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My self-summary
Let's see how much of this I can fit on one page.... I like to think of myself as well-educated, with a liberal measure of common sense (perhaps a rare combo?), but never take myself too seriously; secure, fit, a lover of the outdoors; a deep thinker, but also a spontaneous and irreverent comic. I'm down-to-earth, funny, and warm with those who can open up. Politically, I'd be considered solidly left-leaning -- or perhaps far left, depending on what part of the spectrum you're viewing from. As in, "Yes we ARE our brothers' keepers", and "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need." Can you dig it? ;) Not religious, but spiritual. My interests include history, politics, art, photography, science, human rights and social justice. Also find a good deal of relaxation in woodworking, tinkering with mechanical and electrical gadgets of all sorts, and lately, learning to play a recently acquired alto saxophone. Among my favorite photographers are Sebastiao Salgado and Dorothea Lange. Too many favorite musicians for a short list.

Oh, one other thing.... There's a section at the end of this page where I'm supposed to tell you what I'm "Looking For". New friends are always nice, although I think we usually find the nicest of friends when we're ~not~ looking for them. Whatever happens after that, who's to say? :)

I am irreverent, inquisitive, and never speechless
What I’m doing with my life
Wow, can I change the question slightly? OK then.... ;) I think "life" is the summation of all those unexpected things that happen to us along the road, in spite of all our careful (and sometimes contrary) planning. And "living" is really about seeing the big picture, and being open to the unexpected, and making the most of the surprises that we encounter along the way. And perhaps most importantly, it's about "paying forward" -- doing the right thing for others, just because that's the right thing to do. My opinion, anyway....
I’m really good at
Hmmmmmm.... Having lonnnnnnng conversations, I guess -- whether it's with someone I've known forever, or someone I've just met. Telling stories. Listening to other people's stories. Provoking laughter from others. Or provoking deep thought. Sometimes I can do both of those at the same time. :)

Working on getting "really good" at snowboarding. ;) Also working on getting "reasonably good" at playing sax -- and in the process, learning some very cool stuff about sax maintenance and repair.

And I can fix just about anything. I guess I'm really good at that. :)
The first things people usually notice about me
Uhhhhhm, that I talk a lot? ;)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: So many that it defies all attempts at list-making. Most of what I read these days is non-fiction -- political analysis, current American and world events, American foreign policy and all the resultant blunders, American economic policy and its impact on society, philosophy, science, mathematics, an occasional book on photography, astronomy. One little book I love is very old -- Strunk and White's "The Elements of Style".

Movies: Likewise, way too many to list them all. A few favorites, just off the top of my head, in no particular order -- Wizard of Oz, Pee Wee's Big Adventure, The Outlaw Josie Wales, The Enemy Below, High Noon, Harold & Maude, A Clockwork Orange, Something's Gotta Give, 2001 A Space Odyssey, Cyborg 2087, The Day the Earth Stood Still.

Music: Extremely varied tastes. The art of making a musical instrument convey your artistic feelings is something I can appreciate, so I can enjoy almost any style of music performed live. What I enjoy listening to depends on my mood, or on what I'm doing at the moment.

Food: I'm pretty adventurous. Really love cuisine that features hot and spicy.
The six things I could never do without
Dark chocolate, red wine, hot peppers, prime numbers, great places to buy books and music, and engaging conversations with good friends. There, that's six. ;) And I wouldn't complain if we got a little more snow this winter.
You should message me if
If... You're not afraid of pleasant conversations with strangers. Especially if you're up for a few laughs. Or something fun. ;)