I am the product of a hotheaded, stubborn male Taurus, and a loving, sensitive female Cancer. How these two people are still married at the ages of 60 and 57, respectively, will remain a mystery to me forever. Perhaps opposites really do attract. Having two such different parents, anyone could have guessed that I would grow to be the all-time paradox I have become. What you see is not what you get.
I've lived on four different continents and have incorporated cultural aspects from each into my personality. I was born in Brazil, at the age of two moved to Argentina, then at seven moved to South Africa. I attended boarding schools there (from the second grade through to high school) that were run in a very authoritarian manner, with corporal punishment only being outlawed during my last years. There, I acquired the discipline that has helped me achieve the goals I set for myself in day-to-day life.
I graduated in the top ten of my class, was Secretary of the public speaking society, and played on the soccer and rugby teams. I consider myself to be both a nerd and a jock.
After high school, I took some time off and moved to England for fifteen months. I worked in a small hotel where I waited tables, worked in the reception, and was even trained as one of the chefs. England was a defining point in my life, encouraging me to break the shell I was never allowed to break in South Africa. I moved to Atlanta to start my engineering degree at Georgia Tech. The even more individualistic society of the U.S. encouraged me to develop as a person.
Being a Taurus, I always want to have the best of everything. I buy myself the best clothes, the best shoes, the best computer...I know these are all materialistic things, but when it comes to girls, I like them genuine and down-to-earth.
My friends accuse me of having an obsessive-compulsive disorder. I like to call it "discipline." I'm very meticulous about things such as my daily routine, studying, working out, and my diet. I do admit to having a disorder when it comes to shopping though. I can't remember the last time I walked into a men's clothing store and walked out empty-handed. Mankind's most innovative invention after the wheel was the credit card.
Q: What do you look for in a potential mate?
A: I look for a girl with independence, maturity, someone non-headache-causing. Relationships should be easy, things should just flow. I love a career girl; motivation turns me on.
Q: What physical activities do you do to stay in shape?
A: Cardio, swimming, treadmill. I play tennis, soccer and rugby.
Q: What's your best physical feature?
A: I can't say. My body speaks for itself.
Q: Do you have a secret skill or hidden talent?
A: I speak four languages: English, Spanish, Afrikaans and Portuguese.
Q: What were your best and worst subjects in school?
A: I'm very close to a 4.0 GPA. Right now I've got a 3.9 and I'm very upset about it. My favorite classes are Biology and Engineering — the sciences
Q: What are some of your favorite movies, books and CDs?
A: Movies: The Shawshank Redemption was one of the most moving movies I've ever seen. I wanted to be in an aerospace program, so watched Apollo 13 like 50 times. Legends of the Fall also really moved me.
Books: When I was in primary school, the Redwall series by Brian Jacques; I ditched my academics for those books, just to read and read and read.
Music: I love R&B and house music, rock and rap, no particular favorites.
Q: Did you have a childhood pet?
A: I had two dogs back in South Africa, little mongrels, Blackie and Scott. They were born to a brother and sister, bound to come out missing a leg or an ear — but these dogs were missing their brains. They're the stupidest things I've ever come across, which makes them so loveable.
Q: What's the one product or item you can't live without?
A: Protein. It's the way to a man's heart.
Q: When you want to indulge yourself, what's your favorite guilty pleasure?
A: I have a ridiculous affinity for Krispy Kreme donuts.
Q: What's your favorite curse word?
A: "What the muck, bugger?"