I was waiting for my plane in the Baltimore Washington International Airport this weekend when I met Federal Agent Chuck. Our conversation began when we saw President Jimmy Carter board the plane that departed before ours.
Chuck was awesome and, quite possibly, one of the nicest people I ever met. In the terminal, we chatted constantly. We shared a love of hunting, the Northeast, running, and Texas.
Chuck is a Federal Agent for Homeland Security and works close to the border in Texas. He does all sorts of cool things: catches child predators, finds smuggled folks from Mexico, etc etc.
It’s not shocking, but Chuck is a lot more interesting than me. He spent some time stationed in Hawaii for the Army, traveled to a million different countries, and served as a Police Officer in Boston. True story: He only ever gave two tickets while he was a police officer and one of them was to a Kennedy.
We switched seats on the plane so we could sit next to each other and continue our weird conversation.
Federal Agent Chuck: “…So you’re not married? Good. You’ve got plenty of time to figure that out. I didn’t get married until I was 30. You need to be picky. What’s your type?”
Me: “Well, I don’t have a type, but I have the 3Gs: Goals, Gentleman, and Jesus..and I know Jesus doesn’t start with a “G” but it sounds like it so it works.”
FAC: “Ahaha..the 3 Gs.”
Me: “I’ve been thinking I need to add an additional G because the 3Gs isn’t working.”
FAC: “He needs to have a couple of Gs in his pocket. Or Gentile?”
Me: “Ahaha. Perfect.”
Overall, Chuck had some great advice for me:
FAC: “You need to date someone who is active. You like being outside and running, you need to date someone who likes the same. ”
Me: “I absolutely agree.”
FAC: “An old friend gave me the best piece of advice, ‘When you’re running toward your goals, your significant other should be right in the rear view mirror, chasing them with you.’ You need someone to support what you’re doing.”
FAC: “I had the time of my life in Hawaii. Go live in Hawaii.”
Me: “Chuck, I love the seasons. And I’d be too far from home. And isn’t it a big tourist trap?”
FAC: “Not if you know where to go. I had tons of friends in education and they made a great living and had a great time. Consider living in Hawaii while you’re not tied down.”
On being adventurous…
FAC: “What’s the most adventurous think you’ve ever done?”
Me: “…Ummm…well…Oh my goodness. I’m so boring. I’ve run marathons. And a Tough Mudder? Oh my. I need help.”
FAC: “OK, you need to do one adventurous thing a year. Promise me that you will come up with five things to do in the next five years. You’re young. Enjoy it.”
Thanks to Chuck, I’m in the process of making my list of five things. While they won’t compare to Chuck’s black water rafting in New Zealand or lava tube diving with a weighted belt in Hawaii or exploring Thailand, it will be awesome. I’m accepting suggestions.