Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
I’m a retired magazine editor and science writer, having snuck into
the business 35 years ago so I could learn a lot of interesting
stuff and actually get paid for doing it. I’ve always been
motivated by curiosity rather than ambition, and it’s hard to find
things that I’m not interested in one way or another, though this
is not to be taken as a challenge. I’m somewhere between an INFP
and an INTP according to Myers-Briggs. I’m a realistic optimist:
Life is going to bite you eventually, and when that happens, you
deal with that as best you can; in the meantime, make things fun.
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
As a recent widower, I’m rebooting my life a bit, reevaluating my
long-term focus and trying to pry myself out of convenient grooves
before they become tall-wall trenches. I write every day, read a
lot, wall-climb three times a week. I spend a lot of time at the
gym but am not a fitness or health evangelist—I just like working
out. I’d like to get to know some new people and do some new
things, which is difficult for me because I’m a bit of a shy guy.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
I’m fairly good at many things, very good at several (editing,
making sandwiches, relating to kids and animals), and hopeless at
more than a few (gardening—I have the killer’s touch; wine—not a
clue). While I believe these things to be true, I generally don’t
think people are good at self-analysis, so . . . .
The first things people usually notice about me
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No idea. Perhaps that I’m male—hard to miss with a beard.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
Books: Currently reading Jonathan Miller’s On Reflection and
finally getting around to Just Kids by Patti Smith—both quite good.
On the nightstand for constant sampling are Nabokov, Philip Roth,
Emily Dickinson, P.G. Wodehouse; also some junk.
Movies: Philadelphia Story, Day for Night, Kind Hearts and
Coronets, Touch of Evil, The Conversation, Shampoo, Who’s Afraid of
Virginia Woolf, Twentieth Century, The Wanderers, The Man Who Shot
Liberty Valance, The World of Henry Orient
Music: Renaissance, Classical, Bluegrass, Jazz,
Food: Sushi, lasagna, coffee, scallops, avocados, French food, dark
chocolate. I don't like peanut butter, so I guess that excludes me
from the All American Boy category.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Family, ideas, books, music, movies, art—essentially, beauty in all
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Some personal writing projects that my career had nudged off the
stage for a number of years. There are also a bunch of random
questions that I carry around to work on if I’m standing in a line
or can’t get to sleep or something. These tend to be on the order
of: Is infatuation a legitimate aspect of real love and, if so, can
it be made to last? Why is the first-person-singular I always
capitalized in the English language (unlike in other languages),
and is it possible that texting will change this in a permanent
way? If I ate only bacon and chocolate for a week, would I retain
my taste for them (might actually have to try this little
experiment)? Why don’t we think of Superman as a space alien, which
is what he technically is?
I suspect some people would find these questions just silly and
annoying, so I don’t share them a lot.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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I don't think organized religion is what God really had in mind.
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