Thank you for visiting. I am not as serious as this profile may seem, but writing about one's self is quite difficult, even tedious.
Gino Bartali is not my name, but is someone I admire as an athlete and as a person of compassion
Quick Summary in case you have only a few seconds:
Animal and Nature Lover, Vegetarian, UK/US citizen, live on westside; love conversation, cooking, travel and high culture. Live in Brentwood, work in West Hollywood.
Now the long form -
I am a somewhat eccentric individual; I share this up front as I don't want to waste anyone's time if they are looking for a typical man. I am sure my stuffy Brentwood neighbors think I am bad for the area - I will sit on my driveway with my dogs on their dog beds listening to Schubert and stare at the sky and wonder what shapes I see in the clouds and watch the industrious ants and hummingbirds.
This quote from Nietzsche is a pretty good window into who I am and how I live
"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself"
Very briefly I am English by birth, my mother was from Italy, my father from the US, and hold UK and US passports, have lived here and there, went to university in Scotland, work in advertising (but it's not important to me) and am happily divorced (my ex wife is a very close friend... life is too short for hatred of that type). Raised a Catholic/Christian but now all I care about is being orientated to creation not any church (I think organized religion is vile). I am more of a socialist (this means the idea of most people living decently and fairly vs. a few super rich vs. most living indentured to debt living month to month) but that is not the biased US idea of it, think West Germany or Sweden. I have four rescued dogs and a rescued goldfish. I LOVE DOGS, especially those who are so in need of help - like pit bulls, chihuahuas, greyhounds and mutts of all types
I believe Thomas Hobbes was right and John Locke was wrong. Man is a wild animal that needs to be protected from himself. I feel better around order and standards. I prefer the civilized to the unrefined. You will find me at the Vienna State Opera House or walking the Huntington or having a coffee and pastry discussing abstract issues, not Burning Man.