Ok, the soapbox is now dismantled. Onwards and inwards.
Contrary to the length of this profile, I am my least favorite topic. Here is a random and serpentine listing of some personal tidbits. Hopefully you can glean enough information to either move on or to dig a little deeper:
I can be shy at first meeting, but that usually dissolves quickly. I often wear my heart on my sleeve, though I know when to keep it safely tucked inside my back pocket. Though I consider myself to be a kind-hearted, charitable and thoughtful man, I am rife with fault, inconsistency and contradiction. My moral compass always seems to guide me down the right path. Though it's in the eye of the beholder, I've been called "handsome" by women other than my mother. My interests are myriad and diverse. My idealist and pragmatist often do battle. I value book-smarts and street-smarts equally. I adore a good verbal joust, but also enjoy a comfortable silence. I am fairly certain in my views, yet flexible enough to explore other perspectives (Republican ideology being the exception). According to the latest Quinnipiac poll, I am 92.7% gentleman, 5.5% rogue, 1.8% undecided, with a plus/minus 3% margin of error. I am a fervent supporter of women's rights, but I will always offer my hand when you exit a taxi, and relinquish my seat on a rush-hour subway car. When you call at 3AM with the flu, or when that spider in the bathroom is just too much to handle, I'll only be a moment away. You'll always find me on the side of you that makes me a buffer to the oncoming traffic. No matter how enjoyable it is to be together, I like having some time alone and with others. I can appear reserved, but have been known to do some outrageously stupid (funny?) things when properly coaxed, and/or lubricated by a few too-many shots of Mezcal. My work boots are as broken-in as my copy of Pride and Prejudice. I was the president of my elementary school safety patrol. I own nothing that could be categorized as 'bling'. I will never use the word 'bling'. I make the most delicious scrambled eggs. I can teach just about anyone to juggle within 15-20 minutes. I know my right from left and my right from wrong. I can sing every Beatles song. Somewhere in my apartment, a copy of Henny Youngman's Book Of One-Liners sits next to a copy of The Social Contract. My cynicism will never overpower my optimism. I can build you a flower box and fix your leaky faucet. I'll let you use the TV remote control. I'll be the best Trivial Pursuit partner you've ever had. I know when to hold'em and know when to fold'em. I read the back of the Cheerios box with as much enthusiasm as I do The New York Times. I have a Blimpie V.I.P. card that gets you 10% off any sandwich at participating retail outlets (void where prohibited). I held the high score on one of the pinball machines at CBGB's Gallery before it closed. Kindness is the basis of my political views. I've been to Graceland, twice! I've personally resolved the 'tastes great, less filling' dilemma. I took down my Farrah poster years ago. I play 78 RPM records. I prefer the scenic route. I am mystified as to why PBS shows Lawrence Welk re-runs. I'm a great flea market haggler. I'm a sucker for a good road trip and will happily drive to Utah for a pack of gum.
And you? As for physical prerequisites, I have none. I firmly believe that beauty comes in many forms, and that a good rapport will trump any preconceived notion of what constitutes an attraction. Ok...it sure would be swell if you: appreciate both high & low brow, have little or no tolerance for pretense, elitism, xenophobia, zealotry or velvet ropes, are a gracious winner and a good loser, are kind to wait staff and to others who make our lives a little more convenient, can curse like a sailor when the situation demands it, have a ratty pair of Chuck Taylor's next to your Sunday-best, know your favorite poem by heart, are crazy about kids, immerse yourself in words, ideas, sounds and images, play it by ear but are still willing to sign on the dotted line...and some days, let me play Superman even though you're perfectly capable of stopping the speeding locomotive on your own. Yes, it's a long and silly list, but when you distill it down to the essence, it's really quite simple: Be happy. Be hopeful. Be humble. Be helpful. Be passionate in your pursuits. Be a whip smart, smart-ass who knows her Manet from her Monet and loves both sides of a black & white cookie.