This particular quote from Maya Angelou sums up my thoughts on what I'm doing with my life. "My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style."
“I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life. I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life." I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one. I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I've learned that I still have a lot to learn. I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”? Maya Angelou
I think a relationship is what you're willing to put in to it. I'm attracted to strong confident independent women, that luvs life as I do, a woman that can carry herself well, and can feel just as comfortable & sexy in blue jeans with flip flops, as she would in a dress with heels. I believe that humor is important, and exercise my sense of humor often, and would appreciate a woman that has a humorous side also. I am not a club hopper, but I am not opposed to a night of dancing. I like jazz, the blues, room service, hot tubs, massages, and a woman with an open mind. I don't care where a she works, as long as it's not illegal....but of course, if she has a psycho ex that knows her name, rank, serial number and does not respond to the words GET LOST!!!!!.....LOL.....I really would like to know. I want someone that I can't wait to see when I get back home. I travel on business frequently and I wouldn't expect a her to travel with me all the time, because I would respect the things she does, but at times I would like to share my travels and experiences together with her. Sometimes I like to grab a book and have a nice read by the fireplace or in bed. So having said that, I believe in healthy relationships, and I think it starts with communication.
My playground is nano-technology with emphasizes in the energy sector. I speak chinese as a second language, and I travel often to Asia and Europe.
My best buddies are my kids,…… the things they can say and do really crack me up, humor is a major part of our lives. But, no matter how big they get, …. when they speak I still here their baby voices, and when I hold their hands,…… I still see their baby knuckles……they will always be my baby’s no matter how much they protest, and no matter how grown-up they get,……. I’m convinced that I will always see them as my baby girls. When they were babies they only spent 1 week in extended child care, because after one evening of me having to work late, I went to pick them up, and as I walked into the facility I saw them laying on a cold dirty floor,… one was crying and the other asleep and her nose running. (I wanted to cry) I spoke to the child care supervisor about it and she told me that because the other kids had all gone,….. she decided to close the main facility and move my kids to her dirty office floor. That was it for me!!! The words I had with that woman were less than civil; I withdrew my girls from that place,…. that evening,… never to return.
Matter of fact, the first major corporate technology deal I landed was with a fortune 3 corporation with my kids in tow…..LOL. One was walking & holding a bottle and the other was in a carrier with a bottle, sitting next to me in an executive conference room, …..and of course I had plenty of those Gerber baby sausages,…they loved those things. When we got back to the hotel room, I’m sure they were wondering what happened to daddy because I was jumping all over the beds celebrating, and to see their little smiles, it was amusing to them, “DADDY HAS LOST HIS MIND!!!”. That deal got me out of the university labs and into the mainstream.
I’m not looking for a mom for my kids, having grown up in a family of five children, three being older sisters and two boys,….one being me and the other my identical twin brother (yep there is 2 of me), trust me my girls have enough female influence. They are very humble and thankful girls, and are willing to give the shirt off their backs to someone in need, and they are excellent stewards of the environment. That is how I raised them, and I am very proud …because it’s within their being.
Because most of my work and travels are international, I would like to share the experiences with a companion in a relationship. I know that my kids will leave the nest soon, and I feel it necessary to share the experience with a significant other. My female friend and I in the picture, both belong to a diverse international travel group that we formed about 12 years ago. The group has grown because several members have married, and new people have joined, but I am the only USA member. I find it hard to experience so many different countries, cultures, foods, dialects and activities without having someone close to share it with (other than my kids); HERE’S THE SCENERIO…..I don’t want to be in a relationship sharing memories in picture and video of my travels with a mate that has never experienced them with me, I don’t think it would be fair to her, and I think it would make her feel like an outsider,…and that’s no fun for anyone.
As for activities: I try to spend as much time as possible doing something outdoors whether its sports, supporting the various teams the kids play on, camping, a cookout or a nature walk, ….. it’s all good with us.
As far as movies and TV, I like documentaries, but I must say that I’m a SCI FI kinda guy, and of course I like Marvel Comics. Must also say that I can watch “Lord Of The Rings” over and over again, having read the books as a child, it made it that much more exhilarating to see Peter Jackson bring it to life, I also like the “UnderWorld” Series. But I must admit that my kids and I love to watch “TOP CHEF”, in part because my brother and I worked our way through college in the restaurant industry, and eventually became 3rd class chefs. We both luv to cook, and my kids luv prep work,… so it’s a good deal. On weekends our kitchen can easily turn into one big experiment……LOL. I really appreciate top-of-the-line kitchen e