I once served as a judge for a "Roadkill Cook Off" in West Virginia a much younger, more naive version of myself -- needless to say, it proved problematic I once got stuck alone in an elevator for four hours & to stay sane I sang every Beatles song I could think of I've experienced a major hurricane and a 6.2 earthquake and am no worse for wear When I was 9 years old I wanted to be Barry Gibb I've had two marriage proposals -- they both came from my 7 year old niece -- so you better grab me while the getting's good!
Being paralyzed from the neck down since the age of 14, I've managed to overcome a lot to get to where I am today. I'm a doctoral candidate in English, a college professor, an uncle to 3 amazing kids, a world traveler, a Ravens season ticket holder, a music lover, a dog owner, a foodie, and much more. I've lived on both coasts (the DC area is definitely home, but boy do I miss the San Diego weather and lifestyle) I've been a freelance travel journalist I once endeavored to be a screenwriter (haven't we all?) I've earned a few degrees and am a dedicated life-long learner I'm a fan of Las Vegas and I firmly believe that television shows (cable) have become superior to feature films.
Learning to get the most out of life despite having a disability has, I think, made me a stronger, better person. It also gives my friends/family and I the chance to exercise our twisted senses of humor, like when at a blackjack table someone says, "Adam, if only you'd stop gambling you could afford that operation and walk again," or, conversely, "If you could just hit it big you could afford that operation and get out of the wheelchair." It freaks the rest of the table out, but we have a good laugh.
Still, because of what I've gone through I tend to be very attuned and sensitive to other people's feelings. I try to see situations from other people's viewpoints, to keep an open mind about most things, to find the humor in just about any situation, and to rise to whatever challenges come my way (plus, I get great parking). I'm pretty resilient and self-reliant (to the degree that I can be) but I also realize that life is about the connections and relationships that we have with others. I have a group of incredible friends and an amazing family who fill my life with meaning and joy. I feel incredibly blessed to be who I am and to have had the experiences that comprise my life. I'm hoping that I can find someone to share my future with, to bring her into my world and to immerse myself in hers.
I'm looking for someone with a good soul, who is more flexible than rigid, who is willing to expand her horizons, who doesn't want "typical" (because I'm not), and who wants an equal partner in life. I'm very attracted to women who are self-assured, intelligent, kind, have an adventurous spirit while being grounded in a firm set of values, and most importantly, are pleased with who they are as people.