37 Akron, OH
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My self-summary
I endeavour to meet engaging people be it for friends or perhaps something of a more romantic nature. I tend to think I am a reasonably multi-faceted individual and enjoy various pursuits. I enjoy attending concerts which would include anything from something electronic/Goth-related to the symphony, or the opera. I also love going to theatre performances and seeing Shakespeare performed in the summer is quite lovely. Some things that fascinate me include art, antiques, gardening, interior design, fashion, culinary pursuits, motor vehicles, architecture, genealogy and history. I happen to be an ardent advocate for historic preservation and liberty. Another undeniable trait would be my sardonic sense of humour, which I've come to realise isn't everyone's cup of tea. It might also be said that I am a foppish chap and quite the Anglophile (blame my parents for taking an eleven-year-old to London). This fact would also explain my usage of alternative British spellings.

I am anachronistic, intellectual, and humourous
What I’m doing with my life
I am relatively new to the Akron area (I originally hail from the Youngstown-Warren region), having moved here in the late summer of 2009. I currently work in the field of graphic design for a jewelry company. In late 2007 I purchased an old house--circa 1923--and I am renovating it little by little. Taking my pup, Zara, for nice long walks in the evening. All excercising aside, she is also my license to explore my rather interesting neighbourhood--without looking like I might be casing the area--and get a closer look at all the beautiful, old homes that surround me. Other than those items, I am in a general pursuit of knowledge and understanding, all the while immersing myself with culture, accompanied by a spirit of exploration.

Collecting antiquarian books and historic ephemera (postcards, programs, etc.). Deciding what to do in terms of interior design in my charming little house. Researching new bands, films, locations of interest, local history and new recipes. Enjoying visiting said locations of interest, new restaurants, old favourites and attending unusual events (the Akron Symphony performing at Glendale Cemetery, Obscura Day at the Dittrick, a magic lantern show at the Hayesville Opera House). Taking care of my pup, my house and my plants. I am hoping to volunteer at the Summit Co. Historical Society when time allows and would love to join the local fencing club at some point. I am also looking forward to autumn, my utmost favourite season which will allow me to use my fireplace. Sitting fireside viewing a film or doing some reading is a fantastic way to spend an evening. Other than those items I am currently in the midst of renovating my half-bath with my father.
I’m really good at
A discerning eye for various things: fashion, graphic design, interior design, art in general, etc. I can cook and bake to a reasonable degree. Being mannerly and cordial. Using correct spelling and grammar--I'm still working on certain aspects of both. I also have a fair amount of knowledge on the subject of history and a number of other random topics.
The first things people usually notice about me
Possibly the fastidious manner in which I dress. I am quite particular about how I present myself and I certainly separate myself from the herd. My penchant for black and grey is an obvious item of peculiarity as well. I do happen to get a lot of compliments on my shoes. Aside from that, I truly do not know and the onlooker would have to be the judge.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
My favourite books really vary, but I am fond of poetry, history, political theory, philosophy, classic literature, horror, art, architecture and lexicon. I do a fair amount of reading and research on a myriad of topics online. At present I am in between two books: 'Hell' by Henri Barbusse and 'American Notes' by Charles Dickens.

The films that pique my interest include: horror, mystery, period dramas, foreign, independent, documentaries, and silent films mostly. I most recently viewed the amazing film, 'Cave of Forgotten Dreams'. British comedies, whether films or television programs are always great! Those include: 'Little Britain', 'That Mitchell & Webb Look', 'The Catherine Tate Show', amongst others. Two of my favourite stand-up comedians are David Sedaris and Jim Gaffigan.

My musical tastes include, but are not limited to Goth rock, EBM, industrial, synthpop, electroclash, dark ambient, trip hop, 80's new wave and new romantic, post-punk, classical (especially the Baroque period), opera and jazz. I have a fondness for film scores as well, which tend to be a great combination of styles.

I don't have cable, but when I am visiting my parents I like to catch 'Oddities', 'Oddities: San Francisco', 'Taboo', 'River Monsters' and 'Dark Matters'. I also love 'Masterpiece Classic' as well, and fortunately I can watch it over the internet. I sometimes watch episodes of 'Frasier', 'News Radio' and 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents' on Netflix. Although it is a web series and typically less than 10 minutes long, I eagerly await each next installment of 'The Midnight Archive'.

Generally speaking, I would say that I gravitate heavily towards darker themes, melancholy, the obscure and the esoteric when it comes to art, films, books, music, etc.

I like a great deal of food, but my favourites are Italian, Japanese, Mexican and traditional American. I am mostly a wine and tea drinker, though I have widened my horizons with coffee and the ever so often dark beer. My three favourite places to dine are Bender's Tavern in Canton, The Spread Eagle Tavern in Hanoverton, and the Iron Bridge Inn at Mercer, Pa. And although I have not yet been, I would love to go to the Ritz-Carlton for afternoon tea--now that would be divine!
The six things I could never do without
The most important things in life are family, friends, pets, health, knowledge, and all those trivial things that make life just that much better.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Quite a variety of things that change from time to time. I do often think a lot about history, how things once were, and what those people had to endure during their time. And as most people do, I dwell upon the future and what it might hold. These are simply topics I frequently ponder, but I would say that I am constantly thinking about the mysteries of life such as vanity plates and why anyone views sweatpants or lounge pants as acceptable clothing to wear in public?
On a typical Friday night I am
This could vary from week to week, as there is no set plans for Friday night. Once in a while a group of people from work go out to a local tavern, sometimes I stay home and go on a late night walk with the puppy, or I might watch a film or catch up on some reading.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I am something of a romantic, but I might hesitate to say hopelessly so.
You should message me if
You also crave great conversation, you are someone with depth, you can appreciate culture and possess an intellectual capacity. Not necessarily necessary but it would be great if this hypothetical person enjoys the strange, esoteric and obscure. Taking pride in ones appearance and having some sort of fashion sense is also lovely. :)