First things first with a bit of a disclaimer. Are you sitting down? I'm not perfect. The question is whether or not we're perfect together. (Really wanted to fit in a match pun in there but will refrain.) I haven't traveled to all seven continents or rescued a dolphin. Sometimes my humor is a bit juvenile and I hold a variety of opinions some may in less than agreement with (but then again we all do). On the plus side I am loyal to a fault, smart, and deeply passionate about what I do for a living.
I am a socially conscious, politically conservative, academic, and part-time comedian. Being a gentleman is kind of an orienting code for me and I live life for some larger purpose. i have a somewhat romantic notion that I'm my life was intended with some inscrutable meaning, like discovering some Truth. I'm somewhat of a contrarian and a bit of a pedant, although not an elitist.
On the lighter side of things I'm a die hard fan of men's college basketball. Being Indiana born and bred means this is kind of instinctual. I'm also an enormous fan of U2 and do a pretty mean Bono on the drive to and from work. Fun fact: I used to work at an historically black college.
Throughout my life I've been blessed by many long term deep friendships. I genuinely enjoy people which gives me some advantages in the academic environment which I spend most of my time. Being a natural altruist is the only way to go. As an aside, it feels kind of odd focusing all the attention on myself here. It's seems somewhat egotistical of me. On that note. . .
In terms of attributes I'm looking for in a lady is someone with intellect, character, and a sense of humor. Mine tends to be wry and a bit sophomoric. Perhaps the most important element is maintaining a measure of self-respect; it's, unfortunately, a dwindling value. Sharing a sense of humor and having the character to see through life's travails is important as well. There's nothing quite like a laugh to see you through life's hardships. This might sound trite and I hope no one pukes in their mouth at reading this but in many ways I'm looking for someone who can be a best friend.