Originally from rural NorCal, I grew up loving small town life and all that this entails (good schools, church picnics, horses, blooming orchards, fishing/hunting, and peeing outside). Mom and Dad insisted that we also get our fair share of culture and cosmopolitan living. So I suppose I'm a hybrid of "down home" sensibility with a lot of globetrotting, music, film, literacy, cuisine, and education under my belt.
I take my profession seriously. I taught special education for 5 years and respect people who have a big heart for public service. Now I'm at UCF working on my doctorate. I'm in this field because it's an ideal balance of what I'm good at, what I like to do, and what people really need. I love working with kids, those little people who can teach us so much about the good life. Yeah, I really love to have a few beers after working with them for 8 hours though.
I'm a fun-loving, intelligent, caring person. I enjoy travel, reading, cooking culinary delights, eating out at ethnic, high-end, or DDD-esque joints. Bring on the dinner parties with family and friends, interesting conversation with witty people, strong espresso, stronger beer, and playing scrabble with my grandma (Don't snicker, she's brutal!).
I also love the great outdoors (mt. biking, road biking, skiing, wake boarding, hiking, camping, etc), golf, guns, gardening, honky tonkin', fast cars, smart dogs, beautiful women, people who can play or appreciate music other than top 40, and a fun night out on the town.
Friendship first. I'm not actively pursuing a committed relationship at present. I believe in full disclosure up front. If not, what's the point?