I like to study. That doesn't mean I'm a big fan of organized education. It serves it's purposes, but I'm an observer and a collector of data and information and knowledge and all that junk that is easier to skim over than to swallow.
Basically, I'm a big dork.
I like strategy games. Card games, word games, board games... if it involves the mind more than luck, I'm down. I enjoy playing chess, collectible card games, and I want to get better at Go. Anyone interested in being a part of a Go club in the San Marcos area, here is your open invitation.
I love mechanical puzzles. A lot. I have a huge Rubik's cube collection, and I've yet to come across the puzzle I cannot solve. Except for this one stupid Japanese one I can't put back together, grr.
I always have at least one deck of playing cards on or near me at all times. You never know when you'll need one. Most people would call my collection of playing cards "obsessive." I just really like them.
I usually have my nose in a book or magazine, and I put as much stock into reading Lucky as I do Scientific American. I haven't read many novels recently. I find myself attracted more to history books, collections of folklore, and short stories as of late. Point me in the direction of something good, where the author isn't obviously masturbating over the main character, or making the characters sparkle, and I'll give it a shot.
I like to make things, with my hands and with my mind. I'm just as comfortable soldering electronics or repairing furniture as I am with needle and thread or stringing beads. What can I say? I'm a crafty kind of guy. My place of power is a fabric store.
I would love to travel, but haven't been able to as much as I would like. I'm just as happy, though, taking road trips to somewhere I've never been (or to no predetermined location, I like random adventures) as I would be visiting a foreign country.
I used to teach guitar in New Orleans, and still give lessons to willing and eager students, when I can find any. I primarily play classical and fingerstyle, but I can teach ANY aspiring musician their way around a fretboard. If you can clap along with music, I can teach you basic guitar (If you can't clap along with music...we can work with that! But really? Not even simple beats?).
I'd rather spend all day shopping than all night partying (but partying is fun, too!). It's not that I dislike social events, I'll be the first person at a party and the last one to leave. I just get more out of a day at the mall, trying on clothes and putting together new outfits or picking out things for my room. I could use a shopping buddy.
I consider myself a nice guy. My attitude is laid back and relaxed, but my life is generally fast-paced. There aren't enough hours in the day to get everything done, and I fear not enough days left in my life to do everything that I want. Each day is an opportunity to find, learn, or experience something new.