But work doesn’t soak up all my energy: far from it.
I love to cycle, and that's how I start my day, biking to work, which gives me exercise, fun, and a chance to observe frustrated drivers grimacing at the wheel or cluelessly endangering everyone concerned while chatting on their handheld cell phones. I try not to judge the cell phone talkers, but they are making a choice that their phone conversation is more important than the life of the pedestrian or cyclist they might mow down while distracted behind the wheel. Add some sense of social responsibility and America might be a truly good place to live.
My politics are bright pink. I detest the dog-eat-dog selfishness and shameless greed so openly practiced in America—the regressive taxation, heartless immigration policies, obscene orgies of military spending, the bailing out of banks and insurance companies while failing to protect people from losing their jobs and their homes, the gross unfairness of soaring corporate profits and unconscionable executive compensation packages and golden parachutes amid mass layoffs. We’re a country that sacrifices the health and education of our children in order to fund corporate welfare and guarantee profits at the expense of the environment, fails to honor workers with a decent living wage, turns a blind eye to disenfranchising voters, incarcerates more people per capita than any country in the world, and raids the social security fund to finance pre-emptive wars that cost trillions of dollars. America is number one at an awful lot of awful things and way back in the line on so many issues that count. I cringe, but I also try to make my voice heard loudly as someone who refuses to accept this horrible vision for our country. I criticize because I care, see the potential for improvement, and try to bring about that change, never to knock down and berate.
I took the LONG personality test, which pegged me (accurately!) as an ENFJ--"The Teacher," a profession to which I hope to return some day--not just because I love to help others develop their ability to lead full lives with compassion and awareness, but also because I miss the academic calendar. I have too many hobbies and too little time for them. We can all do better, and isn't that what our lives ought to require of us—to improve, to learn, to realize our potential? I have a special place in my heart for those who care enough to do constructive things to build a better world, not just ride it for fun and personal gain until they drop.
I'm looking for someone who delights in finding and understanding what her partner likes and then gives that in greater measure than he could ever wish: that will always be my approach to you. I'm fiercely loyal, never one to shy away from controversy or from risking and doing all to help a friend. My door is always open, and my greatest joy is bringing happiness to others, be they two or four-legged (not much experience with others). I love being outdoors, in the sun, doing some sort of vigorous activity: kayaking and cycling and hiking are favorites. Inclement weather will find me happily engrossed in reading a book, playing my violin, giving my cat a full-body massage (which he loves and needs), writing music, doing crossword puzzles, browsing in a bookstore, or enjoying a museum exhibit.