Okay, despite the tagline, I don't own a magic carpet. But if you needed to build and fly such a carpet, I might be the guy you'd turn to. I'm creative, meticulous, passionate, and ambitious -- and you might feel slightly safer during your carpet flight knowing I'm an aerospace engineer and pilot in training. Now I just have to find the special (magical?) girl who wants to spend her time with a guy whose head is sometimes literally in the clouds.
A little about me: I grew up in New England, went to school in Georgia, and have spent a lot of time working in Texas (plus a little time in New Mexico and southern California). Engineering isn't just a profession for me -- it's a passion. But I have another, entirely different passion: music. I'm a musician and occasionally play in rock bands, as well as the more traditional orchestras and concert bands ... plus once for Cartoon Network. Outside of the music I play (or, once in a great while, compose), I'm a fan of rock, pop, and oldies. I'm a particularly big fan of Billy Joel and an even bigger fan of modern movie soundtracks.
I have a dry and sometimes subtle sense of humor (except, I'm told, for the fact that my face gives it away when I'm trying to make a joke). As comedy goes, I think we'll get along quite well if you like The Daily Show, Colbert Report, or improv shows.
What about the great outdoors? Now that I'm out of grad student mode and in a new city, I'm looking to figure that out. Hiking is cool, especially with the awesome topography in the Bay Area. I also have a lot to see in San Francisco -- and if zoos or aquariums are your thing, I'm in. As a kid, I wanted to be a zookeeper; and despite the career deviation, I'm still amazed by the many strange forms of life on this planet. I'm also open to excuses to use my SCUBA certification, and in several months when I get my pilot's license I'm sure I'll be looking for excuses to show off the amazing views from a few thousand feet.
At the core, though, you've probably realized I'm a thinker. While it's my profession to think about and solve really hard problems, I also think deeply about everything I do in my personal life. I would love to meet somebody who is similarly thoughtful, reflective, perceptive, and romantic (in the broader as well as the popular sense of the word). Beyond that, I'm searching for a smart, ambitious, multifaceted, and enthusiastic girl who will challenge me in ways I've never been challenged before. Bonus points if you already own a magic carpet, or if you have a working relationship with a capable genie. :-)