I'm a once-again-athletic(ish) super-geek. I am a physics and philosophy major (though classes are temporarily on hold), aspiring science fiction author, and now a sailor in the US Navy. Though I'm currently enlisted in the submarine fleet, I intend to finish my degree, get an officer commission, and obtain my own command, after which I intend to do my level best to push the Navy into space, because sooner or later we're going to need a space navy.
I was active in soccer, karate, camping/hiking, swimming and water-tubing through highschool, and still have the soccer-player's build. I'm not as active and fit as I used to be, but the Navy is starting to correct that. I still try to watch what I eat, and make some effort at exercise now and then, but I'm not that great at keeping at it on my own (so many distra- >.> Ooo, shiny!).
I'm a major sci-fi and fantasy and computer geek, and I love brains in a girl (mmm braaaaaaaiiinssss- er, ah, sorry ^_^; ). If you can get the geek references I throw out (or throw out some of your own), and/or understand the elegance of timeless physics, you score major points in my book. I'm a science/computer geek, and proud of it, and I love knowledge and the quest for the expansion of knowledge in general, as well as the pursuit of useless knowledge for the sake of useless knowledge (like the 27-page essay I once wrote on the history of Star Trek starship design...). I'm opinionated and a contrarian - I have strong opinions on a lot of things, and I have an almost instinctive tendency to play devil's advocate, even against positions I strongly support (and yes, even while I'm supporting them...). I'm also not afraid of voicing my opinions, once you get me going (though I have a tendency to hold back to avoid inappropriate controversy or conflict, and sometimes too much so). I'm also weird and random, I like doing the proverbial equivalent of standing on the wall and looking at other people like they're the ones doing something weird, or standing on the ceiling and walking around shouting, "Why are you upside down, soldier?" I like to make jokes and witty remarks, some good, many not-so-good, and some crude (when not inappropriate). I love long discussions and debates, can and have written 10,000-word essays on Star Trek technology in a single afternoon (more than once...), and I have been known to become extremely frustrated with my philosophy class for running around patting each other on the back for agreeing with the philosopher-of-the-week.
Random smatterings of thoughts and self-description I haven't worked into the above yet:
I tend to be a gentleman / classic 'nice guy' in my general day-to-day, but I can be a real ass when I desire or am compelled to be, and I had the vocabulary of a sailor before I joined the Navy. In the more professional jobs I've had, my co-workers were usually surprised when I cursed or cracked a dirty joke at work, but put me in a game of America's Army, and I will blister the ears off a seasoned sailor (for some reason that game in particular sets me to cursing up a storm, even when I'm having a lot of fun; I'll curse while playing other games, but nowhere near as much as when playing America's Army... I'm not sure why). I can also produce very scathing and biting remarks when compelled, but I have to be either very deeply hurt and/or insulted, or addressing someone I thoroughly despise or an arrogant jerk/***hole who deserves to be cut off at the knees (my timing is also not always on-point there, especially in real-time).
Related to the above, I'm generally an honest person, and anyone who knows me well enough can probably tell when I'm lying (I'm not terrible at it, but I'm not exactly great at it, either). And yes, I do lie sometimes (to claim otherwise would be, well, a lie). Generally I uphold and maintain a certain obligation to the truth - I'm training to be a scientist, and I hold myself to the standards of an officer and a gentleman, and dishonesty is in many ways anathema to the core of my personality, but while I strive not to, I'm not perfect, and there have been times when I have lied to avoid conflict, or to make things easier for me. Similarly, when playing strategy games with friends, or if I ever go to war with someone, I can be a dirty, rat **stard.
I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve. If I tell you something, there's a good chance I'm putting a lot of myself into it, and if it's of anything of significance or significant length, there's a good chance I'm pouring my heart out. I do it a lot. I get burned and painfully disappointed a lot, too, but that's not going to stop me. It's who I want to be, and if I ever became so bitter or scheming that I stopped, I would probably despise myself.
If you ever want to learn a lot about me, and how crazy I am (my own insanity is something I have openly maintained for quite some time), just ask me about it. It is a long story, though (or, rather, multiple long stories... >.> ).
I write several-thousand-word essays on Star Trek technology and socio-political history for fun. My record for longest is an ~14,000-word, 27-page essay on the history of starship design in Star Trek, written from an in-universe perspective. My record for longest essay written in the shortest time is a 10,000-word essay on the operation of phaser arrays that I wrote in ~4 hours one afternoon. Yes, I'm THAT kind of Star Trek geek. =D
I'm actually pretty shy, and I still have a few deep insecurities, I've just gotten really good at pretending I'm not.
I have very strong political and philosophical views, though I have little patience for radicals and fundamentalists of any stripe. I can ramble and/or rant at length about politics and philosophy, or extremism/fundamentalism in general, though I usually refrain from doing so because it is often discourteous to ramble/rant at people, and I don't like to be insulting or discourteous to anyone who doesn't thoroughly deserve it, and because I don't want to offend anyone I like or want to be friends with, or whose friendship or consideration I value.
I thoroughly enjoy discussing and/or debating politics, philosophy, religion/theology, Star Trek lore, Star Trek vs assorted sci-fi franchises, and a myriad of other things. I can get pretty passionate about all of the above, and I can be very confident in many of the conclusions I have drawn/argue for because I tend to have a lot of support for them, but I prefer [i]civil[/i] discussion and debate to childish argument. I can get heated and passionate, but I still try to maintain [i]mature[/i] discussion. Few things spoil a discussion of philosophy or a Star Trek vs Star Wars debate than someone flaming into childish ad hominem attacks...
I support the Star Alliance and have enlisted in the war against Twilight and sparkly vampires (it's okay to be Takei!).
I aim to be a renowned science fiction author, and my 'flagship' story is a high-brow science fiction novel series with a fantasy setting (though that changes somewhat later in the series), and I currently have 35 out of the probably 40 novels at least roughly summarized. One of my ultimate life goals is to surpass Isaac Asimov as the most prolific science fiction author in history.
I have been half-jokingly toying with the idea of running for President since I was 15 or so.
I want to be a starship captain when I grow up.
Fair Warning: As noted above, I'm a sailor in the US Navy. I've just started A-school, and with all of my job schooling, it will probably be six months or so before I'm done and I am assigned to a ship, so for now I have a pretty solid monday-friday schedule, but once I'm actually out in the Fleet, that will change. I don't know where I'll be posted, nor for how long, but the very nature of Navy life makes any kind of long-term relationship difficult, because I will be moving a lot, and spending months away at sea, and since I'm in the sub service, most of that time will be completely out of contact.
I am still looking for a serious relationship, with the hopes of a successful, long-term relationship, but the nature of my career choice inherently creates additional challenges to that, and it is only fair that those challenges be made clear up front.
My Match Description:
I am looking for someone who is compassionate and caring, kind and understanding, but who won't hesitate to stand up for what she believes in or what she thinks is right. Someone who is intelligent and adventurous; someone I can geek out with, on whatever interests we share, and any we don't. I'm looking for someone always willing to smile, someone who can take things seriously while still making jokes, and still looking to the bright side. An idealist and hopeless romantic, someone who looks at the stars and dreams of all the wonders the world can hold, and that can be accomplished. Someone who shares some of my interests, but who can also show me new things, who I can show new things to, and someone I can go on adventures with to explore or discover completely new things.
For me, physical attraction is not insignificant, I want to be with someone I'm attracted to, but WHO you are, your beauty as a person, is much more important to me than what you look like.
Since I have enlisted in the Navy, it is important to note that any long-term relationship will require acceptance of and support for my naval career. That's the direction I've set for my life, and dating a sailor isn't always easy. Understanding that is going to be important for any successful relationship.