I am originally from Indianapolis, IN. Even though I've lived in LA for over a decade, I'm pretty sure I've still managed to retain some of my Mid-Western sensibilities. I grew up in an amazing family. I can honestly look back on everything my parents did to raise me and my brothers and not only wholeheartedly approve, but wish I had their patience.
I'm a modern day guy with old school values. I think people should say please and thank you, treat others the way they would want to be treated, give back in some form when able, be observant of who and whats around them, and experience the hell out of ever moment we're given. I think family and friends should always come first. I think it is necessary to take the time to appreciate what is around you on a small and large scale. I don't think life is typically all that complicated but sometimes people over complicate it.
I'm a bit of a smart ass at times and I've been known to throw out a bad pun, a movie quote, and an occasional song lyric. I am currently into taking improv comedy classes, kettle bell workouts and giving high fives to strangers. Another habit I've picked up, much to the chagrin of of my friends, is volunteering to take photos of couples when, otherwise, only one of them would be able to be in the picture. That is just one of the ways I try to bring a little ray of sunshine into the lives of strangers.
Have you ever met someone who accidentally fell into to their current job and it turned out to be an amazing career? Me too! I went from selling advertising to leasing apartments, which led to managing apartments (which caters to my ADD). Now I manage some of the coolest buildings in LA and love every minute of it! I work a ton but since I love what I do, I don't really consider it work. I get paid to make people happy about where they live and where they live is awesome! How amazing is that?!
So what do I do when I am not filling up a building? Well, snowboarding is one of my greatest thrills it gives me the feeling of working with nature to push myself beyond my limits. I picked up the habit...er hobby...two seasons ago and have been hooked ever since. I go almost every weekend during the season. Snow snobs and the uninitiated give Mt. High a bad rap but I am a season pass holder and proud! Maybe we should go snowboarding some weekend.
You can find humor in pretty much anything. Just picture Will Farrell talking about something not funny and it's immediately hilarious. In many cases what I find funny is vastly inappropriate for the situation but cracks me up none the less. I'm not sarcastic but I attempt to be amusing or provocative by saying the opposite of what is meant. Ironocastic is not a word but it would be a lot cooler if it was.
Peanut butter. Enough said.
I cook quite a bit because it is the healthiest way to eat. I have at least 24 different variations of my secret black bean, turkey "soup" recipe (I call it soup but it's more hearty like chili). http://j.mp/Pauls-Bean-Soup-Recipe
The other thing I can't get enough of is hanging out with my dog Lucy, a 12 pound ball of furry awesome. She is the biggest destroyer of productivity outside of the Internet. Her adorable face and fluffy fat belly get me every time. Lucy 10, Paul 0.
I am a kind, caring and compassionate man with a big heart. I have bag full strengths and a barrel full of weaknesses. Due to my wonderful family and amazing friends I have boundless joy in my life. But like Mark Twain said, "To get the full value of joy, you must have someone to divide it with."
Words to describe me: Ambitious, disciplined, humorous, imaginative, sensitive, compassionate, kind, selfless, intuitive and sympathetic.
A few things worth mentioning: I have a job, I don't do drugs, we're not schizophrenic and I do not expect you to sleep with me after a slice of pizza, no matter how many toppings are on it.