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mpvine

33 M Memphis, TN

My Details

Last Online
May 19
Orientation
Gay
Ethnicity
Height
5′ 9″ (1.75m)
Body Type
Average
Diet
Strictly anything
Smokes
No
Drinks
Often
Drugs
Never
Religion
Sign
Virgo, and it’s fun to think about
Education
Working on Ph.D program
Job
Education
Income
Relationship Status
Single
Relationship Type
Offspring
Doesn’t have kids, but wants them
Pets
Speaks
English (Fluently), Italian (Okay), French (Poorly)

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My self-summary
¨Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto.¨ ("I am human, nothing human can be foreign to me.")

According to a Brazilian I befriended this summer (via CouchSurfing):

¨Michael is an intense, fast-thinking man that takes life with both analytic and loving eyes. We met at Nerd Nite Orlando and had a very interesting connection right away. We went out, shared working hours, he slept at my place for two nights, and we ended up traveling together to Miami. Whenever I was with Michael, I felt like following the white rabbit. It was refreshing, it was challenging, it was magic.¨

According to my psychologist pal (of fourteen years):

¨Your manner is so open that people are thrown off by it, and some react by getting defensive--for no good reason. It's impossible to not feel exposed around you...that can cause people with self-esteem issues to lash out."

Apparently, I´m a magically disconcerting, herbivorous rodent?
What I’m doing with my life
When I´m not searching the world over for new friends and a potential husband who enjoys cooking, I study applied linguistics. I also host CouchSurfers visiting Memphis far more often than I should and travel as much as reason will allow.
I’m really good at
Making and maintaining close relationships.

and

Making an impression--whether or not I mean to.
The first things people usually notice about me
I am highly idiosyncratic: disarming and attentive, loquacious and candid, spontaneous and acerbic, mixing frivolity and profundity with aplomb.

and/or

I am a bit overwhelming: affable but critical, talkative but irreverent, quick-witted but sharp-tounged, bouncing (here and there and everywhere) from Winnie the Pooh to hyper intellectual more often than the average bear.

and

My bum.

and (formerly)

My hair.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books:
anything by Richard A. Knaak; Us and Them: Understanding Your Tribal Mind; Geography of Thought; The History of White People; My Ántonia; Snow Falling on Cedars; The Tree of Forgetfulness; Maus; Ethel and Earnest; Sin City; Civil War (Marvel Comics); The Phalanx Covenant (Marvel Comics), etc.

Movies:
anything by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Pedro Almodóvar, the Coen Bros., Clint Eastwood, Pixar (sans ´Cars´), etc.

Shows:
Naruto: Shippuuden, The Good Wife, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, Family Guy, Adult Swim, Star Wars: Clone Wars, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Avatar: Legend of Korra, Young Justice, Justice League, JLU, etc.

Music:
Eva Ayllón, Björk, Nina Simone, Sade Adu, Oumou Sangaré, Little Dragon, Koop, Röyksopp, AKFG, Brazilian Girls, Mute Math, AutoVaughn, Burial, Tycho, Dauwd, Classixx, Yoko Kanno, Claude Debussy, Jean Sibelius, Ian Partridge, Gérard Souzay, Vivica Genaux, etc.

Recordings:
1. "Ca' the Yowes" with Peter Pears and Benjamin Britten - I never really appreciated the voice, and I am no fan of the composer's works. But I'll be damned if Pears didn't sang the complete and profane hell outta his man´s arrangement.
2. "La Flûte de Pan" with Nan Merriman and Gerald Moore (1954) - Merriman's energetic vibrato and smiling tone manage to deliver authentic juvenscence without the ...triviality.
3. "Luonnotar, op. 70" - There is only Elisabeth Söderström.
4. 'Pesni i plyaski smerti' sung by Sergei Leiferkus--obscenely elegant, every character believable.
5. "The Lark Ascending" RVW - Since I heard the recording of the late Iona Brown with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, I´ve been unable to stomach any other performance. I dunno how she managed to create both whimsy and melancholy at once. The woman is everything!
6. The final scene of ´Jenufa´ with Anja Silja, Roberta Alexander, and Philip Langridge just reminds me what a finale is s´posed to sound like.

Food:
the edible kind
The six things I could never do without
1. loved ones
2. antihistamines
3. travel
4. internet
5. great conversations
6. music
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I have long been accused of thinking too much.

Here are some past musings: www.nowpublic.com/michaelvine
On a typical Friday night I am
Enjoying a meal and drinks and laughter with old/new/potential friends.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I don't have a type--never have. I conceive of people and approach them as individuals. (Look upon me, ye men, and despair!)
I’m looking for
  • Guys who like guys
  • Ages 28–40
  • Located anywhere
  • For new friends
You should message me if
...you'd like to meet n' greet.