i grew up in the country outside Oxford, MS and that helped cultivate a strong love for nature and the outdoors, as well as instilling in me an irresistible southern charm and warm friendliness. the past 5 years i've been fortunate to call Portland, OR my home. having been an adventurous type with insatiable wanderlust, i was naturally bound for the west coast! i'm proud to work in a well known and respected restaurant in downtown, as my passion for good food and cuisine helps support my other passion for travel and the great outdoors: I've got San Francisco below me and Seattle above, not to mention being close to British Columbia, Vancouver is a beautiful city, but less often mentioned is Victoria, which is well worth a ferry ride to from the Olympic Peninsula. mountain climbing and biking, backpacking, kayaking, snowboarding, etc..i also love to play music from time to time (the drums and guitar/ukulele). despite that, i come across as a very calm, attentive fellow. all that action is balanced with plenty of downtime for reading (70/30 non-fiction/fiction) , gardening, cooking, and quality time with my amazing girlfriend Amanda.......and Pablo! my cat, as i would be remiss not to include him too.