Hello there! I'm Tom, a lifelong Chicagoland native who believes in taking "Carpe Diem" to heart at home, work or play. Probably the best initial impression I wish to impart is one of a man who lives an independent, balanced & peace-centered life that springs from living within the heart and soul amongst my family, friends and neighbors. Being a Scorpio, I can be pensive & introverted when needed, but never one to shy away from having extraordinary fun times! While I'm a bona-fide numbers-n-science freak in my professional life, I'm quite normal for someone whose heart simply swoons for the sultry hieroglyphics of calculus. I also very much enjoy nurturing my creative side thru writing, singing & B/W photography. Seeing the world at home & abroad in my many travels has brought me much appreciation for the innate beauty found in the World's people's and landscapes...really love Canada the most :) I also enjoy home improvement projects and cooking when I have extra time on my hands! Those who know me best will tell you of a person who has an enormous heart, open ears & a funny laugh to empathize with their hopes, dreams & fears...one who selflessly goes the distance in times of adversity with dignity and poise...also a bookworm who has an irrepressible (sometimes offbeat) sense-of-humor :) I do try to avoid staying in any one comfort zone for too long since Life's a gift far too precious to squander in complacency, and I have no room for keeping up with the proverbial Jonses since I'm very thankful for those simple, special things that energize my days! I'm equally comfortable in a t-shirt & jeans, as well as dressing up for an elegant evening Downtown. Finally, community outreach, especially the annual American Cancer Society's "Relay For Life" walk-outs, plays an important role in strengthening my Catholic upbringing.