I can be readily described as a modern man... with a touch of the past within my soul. To that end, I do firmly believe in good old-fashioned manners and showing consideration to others. That does make the world go around so much better. I’m not really built for lying to people, either. And I am blessed (or cursed) with that thing called work ethic as well.
My best friend happens to be a woman; we have been a significant part of each other’s lives for the better part of thirty years now, through all the curveballs life can toss you. We did live together platonically for several years as well (romance was just never in the cards for us). My two other closest friends are also girls; they have been a part of my life for over twelve years. I work with eight women in my office as well (two other guys - one of them sometimes talks about needing “estrogen blocker”). I tremendously enjoy my team; we simply have a blast. I am blessed to be working with such an amazing bunch of people.
In many ways was a late bloomer and simply didn’t date when I was younger. On the other hand, I’m not overburdened with baggage, either. There’s always a silver lining.
Five years ago I moved to Ladysmith from Nanaimo to be closer to my job; I am one of those very rare breeds who was born and raised here on Vancouver Island and never moved away (how many folks like that do you really know?). I just love the Island. There is so much to see and do here, and I still haven't done nearly all that I would like to! I do love to get out and about, for daytrips, picnics, general exploring and adventure on this paradise Island we call home. The "man purse" you see in the photos is of course my camera bag--being an avid amateur photographer she is never far from my side. I love making a record of the adventures I take.
Speaking of career, I am blessed with one in the transportation industry (some days it feels more like advertising) which, while it does have its moments, I do truly love. After eighteen years as a contractor, five years ago I finally won a full-time, unionized position with pension and benefits. That’s the good news. Being that I started as a union person so late, I do have a number of years left to work to realize the full benefits. I’m telling folks I’m on the “Freedom 91” plan.
I tremendously enjoy live theatre and live comedy. Please feel free to ever so gingerly twist my rubber arm to get me to head down to the Chemainus Theatre, even without the buffet. Concerts at the Tidewater Theatre in Campbell River work great too. Any other suggestions? Know any good live comedy venues in the area?
Did I hear you say “road trip”? I’d do the US West Coast to California again in a heartbeat. Perhaps spend a few days in San Francisco this time instead of a one day whirlwind including Alcatraz. What would you think about driving the US Route 66 from end to end? How about the Trans Canada? I must at some point see the Cabot Trail in the fall. Ditto for the Grand Canyon. Motoring through Mexico would be royally cool too. I do quite enjoy air travel as well. Twist my rubber arm and jet me off to places far away. Go for it. I just might know enough of the language of your chosen destination to get us into very big trouble.
Being one of those guys who muddles his way through that necessary evil called cooking, I do also enjoy dining out. If you ever cook for me, I will most gratefully fully look after the cleanup. When so inclined, I can put Felix Unger to shame. There are some amazing little gems here on the island...I've had opportunity to explore some, however exploration is always best done in pairs--shall we explore some of the culinary delights together?
Regular radio doesn't quite cut it for me. I have about 15,000 songs with me at all times. If you spend time with me, you just may wind up discovering (or rediscovering) music you might not have thought of. As my "handle" suggests, I am into many kinds of music: rock ‘n roll, pop, oldies, classic rock, R & B, country and jazz, to name but a few. Induce me to further explore classical, opera and rap if you are so inclined. Between Sirius XM and my collection, we can quite nicely satisfy the musical palate. And we can clean up at Music Trivia!
If movies are more your speed, I am pretty well evenly divided between action and comedy. I do also like a good drama and well-done sci-fi as well. I am not even ashamed to say that some chick flicks can be quite enjoyable as well! What can I say? I’m an eclectic kind of guy. If you’d like, for movie nights at home (I have access to a pretty substantial collection), I can have people come in for extra effect to spill Pepsi down your neck, throw popcorn, whisper details of the plot or (ahem) make out behind us. I do have to draw the line at gum under the seats, though.
I firmly believe that a great, even somewhat whacked, sense of humour is a major necessity for survival in this wild and wonderful day and age we now live in. I am the epitome of easy-going; please don't be shy. I most definitely don't bite (unless you really want me to).
Thank you ever so much for dropping by and happy fishing. Hold it! If you are fishing, yes you do want me to bite. What can I say - natural blonde!
Conversation Starters (i.e. what you'd like to do on a first date...)
A first get together should be in a relaxed and informal setting which will allow us to get to know one another. I find the Nanaimo Seawall to be great. Lots of people around and lots of places to run in case you have come to realize that I am indeed a raving lunatic axe murderer. Having lived here all my life, perhaps there is some place I can show you that you didn't know about. Or maybe you have one that I didn't know about.
The bottom line is that it doesn’t really matter where we go or what we are doing. If that special connection is there, whatever we are doing will be simply wonderful. And no, I don’t rely on the cellphone for that friend “excuse” call. If we take the time to get to know one another beforehand and like what we see, that chicken-livered copout will really not be necessary anyway.