If you are like me - and I know I am - you want to know what it is that makes someone tick. What are their passions? Their interests? Their dislikes? Their quirks? Well, here to answer those questions about me, is me! My passion is to explore the world around me. That doesn't just mean traveling to different countries and states. Sure, I love a great road trip or plane trip that leads to new adventures. But what I'm talking about is exploring all aspects of the world around us, like paleontology and tearing off on a day trip to collect Cambrian era trilobite fossils. Or waking up one day and saying, I need to learn fencing. Or delving into the 'fine art' of Colonial era cooking. Or picking up a book on the history of science. Or going out with a telescope and observing the rings of Saturn and the moons of Jupiter. That sums up my passion for exploring.
Another passion - I love camping and being outdoors. Who doesn't like being outside right? You can find me out hiking, biking, BBQing, swimming, playing tennis, and just sitting outside enjoying a cold drink. From beaches to mountains, I love it all. Generally speaking, I would rather be outdoors than indoors. Except when its raining, of course. Or snowing. Those are some wonderful reasons to stay inside.
Career-wise, I bring history alive for people. I am a historian and as such, brace yourself as this may come as a shock, I have a deep interest in all aspects of history and historical sites and artifacts. I also curate a museum. My first career was as an archaeologist, and yes, Indiana Jones was absolutely my inspiration as a kid. It wasn't quite as adventurous as Indy had experienced, but archaeology was fantastic all the same.
When I'm not knee-deep in the past, I have an eclectic range of interests; I love fencing, being creative, doing artwork, target shooting, building things from wood or leather, working on my train layout, playing video games, collecting antiques (see? history blending in!), and generally just having a good time! (as opposed to having a bad time, I tried that once and I wouldn't recommend it)
In my heart I'm a country-boy who loves the great outdoors and getting dirty, but I also love the elegance and sophistication of fancy restaurants, theater performances, and galas. Who am I? I'm a guy who can parry and thrust better than he can hit a baseball. I prefer tea over coffee. I love the style of Harris Tweed. I know a thing or two about German wines and beers. I can tell you the etymology behind the days of our week. I change my own brakes. I love the smell of boxwoods. I still hold firm that Han shot first. Thanksgiving and Christmas are my favorite holidays, but I seriously hate the cold. I air drum to Rush songs. I love the design of a Georgian style home, and I know lots of stuff about fighter aircraft and tanks. As the great Popeye says, "I yam what I yam!"
Well, for a first date, it could be anything. I don't limit myself to one type of first date formula.
I would be up for anything from getting a few drinks or a quiet dinner at a cozy restaurant followed by a nice evening stroll through the town or park to visiting a museum in D.C. and getting lunch at a hole in the wall cafe. Other first date options could be visiting the State Fair or Ren Faire or some local Festival and taking in all the rides, shows, contests, concerts, and great food. Any event that gives us time to talk to each other and explore something together - to me that's a nice first date. Ultimately, the place isn't as important as the ability to get to know each other better is.