-- I appreciate the beauty of the English language in its myriad manifestations;
-- Halloween is my favorite holiday;
-- I enjoy jukeboxes, swing dancing, R&B and early rock 'n roll;
-- I am inclined toward laughter and comedy;
-- History is my favorite teacher;
-- I dislike organized religion, politics, gratuitous noise and poor grammar and diction. My religion and politics are of the leave-me-the-hell-alone variety. I am mortified equally by traveling salesmen and door-to-door religious proselytizers;
-- The way I see it, we get one shot at life. When we're dead, it's game over. Accordingly, people who waste my time are a bete noire. Be funny, be wise, be interesting, be all three, or be gone.
Passions: Learning; writing; reading; German and Italian sports cars; intimate conversations; fresh, pizza-house pizza; long walks in a natural environment; making money in the stock market.
Peeves: indiscriminate urban and suburban development and the collateral destruction of farms and farm land; electronic intruders, e.g., telemarketers; careless drivers and road-hogging minivans and SUVs; almost everything government-related; stupidity (see the next-to-last "peeve.")
I cherish alone time and tend to avoid overly clingy people. I need time and space to write and read and sit alone with my thoughts yet I don't take myself seriously, just my work. I trade the stock market during the week for fun and profit yet have a flexible schedule. There's a gym in my basement and I use it regularly, every other day.
While I don't go to a job any more, I also don't use the word "retired." My life situation is not all-or-nothing. I choose when I want to work and when I want to play. I might venture off to a Florida key this week, spending 50 hours the following week researching the stock market and day-trading names I've uncovered. Designing each day is a privilege, a privilege earned through proficiency. I admire proficiency, both in the written and spoken word and in the manner in which people live their lives.