I am the doting father of two magnificent 4 year old boys and a delightful 4 month old daughter. I love my kids more than words can say. They are a very big part of my life.
I’d like to consider myself thoughtful and genuine. I am loving, funny and a bit of a cuddlebug. I love being romantic and will do just about anything for the woman in my life. I am a family man. While my friends and hobbies are important to me, they are not my first priority.
I love to travel and filled up my last passport. I have been to every continent except Antarctica. Hopefully, one day I’ll make it there too… it’s a short flight from Christchurch, NZ. In my “spare” time, I run a local chapter of Engineers Without Borders and volunteer across the developing world. Last spring I traveled back to Rwanda for a few weeks to work at an orphanage.
I like long, boring period dramas set abroad. Painted Veil was great. I love submarine movies for some reason and the Sergio Leone spaghetti westerns. I follow the Tour de France each summer.
I love mojitos, unfiltered wheat beers, and spicy bloody mary’s.
I like Merengue dancing (albeit poorly) and hip hop clubs. Radiohead, Chili Peppers, Jay-Z, Stereo Lab and Boards of Canada are on rotation on my ipod… along with way too many geeky history and science podcasts.
I enjoy working with my hands on any number of projects, from woodworking to welding. It keeps me busy and out of trouble. Most recently my projects have been for my boys, such as a wagon, playset, playroom and bunk beds.
I was a road bicycle racer for a number of years. Now I enjoy mountain biking, with a trailer full of kids. I enjoy rock climbing, though haven’t been for many years. I SCUBA dive and ski whenever I can find the time. My buddy has been trying to get me in a Triathlon… maybe this summer John.
I love Vindaloo, the spicer the better! Ethiopian food is great too… I got to sample some recently in Addis Ababa! Garlic and bacon are good of course. I make a mean grilled artichoke. I do have a bit of a sweet tooth.
I’m trying to learn Portuguese. My boys are Brazilian and I will be taking them down to see their family every couple of years. Last time down there I spoke a language of my own invention: PortuSpanglish. It was shameful.
I have always dreamed of having a big family. Now I have a daddy’s girl to spoil. I never knew how much love my heart could hold until I had children.
I drive a truck with three car seats and a wagon in the back. My presets are NPR and hip hop stations. I have been listening to some classic rock recently… reminds me of my days in southern California. Lately I’ve been sneaking some EMO when no one is looking to help take the edge off.
Girlfriend at work [I apologize for the acronym, she’s an engineer]:
“Elliot is a OOAK(One of a kind) guy, and will not be on the market long do to his wit, humor, charm , high values and good looks. He’s the guy to write home about ;) Hurry now and make an appointment to meet Mr. Right. But wait there’s more. Call now and we’ll throw in 2 ADORABLE TODDLER BOYS!! You won’t find a better offer anywhere else!”
As snow fell outside the hospital, I held a newly delivered baby in my arms and so wished I could see into the future and know what he would be like as a man. Now when I look at Elliot and remember that day, I am so proud of the man he's become. A person who tries to make the world better for his having been here.
Now for the fine print:
My marriage ended 2 years ago and am trying to adjust to life as a single dad. I'm raising two brave and precocious 4 year olds and a darling baby girl. We're somewhat of an "instant family, just add mom." If kids aren't your thing we might not be a match.
I can be messy. It’s a trait I’ve had much of my life. It’s nothing I’m proud of and I’m trying very hard to change.