57 Maryville, United States
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My self-summary
5'10", 165 lbs., INTP

I read voraciously, love movies, and I'm a novice but enthusiastic cook. I love all animals, but I'm a stereotypical cat person (even though I don't currently have a cat). During the warm seasons I bicycle most weekends and garden. During the cold seasons I stare longingly out the window, waiting for the warm seasons. Even though my profile says I don't smoke, I'll admit here to smoking a pipe (it started out as an affectation, but now I simply enjoy it, though never around people unless they tell me it's ok). I like a wide range of music, but I just don't get opera (though I'm still trying), improvisational jazz (again, still trying), or country music (not trying at all). I've no interest in spectator sports, unless you count Mythbusters as a sport. Though I'm not religious in the common sense of the word I've studied the Bible, the Koran, the Gitas, the Tao te Ching and most other major religious and philosophical works. Depending on your POV it's either annoying or endearing when I refer to the works of St. Augustine or Lao Tzu. Then again, I'll also quote Stephen Wright and Alfred E. Newman, so it all evens out in the end.

What I'm looking for... Geez, this makes me feel so hypocritical, since one of the major things I look for in another is a lack of judgementalism. But, since you asked: I'm looking for someone smart, someone that will surprise me and appreciates being surprised. Someone with a mind so open it can contain the entire world. Someone comfortable with paradox, yet can't stand it. Someone who can make me laugh. Someone who loves to argue, but is mature enough to lose gracefully (or, more likely, who doesn't gloat when they win). Someone widely read, but who also recognizes that books are ideas and not the real world. Someone proud of what they do for a living. Someone who enjoys tradition and change with equal enthusiasm. But most of all, someone wanting a partner, rather than a master, servant, tool, or decoration.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm self-employed in a geeky-yet-arty field. I own a successful website. I'm a published author and columnist, and also consult as an expert-for-hire in my industry.

I'm slowly gearing up for some minor travelling, maybe the desert, maybe the Smokies, camping will likely be involved. I'd rather not do it alone, which is one reason I'm posting here.
I’m really good at
Making people laugh
Saying quotable things
Pissing people off for reasons that mystify me
Award-winning backscratches
Guessing the killer on CSI before the commercial break
The first things people usually notice about me
I usually don't get noticed at all. I'm a stereotypical introvert, which is why I'm posting here.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I read a lot of varied books, but my favorite are collected essays and creative nonfiction. John McPhee, Annie Dillard, Malcolm Gladwell, Bill Bryson, Mary Roach, etc. I also like biographies and how-to books.

I am a movie-oholic, watching dozens every month. I like documentaries and thoughtful dramas (PT Anderson, Mike Leigh, Terrence Malick, etc.) but also funny horror and science fiction (Cabin in the Woods, Galaxy Quest, etc.)

Anything Joss Whedon, plus Doctor Who, QI, Sherlock, Mythbusters, Game of Thrones. Plus Good Eats and America's Test Kitchen. I like to watch Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert while I have my morning coffee.

I'll listen to anything, but I prefer instrumentals (except for classic rock like Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, and Kansas, I adore those including the lyrics). I love blues, ethnic, electro, acoustic, just about everything except pop, rap, and opera.

Mexican, Chinese, Thai, Indian, German, Italian, American (meatloaf, burgers, etc.), Middle get the idea. I love finding new restaurants. I'm also a very experimental cook (take that as a warning).
The six things I could never do without
The internet. I made a previous list and found the net was at the root of most of those things, so I deleted them and went with the net for one item.
My k-cup coffeemaker, or at least coffee in general. But especially k-cups.
Burley pipe tobacco. I know I've just lost a lot of you with this one, but a select few will understand and smile.
Loose shoes, etc.
My bigscreen TV (and all the myriad things attached to it).
And the little gizmo that reads my houseplant soil moisture (well, they'd definitely never live without that, and I'm fond of them).
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What makes people tick? What led them to the decisions they've made, and would I do the same if I'd travelled their path? What would they do if they suddenly found themselves on mine?
On a typical Friday night I am
For the past couple of Friday nights I've been playing Dark Souls
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Fool me once...
You should message me if
I've piqued your curiosity.
You didn't need to look up "piqued".
If you watch this and think it's one of the best things you've ever seen:
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I haven't pissed you off yet (or I did, but you liked it)