Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
For a professional writer, I have to say this part doesn't come
naturally to me. But anyway, I'm a reporter and successful author
who was raised in Britain and Ireland but has lived in the United
States his entire adult life. I've a masters degree in
international relations and have enjoyed traveling widely for both
work and pleasure. (Some of my favorite places to have visited:
Vietnam, Buenos Aires, Egypt, Jordan.) I've been shot at, but never
shot at anyone else, and have met with two men who are now on the
United States' most wanted list.
I'm an active person, but not obsessively so. I played rugby for 25
years and go the gym two to four times a week to stay in shape, but
I am very happy to just lounge on the sofa reading a good book,
magazine article or the Sunday paper. (I prefer reading to watching
television 90 percent of the time.) These days my relationships
with team sports is one of supporter (Leeds United Football Club)
rather than participant. I'm comfortable in my own skin and
spending time alone, but I'm also a fairly social animal - I enjoy
the company of others and am happy relaxing with friends at
parties, rooftop bars or in one of the scores of good restaurants
this city has to offer.
I'm close to my family and am a doting uncle to my young niece and
The basics you might be wondering about: I'm drug and disease free.
I've never been married and have no children, but am ready to
change both those conditions if I meet the right person.
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
Trying to make a difference.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Finding things out.
Hard rock trivia from the Seventies and Eighties.
(Unfortunately, only one of the above pays the bills.)
The first things people usually notice about me
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
Hmmm, you'd have to ask "people," I think. But I suspect my English
accent (now somewhat warped into a mid-Atlantic twang).
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
Books: I have many hundreds (thousands?) of books (acquired a
variety of ways, many through work), most of which I have yet to
read. I read a lot of non-fiction these days (I've just finished
"The Triple Agent" by Joby Warrick, now reading "Counterstrike" by
Eric Schmitt and Thom Shanker), but fiction that has made an
impression over the years includes work by Tolkien, Ayn Rand,
Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Shakespeare. Other favorite
works include "Starship Troopers by Heinlein, "Gates of Fire" by
Steven Pressfield, "Out Stealing Horses" by Per Petterson and "The
Road" by Cormac McCarthy.
Movies: I love movies and am delighted with the existence of E
Street Cinema. My movie tastes run the gamut from drama to sci-fi
to comedies. Favorites include: Apocalypse Now, Diva, Star Wars,
Casablanca, Dr. Strangelove, This is Spinal Tap, Swingers, Old
School and The Usual Suspects.
Shows: I hardly watch any TV, other than the occasional soccer
game. But I've recently become a convert to "Game of Thrones" and I
also enjoyed HBO's "Rome" series enough to buy a bootleg box set of
the DVDs in Baghdad.
Music: I got my start writing about rock music and I even spent a
summer working for a rock band management company. These days I can
enjoy a fairly wide variety of music, but my tastes are still
centered around what I enjoyed as a teenager: classic hard rock
like Zeppelin, Rush, Thin Lizzy, Scorpions and UFO. But if that's
not your thing, don't worry. Spending time with me doesn't
necessitate being bombarded with wailing guitar solos. As I write
this it's a Sunday morning and I've been listening to "Look Sharp"
by Joe Jackson and "Everything Must Go" by Steely Dan.
Food: I love to eat out and can enjoy just about any cuisine. I
also tend to stick to a fairly healthy diet whenever possible.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
(I'm presuming that food, water and breathable air are assumed
here, so with that in mind...)
A fast Internet connection
Something interesting to read
The sense of possibility.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Missed opportunities; maximizing the time left to me on the planet;
how to structure my next book; what the Leeds United back four
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Out with friends in a lively bar or good restaurant, taking in a
movie at E Street Cinema, or relaxing at home with a good book.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
You might have to ply with me with good Scotch to get me to admit
You should message me if
Offer a few tips to help matches win you over.
...after reading the above (or my answers to the "two of us"
questions) you feel intrigued. I look forward to hearing from you.
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