While I do not quite consider myself a Renaissance man – the last time that I checked, I haven’t been dead for 400+ years – I am a lifetime learner (taking classes in whatever may interest me (after / before work or via Internet) with a long and varied list of interests, activities, etc. On the one hand, most of my many degrees and certificates have not been all that useful. On the other hand, ever since I got a Radiotelephone Operator’s License, I have not had a single ocean liner stranded in my bathtub.
I've had a unique background of having been raised in the "inner city" and having also lived in various environments (including suburbia, barrio, rural, etc.). My eyes, ears, taste buds (and tastes) took / take advantage of my having been born and raised in one of the most multiethnic / cosmopolitan cities in the U.S. (i.e., New York) and now living in another (i.e., Los Angeles). I have traveled to / through all but four states. I used to drive to the Bay Area often enough to almost consider it a second home. My most memorable trip (so far) was a stay in Cuba (including a flight layover en route in Mexico City with an artist/friend taking me on an informal tour of the National Palace focusing on the murals of Diego Rivera, whose art / politics I particularly like). I am a "lefty" both in the sense of my sociopolitical views / outlook and as being a "southpaw" re which hand is best for my writing, sports activities, etc.
For most of my life, I've looked a decade or more younger than my chronological age (as my photo may reflect). Sticking around for about 90 "rides around the sun" may be genetic or a family tradition (as are multidecade-long relationships) -- I just want to make sure that I have a long and fun ride.
My self-confidence comes from ability and adaptability (even in the face of adversity), with an appreciation of what I have done in life while not letting what I have accomplished inflate my ego. "I'm [here] for the laughter / And here ever after / I'm here for whatever ... life brings."