I want still more out of life, though. I'm a future-oriented person, and I'm looking at the coming decades as a time to expand my horizons and do a lot of new things--the next stage in my life is definitely going to be different from my past. My life up to now would have been a lot more fun had I found the right partner in crime, and I'm still looking for someone to share the adventure, and to open up the possibilities I've never tried: marriage, creating a home, raising a family.
This requires that I find someone who's not much more than half my age, which obviously doesn't work for everyone. Some couples do very well with a big age difference, though; over the long haul other things are much more important in making a relationship work out. Like cheese, wine, and whisky, men can become more complex, mature, and interesting as they age--so if those are the qualities you're looking for, and not finding in thirtysomethings, you might want to make my acquaintance.
Single; never married; no children
Oldest of three boys; parents deceased (Mom in 2008 at 89); nieces, a nephew, lots of cousins
Grew up United Methodist; at times involved in Episcopal and Lutheran (ELCA) congregations but not currently active
Politics similar to Mr. Obama's on most issues, though I wish he'd do more about some of them
Native Virginian but have lived much of my life in the Northeast, particularly Philly and Beantown
No tats, no piercings, no interest
Member of Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Friends of the Rappahannock, Nature Camp Foundation, Nature Conservancy, Wild Virginia; also Planned Parenthood, ACLU
2009 Corolla (36.2 MPG)
A long, long list of assorted facts about me that the okcupid staff robot mostly pulled over from Facebook:
I'm the only person ever to find a lost symphony by Haydn, in the Library of Congress in 1976. It will appear in print in the Haydn complete works in 2011. I've also found some chamber works by him that have been published and recorded.
I wrote 19 articles for the New Grove Dictionary of Opera, including those for all the parts of an opera where there's no singing or dancing ("Overture," "Intermezzo," etc.).
On November 22, 2009 I played my 149th Gilbert & Sullivan performance (of The Pirates of Penzance, possibly my favorite of their shows). The one I've played most is another favorite, Princess Ida, 23 times (can I make it a hundred?).
I once lost a game of Monopoly to an invisible unicorn named Med. (This has nothing to do with Dungeons & Dragons, though I have been known to play that as well.)
My oddest odd job was filling the humidifier in the room where they kept the cabinet where Beethoven kept his underwear. (It's in the Albrecht Music Library at the University of Pennsylvania.)
I'm a 17-gallon American Red Cross blood donor (as of April 21, 2010).
I've been the program annotator for the Philadelphia Chamber Ensemble since 1996.
I saw the Philadelphia Phillies lose at least one game every season from 1974 to 2004. In September, 2009, they broke a losing streak of 7 games for me going back to 2003. I was at Veterans Stadium for the entire doubleheader with the Padres on July 2-3, 1993, ended by Mitch Williams's RBI single at 4:40 AM. Oh say can you see by the dawn's early light....
On my 60th birthday I ran 14 miles and played viola in a Mahler symphony.
I attended my first session at Nature Camp (Vesuvius, VA) in August, 1959 and I'm still going back there. My particular natural-history interest is entomology. These days I normally photograph bugs rather than collect them, but I did deposit some cicada specimens in the collection of the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia a few years ago.
I have also been cited in a scholarly publication for my expertise on the history of battleships, and some of my recent work has required me to learn something about silver mining and refining in the eighteenth century.
I am intellectual, playful, and musical