What I’m doing with my life
I quit my advertising job at 50 to live and write on my own terms,
then became a first-time father at 54! Being semi-retired has
allowed me to relish life with my son -- no regrets there. But
since my wife left me a few years ago, I've had abysmal luck
finding a good woman to make my life feel more complete. (That's
why I'm here.)
I’m really good at
Writing and editing, drawing (especially faces), doing reasonably accurate impressions of historic figures (Teddy Roosevelt, King Edward VIII, FDR, LBJ, Marlon Brando), being liked by dogs and children, losing money in the stock market, making generalizations
The first things people usually notice about me
From the front: my big smile... from the side: my big (let's call
it "majestic") nose
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: The Great Gatsby, Cyrano de Bergerac, Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass, Great Expectations, Les Miserables, Wuthering Heights, Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson, The Odyssey, The Cynic's Dictionary (by yours truly!)
Movies: Doctor Zhivago, The Man Who Would Be King, The Third Man, Top Hat, 42nd Street, L.A. Confidential, Groundhog Day, The Quiet Man, City Lights, Amadeus, Horse Feathers, The Shining, King Kong (the original), Barry Lyndon (gorgeous underrated film), Lolita, The Wizard of Oz, early Woody Allen and nearly any W.C. Fields comedy
Shows: Twilight Zone, Leave It to Beaver, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, Saturday Night Live (late '70s and early '90s)
Music: nearly anything by Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Scott Joplin, Gershwin, Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt, the Beatles, Judy Collins and Simon & Garfunkel (except "Bridge over Troubled Waters" -- way too saccharine for me); also like medieval and Renaissance instrumental music, 1920s jazz, bossa nova, and authentic vintage popular and folk songs.
Food: I love it all -- though I've stopped eating veal because of how the poor critters are raised. In fact, I've started feeling guilty about eating animals in general -- especially mammals and birds. (I don't shed tears over shrimp and oysters just yet.)
The six things I could never do without
(besides my heart, brain and other vital organs)
1. my son
2. my brother
3. my longtime friends
4. the outdoors
5. good books and movies (Is that two things?)
6. my iPhone (I try to curb my addiction, but it's no use. I promise I won't check it while I'm talking to you.)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
life, death, politics, endangered wildlife, and how long it will
take before the rising sea level turns Philadelphia into a beach
On a typical Friday night I am
wondering why I'm sitting indoors watching Turner Classic Movies on
a Friday night.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Although I rarely use profanity in front of others, I've been known
to swear vehemently at uncooperative computers and red lights that
refuse to turn green.
You should message me if
you're kind, sensitive, warm, tolerant and not too temperamental...
you have a whimsical, childlike spirit despite your fine education
and wide reading (or maybe because of them)... you know that "the
good life" has little to do with money... you take your job (if you
have one) just seriously enough... you enjoy nature, old movies,
funky restaurants, historic sites, birdwatching and other
appealingly nerdish pastimes... you're cheerful and charming (but
also soulful, introspective and maybe a little vulnerable)...
you've been searching in vain for a kindred spirit.