Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
My 2011 Burning Man ticket says "Admit One Transitional Being." I
meet that description better than most burners. For the past three
decades I devoted myself to my family and my profession. I'm a
lawyer and scientist by training and I practiced environmental law
nationally and, to a lesser degree, internationally. I was the lead
lawyer for Saudi Arabia on the biggest marine oil release in
history (during the Gulf War) and can explain why the dire
predictions about the BP oil spill killing the Gulf of Mexico were
As a karmic reward for my hard work cleaning up the environment, I
got to take early retirement five years ago curtesy of a large, but
operable cancer in my right temporal lobe. Right after surgery, a
rare, very painful drug reaction put me through agony but left me
physically unscathed. This brush with death left me uninclined to
keep my nose to the grindstone. In early 2014, I was diagnosed with
a more formidable cancer and I'm spending most of my time fighting
it at this point.
My wife of 33 years, none too keen on rethinking a life plan that
was working out well for her financially, just finished divorcing
my non-income-producing ass. My three grown kids are out of harm's
way. I'm getting back to the interests that I no longer had time
for when I entered the professional and parenting worlds
(simultaneously). I'm also keen on catching up on some of the
things that have developed, culturally (in the broadest sense),
while I was at the grindstone and raising the kids. Companionship
with bright, sexy women with compatible interests will help with
both the "getting back" and the "catching up" and would, of course,
be a worthwhile end in itself.
I know that health problems would generally be considered a downer,
but as Churchill said, "There is nothing as exhilarating as being
shot at with no result." Besides, the "bright side" of the drug
reaction is that it left me with freshly regrown (and totally
normal looking) skin on my lips. If that clue allows you to
identify the rare disease I suffered, I will be extremely impressed
with you. I am unusually upbeat for someone who has been through
what I have and the prospect of finding a new flame to help
navigate the transition is particularly inspiring to me. I feel
that I have a lot to contribute to a relationship, but you
ultimately will have to be the judge of that.
What I’m doing with my life
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Undergoing periodic MRI's to make sure that the residual cancer
cells in my brain aren't regaining momentum. Building burnable art
for the annual Burning Man get together and several local events.
You know, typical early-retirement activities.
When I want to break out of the mold, I work on settling into my
"Keep Austin Weird" dome home across the street from Michael Dell's
mansion. My container gardening is coming along , but I have big
plans to tame the couple of acres around the house with gardens,
arbors, deer barriers and raised decks that afford a better view of
Mt. Bonnell and downtown. I also need to spruce up a 1960's vintage
"Texas Maid" speedboat that was handed down to me by a
I'm also exercising more and increasing general fittness to improve
my endurance on long hikes, my mobility at tennis and, you know . .
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
solving complex technical/scientific/legal problems. That's what
clients paid me to do for them.
Standardized tests -- I have them convinced that I'm really
I'm a pretty good cook too, for a guy.
Minimizing my environmental impact.
Long road trips
Promoting Burning Man as a life experience
The first things people usually notice about me
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The ridiculous sideburns. There's a surprisingly serious story
behind why I keep these things, which make me look old beyond my
years when I leave them gray. I have silly fun dying them bright
colors and monitoring the reaction of Austin-weird loving folks.
UPDATE - They are so long now that they were blowing into my eyes
while driving, so one of my sweet burner friends braided them, for
a Braveheart look. I used to refer to them as "thigh buffers" in
this profile, but my ex-wife cyber-stalked me and upbraided me for
such salacious innuendo. I think that's a matter of opinion.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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My leisure reading interests started with serious science fiction
and evolved at UT, via Kurt Vonnegut and FALILV, toward humorous
turns at sci-fi (Adams), mystery (Hiaasen, Friedman), science (Mary
Roach), politics (O'Rourke) and satire (Buckley). I just started
exploring Christopher Moore's work. Periodicals like the Onion take
an increasing slice of time.
Comedies (Woody Allen, Python, Altman, Farrelly Brothers, Coen
Brothers, Mel Brooks, Mike Judge, etc.) are my greatest joy in
movies. Science Fiction movies score highly as well. Wry and smart
TV comedies usually get my attention, along with the news satire
shows. The dramedy niche that includes Castle and my dearly beloved
Moonlighting is a winner in my book. I never got the hang of the TV
sci-fi series, except for the original Star Trek (yah, I'm that
old), repeats of the Twilight Zone, Firefly and Fringe. Craig
Ferguson is my favorite talk guy.
Shows that I enjoy are comedic (Master Pancake, standup and
improv), salacious (Bedpost Confessions and Air Sex) and live music
where I know the musicians.
For music, I'm stranded in the sixties (as the Uranium Savages used
to sing) and the early- to mid-seventies for favorite groups. I
have a sense for more recent music, but I haven't followed music
closely enough since 1978 to have any depth of knowledge. The music
that I hear at burner events appeals to me, but I know almost
nothing about it. I'm sure I could dance to it, with a willing
I don't play favorites with food. There are few normal types of
food that I will not consume with excessive gusto. I sometimes
travel out of town for excellent smoked meat, mostly to impress the
uninitiated or for special occasions. Food and drinks with movies
(i.e., The Alamo Drafthouse) rock and smart mocking on top of that
(Master Pancake) quadruple rocks. I grow some of my own food,
including citrus, pomegranates and berries (blue, black and rasp-).
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
affection (after a long dry spell, I've had some lately and it's as
good as it ever was. Also, burners are always good for a hug)
drinks with friends (proof that "god" wants us to be happy)
my wood burning stove (I heat a 2,000+ sq.ft. concrete house
without using fossil fuels)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
plans for the big transition. Lately I've been focused on an
interesting facet of cosmology that seems paradoxical to me. I'm
actively pondering whether I should stop looking for Miss Right and
just adapt myself to being alone for a while until things stabilize
in my life.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
looking for something interesting to do. My nights don't fall into
a pattern, except Wednesdays, when Austin burners regularly get
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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I've never had casual sex, or even semi-serious sex, although I'm
surrounded by people who have.
You should message me if
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1) you think that a relationship or interesting friendship might be
possible and we match reasonably well on things that are important
to you. We should be able to identify a low-key context to meet in
person and get to know each other via activities (I like hiking,
SCUBA, tennis, ping pong, darts, pool, biking, movies, drinking
coffee and/or alcohol and, to a lesser extent, recreational
2) you are just curious about the rare lip peeling disease or want
to know more about Burning Man; or
3) you just want to try the thigh buffing thing, now that I've got
you thinking about it :-)
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