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My self-summary
Been on a fitness kick lately--riding my bike to work about 3 times a week on a hilly route. Since about August. I haven't lost a ton of weight, but it's helped me feel a lot better.
Updated again with a more recent photo from the cruise I took in February. That was super fun. I wanted to wait until I met someone to go with, but I thought why wait to have fun. It was an incredible time! I'm going again next year.

I'm a former member of the Brotherhood of the Trustworthy Beard. My BotTB membership was terminated when I shaved it off. I'm lobbying for reinstatement, but it may take a few months.

I used to have a cat named Pierre who was, on occasion, very bad. I have used that or some variant as an online user name on various BBS's and later, the Internets, for many years. My real name is Mark, but I'll answer to Pierre if you'd like.

I'm a techie freak, but I also like old stuff. I have a couple of old cars which I like to drive. I'm quiet, but I can also talk a lot when I get into the mood.
What I’m doing with my life
Enjoying my job, enjoying my house thinking about re-establishing the koi pond that the raccoons destroyed last year. Finished a giant software project earlier this year and moved on to another team and a completely new set of challenges. I'm having to learn lots of new skills, and having to work with a large team, and I'm really liking it.

I'm also working at getting thinner and into better shape, and oddly enough, I'm making some progress at it. I just took retirement from my job and I'm doing a little free-lance work. I'm looking for another job, but not very hard. This is the best vacation ever!
I’m really good at
making people laugh.
The first things people usually notice about me
Well, lately, it's that I shaved off my beard. And my long, flowing hair. and ... well, that's about it, really.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Well, lately, I've been listening to Jonathan Coulton* ... which is something you shouldn't really admit if you're looking for a date. I like a great variety of stuff, from Tom Waits to Tom Jones to Tom Tom Club. And that's just the Toms. The old Toms. Oh yeah, Richard Thompson, too, also. They Might Be Giants .. Neil Young ... Devo ..., Jon Wayne, Husker Du, Pere Ubu, Shakira, Tegan and Sara ... What? You say you've never heard of many of these people. That's all right, but maybe, just maybe you might listen to some of it and enjoy it.

I went to France this summer and had a great time sampling a lot of great food. And wine, although I'm mostly a beer drinker.

Reading, I do a lot, but less than I used to do. Recently enjoyed Robocopalypse by Daniel Wilson and The Greater Journey by David McCullough. I really like reading books on my iPad, but hate that Apple charges almost the same price as a paper book. Dammit, Apple, you can share real books.

*I've actually been to three live JoCo shows in Austin, which is all of them.
Six things I could never do without
My MG, my other MG, my iPhone, and my 3 cats. [2 cats--one got eaten by a coyote in 2013, which is weird since I live pretty close to downtown.]
I spend a lot of time thinking about
stuff that happened a long time ago.
On a typical Friday night I am
Going to a geeky game night with my friends. Or watching college football on TV. Or curling up into a fetal position and slowly rocking back and forth. It varies.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Tom Baker was my favorite Doctor. ... OK, this one will really scare you ... I sweat more than 5 normal human beings. I normally lose about 4 lbs in a 25 minute workout. When I go out biking, people ask me if it's raining outside when I get back. Don't be too freaked out about it, I always shower afterwards.
You should message me if
I'd really like to meet someone. Lately all I've been getting is stuff from obviously fake profiles... So if you actually can write grammatically correct English and aren't using a celebrity's photo that you downloaded from the internet, I'd like to talk to you.
The two of us