I've played the guitar since I was nine years old. My brother took guitar lessons when he was eleven; when he would get tired of practicing he would typically go outside to play. Then I would pick up his guitar and imitate what he had done. By the time we were teenagers, I had surpassed him in ability and we started a rock'n'roll band with three other high school buddies. I was the lead guitarist and he was the bassist. We became very well know locally. One day, the lead singer wanted to play a trick on his cousin. He told me to "play dumb" and pretend that I didn't know the first thing about playing the guitar. He wanted me to ask his cousin to teach me a few things about the guitar. I plucked the strings way too hard and purposely dampened the pressure on the fretboard, feigned inaccurate placement of my fingers, totally missed some strokes with the pick, etc. You could see in the kids eyes he was somewhat reluctant to continue afraid this loser would destroy his guitar. The lead singer got him to relax by conversing with him about baseball. While his mind was focusing on other things I gradually implemented a gestation recapitulates phylogeny scheme where years of practice where compressed into a remarkably short span of time. I gradually improved my performance until I was up to my actual virtuosity. His jaw dropped and he said, "You're Brian Everett aren't you?" We all laughed. It had to be one of the best tricks I ever played on anyone. As I said, it was not my idea to pull his leg. I am not usually that devious. I have a soft heart and would never intentionally hurt anyone's pride like that with one-upmanship.
I am a Web Developer, C#.NET, ASP.NET, client-side scripting [curiously, this site won't let me enter J-a-v-a-S-c-r-i-p-t here, presumably for security reasons. It keeps getting transformed into "javascrapt" making me look as if I can't spell or type], Transact-SQL, Crystal Reports, computer programmer with ten years of experience. I love my job. I work with a great bunch of intelligent people. I can work from home if I want to but I'd rather be around other people and interact.
What makes me unique is that I am a very friendly person who cares about other people. If you are my friend, I'll be there for you in times of need. I am not just a fair weather friend. I am fun at parties too. My teenage daughter's friends, male and female, all love me. I frequently take my daughter and anywhere from one to a few friends out for dinner and a movie, usually chick flix :-) and I'll even go shopping with them at the mall...a liberating experience. I love to tell jokes. I inherited that from my father who was always the life of the party. I tell all kinds of jokes from a few corny ones to some of a mildly bawdy tone as those in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. The teenage boys especially get a kick out of those. I don't ever tell the kids any really raunchy dirty jokes 'cause it wouldn't be right. I remember when I was a teenager myself, my barber told me a story about a donkey that made me blush while I was facing the mirror, I turned every shade of deep purple I looked something like a smurf.
Saying that my taste in music is broad would be an understatement. I listen to rock, jazz, blues, classical, new age. If it's good, I'll listen to it. Some of my innumerable favorites that come to mind are Diana Krall, Chuck Loeb, Sting, Laura Pausini, Imogen Heap, Chris Botti. My favorite all time female vocalist is Jennifer Warnes. I am going to stop here because I can get carried away listing hundreds of great performers.
A first date really depends on the person. If I hardly know the person I would keep it light. Perhaps, for someone I had never met, I would suggest a brief encounter at a coffee shop for just a few minutes if only to assure each other that neither of us looked like the elephant man. On a "second" date I would like the traditional dinner at a quiet nice restaurant and a movie. The restaurant would offer an opportunity to converse and get to know one another. The movie gives you a shared experience without any pressure whatsoever. Afterwards you can discuss your impressions, likes and dislikes. The timing of the dinner and movie also allow you to take your date home at a reasonable hour.