NOTE: Go ahead and befriend Josh Rachlis on facebook if you feel like we'd have a good conversation: www.facebook.com/JoshuaPeterRachlis. Like you, I love meeting interesting, creative, compassionate people! And like me, I'm sure you've got lots of projects in your life, and it's tough to make time for messaging back and forth on a dating site.
ANOTHER NOTE: I changed my profile name from BertSeeksErnie to Bert4FemaleErnie, because I've been told that my name made it seem like I'm gay. Honestly, I just thought it was a cute way of saying I'm looking for a romantic partner who is also a best friend and who would share jelly beans with me and who maybe has a silly, optimistic side to counterbalance my sometimes grumpy, sarcastic side. The names are referring to the Bert and Ernie muppets on Sesame Street. Heard of them? I hope so. Otherwise this still makes no sense. Anyway... So hopefully the new name clears things up and doesn't now introduce transgendered confusion into the mix. I'm just trying to say that I like girls. And muppets. Internet dating is so complicated!
What else is there to know about me other than my sexy, virile heterosexuality? Well, I would say I'm a Renaissance Man. But I would say it in a cute voice, so that it didn't sound arrogant or douchy. People tell me I live a pretty interesting life. And I hope to keep making it more interesting. I'm a writer, actor, filmmaker, comedian, cartoonist, songwriter, radio host, politician and one time cupcake judge.
I ran twice with the Green Party for Member of Provincial Parliament. It was a beautiful experience - I was so touched by all the people who came out to debates to have their say and get involved. It was moving when people thanked me for contributing. I can't wait to run for office again. It was also fun when a song I wrote for the campaign made it into the newspapers - It's great to reach people with a positive message.
I also ran for mayor of Toronto in 2014. My goal was to get in the media and get my message of positivity and eco-friendliness out there. And CityTV invited me on to Breakfast Television. So, mission accomplished! (Even though I had a cold for my 7:30 a.m. appearance. That was brutal.)
For my regular day job, I'm a writer at an ad agency, which I enjoy as I get to use my brain all day. The highlight of my job so far was shooting a Visa commercial with Leslie Nielsen in Miami.
I act. I was the tiny Scottish man in the commercial for Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Mini Granola Bites: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ey2kcE3avc
But that’s just a "character." In reality I'm not Scottish. Not that quite that small, either.
I was also the voice of the claymation Dan The Chameleon in a commercial for Hubba Bubba Max: www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFe0fFRBDBE
I care about the environment. Racial equality. Gay rights. Women's rights. Basically, I just want everyone to get along and live long, healthy lives. I do stand-up comedy, including a special brand of eco-comedy that I've invented. I've been written up in major papers about it. I've hosted award shows and community cable shows. I write humourous articles and draw cartoons for a newspaper. I like making short films. I really know much about playing the guitar, but I like to write love songs (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7A61B193D80F27DF). One song that I wrote is on the soundtrack of a short film I made about a towel who falls in love with the girl who owns him (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfU49lnH77Q). Yes, sometimes I imagine what feelings things would have, if they had feelings. Maybe I'm too sensitive.
I did some talk radio hosting and I loved talking to the public. These days I'm doing the occasional story telling appearance on CBC Radio, and I talk about my life on Humble & Fred Radio a popular world-wide morning radio show. I am also the Guy Expert on What She Said Radio. I love entertaining and informing the public.
I was on an episode of Come Date With Me Canada, a reality dating show, and everyone I meet - from a teller at the bank to the security guard at my condo - tells me that (spoiler alert!) the girl should have picked me. So that's kind of like an endorsement for dating me, right?
I wrote an eco Love song for Elizabeth May, the Green Party leader during Canadian federal election (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SimmzGRku8k) and it went viral (http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/04/20/toronto-man-composes-youtube-ode-to-elizabeth-may/). It encouraged people to think about the environment during the election. I'm pretty happy about that. I'm also happy that CTV Newschannel sent a limo to take me to their studio and interview me for 5 minutes about my song. It looked like they were talking to me elsewhere, but (spoiler alert!) I was really in the next room. I'm not so happy that I decided to put in eye drops just before going on air, and a drop dripped down through my make-up and it looked like I was crying.
Every day I look forward to doing and learning new things. I'm inspired by my mom who started running at 50 and now runs marathons and triathlons, as well as paints and writes and does charity work. I'm inspired by my dad, who seems to be treating retirement as a chance to help more people in ever more ways. And I often think about how much my grandparents loved each other. There's an old photo of my Baba holding my baby cousin while my Zaida takes advantage of the moment to sneak a kiss onto Baba's cheek and Baba's face lights up. I aspire to being in a photo like that.