57Silver Spring, United States
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My self-summary
DWM, 55, triple t(h)reat: attractive (full head of hair, some strands silvering; all my own teeth), intelligent (sheepskins from four of the top 20 U.S. universities; only 16 to go to complete the set), and great sense of humor (memo to self: to maintain parallelism, insert joke here). 

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. . . . 
What I’m doing with my life
Trying to move through the second half of life with the maximum of kindness to others. Making sure I never come close to having anywhere near the amount of left-over vacation time that triggers the end-of-the-year "use it or lose it" clause. Traveling near and far when and as I can. Following my intellectual interests wherever they may lead.
I’m really good at
All things verbal: writing, reading, editing other people's work. Good at traveling and trying new things in new places. Indefatigable at walking. Not so good at cooking, but I make up for that by being excellent at dishwashing and other kitchen clean-up for those who do shine at cookery.
The first things people usually notice about me
is that I can be quiet on first meeting in a busy social setting, such as a party or meeting. This gets interpreted in a number of ways, from the accurate (a touch of shyness) to the unfavorably inaccurate (conceited, stand-offish).
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
All-time all-star, read-anything-by authors: James Joyce, Honore de Balzac, and H. P. Lovecraft. Big fat 19th-century novels such as The Count of Monte Cristo, Moby-Dick, and Anna Karenina are bliss to me. And I’ve never met the anthology or collection of ghost stories I wouldn’t read.

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.
Six things I could never do without
Ummm..... puns, books, the autumn, the Marx Brothers' "Monkey Business", travel, and good conversations with friends over dinner. Special Six-y Bonus: Six poems that mean a good deal to me: "The Idea of Order at Key West", by Wallace Stevens; "Keeping Things Whole", by Mark Strand; "Delight in Disorder", by Robert Herrick; "The Garden of Proserpine", by Algernon Swinburne; "The Conqueror Worm", by Edgar Allan Poe; and "Four Quartets", by T. S. Eliot.
On a typical Friday night I am
running the standard gamut from hitting local art openings (first Friday of the month) to having dinner out with friends to staying in to read a good book or watch the DVD of an interesting film.
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