My name is Rick and I'm a youth worker for the state of NJ, my job is a bit complicated to explain but it's basicly a second chance shool for teenagers so that they can achieve a diploma. Sometimes I have to play drill instructor, sometimes teacher and mentor. It's a balancing act and I love my job, I love what I do and it only comes second to my family. I'm also studying to become a personal fitness trainer in my spare time. I was enlisted in the U.S. Marines from July, 1997 - Jan, 2002 (just so you have an idea of my past.)
Speaking of family; my family and friends are top priority, and my friends are part of my family. I don't have many and we are very tight and have been together over 10 years one I've known since day care.
Some of my hobbies are listed above but as far as what I like in others is pretty much the standard (integrity, loyalty, kindness). Very broad terms I know but everyone wants that in those they keep close. A sense of humor, but not just any humor since what some may find funny others will find annoying. I'm slightly sarcastic and dry with my humor. I'm not a laugh out loud all the time kind of guy but I'll smile. Not that I don't laugh out loud it does happen.
I hate to mention dislikes as it's not a very positive thing to put in your profile and it may cause someone to not write because they have that quality when otherwise they may be a great person. So I'll just say what irks me the most, "there is a fine line between confidence and conceit." One thing I cannot stand is someone believing they are better than anyone else or at least putting others down to appear great. Fantastic if you feel that way but I don't want to hear about it. Other than that I'm very easy going, we're all human and we make mistakes.
Conversation Starters (i.e. what you'd like to do on a first date...)
I don't like this question. First dates can be blind dates and you end up refering to the standard dinner scene so that you could talk to each other and if feels like you're trying to sell a car or something (at least if you like them enough to try and impress them or it's looking for an escape oppurtunity). A first date with someone you have been talking to should be tailored to you and that person according to what little you know of each other so that you could have a good time getting to know each other more.