I'm a funny, cerebral, fairly creative guy. I have a strong personality. I firmly believe in questioning assumptions. I Love to talk politics, science, philosophy of life. I'm a home body, but I love to travel and try new things. Prematurely grey hair...my 20 year old daughter says it is "distinguished". She is being nice. I just cut off the ponytail. Really love Madison (April through November). I do not have a cell phone. I believe life should be simple and uncomplicated.
The best time to go hiking is Fall.
I teach at the local community college. I didn't start off teaching; I started off doing field research in South America. Lived in Paraguay for 5 years, living the Hemingway lifestyle. After the funds ran out and I moved back to the States in the early '90s, I parlayed the higher degree and research experience into a lucrative bartending gig.
Fortunately, I started teaching part-time, and I discovered that I really like teaching. I now teach at the local community college. If we connect, I'll send you to my page on "Ratemyprofessor.com", and let you decide if I'm good or not:) I spend a lot of time thinking about how to help a non-traditional student be successful in college.
I carve pumpkins every halloween.
I have lived in a lot of places. Ohio, Louisiana, New Mexico, South America, Texas, and now Madison. I speak Spanish. I want to learn Italian. I have a really cool bathroom. No, really.
I am sucking my gut in a little in the above photo. But just a little. Made you look, didn't I? Now you're wondering...is he, or isn't he?
Sure, I'm looking for a relationship someday, but right now I am just trying to put myself in a good position to meet people, improve my life, network, make some friends. The "ex" and I moved here together, so all we have are "couple friends". She's OK, we're cool, no problems there. But the guy never ends up with "couple friends".
I have studied crocodilians. I used to work for CITES, and WWF. My best friend owns a ski lodge, but I can't ski. But it is nice to go there, anyways. The New Mexican mountains are beautiful.
Love to cook, love to drink wine, love to travel, love to walk (I walk to work most days), love to hike, love to work on the house, love old movies (I've got a collection). I spoon in bed. I really love day hikes.
Did I mention that I have a really cool bathroom?
Update, Dec. 2012:
You should contact me if you think the link below is funny. Definately check out the part on why you should eat before visiting Braco:
Heed his gnarly stare!
Please do not contact me if you visit that link and think that it would be a good idea for a road trip.
End of update.
Sunset Boulevard, African Queen, The Thin Man, Hobson's Choice, To Have or Have Not, Boogie Nights, many a spaghetti western, Fargo, Bram Stoker's Dracula, You Can't Take It With You, Cinema Paraiso, Bicycle Thief, Key Largo, Treasure of the Sierra Madres, a lot of movies with Paul Newman, a lot of Hitchcock, a lot of Preston Sturgis, a lot of Alec Guinness, The Trouble With Harry, a lot with Jack Lemmon, and a fondness for Christmas movies, including Charlie Brown. The first Godfather was a LOT better than the second one. Want to see my collection?
Book list would be long, too. I just re-read Zorba the Greek. The Moor's Last Sigh was a great book. Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I haven't read any Kundera in a while...maybe time to re-read him. Pretty diverse taste in literature. Have you read "Pulphead Essays" by Sullivan yet? Do so!
Music: shall we say, eclectic?? Throw together some classical, jazz, indie rock, some classic rock (Stones yes, Beatles no), folk, African and Latin rhythms, and you get the idea.
NPR is on the radio in the morning.
Oh, and walking, sunshine, good books, good magazines, a toilet (actually, I'm a guy, so I could live without a toilet).
Ok, so I need basil. Broad leaf parsley. Cumin and coconut milk. Probably bread crumbs (cause you HAVE to try my cutlet). Cream. Geez...did I forget olive oil? Sambal bajak (try it sometime). Fish sauce and/or anchovies.
Update...OK, she's 20 now. Still rolling her eyes.
Update #2: I can't stop thinking about Braco:
Heed his gnarly stare!
Oh, and I lied about speaking sanskrit.
"Common sense is way overrated; at least what most people mean by 'common sense'. For most people, it is the accumulation of all of one's prejudices that were acquired before age 18 (Einstein said that first). What is more important is the ability to test one's own assumptions, which few people do (I have a hard time myself), so we need others to help us do it. Intelligent people are those that seek that out in life."
If you think the above statement is full of baloney, do not contact me or respond to me, because I will drive you crazy.
P.S. I wrote that in a particularly self-introspective moment. Red wine was involved. I will probably decide that it is too arrogant-sounding later and delete it...but I like it right now, so I'm leaving it there.