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My self-summary
As a child, I often felt like a stranger in a foreign land. Had an epiphany during my junior year in high school that led to me pursuing a career as a classical singer. Most of my adult life has been consumed by that pursuit, which has pushed me to look deeply into myself and to broaden my horizons in ways I probably wouldn't have otherwise.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm currently teaching music at the collegiate level and am doing some professional classical singing (opera, recital) on the side.
I’m really good at
I am a good performing artist. It was a long time before I was able to say that and believe it, but I've grown enough emotionally and had enough positive feedback from others to believe it now. I am especially proud of the respect that I receive from other performers.

I also consider myself a fairly intelligent person with an analytical mind. Thus, I am pretty good at analyzing problems and solving them. I also think that I'm a fairly good listener.
The first things people usually notice about me
People often make comments about my resonant speaking voice and about my smile.

Two fun speaking voice comments from the past: A co-worker once said that I should consider a career in radio or phone sex. The second was the Wendy's drive-through lady, who said, upon me reaching the window, "Boy, did anyone ever tell you you have a SEXY voice?"

UPDATE: After a recent faculty meeting, our area dean approached me and told me that she loves when I talk in meetings, because she gets to hear my voice. Yep, still got it.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I am more heavily drawn to entertainment that challenges me mentally or emotionally, although I need lighter fare as well to "cleanse the palatte."

Movies: The Tree of Life, Chris Nolan Batman Trilogy, The Color Purple, Up (Pixar in general; so many of the Pixar films have been visually and dramatically stunning), Clapham Junction, Billy Elliot, Brokeback Mountain, Moulin Rouge, Monster's Ball, Bridget Jones' Diary

Television: I love most of the Star Trek series, Golden Girls, The West Wing (I finally watched this on Netflix. . .thanks college for making me miss it the first time around), So You Think You Can Dance (Most "talent"-based reality shows I can do without, but the ones like SYTYCD that actually demand skill from the participants and demonstrate artistry can be inspiring. Some of the choreography is stunning.), programs on HGTV, Dr. Who

Books: My Side of the Mountain (a favorite book from childhood), The Fountainhead, Alas Babylon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

Music: Considering my career field, it should be no surprise that I listen to a lot of classical music; however, I also enjoy popular music on occasion, especially stuff from the 80's; most of my time in the car is spent listening to NPR
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I spend a good deal of time thinking about "the meaning of life" and ethical behavior, especially as they apply to my life. Over the past three years, I've paid more and more attention to politics and foreign affairs, contemplating solutions to the issues of our world.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm a fairly sensitive person, so when I see so much unfulfilled potential in humanity, and so much hate and indifference being spewed about, it can be hard for me to resist the temptation to slip into "pessimistic bitch" mode. Luckily, I have friends who snap me out of it.
You should message me if
you want to start and then develop a conversation with me. If all you type is some variation of "cute guy" or "hi, how are you," then I'm not going to respond to you. Please try harder than that.

I really am looking to establish a personal connection with people, whether that's friendship or otherwise. Let's chat and see if we find some meaningful connection.