I know it seems long, but my profile is really just the 1st few paragraphs. The rest is optional. :-)
I am sarcastic, generous, an animal lover. I love my dog, I love to watch TV and movies; some of my favorites include Family Guy, Orange is the New Black, Walking Dead, Law & Order: SVU, Hell's Kitchen, Usual Suspects, Reservoir Dogs, Heathers, Steel Magnolias, Fried Green Tomatoes, and Iron Man! I enjoy hanging out with my friends, going to wine bars and just sippin' and chattin' with the girls... maybe add in a little karaoke! Some favorite artists include Mary J Blige, Bruno Mars, Aerosmith, John Legend, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Jill Scott, Red Hot Chili Peppers...just to name a few.
Pet peeves: bad grammar and typos...they make me cringe (this mostly applies to myself, but you too), people who have to be right all of the time, or who try to make you feel stupid, and stupid people. People who smoke weed. Marijuana IS a drug. If you like it, that's your prerogative, (and you might want to check YES for that drug question) but I'm not into it..
I prefer tall guys, good sense of humor, intelligent, honest, trustworthy, emotionally available and mentally stable. Someone who is confident and has a good head on his shoulders. I love passion and ambition, but I'm also a very practical person. So I can appreciate and support creativity and dream chasing.
I love to travel and have fun and want someone whom I can do these things with and it doesn't feel like a chore. Someone who can be equally fine with lounging on a beach or hiking up a pyramid. So, someone who is both adventurous and lazy.
Okay, a friend of mine sent this to me. I know it's REALLY long, but ...read on if you want to know what it might be like to date me...
So You’re Going to Date a Residence Life Professional Who Lives On
Here is what you are in for:
1. The duty schedule. You will be planning your dating life around it. Sometimes it’s a couple nights and a weekend a month; sometimes it’s a week long thing that happens a couple of times a semester. Mine is 10 days a month. Think of this as your ankle bracelet. Nothing will kill your spontaneous adventure plans faster than, “I’m on duty”. The plus side is, when they aren't on duty, it isn't hard to convince them to go anywhere else.
2. They are working 24/7. If you notice your date checking his or her phone during a date, its probably not because they are bored. They are at any given moment receiving an email, phone call, or text message about what is going on at the campus and if it’s after 4 p.m. chances are its not positive. You may think you work 70 hours a week to meet deadlines so I kind of work all the time too. That is nothing like this. Chances are you aren't getting a phone call that says someone burned down the building trying heat up pizza in an oven while still in the cardboard box. They deal with all of this when they aren't on duty too. They are dedicated and it’s pretty awesome.
3. They will fall off the face of the earth from time to time but it is generally predictable. Beginning of the semester, end of the semester, and during any large events. It will be difficult to contact them. They are locked in training or trying to open and close a building or hiring new staff.
4. When you sleepover the phone will ring at 4 a.m. and your significant other will act like it’s completely normal and reasonable. Anyone else would think this is weird, but this is normal for them. After it happens a couple of times they will tell you they ‘need to go take care of something’ and for whatever reason at 4:30 a.m. you stop questioning.
5. Don't say "DORM". They are residence halls. You will be corrected every time it crosses your lips. There's a whole slew of words you are no longer allowed to use. It takes political correctness to a whole new level. It is all for inclusiveness which is cool, but after you've been dating a while and you are standing in your own office and someone uses one of the words you will find yourself itching to correct them. It’s not a bad thing but most people don’t get it.
6. Diversity is a real thing. You will learn all sorts of new terms and old terms that you had heard used once somewhere but never really new what it meant. You will also learn about yourself. Did you know you were an ENTJ? Me neither. Say it to your friends or colleagues and they will respond with ‘cool story bro’, but if you say it to your s/o and their colleagues you will have hours upon hours of conversation.
7. When your friends or family ask you what your s/o does, no one will ever truly understand what they do. Those looks get worse if you move in and the feeling is equally awkward. You usually get two responses from people when you tell them you live on a college campus but don’t attend or work there. One is positive, the other is confusion. To make matters complicated you are not young and hip enough to hang with the college kids (even if you wanted to) and the professional boundary won’t let you. So it’s seemingly like having 300 very close neighbors that you really wont ever talk to and are awkwardly younger and in a different stage of their life than you. This will make you feel exponentially older even though you may have graduated college last year. Also your significant other’s staff will become like your own kids, who are only a couple years younger and it’s frightening but you will likely find yourself invested in their success.
8. Their friends will now be your friends and you will see a lot of each other. Since they all work and live together, they will spend a lot of time together. This is pretty cool, but what do work people talk about when they get together outside of work? Work. They also know have a big common pool of things to pick from and things they need to vent about and you will have almost no idea what they are talking about. That will lead to a side-bar every so often to catch you up.
9. Everyone you meet will have like 9 degrees and probably a few letters after their name. Pretty self explanatory on this one. Most of them won’t tell you directly about them and they don’t rub it in, but you want to avoid a pissing contest with your cool BA or BS with someone who has two PhDs or three Masters degrees.
10. You will have a whole bunch of new gear and t-shirts. Anywhere your significant other goes, like conferences and campus events, they will come home with all sorts of crazy things. Ever received 10 frisbees, 3 magnets, 2 plastic tumblers, and 4 t-shirts as a gift?
They are a breed all their own and there are very few professions like it, but they are some of the greatest, most motivated, inclusive, and interesting to be around. You will never regret dating them.