-- I appreciate the beauty of the English language in its myriad manifestations;
-- Happiness makes the world go 'round so be happy and bring more happiness into the world;
-- I think jukeboxes, swing dancing, R&B and early rock 'n roll are pretty cool;
-- I am inclined toward laughter and comedy;
-- History is my favorite teacher, literature my second favorite;
-- 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 pushy salespersons and door-to-door religious proselytizers. I simply won't allow my nose to be rubbed in someone else's agenda.
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.
I cherish alone time and tend to avoid overly clingy people. 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 an island this week, spending 30 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.