Mini-Bio: I'm a native New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn, briefly interned in Rockaway (Queens) and then on to Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan. I was trained as a musician, with a BM (piano - U of New Mexico) and an MM (music history - U of Wisconsin), although I worked in the field of MIS (programmer/analyst, system analyst) until April, 2006. Since then,
I've become a certified music teacher. I teach for a public school district comprised of students with severe autism and cognitive, mulitple and behavioral disorders. I also teach after school group piano to 4th through 6th grade and private piano lessons.
Personality: If you asked those who know me best (and like me) they might describe me as: personable, warm, approachable, friendly, good-natured, audacious, witty, loyal, honest, forgiving, non-conforming, opinionated, idealistic, unrealistic, somewhat naive, vulnerable, ethical, empathetic, down-to-earth, creative and bright.
They might also say (or instead) "he's a piece of work"!
Values: I'm a passionate and progressive humanist with an old-fashioned (anachronistic?)upbringing. Raised without religion, I've never found any reason to look for it. Somehow, in the chaos that was my growing up, a tremendous amount of tolerance, decency, equality and justice filtered through to me and my siblings.
Hobbies: I'm an avid gardener. I just bought a house with a property that has been neglected for decades. It's beyond a challenge! Traveling on a budget, particularly to beautiful, off-the-beaten path, exotic destinations is a passion. It's really about reaching a place before the New York Times gets there! I love nature and the outdoors in general: hiking, camping, backpacking, cycling, swimming, kayaking, walking, looking and listening. I love my friends, who tease me, advise me and put up with me. Watching movies and eating are two of my favorite pastimes. Daydreaming is another. When I can concentrate, I love to read. I collect fine crafts from around the world, mostly concentrating on picking up pieces when I visit their origins.
You: Cute/handsome/sexy/hot/goofy/nerdy. Some combination of these or maybe even some trait that hasn't come to mind yet. Bright, with a great sense of humor (it can be unique), warm, loyal, honest, ethical, kind, very capable of intimacy (physical, emotional, intellectual), can make good/great conversation. I guess I'm looking for genuine goodness in a person, which is also special and unique. Please don't fit into any scene because I'll just be confused. Be yourself. Be authentic. (Yes, that's become a hackneyed term, but I MEAN it.) Bring your flaws to keep mine company.
Thanks for reading my profile, I know it's somewhat long!