70 Seattle, WA
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My self-summary

I live on Seattle's Capitol hill and I'm interested in meeting someone who wants to be in a relationship that includes travel and the outdoors. I'm a ballroom dancer and a hiker and I have time share credits that can be used in many countries. I am improving my Spanish and I speak a little Russian.

During the past couple of years I've been to Cambodia, Hong Kong, Hawaii, Mexico, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Germany and Italy. I can do that by prudent use of the resources available to me, including friends in convenient places. In most of those locations I was training to climb Washington's Mount Adams and using that training to raise funds for the One World Futbol, an indestructible soccer ball that is being shipped to impoverished communities all over the world to give children and adults the gift of play with a ball that requires no maintenance.

I have arranged for those balls to reach China, Thailand, Mexico and Ecuador, and I recently returned from Rome, where I arranged for two dozen balls to go to refugees; my trip to Rome resulted in creating a small portal through which another 10 have been distributed, and more will follow. I did this through the "Wilson Campaign" (if you are curious, I'll explain that), whose slogan is "Somebody loved a stranger." My impact is admittedly limited, but the activity has enriched my life.

I am 70 years old, widowed from a happy marriage, in good health and college educated. My work has included publishing a trade newspaper and working in public information with two government agencies. I've had a good life, and I didn't get here on my own, so I think it's time to "pay it forward," and I do that by incorporating public service of some sort in my travel, whenever possible.

My mantra is that I spend time with people who are worth spending time with, regardless of the outcome. I would like to meet a woman who is thoughtful, kind, in reasonably good health, is adventurous, and who has a healthy curiosity about life. I would expect her to be confident enough to have her own interests as well as our shared interests, so that she might accompany me on some hikes and would dream with me about the places we want to travel. While I frequently stay in resorts, I look for resorts that are close to the native populations so I can experience those countries more intimately.
What I’m doing with my life
Improving my Spanish, planning my travels, staying in touch with friends, figuring out how to distribute indestructible soccer balls to refugees and people living in impoverished communities, and blogging a bit.
I’m really good at
Writing, word play, photography and ballroom dance.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm tall, 6'2". I'm engaging.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I don't have favorite authors. I have favorite subjects -- physics and the universe, science of the mind, history, biography, the world. I like Billy Joel (who doesn't?) Paul Simon and the like.
The six things I could never do without
My cameras, my hiking boots, my passport, my Tilly hat, my dancing shoes, and my banana smoothie when I wake up.
Number seven: My curiosity.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The world I am leaving my son, and whether I can do anything that will make a difference.
On a typical Friday night I am
Ballroom dancing. On Saturday, it's Argentine tango.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I like kissing nice girls.
You should message me if
...if you think I would be worth spending time with, and if you are kind, cheerful and reasonably intelligent, with a healthy sense of humor.