I'm currently in an extremely happy three-year marriage to my job, but am willing to consider the odd fling with a human being, especially if he or she is witty. Mostly I enjoy making new friends.
By night, I direct and design operas.
My two occupations result in a rewarding number of interesting stories and a disappointing number of hours of sleep.
When I am not directing operas or mailing clocks, I love to read, cook, travel, and exercise. In the interests of fairness, I should add that whatever I like to do, I also like to overdo. I have lost whole nights of sleep reading, set myself on fire in my kitchen, paid to pee at a toilet in Budapest, and run a marathon through rattlesnake-infested woods. Call it enthusiasm, if you like.
In the interests of fairness, I'm really bad at: setting a bedtime, basic addition, finding my way anywhere without following a either a trustworthy friend or the blinking dot on someone's smartphone.
I'm actually not much below average height, but for some reason appear far smaller - sort of the exact inverse of how some small people, through posture and personality, appear tall.
Movies: The Maltese Falcon, The African Queen, The Philadelphia Story, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, There Will Be Blood, Big Fish, Mutiny on the Bounty, Adam's Rib, It Happened One Night, Vertigo, Rear Window, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Jane Eyre, Lawrence of Arabia.
Music: Classical - Beethoven is my all-time favorite. J. Strauss, Rachmaninoff, Bach, Purcell, Puccini, Poulenc, Pergolesi, Dowland, Corigliano, Adams, Mozart, Beethoven, Beethoven, Beethoven. Non-classical - jazz, particularly 1930's big band jazz; Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday, Frank Sinatra. Blues - Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Bessie Smith, Roosevelt Sykes, etc. In no particular order, after classical, jazz, and blues, I listen to a lot of: 80s hair metal, progressive rock, techno and other dance/house music, celtic music, and traditional music of various cultures. I love world music and trying new things, so I try to pick up new musical tastes when I can. Recently I've listened to a lot of alt-folk and indie rock (I'm the last person to hear of the Decemberists in the whole world. I still think Picaresque is awesome. Please don't judge) - also Spoon, The New Pornographers, Regina Spektor, and Josh Ritter. Also Icelandic folk songs.
I'm a pretty big fan of nerd pursuits. If it's something that they did on The Big Bang Theory, then I've probably done it, too. Star Trek? Check. Computer gaming? Only until my eyes lose focus. Theoretical physics? Okay, okay, theoretical physics, no. I can't add. (See above).
Food: Fish - any fish. Fruit, vegetables, coffee (is coffee a food?).
4. Access to Nature
5. Witty Banter
That's only 8 because coffee is three times as important.
Oh, and books, books, books. I'm not giving them a number, and I'm going to continue to use the math handicap as an excuse. I use books as props, as pets, as friends, as furniture - as bookmarks for other books. I cannot imagine life without them.
And since you keep asking: yes, I do know what happened to Abelard in the end. I was mostly just hoping for the letter-writing part.
Also, when I am at sporting events, I call halftime "intermission."
If you like to dance. I have been meaning to get back into ballroom dancing, a neglected passion of mine. If you like to foxtrot, swing or tango, you should let me know. After all, it takes two.
If you want to practice your Latin or Italian. Or if you can help me remember how the optative works in Ancient Greek.
You can see the "Make A BABY!" ad that keeps appearing in the margin of my OKC homepage, and you also find it TERRIFYING.