One has to wonder... just how often are these things actually read? Just curious, is all.
So, me in a nutshell, huh? Let's see... well, I teach, which I'm sure you've guessed by now. I've been doing that for a few years now. I absolutely love it. It's just as enriching and fulfilling as people say. Shame it doesn't do well at paying the bills. At the moment, I am building the band program for my charter school. And yes, that is just as intense as it sounds. It's okay, though - I've already had my freak-out about it, so I'm pushing forward full steam ahead. I'll let you know how that turns out.
I'm not a Jacksonville native. I've been here less than a year, since making a very hasty move from Daytona. I'm not a Daytona native - I only lived there for two years before having to leave. Me and the old roommates came from the mountains of North Carolina. I'm not a North Carolina native - I only spent about eight years in that state, after my family initially moved from Michigan. Yes, I am a Michigan native. The trail ends there, folks.
Y'know, though... I miss the mountains. I lived there for so long, and it's really the closest I've felt to having a home in a while. The climate, the geography, the activities... all of it so good. I loved nothing more than renting an open top kayak and going out on the Tuckaseegee River for an afternoon. And absolutely the most perfect winters. Asheville is a wonderful place.
Um... I'm a dork? Seems like a self summary is a good place to get that out of the way. I mean, hell, I teach music for a living. Past that, it's the usual stuff: video games, some science fiction, a healthy dash of superheroes and what-not. Nothing extreme in any regard, to be sure. But I love that sci-fi and video games, when done well, have a way of pushing the boundaries of human knowledge and culture. They take what we know and twist it, change it, and force us to think about a world we never imagined. That's why I loved the Michael Crichton novels - he takes the technology that's just popping up as a fad, writes a story around it, and points out the social and cultural impacts of those technologies. And superheroes... they're the modern mythology, as so many others have pointed out. They are the fantastic stories that push the perspectives of human imagination and force us to look at the philosophies of life and ask questions we never knew we wanted answered. Plus, the grimdark future of the 41st millenium...
I have an addiction to aquariums. And I mean both the giant tourist attractions dotted throughout the country, and the aquatic hobby of live fish that fills my small apartment. I've got three of them right now. My pride and joy is a 45 gallon filled with cherry barbs, some gouramis, and rainbow fish. Oh... I love it. It's living art work. The water is so soothing to me. Plus, they're just awesome. One day, I'll have a beautiful 115 gallon tank just filled with fish... oh, what dreams I dream.
I'm in a vast pursuit in my life to kick my own ass until I make 30 the best year in my life. Sure, the twenties were good, at times. I enjoyed them, and their youthful vigor. But on the road to thirty, which is getting close, I'm thinner, more muscular, and full of more energy and life. I'm going to be a more awesome soul in two years than I was in my college prime. Granted, it's a pain in the ass to be working out six days a week, but it's so worth it in the end.
I really like good conversation. The best friends and relationships I've had, even if they were short lived, all started because we met and spent hours upon hours just talking to one another about anything. Now, in the name of full discretion, I'm not always the best for conversation; I'm more of a facilitator than an instigator. If you start a conversation, I can keep it going for a long time. I like to "collect" the ideas and opinions and beliefs of people, because every new thing I learn about a person helps me understand life that much better.
Speaking of full discretion, that's typically how I live life. I really don't lie, ever. It's... pointless, and manipulative. And I'm done with that. So instead, I'm just much more selective with my words. I'll keep myself silent rather than say anything false. I really believe in honesty, even if it can make me a blunt ***hole at times. So hopefully you enjoy that kind of thing: I won't humor you, I won't sugar coat things, and I won't flatter you pointlessly. So if I say something good, it means I truly mean it.
Wow... I really am a verbose guy. But hey, if you're still reading, that's good, right?
First dates? Never been the biggest fan. It's why I like to keep it simple. Get some food, then since the beach is right here, why not take a nice evening stroll and chat? Or some variation on that plan. Or, hey, you know what, why not mix it up and we go explore one of those awesome-looking pirate putt-putt places?
But seriously, I'm not crazy about first dates. You see, I'm extremely reserved. I guess I come off as really shy, and maybe I am, but just at first. Some people love that rush and craziness of a first date. Not me. I'd much rather have the eighth date, where you already know each other, and are just wanting to be around each other, without the need for the super elaborate plans and putting on a show to impress the other person.