When I was a teenager, my dad and I used to talk about science: the
big bang theory, infinity, the speed of light. He had an endless
curiosity. I guess I inherited some of it, because I ended out in a
career related to science. As a kid, I loved drawing and reading
imaginative stories. My mother read me "The Lion, the Witch, and
the Wardrobe" when it first came out. It impressed me deeply, and
when I had children of my own, I read to them every night before
bed. Those were the days!
My interests have taken me in many directions. I was on the soccer
team in college. I took an elective course in oil painting. I used
to sing in a chorus. I read a variety of books, including
literature, romance, and children's stories.
Raising my daughters has been the best part of my life so far. I
loved reading aloud to them as kids, bicycling with them, watching
their favorite television shows with them (how many years was Buffy
on the air, anyway?), and helping backstage at their high school
musicals. I'm proud of the way they look after their group of
friends. They are out of college now and far away, but we still
stay in touch.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm still working, though some of my friends are starting to
retire. In my spare time, I like to take walks, exercise, read, go
to movies, plays, and musicals. I rarely watch television. I attend
sing-along events and dance regularly.
I am very active in my church. I go to services every week and
attend dinners and other activities. It is a sort of second family
for me. However, I'm very accepting of different religions.
Once a week I volunteer at an elementary school, reading to a
second grader while he eats lunch. I like the program, since I miss
reading to my daughters.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I like many kinds of books. Literature (Jane Austen, James Hilton),
popular science (Chaos), religion (C.S. Lewis), personal
relationships (Fighting for Your Marriage). I used to read lots of
science fiction (Heinlein, Asimov) and fantasy (Tolkien). I've read
a lot of slushy romance (Georgette Heyer--please don't laugh). And,
of course, children's books (the Narnia books, E. Nesbit, My
My favorite movies are romantic comedies, such as You've Got Mail,
Pretty Woman, While You Were Sleeping. I also like classic comedies
such as The Philadelphia Story and Harvey. I enjoy the Harry Potter
movies. I generally don't care for movies that are wall-to-wall
machine gun fire and explosions. And I like happy endings.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Science: Will the universe come to an end? What does quantum
mechanics mean? How will quantum computing change the world? Is
space really a continuum? How is space different from time?
Religion: What is the definition of God? Does God intervene in our
lives? Is there an afterlife? What is the meaning of life? I think
it's very important for people to respect other people's religious
Relationships: What makes a marriage succeed or fail? Why is it
hard to find the right person to marry? Why do people quarrel? What
is the best dating strategy?
On a typical Friday night I am
exhausted. But I sometimes go out to a movie or play anyway.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
A lot of people misunderstand this question, I think. They won't give an answer, because they don't want to reveal something private. But the point of the question, I believe, is to say something that is personal enough to be interesting but public enough so that you don't mind saying it. Such as, you like taking bubble baths or reading the comics in the Sunday paper. Anyway, many thanks to all of you who have given snappy answers.
My answer might be: When I fix spaghetti for dinner, instead of having a nice red wine with it I have chocolate milk! Does that sound awful? It's different, anyway. I can't figure out whether it proves that I'm (a) a rugged individualist, (b) a chocoholic, or (c) psychologically five years old.
You should message me if
you have lots of interests, like to talk about ideas, and are
committed to making a relationship work.