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64 / M / Straight / Single
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- 5′ 5″ (1.65m)
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- Mostly vegetarian
- Graduated from university
- Science / Engineering
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- Has a kid
Some people like simple answers, and some like it complex. I like it complex, but it probably doesn't show much on first impression. Outwardly I'm pretty warm and easy-going, though perhaps with a bit of diffidence (hope this isn't too oxymoronic). In comfortable environments I've been known to make wry comments with a smile. In not so comfortable environments I may prudently blend into the woodwork.
I mostly listen to classical music. My taste runs from Hildegard von Bingen and Gregorian chant to Messiaen, love Beethoven and Shubert late string quartets, Bach fugues and cantatas, Pergolesi's "Sabat Mater", Mozart k. 563, Shostakovich at his most cynical, and Prokofiev at his most sarcastic. Early Joan Baez and Jonni Mitchell also works, and in jazz my taste runs along the line of Oscar Peterson, Stan Getz, and Miles Davis.
My tastes in food tend toward spicy, and I'm quite improvisational in my cooking (read experimental, as concoctions don't always pan out).
I've been criticized for taking this question too literally. OK. Here then is an attempt at defining magic moments 'I couldn't have done ('be' in the ontological sense) without'. Some of these would include: Discovering Albrecht Durer woodcut prints in the Smithsonian during the 1968 anti-war protests (while trying to locate the woman I hitch-hiked to DC with). Robert Persig's "Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance". The high I got from organizing my first technical roundtable for Whatcom Solar Association. Comradderie in those alternative energy years. The high I got from organizing "George Orwell's 1984: Myth, Reality, and Legend" while in engineering school. The 'revelation' of learning about the Mandebrot set, deterministic chaos, and fractals. Satisfaction from having survived the bugs, and the rigors of biking 100 miles a day, over the Great Lakes on a trip from Minnesota to Montreal and NYC. Running around Roma and Firenze in search of more Caravaggio's and Pontormo's. Visiting Pontormo's "Deposition" in Santa Felicita at least once a day while in Firenze. Discovering Luca Signorelli's frescoes in the Duomo at Orvieto. An amazing, now almost hallucinogenic experience to recall, bike trip over the mountains between Firenze and Bolonga. The Giovanni Bellini's in Venezia, as well as the very early morning fog and colors of the city. The Vienna Boys Choir performance of Haydn's "Nelson Mass" in the small, opera house like Hapsburg chapel. Vermeer's "Milkmaid" in the Rijsmuseum (another one of those visit-with-frequently's). The mellifluous chants of Yoan Kukozel performed by opera singers in Sofia's central cathedral on Easter. Prisoner's dilemma, self-organizing algorithms, and game theory. Karl Popper's "Open society and its enemies". Lost innocence from having won a Pyrrhic victory over the Bulgarian Department of Education. A lot of chess while taking a winter rail trip across Siberia. The mountain villagers of Eastern Turkey, who, suspicious at first of the intrepid adventurer, always brought out pan bread and goat cheese for their 'American friend'. Stuart Kauffman's "The origins of order" (albeit a lifelong project, as it inevitably puts me to sleep after 10 pages). The (mis-)adventures of starting a scientific career late in life. Insights from losing hearing in one ear, hints of "A man may see how this world goes with no eyes". 17 years with probably the easiest kid in the world to raise.
While the question was put in the present tense 'do', I answered it as if in the past participle sense 'done'. Seems to me what one 'can't do without' follows most naturally from one's experiences, especially those that have left an impress.
I'd be less than honest, however, if I didn't also add I spend time thinking about companionship. I'm conscious how not being in a stable relationship extends to other facets of my life. I feel the brunt of an opportunity cost, a dimension of creative energy not fully realized.
Of course I could reveal a lot of other secrets, not that most of them aren't open. Perhaps someone would take interest in the fact I have never watched, start to finish, a football, baseball, or basketball game (guess this might be relevant to sports watching aficionados).
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"Lust is easy. Love is hard. Friendship is most important." - Carl Reiner
"Imagination is more important than knowledge." - Albert Einstein
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