I've been a suburban Dad (and "Mom") for a number of years, but with the boys out of the house, I find adjusting to a different lifestyle a bit daunting. I'm still a kid at heart, and trying to balance that with being a "responsible adult" is an interesting challenge. I can be articulate and refined, but can slip into southern working class with ease. Odd for a college brat who grew up in Delaware, Oregon, and Florida. I tend to be a homebody, comfortable with just sitting on the patio with a glass of wine (or a microbrew) and something cooking on the grill with the sunshine on my face and just enjoying the day. Lately I've spent much of my time trying to figure out how I should repair/remodel my house (it's a long story) Update: About halfway done!. I will warn all those who care to know that I have a sarcastic sense of humor that can run a bit raunchy, but it's all in good fun! ;-) I have no clear cut goals, no driving force for money or fame, just to live a happy, content life with someone who enjoys life for the sake of life itself. (sorry, that's the product of being the son of a Social Psychologist!)
I hope that there is someone out there who can understand that the quest for wealth and adoration from one's peers is not an affirmation of one's self-worth. Being comfortable doing what you do because it pleases you is most important. I will say that if you are a hardcore conservative or a Tea Party Republican, it's probably best to keep moving. Not that we wouldn't have a spirited debate on the social and fiscal injustices of the day, but a James Carville/Mary Matalin type relationship is just not in the cards for me at the moment. Likewise on the religious front. Not that I don't value one's spiritual relationship with their chosen deity, but I am a humanist at heart, and believe that goodness comes from the individual, not from some all knowing, ethereal being. Don't mean to offend anyone, just trying to be honest. As you might surmise, I try to be as easy going and straightforward as possible and not step on anyone's toes, but at this stage in life, honesty is the best policy, don't you think?
Very casual, like maybe coffee in the afternoon or a drink after work. No pressure, and if things go well, we can plan a more formal or intimate setting. If it all goes South, we still have a few hours left in the day to call our friends and laugh about the disaster! ;-)
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