53 Madison, WI
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My self-summary
I like art, music, science and nature stuff. I'm funny. Really. I can make really good pie, but I'm getting ahead of myself. I'm romantic. Sorta. Eh, mostly. I like to be kind. Kind is good. Mean is bad. I'm also pretty smart. Really. I can also be charming, but save it for people who need to be charmed. Could that be you? Who knows...
What I’m doing with my life
Been focusing on my career a lot, but also trying to get back into playing my guitar and writing music.
I’m really good at
On a good day I'm a good photographer and a decent writer. I make an awesome cherry pie. Cooking. Camping and backpacking.
The first things people usually notice about me
It's maybe kinda weird, but I usually don't ask people that. "So... what's the first thing you're noticing about me?" when I first meet them. It seems like it would be putting an odd pressure on things. Maybe that's a problem. I dunno know.
But putting myself in someone else's position in a "normal" situation, it really depends. In generalized social situations people might think I'm quiet. If it's meeting one-on-one I'm reasonably engaging - that is if you are as well. If you do all the talking then it reverts back to "he's kind of quiet".
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I like music a lot. It's like being the music version of a foodie: I'll try anything once and might go back for more. You might find me out at a music club checking out an indie rock band or you might find me at a classical chamber music concert. I'm a classically trained musician with hipster leanings outside. Latest interests:

Punch Brothers
The Dodos
Brahms Piano Quartets (Capucon brothers)
Chris Thile (Bach Sonatas and Partitas)
Beethoven (I really love Beethoven)
Nick Drake - 5 Leaves Left
Berg Violin Concerto
Crooked Still
Neutral Milk Hotel
Duke Ellington
The Devil Makes Three
Mahler (really love Mahler)

All over the place, but I've been leaning towards bluegrass and Americana lately. Also Palestrina madrigals.

I read a lot of science writing, occasionally philosophy and Shakespeare.

I have a TV, but don't turn it on very often. My knowledge of current commercial "must-see" TV is limited... Almost zero actually.

I like cooking. I especially like trying new things and cuisines. Fond of good red wine and craft beers and spirits. Have an interest lately in American single-malt whiskey.

A game of scrabble with a mug or two of grog on a snowy night with good company at The Weary Traveler is true bliss.
The six things I could never do without
Time spent in nature
Music, lots of it and in a wide range of styles
My camera
Hiking boots
Something to laugh about
Having the freedom to think outside the box
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Way too much about work lately, but hiking and wilderness adventures and travel in general as well. Also resolving problems that plague humanity, stellar nucleosythesis. Also wondering why OKCupid considers "25% match, 62%enemy" a "match".
On a typical Friday night I am
Either writing, working on pictures or hanging out with a friend or two. Lately I've been checking out music at local clubs and bars like High Noon and Mickies with a couple of friends. Occasionally going to a symphony or chamber music concert.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I forgot most of my German after 6 semesters of it in college.
You should message me if
You actively explore and seek out new adventures. You like to do that in the outdoors, intellectually, with food, with art and music. You like to travel and do road trips. I tend to go for scruffy and skinny but there are guys at the scruffy bearish end of things I like as well. I do better with younger mostly because of my interests - that's "younger and cool with older" - but i'm open to having my assumptions challenged. You like music and have a touch of wanderlust. You have a spirit-animal. You want to find out what my spirit-animal is.