61 Silver Spring, United States
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My self-summary
Hi there. I'm relatively new to the DC area - just moved here in July 2015. But I'm acclimating quite well since I'm a museum nerd and this is like paradise. But there's much more to me than just a passive observer of musty exhibits (and of course the DC museum exhibits aren't exactly musty). I enjoy bicycling, tennis, reading, playing acoustic guitar and singing, light hiking/walking and going to concerts, live theatre and the occasional sports events.

I'm somewhere between average and fit. I'm reasonably fit for my age, and work out three or four times a week to stay there. I am looking for someone who also feels that staying reasonably fit is important.

And there's the first of many contradictions in my life. Health is important to me, but I'm probably not the healthiest eater you've ever met. I'm pretty good on fruits, not so great on veggies.

I was raised Catholic, but I'm not practicing. I consider myself to be a person of integrity with high moral values, and certainly some of those values were instilled by my early religious education, but as far as I'm concerned, organized religions have gone off the track.

I'm a generally optimistic kind of guy, and I'd like to meet someone who feels the same way about life. I've faced some difficult times, and wasn't smiling all the way through, but I stayed pretty positive, so I'll really appreciate that in a future "significant other." Yet a healthy skepticism, or even a dash of cynicism isn't a bad thing. :+)

I'm looking for someone who shares some of my interests, but has plenty of her own. Some we'll enjoy together, some we won't feel the need to. Someone who is a strong, independent person but who still appreciates a door being opened for her - or at least won't slap me when I open her car door. :+) Someone who might enjoy reading a book aloud to each other in the evenings.

I love to travel and have a passport, but I'm not in a position to become a frequent world traveler just now. Having recently started a new job here in the DC area, my vacation time is limited. One big trip a year and a bunch of long weekends are about all I can do now; so if you've already retired and have bags packed to cruise the world, as much as I'd love to join you, I'm not the guy you're looking for. Sigh.

I know everyone says this, but I'll say it again. A sense of humor is a must. Mine is a little on the dry side, but anyone who looks at life and still smiles is welcome.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm savoring all that this area has to offer. History, culture and science meetups have been great because I've learned about events that are not advertised and would easily be missed. The Smithsonian may have a lot going on, but there are so many other events - many of them free.

I currently work for a local non-profit publication tied to a university and with connections to public media. Through that university, I'm taking some courses. I also spend my days as a constant learner, curious about just about anything.
I’m really good at
I have such eclectic interests, that I can't say that I'm REALLY good at anything - but I'm better than average at a lot of things (I'm modest, too.) And I'm told I'm a pretty good listener.
The first things people usually notice about me
My voice
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Music? Mostly acoustic. While I can appreciate a wide variety of music (jazz, classic rock, classical and a few others), the sweet spot for me is the Roots/Americana/Folk/Singer-Songwriter type stuff. Leonard Cohen, Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, John Hartford, Nanci Griffith, KD Lang, Richard Shindell, John Gorka, Lucy Kaplansky to name a few.

What do I read? A lot. WaPo, Smithsonian, The Week, general fiction, literature, science fiction and fantasy, mysteries, non-fiction (especially history and science). I usually have more than one book going at once. Just finished "The Boys in the Boat" and am starting Annie Proulx's new novel.

Favorite authors include Michael Connelly & Michael Chabon, Tony Hillerman & Toni Morrison, Carl Sagan & Carl Hiaasen, Mary Doria Russell & Marion Zimmer Bradley, David McCullough & David Halberstam, Stephen Ambrose & Stephen King, Neil Gaiman & Neil Stephenson, as well as Octavia Butler, Louise Erdrich, Terry Prachett, Laura Hillenbrand and on and on...

I don't watch much TV - PBS, BBC, occasional sports, some sci-fi.

Movies - just about anything that isn't adolescent humor. Okay. Sometimes even a little adolescent humor isn't a bad thing. I should probably list a bunch of art films - and I do enjoy them - but I also enjoy the blockbuster super hero films too. I grew up reading Superman comics. I can't help it.

Food? I'm definitely an omnivore. As mentioned elsewhere, I'm not a big veggie person, but I'm not strictly meat & potatoes. I've even found Ethiopian and Indian dishes that I like. And like every good American, I don't turn away from Italian, Mexican, Mediterranean and some Chinese fare.

What else do I like? The six things below of course, but also ice cream after a bike ride, road trips, alliteration, holding hands, chili with beans, a board game called "Encore," the rich sound of a cello, good burgers, good grammar and a bunch of other things.
The six things I could never do without
Books, Music, Laughter, Friends & Family (I'm cheating on that one, I know - 2 in one), satisfying work (whether for real money or as a volunteer), sunshine.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Life, the universe and everything.
On a typical Friday night I am
Umm...typical? I'm not sure what that means. I might be at home with a good book, or jump on the Red Line and head downtown to one of the museums that is open late. Or a concert. Or an Irish pub with good music. I'm up for anything.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Well now, that would be telling, wouldn't it?
You should message me if
Send me a note:

If you like to engage in intelligent conversation about your day, my day, the world's day. Whatever.

If you like the arts.

If meeting someone who is not much of a dancer isn't a deal breaker for you :+) I've had some lessons and I'll give it a shot, but if you're a dancing queen, I'll probably cramp your style.

If you also have an insatiable curiosity and eagerness for continuous learning

If you'd like to go for bicycle rides, maybe a hike, a play or just enjoy each others' company at home.

You have a photo posted in your profile.

{Choose any combination of the above. :+) }