Update: Hey, I haven't payed attention to this sight in a couple of years now. I appreciate the letters, but i'm not upgraded and can't read most of them. I'm currently not dating as i'm focused on school, and figuring out life minus the uniform. It's a strange adjustment when all the superficial...
Update: Hey, I haven't payed attention to this sight in a couple of years now. I appreciate the letters, but i'm not upgraded and can't read most of them. I'm currently not dating as i'm focused on school, and figuring out life minus the uniform. It's a strange adjustment when all the superficial characteristics you previously identified yourself by suddenly disappear. I wish the best of luck to each of you in your search. It's far from an easy thing to achieve... until you achieve it. Then it'll seem to elementary you'll wonder why it took so long (that's the theory, anyway).
The manor in which you meet is equally important as the meeting itself. The story you tell your friends and so looses some luster when it starts with "I was on the internet and..". So we'll just have to make something up.
I just left the Army (two weeks ago in fact (Feb 2016) after a rather contentious deployment through Kuwait, Iraq and the Sinai. Finally, I'll see what living a normal life is like.
I'm normally described as "chill," which always surprises me as I get really excited at times (X-games, new countries, etc) . I suppose the professor in me is calm and patient, but I also would describe myself as energetic, passionate, and a bit feisty at times. I'm very funny with a kind, but sarcastic sense of humor. I have opinions and I like to share them.
When I see a good opportunity for a pun or punch line, I can't help myself. I live for laughter and silly behavior. That said, I have a serious, sensitive, and artistic side. While I cherish time spent with my friends, I also need time alone to think, process, and create.
I grew up in Buffalo, New York and have been a scout helicopter pilot in the Army for the past ten years. I have been stationed in Hawaii, Germany, Seattle, and several parts of the south with two tours in North Iraq and San Antonio and after being injured in a motorcycle wreck (almost a year in a wheelchair and I had to walk with a cane for awhile). I’m now completely recovered running triathlons, tough mudders, Bataan Death marches, Army fitness challenges and even debating getting another bike. Though my legs are sporting some wicked scars, i'm not doing half bad for someone that wasn't supposed to walk again (seriously, I hope you like scars. I have train tracks all over my thighs!). I had planned to transition out of the military immediately after the surgeries to work on a Masters program in Int’l business and alternative energies (hopefully, in Copenhagen, Denmark), but then branch offered me an opportunity to deploy and run operations in South Korea for a year. I couldn't say no after the Army spent a million dollars (thanks tax payers) piecing me back together and saw it as a chance to pay the Army back all the energy they put into me. I wouldn't be walking today without them. I'm now about to move to South Carolina where I'll transition out of the Army and tackle a masters.
My long term goals are to work in the energy field either in Europe or back in the states. To sum up: I am in a transition period. At least two more years in the Army, then three years of school and campus life are ahead of me until i'm reacquainted with the professional sector...wherever that might be! During this time, I do intend to continue to travel as often as work allows.
My friends consider me athletic, intelligent, sincere, spontaneous, strong willed and a bit witty. Honesty and sincerity are traits I cherish. I'm very optimistic and tend towards the positives in any situation, though life's trials can get to me at times in which case I look to and lean upon you. I'm otherwise mostly cool with some corny qualities. I'm spontaneous, but not impulsive. I'm a believer in passionate romance where everything is bigger than life. I'm also an avid reader and writer (history, science and tech progress, and some literature). I simoly love to learn. I can be caught listening to TedTalks while going for a ride, or watching Morgan Freeman's 'Through the Wormhole' on a weekday evening. It's the inner nerd in me I can never satisfy.
I'm a snowboarder/ surfer, I have a passion for art and music (you can see more about that below), I'm fiercely loyal to my friends or lover and will always be there when needed. I'm s chiver and am very social, prefering cafes and trendy gatherings. I love to entertain and never need an excuse to throw a party or just have a bunch of friends over.
Why am I here? I’ve been asked that often. Through most of my career with the busy tempo of the war, I simply never had a chance to settle down until recently. I’ve met so many awesome people in passing, but was always forced to say good bye as I either moved to the other side of the planet or deployed. It wasn't until after the crash that i'd met someone truly spectacular, though it took me sometime to realize it. I lost my fiancee while learning to walk again. The surgeries and long durations of without real consciousness (they kept me very sedated for several months while I regrew my leg. We adopted this technique from Russian medicine.) proved too much for the relationship to endure. Honestly, losing her was the most difficult challenge i've ever faced. I've waited two years (APR '13) before attempting to date again. Any sooner wouldn't have been fair to you as i'm naturally loyal and emotionally slow to let go.
I realize It’s not a fair question to ask you to give up everything simply to wait for me while I played war hero, but I still can't resist looking and asking 'what if?'. Are you of the same mindset?
...Side note, I’m told often I look young for my age. Trust me those are current pictures. When I was a platoon leader, the Warrant Officers used to joke "Hey kid, get off the flight line…. Oh, sorry Sir!" It’s been my curse.