As an officer in the Marine Corps, I was first stationed in Southern California 2011 and fell head over heels for it. My hometown Chicago will always hold a special place in my heart, but 70 and sunny 12 months of the year is something I don't think I can leave!
Locations aside, I'm a driven guy with a lot of goals in life. Some of the things on my bucket list include running all 5 World Major marathons (so far I have Chicago and Berlin, just need NYC, London and Boston), playing guitar in a blues band (I'd love to sing, but my voice is terrible so I figure I'll choose the next best thing) living abroad for an extended period of time (I spent 4 months in Spain in 2009 and I enjoyed every minute) and restoring an old, beat up motorcycle to glory. I tend to dabble in a bunch of different activities vice focusing on one. Some of my favorite things to do are cook, hike, read, bike, run, learn languages (Spanish and French so far), play guitar, travel, and explore. I'm always looking to add to the list.
I think the best romances stem from real friendships, so I'm looking for someone with whom I can have great conversations. I am looking for a woman who is passionate about Something in her life. It doesn't matter what it is, but everyone should have some clear goals and ambitions. Passion and purpose, to put it briefly.
To me, spontaneity is also important though, I'd love to find someone who is confident and goal-oriented, but still capable of laughing at herself and life's daily misfortunes.
If you're the adventurous type who can also enjoy a great read, we'll probably get along really well. Oh, and you should be able to at least enjoy, if not make, a wonderful cup of coffee.