David has been chasing storms since 1992, when he signed up for an earth science class and fell in love with the study of severe weather.
“I can print up weather maps and forecast severe weather myself,” he said. “The biggest appeal for me is when you set out for a week you have no idea where the weather will take you. We could be in Texas, Colorado, the Black Hills or anywhere in between. It makes for a lot of time on the road, but that’s part of the adventure. Last spring I got to see Mount Rushmore, which was an amazing place.”
The 42-year-old from Woodridge, Ill., who works for a healthcare IT company has enjoyed a wide range of travel, including trips to Belize and the Holy Land. His favorite vacation dates back to eighth grade, when he and his parents went to Washington, D.C. “My dad and I got our share of museums and historic sites. We shared a love for history and I can never thank him enough for all he did to foster that in me,” said David, who tends to excel at Trivial Pursuit.
Single life isn’t easy, but David tries to be positive. “It does bum me out,” he said. “I try not to stop and think about it, as it’s much like trying to climb a mountain and reminding yourself not to look down.”
He elaborated: “I expected to be set by now with at least a wife if not a child or two. That’s why I’m looking to meet someone a bit younger than me so we could have children. Being single has afforded me travel opportunities and, well, a lot of free time that my married friends lack. I would trade a lot of that for a loving family, of course, as I want to share the great upbringing my parents gave me and in turn give that to a wife and kids someday. I have waited long enough, I feel. There have been heartbreaks along the way, but I hope all these things will equip me to best handle that One when or if she makes it into my life.”
At Mass David prays that he will find that special Catholic woman. He puts a premium on a shared faith. “I’d rather have someone who agrees with me in raising children in the faith and has a good heart than someone who loves the same sports I do or does many of the same things I do. There has to be compatibility, passion and attraction, but I figure if I start with the base of religion it’s just a matter of making the other connections.”
So far, David’s time on CatholicMatch has been slow and steady. “I have met a few women but nothing has transpired very far. I have sent many messages out but few have returned them.”
The lucky lady who becomes his girlfriend will able to feast on his lasagna. “I think it’s ready for prime time,” David said. “I also make a pretty good chili and recently pulled a recipe from the ’net for Salisbury steak. I make it with red potatoes and let them soak up the gravy before eating. Oh, baby!”
The wining and dining can conclude with a slow dance, ballroom-style. “My parents were active in the ballroom and polka dancing circuits back in the ’40s,” David said. “I learned a little from them, but I think it’s in the blood. I love to talk and have a good sense of humor. Wining and dining is an art, but even Monet needed a canvas to practice his art. This artist has only his technique but no canvas.”