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praetoria-navis

48 M Mountain View, CA

My Details

Last Online
Today – 12:46pm
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
White
Height
6′ 2″ (1.88m)
Body Type
Average
Diet
Strictly anything
Smokes
No
Drinks
Rarely
Drugs
Never
Religion
Sign
Cancer, but it doesn’t matter
Education
Graduated from masters program
Job
Rather not say
Income
$100,000–$150,000
Relationship Status
Single
Relationship Type
Offspring
Doesn’t have kids, but might want them
Pets
Likes dogs
Speaks
English (Fluently), German (Okay), French (Poorly)

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My self-summary
My ideas, words and oblique humor are what are most likely to draw you to me. I relish in the subtle, the ironic, the insightful and I love to share and learn from others. I am passionate about discovering truth wherever it can be found. I can be enthusiastic in some of my opinions but would not take pride in being an expert on only one side of an issue. Building bridges is more important to me than planting flags.

What brings me the most joy are those experiences which defy language: the wonder at natural landscape, the taste of guiding human learning. I am in awe of the capability of the human mind to transcend to new levels of comprehension.

I treasure honesty and kindness in myself and others. I see people as neither good nor bad, but at differing stages of self-centeredness. Maturity is the capacity to be wise while playing with childlike enthusiasm. Smart is sexy.

I find sound delicious. I love richly developed music of most any style possessing depth. I love how people talk - every subtle variation in their speech and accent. I can forget a person's name and face, but remember their voice for a lifetime.

The greatest pleasure for me in my relationship with a woman is being able to leave her smiling inside and out. I am less about charisma, charm or entertainment than about being a genuine listener, not merely to what you say but to what you mean. I believe that communication is 90% listening and 10% talking. I prefer to use my words sparingly and would rather choose one bullseye than dilute a conversation with static. It is the small things, in the right time and place that count the most.

I savor European culture. When I travel as tourist, I am not in a hurry. I prefer to stroll around a while, interact with locals and become acquainted with the world through their eyes and preferably in their language. The art and architecture of the wonders are magnificent, but to me, more so is the art and architecture of the people in their own right.

I lived for 3 years in Europe when I was young, including a span at an international school. I was deeply affected by the exposure to many word views and to this day feel myself a member of the world community. Although I am still American, I am not exactly Americentric.

I care a lot for kids and I think they know it. I tried high school teaching for a few years, initially in urban Boston. Having grown up on the SF peninsula, that pretty much blew my mind. I really loved being involved with the learning process and working with young adults, though the stimulation level of the classroom taxed me. I was much more effective with small groups. I still retain the passion for helping people learn. People routinely tell me I have a talent for making complicated things accessible. Witnessing a mind illuminated with understanding brings me abiding satisfaction.

My parents were nuclear physicists. I am still recovering from this.

Many of my favorite forms of play have technical flavor: sailing, flying, SCUBA, skiing. With the right company, a simple walk is a pleasure. Probably the most romantic physical act for me is holding hands. I enjoy being anywhere there is a view of nature. I like being out doors or at the beach, but am not really a lie in the sun sort. I would rather be in the water or riding on top of it.

If I had a pet, it would probably be a yellow lab. Labradoodles, also cool.

I am financially conservative and self sufficient. I don't seek happiness through having more things. I strive to make the most of what I do have.

I find humor in even the dark points of life.
What I’m doing with my life
Leading fundraising for a non-profit, attempting to scale up a model of professional development workshops for secondary level science teachers.
I’m really good at
Observing the subtle.
Recognizing and remembering voices and accents.
Expressing my thoughts.
Being reflective and having a sense of humor about my imperfections (and yours.)
Nurturing what is good in others.
Teaching difficult concepts to others without hurting them.
I play trombone pretty well. I realize that isn't a hugely practical skill around the house, but playing gigs can be fun.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm tall.
I am paying attention.
I am articulate
People frequently respond to me with, "No one has ever asked me that before. I will definitely look into it!"
I'm not a "typical" guy, though I can't claim to know for sure what exactly that means.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Arrested Development
Amelie, Good Will Hunting
Pedagogy of the Oppressed
In the Loop
Foyle's War
Downton Abbey (the story isn't much, but love the casting and setting.)
Early Simpsons
Futurama
All the subtle personal politics of Jane Austen, though I don't care so much that they all end with a marriage proposal.
Comedian John Mulaney.
The six things I could never do without
Language.
The ability to count to six.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Better solutions to problems.
How to pitch good ideas.
What I can do that actually matters.
Other people's points of view and how to bridge to them.
How to fly an aircraft.
How to help my nieces and nephews embark on adulthood.
Anything I haven't figured out yet.
On a typical Friday night I am
Thinking of something to dazzle my tastebuds.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I am not as mature as I look.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 35–52
  • Located anywhere
  • Who are single
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating
You should message me if
You want a kind man who will appreciate and nurture your brilliance, your culture, your taste for learning and your personal passions.