Vincent van Gogh
I know this feels a bit odd. Writing to a stranger in hopes of making a very personal connection. All you have to do is stumble a few times for the whole process to seem flawed and pointless. Don’t give up just yet.
Try to think of it differently. Take yourself back a century or so to a time when the written word had a more elegant flair and conveyed a message with meaning. A message that had to resonate for the weeks or months it would take for the next message to arrive. One of the upsides to the electronic age, people are writing again, though not always so eloquently. So pretend to take your pen in hand and send a message in a bottle of sorts. I can’t promise to reply to every note but I will hear what you have to say. Whatever you write will be appreciated.
I’m not a romantic fool but I can be romantic with the right chemistry and perfect timing. That’s the real trick, the timing. And the chemistry, I’m sure you know, is out of our hands.
I don’t think there is just one special person. It’s many people, but timing, geography and luck has to conspire for the right collision to occur. Here's the rough sketch; esthetics, culture, humor, art, travel, good food, engaging conversation, genuine connection, these are the things that make life worthwhile for me. Fitness is also important to me. I stay in shape working out 3 or 4 days a week.
I live and work pretty independently. I enjoy my home in the mountains. I travel some for work and more for pleasure. I am professional but my artistic side wishes it could take over. Balance is very important to me. You wouldn’t know it from reading this, but I’m usually rather silly. I’m also dependable, supportive and realistic. To me masculinity is about stepping up, being honorable and helping others when they need a hand.
I’d very much like to hear your story but I don‘t want to waste your time either. I’m looking for a woman with style, class and intelligence who appreciates a good conversation. Someone still passionate about life and her future. I wish it didn’t matter to me but you must be attractive, slender and fit. You are independent and really enjoy culture and travel. A love of music and a kind heart are very welcome. This is supposed to be about having fun. So let's see what trouble we can get into together.
I think that falling in love is just the beginning. The best relationships involve learning from each other. True partnership only comes if there is respect and a generosity on both sides. I look forward to the surprise of you.
I also liked The Alienist by Caleb Carr, Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry and Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier, all period pieces.
In nonfiction I really enjoyed Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose, about Lewis & Clark. I read The Rise and The Fall of The Third Reich right after high school and I was moved by
how tragic and dramatic the details were. I enjoy John Updike, John Irving and Russell Banks. Elmore Leonard, Dennis Lehane, and James Lee Burke write mystery with an edge and very poetic at times. I like Steven Kings writing but not his subject matter.
Movies, many of them are in the top ten of the list from AFI, Wizard of Oz, Casablanca. Both have very interesting histories by the way. Body Heat, Schindler's List, Chinatown, Fargo, A Raisin in The Sun.
As for music, my taste is eclectic. Jazz, blues, R & B, rock, soul and country. Sinatra, Mars, Seal, Adele, Timberlake, Tom Waits, Abbey Lincoln, John Prine, Clapton, Krauss, Simply Red, Eva Cassidy, Brandi Carlisle, Chris Cain.