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42 M New York, NY

I’m looking for

  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 32–45
  • Near me
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating, casual sex

My Details

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White, Other
6′ 2″ (1.88m)
Body Type
Mostly anything
Judaism, and laughing about it
Leo, but it doesn’t matter
Graduated from university
Relationship Status
Open relationship
Relationship Type
Strictly non-monogamous
Has a kid
Likes dogs and has cats
English (Fluently), C++ (Poorly)

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My self-summary
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It's not easy being green, but I manage. You?

The summary: 40-mutter crankypants smartass freakazoid fairly-oddparent seeks same...or different. Surprise me. Clown suit optional.

The standard adjectives: Happily freaky, but capable of looking respectable when necessary. Polysyllabic, but I like my dumb pleasures too. In decent shape, but certainly not a gym bunny. Geeky, but able to talk about other things. As a bonus: gainfully employed, prone to wearing clean laundry, and regularly showered and shaved. What more could you want? (Okay, yes, there's probably a list.)

The highly non-standard disclaimers: I have a girlfriend. (She's missionista here on OKC.) We've never been monogamous nor are ever likely to be, but we've been dating for (ohmigod) twenty years, share an apartment and a child, and don't seem inclined to stop soon. We're generally not trolling for threesomes here (our tastes don't overlap much, so if you're angling for the unicorn position, best to message her first), and if you want to be her friend that's between you and her— but being friendLY to her if you're ever in a room together (which will occasionally happen) is required. She's awesome, so this is usually not difficult.

Okcupid used to have a madlibs-style fill-in-the-blank self-summary in the form of "I am ____, ____ and ____." They killed those off a while back, but I was oddly proud of "I am binary, variable, and on the main sequence." If nerdy astronomy jokes are your style, we'll probably get along just fine.

Important update, 2/14: so right, down below, where it says "missing new york but not quite enough to move back yet?" About that. Current plan is that I and the aforementioned girlfriend and spawn will be returning in glorious triumph to the city that never sleeps in August 2014. So yeah, NYC people who've noticed me in your visitor list: that's why. (Lapsed boy scout that I am, I like to be prepared.) Bay Area people: still always up for making new connections, and I expect that I will be back in town at least a week a quarter for work reasons, but my time as a permanent resident of the west coast appears to be winding down for now. *sniff*
What I’m doing with my life
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Trying to wrap my mind around the fact that I've now been a Californian for approaching a decade. Rejoicing in having escaped a job with a company you probably had heard of in Silicon Valley in order to take a gig at the world's most technologically advanced crop insurance company. (No, seriously: I manage a datacenter so my coworkers can sell stuff to people on tractors. It's awesome.) Reading, writing, and exploring my new(ish) city and state in my (ahem) copious spare time. Taking too many photographs. Teaching a small human how to be a larger human. Missing New York, but somehow not quite enough to move back just yet. (Well, um, see above.)
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Self-promotion. Self-deprecation. Self-immolation. Systems administration. Annoying people. Delighting people. Parenting. Driving. Writing. Charming people's elderly relatives who should by rights think I'm the devil.
The first things people usually notice about me
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First the hair, then the attitude problem.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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My favorite books? Geeze, ask a lifelong junkie what his favorite drug binge was, why don't you? Okay, the handwavy author list: Anything written by Jonathan Lethem. Everything by Ursula Le Guin. Anything by Haruki Murakami. (Although 1Q84 tested that theory rather strenuously.) Vernor Vinge. Maxine Hong Kingston. Thomas Pynchon. Jeff Noon. Steve Aylett. Octavia Butler. Hunter S. Thompson. Iain Banks.

If you go by quantity alone, I've probably re-read "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" more times than any other book not counting "The Cat in the Hat". But having confessed that, I'd like to quickly aver that if your social group ever included That Guy who wouldn't ever shut the fuck up about Hunter Thompson and seemed confused about the difference between "quoting Thompson constantly while drinking a lot" and "having an actual career as a writer", you know the one? I am Not That Guy, promise. (Also, now that he's passed on, can we all admit that the man was kind of a shit with some deeply creepy aspects to his personal life? It doesn't make "Hells Angels" any less fun to read, I promise.)

Movies: Blade Runner. The Big Sleep. Tampopo. L.A. Confidential. Monsters Inc. Brazil. My Neighbor Totoro, 12 Monkeys. Holy Motors. The Wire. (Yes it's a tv show, shush.)

Music: Blackalicious. Coldcut. Elvis. New Bomb Turks. Steely Dan. Stevie Wonder. Aesop Rock. New Model Army. Tricky. Bjork. Bach. Gnarls Barkley. Tribe. Cannibal Ox. Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys. Kate Bush. Lyrics Born. That great act someone just told me to listen to.

Food: Sushi. Curry. Foie Gras. Steak. Fresh tomatoes. Sushi. Fresh bread. Sushi. Felafel. Duck. Duck. Goose!

(Hm, that's a pretty meat-heavy list there: I should note that probably a slim plurality of the people I've dated over the course of my life have been vegetarians, and that's just fine.)
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
contact lenses,
the internet,
being noticed,

...except apparently I managed to quit coffee over Yom Kippur in 2006, to the slack-jawed amazement of my girlfriend, my mother, several of my coworkers, my other girlfriend, my siblings, myself and probably my cats. I guess that means that there are only five things that I could never do without, and if I ever break down and get LASIK it'll be down to four.

Perhaps I need to acquire some more indispensable things, or maybe things are not as indispensable as we tend to think.

postscript, 2010: apparently my daughter's smile has replaced coffee on the list. Strange old life.

post-postscript, 2011: took a vacation in Rome. Fell off the coffee wagon SO HARD. Am now trying to teach myself how to pull a decent espresso shot.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Music and politics. Sex and food. Race, gender and their discontents. Whether I left the lights on at home. Why this fucking code won't compile. Why my daughter won't take her damn nap.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
...still me. But on Sunday I'm a Pirate!
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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I regularly worry that people don't get to what extent I'm kidding about the whole rampant egomania thing. (Then I worry that I don't know how much I'm kidding.)

Deep in the back of my closet, safely stored in a hatbox, lies my fedora. It waits, patiently, for the day when wearing one will no longer be a flag for "entitled manchild with poor social skills." I fear it may wait for some time yet.

[Okay, it's not really "private" but this kinda needs to go above "I'm looking for": I'm bi, and I'm open to dating guys, but I go back and forth on putting that in the "I'm looking for" section because frankly when it's there, my visitors list and inbox ends up full of monosyllabic come-ons from dudes with 15% match ratings in far-away cities and some months I'm just not up for dealing with that, a feeling that I suspect any female on okcupid can sympathize with. If you're cute, local, nerdy, wordy and an 80% match or better, you should message me regardless of your gender identification.]
You should message me if
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Be whipsmart. Be funny. Be cute. Be worth talking to and worth breaking boxsprings with. Be sure of what you want, and assertive enough to let me know. Know the difference between "your" and "you're". Practically everything else is negotiable.

Well, perhaps not everything else: if there's to be sex, safe sex is a requirement. Drugs, while fun, shouldn't be the primary focus of your life, and if you regularly do opiates, cocaine, or anything else that requires needles or blowtorches, kindly move along. (Casual coke/meth users who "totally have it under control": this means you especially, ahem.)

Optionally/alternatively: you should message me if you're trying to get into grad school. For reals and no joke: my last three regular lovers have all gotten into the graduate program of their dreams, far across the county. (Sad for me, awesome for them.) At this point, I'm no longer willing to believe that it's coincidence, and am considering handing out my calling cards in front of the local GRE testing center. Date me: it's cheaper than Kaplan, and probably more fun!

Boys, girls: If the best you can do for a first email is "hi, let's be friends" or "nice hair", this is seriously not going to work out. You may have noticed that I like words. Use a few. (Sadly and predictably, it seems to be mostly boys that need the reminder here. Dudes: raise your game. If I want the grindr experience, I know where to find it.)

And hopefully obviously, you have to be okay with the fact that a large chunk of my schedule is non-negotiably dedicated to my partner and our kid: It's not a requirement that you have to be in a long-term open relationship yourself, but it certainly sets expectations correctly. Conversely this doesn't mean that I'm only looking for casual/FWB hookups: I'm open to forming deep attachments (and have!), there's just an existing framework they'd have to fit into.