Using eHarmony to help locate the lady to share my life is an example of my hope for the future.
The one thing I wish MORE people would notice about me
That I'm always right. Okay, now please understand that I know that I'm not always right, and I'm probably wrong most of the time; however, look at the way this question is worded. It might be true that most people DON'T notice right away that I am right, yet I WISH they WOULD even though I'm probably wrong. If people thought I was right immediately, then I'd be more likely to get my way, and I think I'd be happy with that.
Friends Describe me as
Funny, Genuine, Intelligent, Respectful
A little more about me
Of course there are many additional things, and I think it is much more interesting to discuss them together than to simply list them here.