Well, right off the bat you need to know that I'm a single dad with a two and a half year old beautiful girl that is my whole life, heart and soul. I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve, or another way to put it is that I'm a terrible liar... Life has thrown me some pretty good curves over the years; I like to think I'm still an optimist at heart but maybe jaded optimist or "glass half full" pessimist are better descriptions now. I was a Marine for four years, got out ten years ago and never went anywhere exciting, still not sure if that's a good thing or a regret... I used to be a volunteer firefighter, if I had more time I still would be. I subscribe to a Word of the Day and try to use it at least once in a sentence, partly to learn it but also just to see if I can... I try to watch at least one or two videos a week from www.ted.com to maintain my sense of wonder... I wish I had more time to exercise but still manage to keep in decent shape. I've climbed mountains (literally) and my dream vacation at the moment would be to hike the Pacific Coast Trail near Vancouver. I think I'm incredibly lucky sometimes to have done what I've done but still have the life that I do! I wish I could play the guitar and the piano, I love to cook but I'm not that good at it... I have a few tattoos but none that are visible with a shirt on... I love to travel, I've been to Europe (France, Italy, Switzerland) but feel like I've only scratched the surface. I grew up in a little country town in northern California and as a result l still love hiking, surfing, skiing, the beach, mountains, mountain biking, etc, but find little stimulation or ways to indulge those loves here... I'm a little ADHD too, but I think it just keeps me on my toes :-) I'm a total romantic, I've got great parents that raised me right and I strive to live up to the example they set for me, and my little brother is my best friend. I also love the mystery of finding out who someone really is, the little tiny things that one barely notices but that make up a huge part of who we are.