So, I moved to the DC area in 2008, and for various reasons haven't been seriously looking for someone to connect with. First it was emotionally-disturbing divorce, then a coupla months of unemployment, then concentrating on working and paying down debt... the excuses were legion. Finally, however, my excuses have run out, and here I am, actually writing something in this profile box.
(Does it bother anyone else that the number three recommendation above this has "Talk about youself" in it? How stupid will I look when they fix that and I don't update this?)
Things I do fairly regularly other than work, eat and sleep are: play World of Warcraft, browse reddit.com (which is a news aggregator; I'm randallsquared over there if you feel like reading a lot of other stuff I wrote, but please consider the context, since sometimes I say things merely to make or continue a joke), go sailing on a 19-foot rental Flying Scot in the Potomac, and make long drives. I just returned yesterday (June 6, 2010) from a 3000 mile round trip from Virginia to (east) Texas and then through Georgia and back home.
Next year, I plan to buy a boat and live aboard it. My current first choice is an Endeavor or Gemini catamaran, but cost will be a major driver for that decision. I want to reach a point where I can just decide to sail to the Caribbean should I choose, but I'm not sure how I'll square that with ye olde day jobbe, yet. They're talking about telecommute options, so that might be how. Longer term, I'd like to get more than peripherally involved in the seasteading movement, specifically with lower cost alternatives to the multi-million-dollar approaches favored by The Seasteading Institute.
I have pretty broad tastes musically; I listen to a lot of dance (Groove Coverage, Ayla, etc), Christian pop (Plumb, Superchic), gothic (The Cruxshadows, Within Temptation), and some rap. On long drives, I listen to XM 81, 115 (yes, Disney Radio; don't judge me!), 21, and jump around on other channels looking for something interesting. Also, NPR, of course.
My favorite reading genre is science fiction, but since I'm a bit picky and have read quite a lot of it (missing many classics, though), I read other stuff mostly: fantasy, thrillers, mysteries. I've read essentially everything by Heinlein, though mostly in the 80s. I'm not sure I'd say he's my "favorite" author any more, but I'm not sure who to replace him with. Maybe Vernor Vinge, except he doesn't write that much, or David Weber, except I'm not a huge fan of his largest series (the Honorverse). I've read 14 of the Rules series by John Sandford, and liked it, but gradually lost interest. I may pick it up again later. I'm almost ashamed to admit I like almost everything John Ringo writes. Perhaps I should amend that to "I'm entertained by..." rather than "I like...". :/
There are some TV shows I watch, but I'm not a huge fan of TV in general. I keep up with Stargate: Universe, Caprica, Dexter, Justified, Castle and Glee right now, but sometimes fall a week or two behind on some of them.
My ideal first date would probably involve hanging out at the coffee shop inside a Borders or Barnes & Noble and just chatting. Dinner could be involved elsewhere, before or after, but I prefer to avoid things like movies on the first few dates, since it seems like a waste to spend time with someone where we avoid talking to each other and focus on something else instead. Also, I'm pretty shy, and I'd like to avoid too many chances for my shyness meter to build up, such as while watching a movie or show. :)