Work doesn’t soak up all my energy--and I have LOTS of energy.
I love to bike--you'll often find me on weekends going fast on the W&OD doing a 50-mile ride), and I ran a marathon on my 50th birthday: I wanted to see what that was all about. Glad I did it--and have satisfied that curiosity for good before I ruined my joints and my spine! :-) I used to be an avid kayaker and had a small sailboat and still love any chance to be out on the water. I'm hoping to learn kitesurfing this coming summer: what a thrilling, fun sport that must be!
I also have a deep appreciation of the arts--especially music. I've played violin since 14 (started late but kept with it) and play in a community orchestra. I used to perform in operettas, have sung in some excellent choirs, and studied music on a Fulbright in 1987 in Hungary (WHAT a fabulous year that was; every weekend I'd take the train in to Budapest and go to the opera and attend about three or four different musical or theater productions). I also lived for a year in Amsterdam and had a season pass to the museums and USED it, and now that I'm back in DC I enjoy going to the museums (love going to the Kennedy Center, can't get enough of the National Gallery).
Being sporty and active and in excellent shape and enjoying the arts is one thing, but I'm curious about how you think. Here's what goes on in MY head and heart: 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. 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'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, and if I find a good place, I'll resume my rollerblading--one heck of a sport! I go quite fast. 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.