Born in the Midwest, but raised in sunny LA, I'm a genuine guy who has gone through some challenging experiences that have allowed me to grow and mature as a man. Through these experiences, I have learned that character and consistency are far more important than having a dangerous and edgy personality. Don't get me wrong; I'm not saying that I'm dull and without any sort of charm or charisma. Rather, just that many of us tend to focus superficially on looks and what appears to be an edgy personality rather than character and substance. Perhaps that is the price we pay for being so heavily influenced by the media. The media's intense focus on what it is that we need in order to feel accepted and/or important is often a major factor in our descision on who we pick to associate with. This isn't meant as a criticism. It's merely an observation of American society born from the empirical evidence.
The Beatles are my favorite music group of all time. They set the bar both lyrically and musically, all while doing it with class and style. The Beatles' lives and music continue to both inspire and encourage me to be innovative and try not to fit into society's mold of what is acceptable and what is not acceptable. I also try to keep an open mind towards all genres of music and I also listen to classical, pop, jazz, alternative, and even a little country and rap. I used to hate rap music with a passion during middle school and thought it was musical torture whenever I heard it. However, I somehow started liking some rap more recently. Maybe I'm beginning to better understsand some of rap's lyrics of frustration with government and the status quo.
I love to watch movies and go out to see them whenever I can. I like everything from Alfred Hitchcock classics like North by Northwest to more recent movies such as Jerry Maguire. I'm somewhat embarrassed to say that I even liked Bridget Jones' Diary and thought that the movie was hilarious. I guess I always have a soft spot for women who are real, have curves, and are not stick figures.
I would like to get married someday, but with the right woman. I'm not in a hurry (like that's a first), but maybe you are so that may not work for you. I've seen what arranged or forced marriages can do to people, and it is not pretty. I'm getting used to being single and try not to see it as a curse. There's always a reason as to why someone is single. If you're not good company for yourself, then you certainly wouldn't be good company for someone else. So, I'm just trying to live life one moment at a time.
These are some of my favorite quotes that show a glimpse of my personal philosophy of life:
1)"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world." -Albert Einstein
2) "Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is." - 1 Corinthians 3:13
3) "Don't let the past define you. Rather, let the past be a part of who you become." - My Big Fat Greek Wedding
4) "Love is a promise, love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear." - John Lennon
5)"I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself." - D.H. Lawrence
It would either be something creative or relatively simple depending on the circumstances....a little planning goes a long way. However, it doesn't really matter so much what you have planned or how amazing a place you are in with someone. It's who you are with that counts.