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Introduction

The Lord has saved my life several times, quite literally, so I'm very fortunate and blessed to be where I am today. But for Him things would be much different.

Up until this past May (2014) I taught a couple of business computing (MIS) courses at East Carolina University, but decided towards the end of my run there that eight years of dealing with the atmosphere at a secular party school was enough. So presently I'm self-employed again, learning several new lines of work (!) and still working on computer problems for home users and small businesses, something I've done either full- or part-time for 18 years now.

I've inherited a small farm outside town, where I'm planning to move in Feb-March 2015. I want to start a garden, plant some fruit and nut trees; have already been working the pecan grove my grandfather planted back in the 1920s. Sis. White said we should leave the cities and learn to grow some of our own food, and I'm getting ready to do just that.

I'm pretty level-headed, take a practical approach to life, love animals and the outdoors. Am very health-and-fitness-conscious, am a vegan, believe in natural remedies and in staying away from mainstream medical methods (pharmaceutical drugs etc.) as much as possible. As a result I hardly ever get sick, and most people think at first that I'm 8-10 years younger than I am, even with the gray. Bike riding is a favorite activity; I try to get in 40-50 miles a week when it's warm. A great way to stay in shape and see the sights. So I hope you like to ride bikes!

I also have a pretty active sense of humor, and hope you do too. While I'm not a joke-a-minute-silly-all-the-time kind of guy, I do tend to laugh at life's little quirks and curve balls. "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine..." Prov 17:22. My students used to laugh in class right much, for some reason. And I bet I laughed for 30 straight minutes the other day, playing with two big neighbor dogs out in the pecan grove. Funny animal behavior especially can bring big smiles. (I have a couple of goofy cats, planning on a dog or two later on, after the move.)

I became an SDA in the late 1970s, then left the church and played the prodigal for a long time. Finally grew up in 2000-2001, got rebaptized in '04, and now might finally be ready to settle down with the right SDA lady...assuming that the Lord gives His go-ahead. He's in charge. If a special lady and I ever do get together, it needs to be first and foremost for the purpose of helping each other, and other people, to make it into God's kingdom.

One additional thing I should mention here, right up front, is that if you're still eating meat we wouldn't make a good match. I can't be around the smell of dead animal flesh cooking any more. For us to get together you'd need to be at least a vegetarian; preferably a total vegan. (Adam & Eve were vegan, and everybody in heaven / the earth made new will be.) EGW wrote, "Among those who are waiting for the coming of the Lord, meat eating will eventually be done away; flesh will cease to form a part of their diet." {CD 380.4} I'm getting ready now!

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Basic Information

GenderMale
LocationGreenville, NC, USA
Age57

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About Me

Height6' 1" (185 cm)
BuildAthletic
HairGray
EyesBlue
Relationship StatusSingle - never been married
About ChildrenI do not have children, but would welcome yours
Children0
Children home0
SmokingNever
DrinkingNever
Religious Involvementonce or twice a month
EducationMaster's degree
Field of Workself-employed, various -- computer tech, pecan grower, aspiring B2B copywriter, investor
EthnicityCaucasian / White
Languages SpokenEnglish, Spanish

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Fun Facts

Self-descriptionFun, intelligent, studious, practical. Work hard, play hard
MusicClassical, Gospel/Religious Music
MovieAction/Adventure, Documentary, Western
Favorite TV showsnature documentaries, Duck Dynasty, 60 Minutes, Antiques Roadshow, Andy Griffith
Outdoor activityBasketball, Biking, Camping/Hiking/Fishing, Gardening, Photography, Sailing, Sunbathing, Swimming, Traveling/Sightseeing
Indoor activityCharity/Volunteering, Computers, Cooking/Culinary arts, Movies/TV, Music, Reading, Shopping, Weightlifting
My idea of a great triphiking/camping in the mountains, or relaxing on NC's Outer Banks or a Caribbean island, sightseeing
FoodAmerican, Chinese, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, Thai, Vegetarian/Vegan
Favorite restaurantsany place where you can find something vegan (not fast food), and that doesn't serve alcohol
PoliticsModerate
Schools attendedUniversity of North Carolina, East Carolina University
TimelinessI am usually on time
As for fashionI dress to be comfortable

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Match Preferences

AgeBetween 45 and 60 years old
DistanceWithin 500 miles of Greenville, NC, USA
HeightBetween 5' 4" (162 cm) and 5' 11" (180 cm)
Body TypeSlender, Athletic, Average
EducationTechnical School, Associate degree, Professional degree, Some College, Bachelor's degree, Graduate Student, Master's degree
Relationship StatusAny
Religious Activityonce or twice a month, every week
SmokingNever
DrinkingNever
EthnicityCaucasian / White, Native American

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Essays

What I'd like to do on a first date...

A light dinner (or lunch) and a walk by some water, where we can talk.

My past relationships have taught me...

To wait! Don't rush. Don't get into it too quickly. Look beneath the surface and find out who the person is, make sure there's a basic compatibility before getting too involved. It's easier to get into a relationship than it is to get out of one, obviously, so make sure you can become (and remain) good friends before becoming anything beyond that.

To me, being an Adventist means...

Being a part of God's last-days remnant on earth. Being different, being called to deliver a distinctive message and not being afraid of doing that, though it may mean standing alone or meeting opposition at times. The truth isn't always popular. Romans 12:18 applies, "If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men"; but so does Acts 4:20, "...we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard."

In five years, I see myself

Building a home in the woods (across the road from the farmhouse, which sits out in the open), moving towards becoming more self-sufficient. Learning to grow a good portion of my own food. Becoming more and more like Jesus in character. Perhaps finding a permanent mate.

My favorite Bible passage is...

II Chronicles 20:20 -- "Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe His prophets, so shall ye prosper." With the attacks we see being made on the SoP these days ("The very last deception of Satan will be to make of none effect the testimony of the Spirit of God"), this verse says a lot.

One final thing I'd like to mention...

First, about profile pictures. I really don't understand how anyone without a profile picture can expect someone to be interested in them in an informed way (which, to me, is the only way). People are visually oriented, especially men, and this guy wants to see what the person he's dealing with looks like. You can certainly see what I look like, so uploading a photo of yourself that shows your face is only fair! We all (men) want to see what you ladies look like. It would be good also to have a picture that shows your whole person, head to toe.

As for my photos, I know some of them are fairly dated, but I haven't changed much at all in appearance over the past 8 years or so. A bit more gray hair and a few small under-eye wrinkles is about it. I'm usually not very photogenic -- cameras seem to catch me with stupid facial expressions, or with my eyes wide open like Count Dracula or completely shut, in the case of flash photos -- so I'm just doing the best I can with the few good pictures I can find. Not trying to look better or younger than I really do.

The last thing that ladies might want to know, since I've seen that this can put people off, is that I'm definitely a 'gun guy'. I own a number of handguns, rifles, shotguns. I have a concealed handgun permit, and tend to exercise that right where legally allowed when out and about. I don't hunt; vegans don't eat animals, so there's no need kill them, for food or sport. But I do see a need to have firearms around for the protection of family, friends, neighbors, and oneself. Target shooting's fun too; I used to take students out to the range every now and then, and they enjoyed that. The present point is that if you're uncomfortable around firearms, we probably wouldn't make a good match, unless you're willing to learn about guns with the goal of 'making friends' with them. I've seen people do that whereas they were a little skittish previously.

Does the Bible address this issue? Yes, in a lot of places. One train of thought that has spoken to me goes like this: Paul said that Christians are Abraham's spiritual children; Galatians 3:7,29. Jesus said that Abraham's children should "do the works of Abraham"; John 8:39. And Abraham took up arms to protect innocent people, including his kinsman Lot; Genesis 14. Melchizedek, "the priest of the most high God", blessed Abraham for his efforts, and Ellen White wrote positively about Abraham's actions in Patriarchs and Prophets, pp. 135-136. So the protection of innocent people (as well as oneself) from violent thugs by force of arms is definitely sanctioned by God, contrary to what some Christian speakers would have us believe! The Lord expects us to do some things for ourselves, as we're able, in His strength with His protection and guidance.

I'm all about safety when it comes to firearms, just so you know. Very careful, very cognizant of the weighty responsibility that comes with having them around. Anyone who's around me is safer as a result, when it comes to being a victim of crime. My neighbors know this, and they're glad for it.

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2006; little changed

Core Color = Blue

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  •   red: 24%
  •   yellow: 16%
  •   white: 8%

Blues Are

AnalyticalCommitted
CompassionateDedicated
DeliberateDependable
EmotionalLoyal
NurturingSeek Quality
RespectfulSincere
ThoughtfulWell-Mannered