Let's start with what matters to you: I'm kind. I'm loyal. I'm great at communication. I'm affectionate. I'm engaged and (hopefully) engaging, interested and (hopefully) interesting. And I'm fully aware of how much more rewarding life can be with the right partner.
Sorry -- I meant "panther." A guy's gotta have the right panther.
And then the broad strokes:
I'm easily delighted. I love making people laugh, and I'm instantly fascinated with anyone who can make me laugh. Conversation is maybe the most important thing to me. If you're someone who can talk intelligently and enthusiastically about anything or everything, you've got my attention. I love smart, interesting people -- clever and witty are even better.
I'm really curious about the world around me and love learning new things (useful, practical, or Trivial Pursuit-random). Lately this has been manifesting as me reaching for the rewind button while listening to NPR (there isn't one, or a fast forward).
I have curator tendencies: growing up tackling and getting bored with every artistic outlet has left me with a passion for admiring and sharing books, music, art, and whatever else with everyone. (You'll have to be okay with me saying "You've gotta see this! It's amazing!" because I'll do it all the time.)
I'm drawn to old things - the more character, the better. My place is full of bizarre antiques and I may be turning into some kind of collector or grandma. I think I want to be a Bond villain, or the bad guy from "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade"... but more poorly dressed and less evil (in that order).
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- Bad Balderdash, where all my definitions are puns. What is farobank? Where an Egyptian king deposits all his mummy.
- I'm pretty darn attentive, and have an awesome memory. I'm like an elephant that really cares about what's going on with you.
- I pick out amazing gifts, thanks to the above.
- Photo captions.
1. I look significantly less like a Muppet in real life.
2. My hair is brown, my beard (which I haven't had for years) is red, and my eyebrows are blonde. All natural, potentially terrifying, and probably contradictory to item #1.
3. I do a fantastic imitation of Kermit the Frog's singing voice. My current preference is for Hall & Oates, AC/DC or Johnny Cash. This definitely conflicts with item #1, and I can always do my awful Louis Armstrong impression if you prefer (trust me, you don't prefer that).
Books: All John Hodgman. All Tom Robbins. All Erik Larson. All Glen David Gold (there's only two, but still... wow). Sarah Vowell. E.L. Doctorow. Mark Dunn. I bounce from Fiction to History to neuroscience. And nerdy books about language, like "Alphabet Juice" and "English As She Is Spoke."
Movies: I just watched "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" two nights in a row. With commercials. It was awesome.
Music: Folk, blues, bluegrass, anything that walks that weird line of balkan / klezmer / southwestern, jazz up to the 1950s. Music used to be a huge, huge part of my life and how I defined myself, but not so much anymore. I like anything that with character and quirk that grabs me.
2. A creative outlet
3. Something to read
4. Something to admire and get really excited about
5. Time to myself (I really enjoy quiet mornings with tea and apple fritters and a good book)
6. Just this ashtray! And the paddle game! And the remote control! And these matches! And this lamp! And the chair! And this magazine!
And that's all I need. I don't need one other thing.
- Is Will Smith even TRYING to help parents understand?
- Whether or not online dating is just a cosmic joke meant to make us as neurotic and wildly unsure of ourselves as this:
Ideally? Spending time with friends, doing something cultural (a play, a trip to a museum, heckling polo players), or settling in with a good book. I'm usually burnt out from the week, but I always perk up for good company.
Or, the whole truth: my girlfriend of 2 years died in a car accident just after Thanksgiving 2011, and I've (mostly) been single since. I promise there's no drama there, nor does it make me a special kind of project. But! At some point you'll say "So how come you're single?" and I don't want you to feel awful (though, admittedly, it is a LITTLE funny to watch very nice people feel very bad for asking a very innocent question).
Oh, and I'm a sucker for curly hair and/or short hair and/or glasses. Preferably attached to a human female body, but whatever.