46 Richmond, VA
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My self-summary
How do I make the best impression? Do I start with something funny like claiming to be the man who invented the spork? Or do impress by claiming to be a astronaut? Or do I just tell the truth and say that I am a 43 year old man with, at times, more education than sense. I am an avid reader but this does not mean that I am a hermit. No, I like being outdoors, walking the dog, gardening, or riding my bike on long treks through the countryside.

I alternate from being deep and intense in conversing political/philosophical issues and being oddly humorous. I have a highly developed sense of sarcasm and can not help but point out life’s little ironies. I find humor in most situations. I also like to play jokes on people, and can usually get away with them, because no one suspects the serious guy. I taught history at a Jr College for about 4 years and loved it, but would have to go back to school and spend lots of money to do it more. Still, I clearly like lecturing/teaching about things. Or at least story telling.

I have two dogs. A mutt that I found in the park 5 years ago and a golden retriever who is loving but extremely goofy. They are both loving and well behaved but, well, fall far short of the dog I used to have who would carry groceries home from the store in her mouth. If you have any clue how to teach the golden to fetch, you will gain extra points.
I live in Church Hill across from a large park and have recently taken an active role in organizing events in the park. We started an outdoor movie series and show 3 or 4 films a year. And we are also working towards landscaping the park better. My neighbors thanked me by sneaking an official looking sign into the park naming it after me. This sign has somehow remained for 3 plus years now and is landscaped around. I love it and love my neighbors.

When I think about my life, I realize that I have a lot. I have great friends. I live in a good neighborhood.

https://www.richmondmagazine.com/arts/blogs_thehat.php is a recent blog post written about my movie nights, but they got my last name wrong. It isnt CHapman and thats all Im gonna say about that.

What I’m doing with my life
I am in training to be a mahout (elephant driver) and hope to be ready in time for the world cup of elephant polo in 2014
I’m really good at
writing. Bike riding. gardening
The first things people usually notice about me
my height
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I read a lot and it is hard to pen down a favorite. In the last year I have read several Jeff Saahara works of historical fiction and a handful of Christopher Moore books about comedic vampires and such.
The six things I could never do without
my dogs, my bike, books, family, friends
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Now that the donated cherry trees are in the ground, what next I can do for my park? Will it sustain a flower garden, if I get one donated?
On a typical Friday night I am
hanging out with neighbors on a front porch, talking and sipping a beer
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I sometimes sing to my dogs by replacing rock lyrics with their names. Cooper loves it but Dingus just stares at me puzzled.
You should message me if
If you like a sarcastic sense of himor and witty email stories. Lately, I have been writing about 1) former bad dates and 2) my fear of costumed characters. It is not the character or costume that creeps me out, but the fact that there is someone I dont know, possibly a nice sunday school teacher or possibly an escaped mass murderer, behind the costume.