By day, I’m an editor at a DC nonprofit scientific association. By evening, lunch, and weekend, I’m a walker, moviegoer and DVD watcher, music lover, and omnivorous reader. My season tickets are of the Shakespeare Theatre variety. A slightly more than vestigial social conscience prompts me to donate blood fairly regularly. Among places I’ve traveled to, London and Glacier National Park have been repeat destinations. The rhinoceros is my favorite animal.
But seriously, folks. . . .
I’m a thoughtful, gentle man who’s a bit embarrassed at how many times the word “I” has to crop up in this self-summary. So how about some testimonials from other people? I asked 3 friends of long standing (one whom I’ve known for 30 years, and the others for over a decade each). All are women, all are (and always have been) platonic friends, and all are quoted with their permission.
The first says I’m a good prospect “for any number of reasons, starting with your honesty and continuing through your smarts, education, integrity, humor, concern, and any number of other excellent qualities.” My second friend extols me with “You’re intelligent, well read, well educated, articulate, funny, sensitive, and an excellent conversationalist.” The third, reading a draft of this very profile, said, “I do like it—I think it does show your real self. It’s fun, funny, interesting, and even has a touch of sweetness.” Returning to my second character witness, “You’re a really awesome and sensitive but strong guy.”
Well, I’m certainly blushing. . . .
Movie-wise, I’m especially fond of screwball comedies from the ’30s and ’40s (The Philadelphia Story, My Man Godfrey, It Happened One Night), as well as Buster Keaton, the Marx Brothers and W. C. Fields. My favorite director bar none is Stanley Kubrick (favorite film of his: The Shining). First-run, I’ll watch anything foreign or domestic (except gore).
TV-wise, I particularly like comedy (Monty Python, Kids in the Hall, the League of Gentlemen, the Mighty Boosh) and SF (Doctor Who, X-Files, The Avengers, Buffy), not to mention SF comedy (Mystery Science Theater 3000, The Middleman, Lexx). I get all my TV shows via DVD, though. Can't stand the commercials on network and cable.
When it comes to music, I listen primarily to rock/pop/folk (from Fleetwood Mac, The Smiths, Nick Drake, and R.E.M. to Pulp, The Embarrassment, John Prine, and Life Without Buildings), but I also enjoy classical (faves: the Moonlight Sonata, Scriabin’s Piano Sonata No. 9) and some Big Band and Sinatra.
Food? I like Indian, the spicier the better; Italian; Chinese; Mexican; all the usual suspects, but I really will try almost anything (that's how I found out I enjoyed haggis). Sometimes I think I could probably live entirely on pizza, although that wouldn't do much to satisfy my sweet tooth.