Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
I'm a born and bred New Yorker who, after too many years of
longing, has finally moved down to the West Village. Aaah, home at
I love to travel and have traveled a good deal (especially
throughout the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean region). After
about two weeks away, though, I find myself longing for New York
City. I'm a photographer/musician (and former arts administrator)
who loves this city - with all its craziness - for being one of the
world's great centers of the arts. I also love the ocean and am
grateful that New York City is so close to it.
I work out regularly (but I'm no jock). I love music (listening and
playing), and enjoy biking, hiking, children and animals, cooking,
traveling and learning about different cultures. I'm a long-time
very liberal democrat with an interest in politics and a
progressive outlook. (What about that Bernie Sanders, eh? I lived
in Vermont, and there's a soft spot in my heart for that lovely
state and its people).
What I’m doing with my life
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Staying active and upbeat, traveling and learning. Adjusting to my
new life in the West Village. "Focusing" more on my photo work
(yuk, yuk). Recently hooked up with a bunch of bluegrass musicians.
We get together every week or so at an East Side Irish bar;
great fun to be playing again with others!
Getting more into traveling with groups of like-minded people.
Recently went down to Cuba with other artists/musicians/arts
administrators for the 2015 Arts Biennial in Havana (my third visit
to Cuba). As with relationships, I've had my fill of traveling
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Sensing the feelings of others; bringing people together,
facilitating group projects and making all feel at ease; quickly
gaining the trust of all creatures great and small (or, at the very
least, all four-legged ones!).
The first things people usually notice about me
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That I look like somebody they know, or saw in the movies or on TV,
or saw somewhere.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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World music, "foreign" films and (most definitely) international
cuisine. As for books, I love travel writings. Also, books
exploring the interchange of arts and society. Lisle Dennis' "The
Traveler's Eye" was a wonderfully written
practical/philosophical/sociological guide to travel
Last notable read was Patti Smith's "Just Kids"; interesting
chronicle of her and Mapplethorpe's artistic (and personal)
progressions through an interesting era (the beginning was slightly
before my time, but I caught up quick). I've got Keith Richards'
"Life" calling to me from the bookshelf, and Twyla Tharp's "The
Creative Habit" on the bed stand (it's a book on the need to
develop good work habits that pave the way for creativity. Now, if
I could only discipline myself to read the book during the day,
rather than in the evening before going to sleep!).
Music! As a musician I'm open to all kinds of music and have very
strong opinions about them. I'll listen to anything at least once,
but sometimes once is enough (I'm thinking hip-hop, pop and
pop-country, and - I'm sorry - opera). Music to see me through if
stranded on a deserted island: Miles Davis's "Kind of Blue," Billie
Holiday (The Commodore Recordings); Ravel's String Quartet; and
Mississippi John Hurt's "Today" (if you're not familiar with him,
he was a Delta blues musician who finally got recognition back in
the mid-60s when he was in his late 60s. Fluid, easy-going (but
technically complex) guitar style, sweet gentle voice, and
graceful, kindly manner. Listening to him is like being serenaded
to sleep by grandpa).
Food? Here too I'll try (almost) anything at least once. Last
gastronomic challenge? Chapulinas, down in Oaxaca, Mexico
(grasshoppers - small, medium or large, boiled and then sauteed
with chili peppers and other spices. Wasn't too bad, but it was the
beer and the shot or two of mezcal that helped me get though the
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Music, the ocean, New York City, good food, a camera, and at least
one of my guitars.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
... how to spend less time thinking, and more time doing.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Stretching out at the health club or mellowing out at a jazz club
or attending a late night gathering at a museum, or simply just
hanging out at home, playing my guitar and petting my cat (who
likes to lay beside me as I play. Good girl!).
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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Never was good at being a "player." Pretty much a one man/one woman
kind of guy. So, like Percy Mayfield once sang, "If it's not asking
too much, please send me someone to love."
You should message me if
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... you think we might sync. Also, you live in Manhattan, Brooklyn,
LIC, Hoboken or someplace easily accessible by subway/PATH from the
Village. Sorry, I've done the "long-distance romance" commute, and
nowadays distances seem longer as time grows shorter.
Also, while I'm not looking for "new friends" (whatever OKC means
by that), if you're an artist, photographer or musician, I'm open
to getting together to see if we click arts-wise.
Lastly, I don't subscribe to the "A List," so you can "like" me,
but I won't know who you are. Be brave and drop me a note,
especially if I fall outside your stated range of preferred ages. I
respect peoples' preferences, and don't automatically respond to
viewers who checked out my profile but haven't dropped me a note.
Maybe they chose not to because of the age difference. That's okay;
we all have our preferences.
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