Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
My High School nickname was Gentle Ben. To this day, almost 40
years after graduating, when I go back to visit, people approach me
on the street with some variation of "Hi Ben!". It's nice to be
remembered. If you don't know who Gentle Ben was, you are
undoubtedly too young for this ride.
I am a semi retired Opera Singer, selling Hondas to pay the rent. I
sing with a major, Grammy winning, Symphonic chorus in DC, which
allows me to keep the voice in shape. As for the rest of my shape,
it's been better. At one point in my life, in the not too distant
past, I was in the gym 6 nights a week for 3 hours at a time. My
body building days are behind me. I was in the best shape of my
life, but found that that life was sorely lacking. Time to go back
In My Senior year in HS was All State in Football, Track and
Chorus. I played college football at Bucknell University and 4
years of semi pro in Philadelphia. My main form of exercise now is
I was a History and English major in college with a voice minor. I
began an MBA, but realized that I wanted nothing more than to sing,
so I pitched it all and had a very successful opera career that
lasted 12 years. I lived and sang in Austria in the '80's, sang in
England, France and the States, was hailed "an absolute marvel" for
my NY debut, sang with Pavarotti, who became a friend and is
missed. In 1992 my son Cal was born. I was on the road 8 months out
of the year then, which, in my eyes, was unacceptable. I needed to
be there for him, and later, his sister.
My dream for them is to grow into amazing adults, who are un afraid
to reach out, with both hands, to grab onto that which is new and
exciting and make it their own.
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
I am working on a novel, and a history of my family. I'm putting
together a collection of my poetry, hoping to one day see it
I'm seeking my great love. Is she out there? Who knows. It's nice
to dream. Here we are, arbitrary lovers, adrift on a Freudian life
raft, seeking answers we may never find.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Expressing my feelings. Having said that, there are some very
beautiful and accomplished women on this site, made less so by
their shallowness. Not saying you all are, but some of you need to
perhaps reevaluate some aspects of your thinking. Not being
critical, just lending a helping hand.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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I love historical fiction. Perhaps my favorite book of the genre is
The Cosgrove Report: Being the Private Inquiry of a Pinkerton's
Detective into the Death of President Lincoln.
Yes, that's the title and I could read it over and over again.
Also, anything written by William Martin, his latest being The
Lincoln Letter. I also love a good mystery.
I am currently re-reading Bleak House and To Have and Have
Regarding music, I am all over the map. My parents were musicians.
Mom was a classical violinist and Pop was a Jazz drummer. I was
raised listening to, and developing a love for both. As a child of
the '60's, I discovered rock music on my own, and as the '70's
rolled around, so did Funk. I love it all, except country and rap.
I even like some go-go.
Now, for TV. I own one, but it's in storage. Long story there. I
watch on my iPad. Love British police drama...Midsomer Murders,
Inspector Lewis, etc. Refuse to miss an episode of Downton Abbey.
Can't wait for the new season. I love the History Detectives and
Antiques Roadshow. Discovered last night the new NBC show
Revolution. It is amazing.
Movies... I love Chariots of Fire. Will watch it as often as
possible. Think Across the Universe was amazing. Love good old
fashioned noir. I suppose I could go on, but...
Regarding food, what can I say? Steak, vegetables, seafood. Sushi
is my favorite. Hate Lima beans!
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Kids are a given, so...
Books, Great Words, Single Malt Scotch, My iPad, taste, hearing and
sight. I know, seven...
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
My parents were incredibly strong people. They were married in
1953, going against the grain of what was acceptable. Pop, the most
amazingly kind and gentle man I've ever known, was Black. Mom, a
truly brave and brilliant woman was a WASP. She was thrown out of
the DAR and the Mayflower Society and erased from the pages of The
Social Register. They were pioneers on the vast plain of racial
harmony. They were wonderful, loving people. I never heard a voice
raised in anger, and watched as they would waltz in the kitchen at
the end of a long day.
I remember the pain that they suffered in those early days, and the
joy that my Father felt when President Obama was elected. I am sad
not to have them with me anymore, but glad that they don't have to
see the ugly turn that the country is taking regarding racial
The woman that I seek understands that Fox "News" is an oxymoron.
If she thinks the "tea party" is the answer, she obviously didn't
understand the question.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Waiting to hear from you! How's that for cheese?
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
My Great great, etc. Grandfather was the 7th Earl, Temple of Stowe.
That a $3.50 will get me a small Starbucks.
You should message me if
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You love to have adventures, love to read, enjoy the outdoors, and
want a very nice guy who will sing to you on occasion.
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