Timothy Markus wrote:My friend emailed me a scan of some cards we printed up and handed out at Oktoberfest 25 years ago. We made 8 or 10 different ones and handed them out all night long. We really didn't expect any actual dates from it, rather we just did it to amuse ourselves. We had girls coming up to us all night long, having searched the whole arena for us to meet us or collect the set. It was a fantastic way to start a conversation. At the bottom there's a pic of 3 that another friend came across recently.
I'll also put myself out there and give you a link to my OKCupid profile, though you have to have an account to see it. As has been suggested, I fleshed it out quite a bit. Many women have commented that most men don't write much.
OK Cupid profile
I get a lot of responses; too many really. I had hoped that I'd weed out a lot of women by showing them a little of my crazy, but I get a lot of messages from women who don't seem to have much in common with me. I have a hard time telling women thanks but no thanks, and it seems the proper internet etiquette is to just ignore those you're not interested in, so I find that aspect of internet dating awkward.
For those without an account, here's the text:
I believe in equality and respect and that there are fundamental rights for human beings, regardless of...
I'm an engineer, in terms of both education and proclivity, with all the good and bad that encompasses. I love learning and can't imagine ever stopping, and I do geek out at times. While I would struggle to pass Kindergarten art, I do appreciate it.
In the spirit of learning, I'm always trying to be a better person. There are some things that don't come easy and I think I'll always have to work on them, but I'm fine with that. I don't think you can ever change someone else and I think it's wrong to try. If they aren't right for you just as they are, you're both better off moving on. I'm not looking for someone to complete me, rather someone who complements me.
I've been an atheist since I was a kid, but I'm thinking of taking up Odinism because eternity is an awfully long time and Valhalla sounds like the most fun you can have in the afterlife.
I may not be ridiculously good looking, but I'm good at looking ridiculous.
I'm 5'6" and have dated women under 5' and over 6', but if that doesn't work for you, no worries.
I loves me some babies, human or otherwise, and I love kids. Turns out I'm the crazy uncle.
I try to stay positive; I don't always manage it, but I think I always bounce back. The one exception is my hair. I'm having a bad hair life.
I think everyone has an incredible talent and that the biggest tragedy is never discovering what it is.
What I'm doing with my life
Learning something new every day.
I'm really good at
Being myself and not apologizing for it
Being a dad
Cheese trays, gift boxes, and gift wrapping
Doing the right thing even when nobody would know otherwise
Creative facial hair sculpting
Laughing out loud in public when something strikes me as funny
Not taking myself too seriously
Not judging people
I'm also incredibly strong. I can bench-press 1500 lbs, but I don't do it very often as it takes a long time to do 100 reps and the other guys at the gym get mad.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I think my favourite book is Good Omens, but second place is probably a hundred-way tie. I read a lot, both fiction and non-fiction, with the emphasis lately on the latter. I probably read a couple of books a week.
I haven't had cable for a very long time, but I do have Netflix; I'm not a Luddite. I can, and do, get sucked in at times, and it's nice to veg out occasionally, but it's not the best use of my time. That could change with the right viewing partner.
I like all six types of music: rhythm & blues, country & western, and hip & hop. Good music spans the spectrum, bad music is whatever I play.
I'm a big fan of food, sustainably grown/raised for preference. Being half Dutch, half British, I have a deep appreciation for the culinary skills of pretty much every other ethnicity. My personal belief is that the eras of British and Dutch colonialism were brought about, not because of the pursuit of imperialism or commerce, but simply to find something palatable to eat. I would love to take some classes in Thai, Moroccan, and Indian cuisine. If you're Thai, Moroccan, or Indian, we should talk.
Six things I could never do without
Tea, in most of it's forms.
Possibly 5 gallon buckets.
I'm not sure what else. I think if I had an adequate supply of tea and buckets, I could improvise anything else I need. If you're looking for gift ideas for me, I'd suggest a 5 gallon bucket full of tea.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How to solve a problem like Maria.
Cows, pigs, chickens, and shit
Bees and the stupidity of humankind. While I haven't conducted any scientific studies, anecdotally I think it's apparent that intelligence varies inversely with the number of people gathered.
On a typical Friday night I am
Surprised it's Friday.
You should message me if
If you think my crazy and your crazy have a chance. We're all nuts in our own way and, looking back, I think my best relationships were the ones where her 'annoying' habits were endearing to me. I'd love to find someone who thinks the things about me that drive most people nuts are a positive. I told you I'm an optimist. I'm also looking for someone for whom honesty is important. We're all adults here and if you can't be honest with your partner, you really don't have a partner.
I'm not a patient man, so I would much rather meet for coffee (tea) than email endlessly.
That said, please don't bother if you're racist or homophobic; I really don't want to know you.EDIT
Nicole Alderman wrote:It appears that Timothy needs to move to the other end of the continent and down into the states, LOL! You've already got two compliments from single ladies over here (Not counting myself. I'm happily and monogamously married, but your bio did make me laugh!)