Buh. You want info? Here's a freakin' essay! My favorite activity above all else is hosting parties. I've had some pretty epic parties at my condo in the past and I plan to continue with ever more ginormous parties. I make the world's best nachos. Try them for yourself at a party and I dare you to tell me that I'm wrong. I am constantly comparing with other recipes and improving my own. So far, I have made Original Nachos (up to $500) and Dessert Nachos. Both have been extremely successful. I plan to expand the variety. Next up is Asian Nachos. I will soon be launching my new Gourmet Super S'mores. Also, I'm becoming quite skilled at mixing sweet drinks where the alcohol is overpowered by sheer deliciousness. I call the drinks "ninjaholic" because the alcohol sneaks up on you. I am gradually becoming the best party host possible. Next up? Magic tricks. My favorite parties are costume parties. Costumes are just fun, making Halloween my favorite party of the year, but I do throw themed costume parties throughout the rest of the year. Music is good. I enjoy a wide variety of music, but I focus primarily on Trance and Power Metal these days. I've started going to trance shows and I make myself the life of the party. At the Armin Van Buuren show I put together The Great Glow Necklace Chain Train of '10! I enjoy games and consider myself a gamer. In fact, I originally moved from Wisconsin to Washington to work with Nintendo (a while back). I started out on the NES. I favored Sega and Sonic over Nintendo and Mario during the console wars. My favorite console is the Sega Saturn (the games, not so much the hardware), and I have gone out of my way to complete collections of games for my various consoles even today. I play new releases, but I am a fan of games mostly from the post-Genesis era. I consider the Golden Age to be SNES/Genesis through N64/Saturn/PS1, but that is my great sense of nostalgia talking. I've been pretty big on online gaming, but I am trying to work on my enormous pile of untouched single-player games as well. And no worries, I'm someone who actually balances gaming with other social activities, hence all the parties and other events with friends. Books are also a great passion of mine, hence the English degree. I am proud of having an entire wall of bookshelves filled to bursting. In fact, my shelves are the most highly decorated area of my entire condo. I enjoy numerous authors such as R.A. Salvatore, Ed Greenwood, George R.R. Martin, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Terry Pratchett. My concentration is fairly narrow, however, consisting mainly of fantasy and sci-fi novels. Mythology is also fascinating. TV is fine, movies are great. I like to go see movies when they are still in theaters. I enjoy action, comedy, martial arts, fantasy, sci-fi, and horror TV shows and movies. My collection of TV shows and movies is actually quite vast, spanning from the 1950's to today. The largest portion of my collection is stuff from the 90's though. I seek to revive the 90's through my collection and parties! Currently, The Venture Brothers is my favorite show, as evidenced by all of my Venture Bros gear. Some of my favorite series of movies include James Bond, Godzilla, Harry Potter, Monty Python, and most Jackie Chan films. One of my favorite actors is B-movie legend Bruce Campbell. I'm also a lover of a large variety of anime, but Hayao Miyazaki is a favorite. I have a strong interest in most animation, actually. I intend to travel more in the future. I love to explore. I have been all across the continental United States (yes, I'll need to visit Alaska and Hawaii). My travels outside the US include Canada, the UK, Germany (the Alps are gorgeous), Austria, Italy, and Australia. My wish is to journey to Asia (mostly Japan, but China would be good too) and to many other areas of Europe (mostly western Europe). As suggested by the preference for travel, I love to try new things in general. This typically means food. I love to try new, weird food. Normal is boring to me. I go outside the box and invent something incredible if I am bored by my current options (epic nachos, for example). Snowboarding, haven't done that in a while, but I'll need to hit Whistler for that sometime. Besides snowboarding, other sports do not appeal to me. I've now done some camping here in Washington on the Olympic Peninsula, so I can now say that I've been to both types of rain forest, both tropical (Cairns, Australia) and temperate (Washington). Keep in mind, however, that my camping experience is very limited and I do not camp often at all. I prefer this state to Wisconsin, actually, in terms of the outdoors. We don't have many mountains and really nice forests there. I do love it out here though. A very nice place to live. I have a spacious condo with all the nerd/geek decor and entertainment that I could ever want. It will become very obvious that I am a total nerd if you see my place. For instance, I no longer use conventional lights (except when safety demands it). Rather, I prefer novelty lights like plasma/glitter lamps, strings of LED's, and lasers. This is most apparent at parties when they are all active. Also, the wall of fantasy/sci-fi books, the hundreds of video games, and anime/80's/90's toys and posters I use for decoration are a dead giveaway. However, I am the best kind of nerd: I'm the hot nerd that exercises regularly and hosts huge parties. I currently work for ARRIS. It's a solid and entertaining job testing DVR's. I have a luxurious and resilient if slightly old car (2002 Subaru Outback VDC Edition), which is still in great condition. It will become the God of Nachos' (that's me) Party-Mobile. There is always room for improvement, but with all of my friends, even the ones spread across other areas of the country, I am very content at this stage in my life. A confident, positive attitude is desired in my companions. I try to remain pretty upbeat as well. I always push through problems even if a complain a bit sometimes. Remaining calm in the face of pressure is also important. It's best to approach problems from every angle while remaining patient and highly contemplative rather than overly emotional, which I loathe. Being pressured works against this philosophy, so I do my best to avoid it. I prefer to relax and laugh except when the situation is serious, of course. Also, I'll always help friends when they are feeling down, but when it comes to someone I barely know, I do not feel obligated to try to fix them. I also appreciate kindness, generosity, honest communication, independence, intelligence, and prioritization. Humor is extremely important to me. It cheers me up when I am down. Humor is my morphine; it's my addiction and my painkiller. It's saved my life more times than I can count. I enjoy it in many forms, from clever satire to sheer stupidity. You'll see this reflected in person, but seldom in my writing, which tends to be far more formal than my speech anyway. I've never been able to force it; it just comes to me and then I let it go and move on to the next joke. Man, I need to get out there to see some more comedy shows too. Also note: I don't get along with people who are missing a funny bone. I know when to be serious, but I prefer to joke 90% of the time. I like people who are very open and obvious in regard to thoughts and feelings. I hate guessing games and drama. This can be avoided with honest communication from all parties involved. It's when people hold secret grudges against each other that relationships fall apart. And really, I'm oblivious to many things unless I'm being paid to be attentive like at work. Have a thought? Tell me or I won't know. Don't ask me about religion or politics. I'm not interested. I don't drink often or very much when I do. I have never done recreational drugs and I never will. I'm crazy enough as it is! I live by own moral code and it suits me well (yes, that means I'm a good guy). My friends and family seem to approve of it too. For example, I try to treat people fairly and as equals, even though I am aware of our many differences. Racism/prejudice is bad, OK? For women with a potential interest in me that extends beyond friendship, you'll need some information. The criteria listed above applies to friends and any potential significant others. I've been a relationship guy for most of my life. I am always faithful and I have never cheated, but others have not done me the same kindness. Not to say that everyone I dated was horrible to me. Some relationships were less enjoyable than others, but I am very forgiving. I don't hold grudges in the long-term. Time heals all wounds. I have taken the last couple of years to evaluate the necessity of anything that extends beyond friendship. I isolated myself from that portion of life entirely. Why? I wanted to know if I could be happy without it. The answer is that I can be happy. In fact, currently, I am very happy, very satisfied with my life despite the fact that I live alone and have no romantic relationship. I place importance on being strong all by myself. Don't get me wrong. I have many friends and I place a high value on their friendship. Friends make life very enjoyable. I can always use more friends, which brings me to my next point. I have dated in the past, and I find that something so forced and structured is just not for me. For this next portion of my life, I will not date. Rather, I intend to find singles who are searching and meet them as friends with a potential for something more, but it will be just that: potential. I will never make a promise to transform such a friendship into something more. My current belief is that two people should become comfortable as friends in casual settings rather than forcing themselves into a role that could result in discomfort and awkwardness for both parties. If there is a spark, it will eventually develop, but this process should be natural. This way, I gain more friends rather than having a bad date where I never speak to the other person again. I feel that as friends, there is less pressure to impress. Dialogue is not as greatly influenced by image or sex. In summation, if everyone is different, why should conventional dating work for everyone? You'll find that even outside of relationships (and amazing food like my nachos) I like to plan and organize, but if a structure does not work for me, I will improvise and invent something new. I intend to take my time. I am not motivated by sex or a need to fall in love because I am already happy. I would see romantic love as a bonus, a way to further enrich my life and experiences, but not something that is necessary. And if I do find someone I love, I will take it slowly and do it right. Need a nice guy? That's me. Need someone to take care of you? Look elsewhere. I am very kind, but I prefer independent women who will not rely on me financially. You will find that I am very generous with people I know, but I also watch for people to take advantage of that, since it has happened before. Attraction to personality is most important, but there must be some degree of physical attraction to build upon as well in order for a relationship to go beyond friendship. It also can't hurt to laugh at my jokes. I am not a bar/club guy either. I never really fit in at those places. I drink occasionally in social situations, but not enough to go to bars regularly and I definitely don't dance, so there is no need for clubs. I prefer parties. I am the absolute master of awesomeness at parties (yes, I have an ego) and I feel that parties are the best time for me to meet people face-to-face. Although I have a habit of discovering people online first. So, think I'm awesome? Come party with me.