The one thing I am passionate about...
If activities, singing or music. If discussion, well, I could care less about debating religion or politics or sports - people rarely change their viewpoint. I like to take an ethical or philosophical stance or just a blanket statement of any kind, whether it is mine or someone else's pick it apart, explore its boundaries, and discuss all the possibilities and ramifications with someone. And have a lot of fun doing so.
I typically spend my leisure time
I read a hell of a lot, probably spend more time on the computer than I should, play a hell of a lot of Ultimate frisbee, walk my dog either near the house or around one of the Chattahoochee parks, go to movies, watch the Simpsons if it's one of the old, good ones. That's when I'm not doing my favorite thing which is to sit on a porch somewhere with a nice single malt scotch in my hand and have a long conversation with a good friend.
The most influential person in my life has been
They have to "get it." It's hard to explain what this means, but if you get it, you'll know. Also, while I love a good philosophical give and take or an extended in-depth discussion or debate more than just about anybody, I absolutely cannot have constant conflict at home. My home has to be my safe harbor - I have to feel I can come there and get away from whatever is stressing me. It's a matter of trust for me - I know arguments will occur but I need to know I can trust my partner to believe me when I tell them I am hurting and to either comfort me or not make things worse. I offer the same in return.
The first thing people notice about me
I asked a few friends this and they said I came across almost immediately as sharp/clever and a little intense. Which is weird to me because I pull it way back when I'm meeting new people.
The last book I read and enjoyed
Either EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED by Jonathan Safran Foer or A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT by Norman MacLean. ILLUMINATED is just a wonderful, experimental, moving illustration of the human condition. It's told from a number of points of view that are all compelling and surprisingly distinct and believable. I tell everyone I meet to read it. As for RIVER, well, the opening novella is quite simply one of the best pieces of writing it's been my pleasure to read. Up there with THE THINGS THEY CARRIED. I have 3 places in that story marked because of a line that just soared - ask me about it and I'll send them to you.
The three things which I am most thankful for
- My dog Homer - my best, non-conditional, companion and comfort
- My friends - even though I am sure everyone says this, I still feel blessed
- Humor - that I am able to sit here and consider some of the crap that goes on in my life with a bemused smile
The one thing I wish MORE people would notice about me
That I like them. I grew up in a bit of a social void and I didn't develop the facility most people have with making their interest in others plain. I really enjoy being with people and I wish I was better at showing it.
Friends Describe me as
Funny, Intelligent, Loyal, Perceptive
A little more about me
Deal killers for me on this site:- No photo. I need at least a head shot so I have SOME clue as to whom I am talking.- Putting "Jesus Christ" or "My relationship with God" on your thankful for or can't live without items. It's just been my experience that things don't work out if the other person is HEAVY into either of those guys.- Overplanning or being overly cautious. You should be willing to at least do lunch sometime in the next week if you start something here. I joined this service to meet people, and have little interest in extended Internet conversations. I've had plenty of that in my life.