64 Richmond, CA
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My self-summary
I am a quiet extrovert. I love being with people, from dinner parties with a few good friends to major social events, but also seek tranquil times with a joyful, loving man.

I'm a writer (everything from movie reviews to catalogs to my own short stories) and an educator--middle school English and drama, and now adult ESL to university students. (Still can't get over being thanked after every class!)

I am easily amused, from silly puns to lively slapstick (think Steve Martin in All of Me) to standup and satire. My personal mantra is "Life is rich," though "timing is everything" is a close second.

I enjoy nature and being outdoors, but would rather hike a trail or walk a cityscape than bike, boat or ski. Still, I've done all of the above and am open to rediscovery. I have never golfed.

I'm cosmopolitan with a little touch of country, loving critters and fresh produce. I gave up camping after my son left home, though if you're good at it I might try again.

I make regular visits to NYC, the Dry Creek Valley, LA (my hometown), Jacksonville, OR, and hopefully more to Seattle where my son lives now.

I'm looking for a caring person who loves to cuddle. I want a man of physical and intellectual confidence, with a lively sense of self and humor. Someone who cares about his work, but is ready to play after a week well done.

MY PERFECT SUNDAY: Doze and dawdle. Dark roast and late breakfast with the Times book review section. Long hike with dog(s) or indie film (wo/pets) depending on the weather. Folding clean laundry in the evening while watching The Good Wife or streaming a Netflix, current or classic. I would love to have someone to join me.

"...a note's just a note 'til you wake from your slumber, And dare to discover the new melody."

Sweet is the Melody
Iris Dement
What I’m doing with my life
Savoring each day as a writer/educator and mom to a grown son.
I’m really good at
Singing in the car
Salads and vegetables
Making friends and making them smile
Helping others
Dressing up or down!
The first things people usually notice about me
My smile and ease at being with people.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
The modern: Jonathan Lethem, Michael Chabon, Tobias Wolff, Alice Munroe, Roth, Updyke
The classics: Shakespeare, Faulkner, Joyce

Books: The Dubliners, Plot Against America & The Human Stain, Motherless Brooklyn, The Things They Carried, The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Clay, Middlesex, Poisonwood Bible. Let the Great World Spin has just entered my all time top 10.

Movies: The Godfather-Parts 1 & 2, Tootsie, LA Confidential, The Commitments, City Island, Every Little Step, Chinatown, Westside Story, Stand By Me, Sullivan's Travels, Happy Accidents, Nebraska, Enough Said, Gosford Park, Boyhood, The Searchers...

Directors: Linklater, Tarantino, Eastwood,Coppola, Allen, Reiner, Baumbach, Hitchcock, Preston Sturges, John Ford

TV: The Good Wife, Modern Family, Curb Your Enthusiasm (you love it or hate it), Louie CK. HBO and Showtime including Deadwood, The Wire, Girls, Homeland and Nurse Jackie. Series on Netflix include Orange is the New Black and Last Tango in Halifax.

I still miss Letterman.

Music: Usually the singer-song writer: Elvis Costello, Randy Newman, Dave Matthews, Jack White, Emmy Lou, Gram Parsons. Lucinda Williams, Johnny Cash and his darlin' daughter Roseanne. Iris DeMent, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Van the Man, Joni, and Marvin Gaye (god rest his soul).

Jazz, especially live, and very sparing amounts of classical, unless it's Mozart. And I am immuned to the charms of opera.

Food: Healthy and heavy on the vegetables--Thai, Mexican,
nouvelle Italian and bistro French.
The six things I could never do without
My son
My dog (A scruffy little rescue mutt who keeps me hopping!)
Films and plays
And the ability to count to six!
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What brought me to this day and how I will move through it with compassion and consideration.
And who the heck would post the results of a Slut or Penis Size test?
On a typical Friday night I am
"Vej-ing out" after a busy week, with take-out food and a Netflix. I'm ready for anything on Saturday night.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I've been eating far too much kettle corn at the movies. Trying to go cold turkey.
You should message me if
I've caught your eye and tickled your fancy. You'd enjoy sharing the great outdoors and good food, films, and music. You have a loving heart towards children (yours, mine or friends') and another soft spot for animals, especially the canine sort. And you take each day with joy, compassion and wonder.