Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
I am bi-cultural as I was born in France some 70 years ago and
became a (legal) immigrant in my twenties. I have been retired for
the past 9 years and have the time and freedom to dwell into just
about anything striking my fancy. Intellectual activity occupies a
large place in my life; I spend a great deal of time reading about
a variety of topics and issues and pondering about many of the
serious problems we must confront as a society as well as our
legacy to the next generation.
I am what you might call a free thinker and an atheist who, at this
stage of my life has come to think of religion in general as a
plague to the human family, the world over.
While not particularly interested in sports, I have found that
sailing is a very stimulating and multi-facetted activity that I’ve
come to greatly enjoy.
In general, I tend to spend much more time alone than in the
company of others. At the same time, being happily married, I love
sharing time with my wife of 40+ years. I do enjoy debating ideas
and exchanging them with thoughtful people, particularly in
I am trustworthy, creative, and rational
What I’m doing with my life
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A couple of years ago I decided to purchase a 30 year old 38 foot
sailboat and to undertake a substantial effort to adapt it better
to my cruising needs. This task seems to have been grossly
underestimated and in spite of the large amount of time invested,
my progress toward completion are rather modest. However, there is
a lot of fun to be had as the tasks are both quite varied and often
very challenging. This effort is taking place in Turkey (where the
boat was acquired) and since for the most part trades people in
that area are not conversant in English and I do not speak Turkish,
this adds more than a little to the challenge.
When at home near Monterey (CA) where I spend about 6 months each
year, it is a fine time to recharge my batteries and to step back
in this environment where verbal communication and life in general
is so easy. This is my chance to catch up on about 6 month worth of
(mostly technical) papers and magazines and to keep the place in
good working order.
Whether at home or on the boat, thanks to the Web, access to news
and contact with family and friends is easily maintained.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
- organizing (but not so well that I can easily retrieve
- listening to new ideas and debating them
- using my hands to make and repair things
- designing new and useful mechanical and electrical
- making decisions quickly and modifying them later if and when
The first things people usually notice about me
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Probably my French accent. If not that, it might be my thinning
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Books – primarily dealing with technical/engineering issues,
technical texbooks- occasionally reading non-fiction such as
biographies of historical figures, inventors, the theory of
evolution and related topics, travel reports
Movies – drama and adventure (The Hunt for Red October, 12 Angry
Men, The Scent of a Woman, Indecent Proposal, A man for all
Seasons, Absence of Malice, Top Gun, Men of Honor, Pretty Woman,
Guess Who is Coming to Dinner, The Verdict)
Music - mostly classical, music from the Andes and Celtic music
Food - French, Chinese, Mediterranean (equal preference)
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Other than the basic necessities to sustain life, it would not be
much of a life without
1. love (giving and receiving),
2. intellectual stimulation (news, books, magazines, movies)
3. creating (designing new things, problem solving in
4. challenges (overcoming adversity)
5. adventure (seeing new places, visiting other cultures)
6. doing something for others (sharing, helping)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
The challenges confronting our new administration both on the
domestic front and abroad. The seemingly intractable issues
involving the Middle East, the tyrannical regimes in Iran, Myamar,
North Korea, Sudan, and elsewhere. The pernicious role of religion
on this planet and means to neutralize its influence. Activities
required to reverse the erosion of the wall separating church from
state. The need to shield our elected representatives from the
corrupting necessity of seeking funding by special interest groups
and to have to spend so much of their time doing it instead of
Possible improvement and enhancements of various sailboat
subsystems. And also about making the most of the remaining years
of my life. Oh, and to be honest, I should also say that sex is
still very much on my mind.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
If at home, I’m likely watching Newshour (KQED) and reading either
a book or a magazine unless I am spending time on the Web. Later, I
might be catching a movie before turning in.
If on the sailboat, currently in Turkey, I am likely to be either
fixing something, planning to fix something or designing some kind
of enhancement. On occasion, I would be found in the company of
other ex-pat sailors at a nearby watering hole trading tips and
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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I sometime come across as somewhat weird as I am not much of a
crowd follower and tend to seek my own answers.
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