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spikeinseattle

51 M Bellingham, WA

My Details

Last Online
Aug 31
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
White
Height
5′ 9″ (1.75m)
Body Type
Average
Diet
Smokes
No
Drinks
Socially
Drugs
Never
Religion
Other, but not too serious about it
Sign
Leo, and it’s fun to think about
Education
Graduated from masters program
Job
Education
Income
Relationship Status
Single
Relationship Type
Offspring
Pets
Likes dogs and likes cats
Speaks
English (Fluently), French (Okay), German (Poorly), Japanese (Poorly)

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My self-summary
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This should read "SpikeinBellingham." But you can't change your handle on this website.

Current life activities: educating the young'uns of the Great Northwest. Volunteering at a local indy movie house, sending books to incarcerated humans, riding my semi-vintage bicycle, reflecting on aesthetic experience, procrastinating on writing the great American novel, contemplating whether a shovel or pitchfork would be more useful in cleaning off my desk, and if I'll ever really listen to those old cassettes.

Other various notes and observation:
*I've traveled various places and have a trip to Costa Rica coming up.
*Berlin is a fascinating city, even when you're living there in the winter and walking on iced-over sidewalks and petrified Hundescheiße.
*Leonard Cohen saw the future, and it was murder
I have little need to wear iPod and headphones, because there is already much music running through my brain. Usually the setting is on "shuffle."
*I like to ride my bicycle; I like to ride my bike. If you'd like to get me a pair of fenders for Christmas, I'd be most charmed.
*Recently I had a discussion with a lady friend about the pros and cons of putting a picture on one's personal ad page. Men and women tend to look at that differently.
*New Jersey tends to get a bum rap, but I cut them slack because of their warm-water Atlantic waters. I would give them, and any other location that allows sloppy suburban sprawl, grief for that specific reason.
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
Teaching history and other subjects
Digging Bellingham in the summertime
Looking forward to a trip to Costa Rica
Considering starting a kazoo orchestra
Striving to sell more CDs and other possessions more than I buy.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Pulling a song out of my head for any occasion, ("I got a fuckin' song in my heart!")*
eating food, cooking pan-Asian cuisine with soba and Thai curry,
matching people with music,
riding a bicycle,
introducing various friends, some of whom become friends or associates in their own rights (but not matchmaking,) discussing non-commercial radio and obscure music
seeing the big picture.

*Name the artist who said that, and you'll win a fabulous prize!
The first things people usually notice about me
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
My hair or my eyes. Once a Japanese high school student complimented my nose. It hasn't happened since.

My friend Mr. Hyde looks more like me than my brother.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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BOOKS: When you work with young adults, different titles catch your eye, such as RJ Palacio's "Wonder," and "Schooled" by Gordon Korman. I have "American Gods" by Neil Gaimon on long-term hiatus. Read "New City Upon a Hill" by Joseph Rocco Mitchell, an accounting of the creation of my hometown of Columbia, Maryland written by my HS history teacher. "Bernstein" picture-bio, Howard Cosell's "I never played the Game." I wish I had read that book before the stadium wars in Seattle! Finished David Bradley's "The Chaneysville Incident." Pretty full-on, chock-full book dealing with race in America, particularly the eastern border states. Erwin Cooper's "Jokerland" was rough around the edges in terms of editing, but he gets his point across about clueless water/resource use.

Other faves include: "A Confederacy of Dunces," Charles Johnson's "Middle Passage," Leslie Marmon Silko's "Ceremony," and Jean Merrill's "The Pushcart War" "Up the Down Staircase," "The Five People You Meet in Heaven." And, I admit it, the first six Harry Potter books. Hey, I've got to keep up with the nephews!

MOVIES: "The Lives of Others" "After the Wedding." "Walk the Line" was fine. "The Last Days of Sophie Scholl was difficult to watch, but compelling as all and recommended. I want to see the new German film about the Edelweiss Pirates if it ever comes to the States. "Downfall" was heavy and Bruno Ganz was amazing. "Guess Who" sucked; I'll take the original any day. "The Corporation" was pretty full on and chockablock with information and food for thought. Watched Billy Wilder's "The Apartment" again; Fred MacMurray plays such a great sleazeball! Don't know how classic it is, but saw "16 candles" again. Not very ethnically sensitive, but still a few good bits. "The Harmonists, about 1920-30's German vocalists the Comedian Harmonists, "Supersize Me" and "The Control Room" are highly recommended as well.

MUSIC: Too many to mention all, but...Recent music finds on Youtube: P.S. 22 performs Innocence Mission's "There", and Leonard Bernstein explaining Mahler's 9th symphony. Finally got to see Francoiz Breut live in concert. Mon dieu! Nick Lowe's "The Convincer" just rules (Saw him at Bumbershoot!) Neko Case. Also, Laura Veir's "Troubled by the Fire." Jerry Lee Lewis "Live at the Starclub Hamburg." Stereo Total's newest was pretty interesting, as well. And, of course, The Comedian Harmonists. "Mein kleiner gruener Kaktus" has been going through my head recently, as has "Killer Queen." The Stranglers "The Raven." What a classic! Don't forget the Bonzo Dog Band! Old (i.e., first seven) Steely Dan. Fans of history-pop: check out Al Stewart's "Past, Present, & Future." Fans of classical piano should investigate Brian Ganz's rendition of Chopin Preludes.

TV: Don't own a real one, but watched a few series: Slings and Arrows (superb: may revisit!) Star Trek TNG, How I Met Your Mother (discussion material with niece and nephew,) Freaks and Geeks, I Claudius series, The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard (w/Jane Horrocks of AbFab infamy) Next up: Big Bang Theory.

FOODS: Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, including soba noodles, Indian, Mexican, cereal, good bread, peaches, salmon, watermelon, blueberries.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
music, friends, food, a good laugh, sunshine, and catharsis.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Landing a permanent job. Will I end up in Radioland again? How did that batty lady I worked for a few summers ago get so many hours out of me? (Oh yeah, she paid cash.)

How to spend my time here in beautiful but mellow Bellingham?

Staying organized, catching up on reading and writing, reflecting on why I don't like to move (it's not the places, it's the packing up.) As a result, I'm striving to minimize the excess crap in my living space. That is challenging.

In Seattle I couldn't help notice ugly vs. good architecture.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Art Gallery walks on first Fridays
Volunteering at and/or watching Pickford films.
Recovering from a week of teaching.
Socializing with friends, perhaps trying out a new restaurant.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
One must strive to learn from past mistakes without sinking into regrets.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 28–49
  • Located anywhere
  • Who are single
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating
You should message me if
Offer a few tips to help matches win you over.
-you appreciate the exchange of ideas
-you can make me laugh
-I make you laugh.
-You're mighty mighty.
-you can explain why there's a penguin on the TV.
-Some good reason that hasn't occurred to me right now.

** If I winked at you rather than sending a message, see if your mailbox is stuffed full.