Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
I'm reasonably intelligent and fit, tolerant and open-minded,
straight but not narrow. I am utterly silly and hilariously
cynical. I like to cook, I enjoy traveling and being outside, I
love listening to and playing jazz (I play trumpet and sax), but I
also enjoy blues, classic rock, Celtic, funk, Flamenco...the list
(and the music) goes on. I have a lot of fun playing at being a
photographer - even if I'm not a "pro", whatever that means, it has
at least taught me to pay more attention to all the beauty both
great and small in the world. I have a hard time avoiding too many
parenthetical statements when I write. I prefer cats to dogs,
though dogs are cool too. I see no reason why one is required to
believe in some sort of Supreme Being or Omnipotent Father-Figure
in order to maintain a sense of honesty and integrity and be kind
and considerate to everyone. I also think this sort of
self-summarizing is practically impossible to do well, and if you
haven't clicked the Back button yet I'd prefer to get to know each
other over a beverage or snack.
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
Stripping away the BS, bit by bit, day by day, year by year...
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Playing Well With Others. Also biting sarcasm toward people and
situations that need it, "punching up" not down.
The first things people usually notice about me
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I'm bald, bearded, have permanent laugh lines, and I've got a good
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
I like books, movies, music, and food. There, I've admitted it! I
know that's a controversial attitude, but I stand by my
I know that's pretty vague. But my tastes are so eclectic - i.e.
"all over the map" - that it's tough to delineate them in a
meaningful, nutshell way. I like both fiction and non-fiction,
foreign films and Hollywood and comedies, all sorts of music
(though mostly jazz), and Portland's many amazing restaurants
offering just about every kind of cuisine ... does that help?
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Maslow's Hierarchy? No? OK then, how about: basic necessities,
humor, the never-ending quest for knowledge, music, and my camera.
I know that's less than six things, but screw you man, I'm a
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Keeping whimsy and silliness in my life. What is it about society -
or Life in general - or something, that too often squeezes all the
juice and verve out of so many of us over-40 crowd? Do we get
caught up in the necessities of creating a career and raising kids,
and in the process forget how to be goofy and enthusiastic and
child-like? Do we get so disappointed about not keeping the bodies
and energy of our youth that we just give up? Does the burden of
the awareness of encroaching mortality suck out whatever liveliness
is still left in us? Is it the death of childhood dreams? Can we
not reassess, create new goals, and continue to reach beyond our
grasp? Is there some reason that many of us stop learning and being
surprised and constantly delighted by new knowledge? Is Social
Convention really so inexorable an encumbrance?
Also, y'know, World Hunger and Climate Change and War and Equality
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
"Living for the weekend"? Searching for a Life with Authenticity
and Meaning? Re-watching Monty Python videos? Looking for the exact
proper word in my beloved thesaurus? On a typical Friday night I
am...being atypical. Moving on....
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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It probably says an unflattering lot about me that aside from
Calvin & Hobbes collections, the number of times I've re-read
Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide series (especially if you include
the original radio series on tape) far surpasses the number of
times I've re-read any other book.
Spoiler alert: I have no creepy nor dashingly romantic secrets.
You should message me if
Offer a few tips to help matches win you over.
you're smart and smart-assed, wise and goofy, you know a thing or
two about a thing or two, are committed to honesty and
communication, and are appropriately grown-up for your years yet
you're still willing to let your inner child come out and play. And
you have a high tolerance for puns. And you don't have to love the
Three Stooges, but you're okay with the fact that they WILL make me
giggle inanely sometimes.
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