ft. lauderdale native who grew up next to the everglades and spent most of my post-college years in D.C., punctuated by two 1-yr. stints in los angeles and an even shorter stint in oslo. atlanta has been home since '06.
recently joined the u.s. centers for disease control and prevention after 20 years w/ the environmental protection agency. i had a really good run at epa, but needed a change. the only other thing i could see myself doing is teaching kindergarten.
i'm someone who is governed by strong convictions, once ran a marathon just to see if i could, has a serious country music addiction, can't sleep w/out a fan on, is not the least bit competitive, watches about an hour of TV a week, and doesn't believe everything happens for a reason. i'm best friends w/ a straight guy, have a famous younger brother, hate gratuitous violence but love tarantino, and am genuinely one of the happiest people i know. my biggest flaw is probably my noticeable discomfort when receiving gifts and compliments.
i enjoy traveling the farthest reaches of the planet and do so every chance i get. past jaunts have taken me from sydney to st. petersburg, hong kong to helsinki, amsterdam to amman. most recently, a buddy and i spent a month backpacking thru japan, vietnam, cambodia, and overrated thailand. south africa and namibia are next on the list.
i'm grateful to have been in love twice, particularly when there are good, deserving people who live out their entire lives and never get to taste it. the 2 relationships were incredibly fulfilling and i'm still close friends w/ both men. in fact, 1 of them and i went spring skiing earlier this year and already have plans to do it again next march. unfortunately, these 2 healthy relationships were followed by a 1-yr "relationship" fraught w/ pathological lying, empty promises, manipulation, and chronic infidelity. it was my 1st exposure to the depravity of someone plagued w/ both antisocial personality disorder and somatic narcissism. exposing that pathetic fraud and permanently ridding myself of him was the best move i ever made.
looking for the proverbial boy next door. someone who's masculine, monogamous, knows basic grammar and can spell, recycles, leads a healthy lifestyle, and has clean fingernails and nice teeth. someone capable of communicating on the hard stuff and willing to work through any bumps along the way, rather than walk out on an otherwise promising relationship. someone who has the capacity to love another person back. lastly, no cowardly closet cases or ignorant, backwater white trash.