N/S, N/D, Drug/Disease-free
"A thinking conservative", but not a knee-jerk conservative (or a knee-jerk anything, as far as I know)
Eclectic tastes in books, music, movies, etc.
Intelligent, easy-going and laid back.
Affectionate, romantic, passionate.
Dual geographic roots: South (SC) and Midwest (IL, KS, and IN)
I am a semi-competitive racewalker. I have walked in 11 half marathons since May, 2012. I love to walk, both competitively and just to stop and take in the scenery. I completed my first marathon (the Monumental Marathon) in Indianapolis, in November, 2014. I train and exercise 4x or 5x a week (most weeks).
I am more of a cat person than a dog person, although big friendly dogs can be pretty cool.
I had an iMac at home, but it died. I use a PC at work.
I love to smile and laugh, but I am also very serious.
I have a strong creative and artistic side, but I also have a very detail-oriented, analytical side.
BOOKS & AUTHORS: Jonathan Edwards, Charles Spurgeon, Martin Luther, Augustine.
Mark Twain, Eudora Welty, Sinclair Lewis, Upton Sinclair, George Orwell, Charles Dickens, James Still (playwright-in-residence at the IRT), J.R.R. Tolkien.
James Michener, Tom Clancy, Vince Flynn, David Baldacci, John Grisham, James Patterson, Agatha Christie.
MOVIES: The Godfather I & III; Star Wars IV & VI; The Bridge Over the River Kwai; Lawrence of Arabia; A Man for All Seasons; The Manchurian Candidate; Top Gun; Bull Durham; Hoosiers; Breaking Away. Some of the Star Trek and Batman movies. Almost anything shown on TCM and AMC. Military & war movies, spy and espionage movies, political and erotic thrillers
TV: The Big Bang Theory. Suits. NCIS. The Andy Grifith Show, The Beverly Hillbillies, Hill Street Blues, Mork and Mindy, 24, The Last Ship, Legends, Murder in the First, Green Acres, In Livng Color, SNL (when it was good...), Star Trek - Next Generation, Seinfeld, Scrubs, House, Frasier.
MUSIC. Classical, Oldies, Big Band, Jazz, Country, Bluegrass, Folk, Country Rock, Motown, Doowop, Broadway show tunes and vocal, Christian and gospel, barbershop, a-capella quartets and choruses
Some favorites include: J.S. Bach, Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson, Straight No Chaser (alumni/professional edition), military bands, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Flatt & Scruggs, Ricky Scaggs, Luciano Pavarotti, Three Mo' Tenors, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Stravinsky, The Music Man, My Fair Lady, Oklahoma, West Side Story, Richard Wagner, Michael Jackson, The Jackson 5, Del McCoury, Dwight Yoakam, Carrie Underwood, Johannes Brahms, Tommy Dorsey, Bill Watrous, Benny Goodman, Wynton Marsalis, Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, Chopin, The Carter Family, Mother Maybelle Carter, Credence Clearwater Revival, Freddy Mercury and Queen, Alabama, Beverly Sills, James Brown, Harvey Phillips, Five Blind Boys of Alabama, Dean Martin, Weather Report, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Robert Shaw Chorale, Elijah (the oratorio by Mendelssohn), Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Symphony, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Schubert
- Board Games: Risk, Monopoly, Clue, Stocks and Bonds, Stratego
- Card Games: Solitaire, Yahtzee, Racko, Miles Bournes.
- Other Games and Puzzles: Sudoku, Crossword Puzzles, Acrostics and Double Crostics, Letter/Number substitution puzzles, Logic Puzzles
- Facebook games: TrainStation, Mafia Wars
FOOD. Experimenting with different sauces and toppings on meats, casseroles, and desserts. (hot & spicy or fruity) Pizza. Fruit soup. Meat and potatoes. Ice cream. Yogurt. Fresh fruit. Nuts. Corn-on-the-cob (sweet corn). Baked potato and sweet potato. Chicken dishes. Pie. Some casseroles.
I hate onions and mushrooms. I generally am not a big veggie or seafood kind of guy!
Also: public policy and regulation, science, nature, telecommunications, music, books, movies, musicals, food, cats, walking, exercising, and working out.