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University of Oklahoma: Economics
Energy/O&G field
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Dallas, Texas, United States · Member since April 2014
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I am a late 20's male living in Dallas, Texas. I have been working in the Energy Industry since graduating college in early 2000's. The love of my life is my girlfriend Michelle and we live together here in the Dallas Metroplex.

The 5 things I could not live without are:
1) Grandfather's family heirloom watch
2) My vinyl record collection (I know it's odd someone born in the mid 80's would list this but I'm a HUGE music fan and love the way the classics sound on vinyl!
3) My camera to document all of life's amazing happenings
4) Meditation manual to keep myself centered, focused, and happy!
5)Last but not least, my life-changing love Michelle and our 4 yr old mix pup named Samuel!

Some of my favorite travel experiences have the same two characteristics:
1) Visiting a place for the first time (no re-creating the first time you see certain things or areas for the first time)
2) Interacting with those that are local or familiar with the region to absorb all I can while visiting!!
With that being said, favorite places of world travel include
Chamonix, France
Interlaken, Sweden,
Florence and Roma, Italia
Belgium & the Netherlands

Domestic travel:
Jackson, Wyoming & Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.. (been traveling there for over 20 years and am destined to be a full-time resident one of my days!)
Both east and west coasts.

Books/Authors: Jon Krakauer, Buzz Bissinger, Michael Lewis, Salinger, Huxley, Kerouac.

Music: 60's-70's classical, Otis Redding, Chuck Berry.

Food: Love considering myself an "amateur chef." I am a fan of italian, thai, chinese, etc.

Having myself (or my S.O.) as guests or hosts: We are both fun-loving people who take pride in immersing themselves in the area in which we are traveling to.. I love interacting with the people that are in the region and potential hosts and finding out more information about the area that only "locals" know or experience. We travel by the camping creedo: "Leave zero trace," a term I learned while backpacking in Yellowstone, but have aptly applied to traveling and staying with hosts while out! Like camping, we leave things exactly how they were before we arrived, do not disturb others that are in surrounding areas, respect the land/home and always be gracious for the kindness of opportunity to those who bestow it upon you!

Life motto: I'm a young cancer survivor, so I will have to channel some of the mottos and sayings that got me through that experience:
"Be careful not to live through memory and ancticipation, by doing so one allows obsession with the past and worry about the future, at the expense of the present!"
"If you're never looking up, you're always just looking around at others."