Experience and the input of others tells me that there's no one quite like me on this earth, and I am increasingly happy that this is the case. That can make getting to know me a tricky and entertaining endeavor.
For all the important stuff, there won't be a lot of surprises. I have a steady job. I have a place I like to be on Sunday mornings. I mostly want the same stuff out of life that Joe and Josephine America want--pleasant people to be around both in and out of the home, a slate of activities that are both diverting and fulfilling, a body of experiences that can be fondly remembered. And indeed, except for one notable omission that has motivated use of this web site, I pretty much have all of that.
As always, the devil (and angel!) is in the details...
To get to know me is to assemble a puzzle while convinced that the pieces originated in twelve different boxes. This probably stems from my having very broad interests--board/card games, ringing bells, reading books of most sorts, travel, the outdoors, sports, the odd TV show--but may also come from having cobbled together a worldview from a fairly eclectic set of sources. My childhood was dominated by socially conscious, service-oriented parents who raised me in the suburbs. My adulthood has been dominated by a socially conscious, innovation-oriented scientific academic community in the big city. Sprinkle in some rather noticeable (and apparently, fairly charming) personality quirks, the variety of ways in which my age doesn't match my traits, and a tendency to save both my goofy and serious sides for those that know me best, and there's a bit of a tangle to unravel inside my skull.
I find that I am still continuing to work hard at maintaining and refining my core values while adding new nuances to my sense of self in order to grow into each next stage of life. I think that I would relish both having someone to help me do this, and helping someone else do the same in turn.
Shows: Lately "Jessica Jones", "Arrow", and "black-ish". I also haven't given up on "The Muppets", and for the last few episodes that seems to be paying off after they nearly destroyed Kermit the Frog's persona.
Movies: I find that I don't watch movies by myself much anymore. I do enjoy movie dates, however. :)
Music: I'm mostly a handbell junkie. Beyond that I tend to graft the music interests of others onto my own.
Food: The combination of peanut butter and chocolate, sushi, Indian cuisine. Also the country style pad Thai at Lemon Thai in Somerville.
*You need advice on the next book you should read
*You're trying to find someone to teach you how to play cribbage
*You've been sitting there staring at your computer screen asking yourself "Hmmm...should I message this guy?" for more than thirty seconds.