It's the holiday season again, what people call "the season of giving". For many years now, I have followed a tradition.
I make up a Christmas card list, of all the people I want to think of at this time of year. I go to the store and pick out a nice card, BUT DO NOT BUY IT. I add up the cost for all the cards I would have bought, add the cost of postage to mail them and arrive at a final cost of this whole Christmas card thing. I then donate that money to charity instead. For years, my charity of choice has been Toys For Tots, a charity run by the US Marine Corp that donates toys to needy children on Christmas.
As I have gone through life, the list keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger as my life gets richer and richer and richer with good people.
Hallmark does not need our money but people struggling to make ends meet and their children do.
I am not asking you to spend more money, you are merely sending the same money to a charity instead of to a corporation. Aside from knowing that you are doing a good thing, you will also save yourself the time and trouble of signing all those cards, trying to come up with something new and clever with each one so they don't sound like a form letter, gluing your tongue to the roof of your mouth by licking all those stamps and inserting the cards into their envelopes or having to take the time to deliver those envelopes to the Post Office. This saves you time, trouble, writer's cramp and is very, very good karma.
I ask you to please consider trying this. Pick a charity of your choice and write a check. I will be delivering mine, attached to a toy, but you can just mail a check. If you think someone will feel miffed because they didn't receive a card from you, tell them why they didn't. It will make them feel good, knowing their loss was for a good purpose, and will make you look and feel good too.
Think of all the envelopes that will save and lives it will brighten...Try it, just try it. If you don't like it, you can always go back to the old way next year. Hallmark won't even know you were gone.
And now, back to our regularly scheduled profile...
I enjoyed a very active vacation in New Zealand. I am NOT the type to just lie on a beach and drink pina coladas (not that the occasional break from being Indiana Jones couldn't include a Mai Tai or two).
Had a 4 day mini-vacation in Sedona, AZ. Man, is that place beautiful. Did a bunch of rock-climbing (no ropes and pitons, just climbing), checking out the vortexes and just really enjoying the natural beauty.
I serve food to homeless people in East Menlo Park several times a year. Feels good.
I went to Europe for vacation in 2011. Amsterdam, France and Italy. Stories galore, but am always looking forward to my next. Maybe with you?
I backpacked for a month in Nepal in Oct/Nov 2010, where I celebrated my 57th birthday. Hell, if it's gonna happen anyway I figured I might as well make a statement, and I did. Wow. What an experience. I did just about everything I wanted to do except canyoning. Somehow, even with a month to burn, I still managed to run out of time. I have posted some new pics of my trip (apparently, you have to click on "photos" and then check out the portfolio to see them all). The ones of me with the red bandanna were taken in October or November, 2010. Also the one of me and the Egyptian vulture is 11/10. I went parahawking with him (I know, I know, he's a vulture not a hawk but it's still called parahawking). I lost about 15 pounds on that trip from trekking the Annapurna Range. OMG that was fun. VERY physically demanding but worth every minute. It's easy to say that now, but when I had to climb the equivalent of 1. 4 Empire State Buildings before lunch, I wasn't saying that. The words coming out of my mouth then were quite a bit saltier.
I enjoy a multitude of things. Raised in NY, I love city life. However, my vacations are often to rainforests. I like movies, food of all kinds and kissing for no reason whatsoever (as if there weren't enough reasons to love Paris). I LOVE long, head-spinning kisses. Anything worth doing is worth taking your time and doing right especially if you're doing it with someone you like.
I'm up for just about anything. Going over the hill to HMB for a walk on the beach? Sure. Got a movie or museum exhibit or gallery you want to see? Let's go. Wanna hang around the house and take it easy? Easy works for me too. I enjoy cooking.
It's hard enough trying to describe myself in the 2-dimensional space allowed, I'm not sure I could begin to describe you in less. One thing I must say is: no cats. I'm allergic. :-( Dogs are great. Kids are ok too as long as you beat them regularly for no reason (just kidding, I really like kids. This was a comedy test, if this had been an actual joke you'd be instructed to...). Actually, I've dated women with children, from 6 months to 18 years, and had good relations with all of them. You should be self-confident, open minded, adventurous and bold. Strong IS sexy. So is smart. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments or anatomically improbable suggestions. And oh, you better remember to pack your sense of humor too, you're gonna need it, guaranteed.