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My self-summary
Yeah. That's me with the ball.
The 'ball'.
In competitive game everyone knows 'it's all about the ball',
hence, 'be the ball!'
I don't play competitively anymore with rules, points, pushing, striving against angry sweaty strange men (yuck).
.........although I seem to be having a better time though.
Who would've thought?!
Recreation. Quite a concept.

There was a time for sure, when I was actually AFRAID of this thing called 'the ball'. That's right!
.........all of me, 6'2", athletic, driving down the field,
........(on my tippy toes)
Figure, this small inanimate object with no personality nor character ten times smaller than me, and I'm still intimidated......
'the ball' (if that's what you want to call it) was something to be protected from...... ; )
What I’m doing with my life
Designing group activities for disadvantaged populations in social services is how I've made my living for the past twenty years
(love helping others).

I recently left a facility where I ran a soccer program for children severely afflicted with autism. It was a challenging position where I had to serve each child for capability while constantly influencing and keeping them engaged. I also coach 'typical' kids soccer, and I model on the side. Very happy with my work.

Days off I'll run a few miles and play soccer under the blazing sun or single digit cold (some people have said that this is not fun) I guess that's why I'm the only one in the park.

Love to go to the pub usually on a quiet Sunday afternoon for a bacon cheeseburger and pint of Guinness, or two, or three,
...........maybe with you next time? ; )
I’m really good at
- Soccer: Juggling at least. Thought of competing as there are juggling contests around NYC. People sometimes approach me at the park complimenting my playing and ask what country in Europe I'm from. They're surprised when I tell them I'm originally from Long Island.
I guess Europeans are good 'jugglers'? : )

- Singing: As part of the program I run I sing for the children. I think they may like the singing more than my coaching. (oh well)
I used to be a hopeless, hapless karaoke freak (and I mean FREAK) Guys came up to the stage asking if I would sing in their band (hey ma', look I'm a rock star!)
My friend ran shows around Manhattan. Ever do karaoke seven nights a week on daily basis? I have!

- Writing: Made quite an impact with some letters; in some cases more than I preferred.
Would rather write than type. It's more personal, intimate, and just feels so damn good!

- Gaining confidence and reliability from others: Friends say they trust me beyond most persons in their life. I've had acquaintances say this as well, people I hardly know. Good thing I'm an honest guy!
The first things people usually notice about me
My sense of humor, state of empathy, gregariousness,
animated way of speaking, grammar usage, descriptive versing, objective judgment. (must have been a writer in a former life!)
I wind up listening more than talking as I find people interesting and I learn more from listening.
People in general tend to say A LOT when they realize you're truly listening. I have a very good memory. From experience I've learned the hard way that relaying back what they've told me, even if they remember what it is, is not always a good idea.
A friend once yelled at me"Why did you remember that?!"
I replied "You told me."
Their defense was "I didn't think you were listening!!"
(isn't that what you're supposed to do?) : )
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Guess I missed my 'call' for being an editor or something.
In the past fifteen years have had trouble reading books as they are grammatically incorrect. Anyone else out there find this?
Or is it just me? (again)
Lean much more toward old non-fiction books. 'Farther Reaches of Human Nature' by Abraham Maslow, Essays of Ralph Emerson, some David Thoreau, 'No Man Is An Island' by Thomas Merton.
(I know! I'll take sappy with substance)
Not a fan of cinema. I threw my T.V. out twenty years ago. (good thing it didn't hit anybody)
........but my favorite movie was 'The Deer Hunter' (I think Robert De Niro is one of the all time bests). Al Pacino is also great. 'Serpico' I'd see again. 'The Boys from Brazil' 'French Connection''re obviously picking up my genre!
I love classic rock. Know all of the words and play a mean air guitar. (any requests?)
I have a vicious appetite.
I'll eat anything, and everything! (watch your fingers) : )
'Meat and potatoes' basically but will try all at least once. Drink a lot of water. Beer is dear.
The six things I could never do without
I spend a lot of time thinking about
........what I should think about.
On a typical Friday night I am
.......howling at the moon.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
not briefs.
You should message me if wear boxers, not briefs.
(only kidding)
; )