68Alpharetta, United States
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My self-summary
-- I value wit, humor, tact and intelligence;
-- I appreciate the beauty of the English language in its myriad manifestations;
-- I'm a native Atlantan;
-- I think jukeboxes, swing dancing, R&B and rock 'n roll are terrific;
-- I am inclined toward laughter and comedy;
-- History is my favorite teacher, literature my second favorite;
-- I dislike organized religion, politics, gratuitous noise and poor grammar and diction. My religion and politics are of the leave-me-the-hell-alone variety. I am mortified equally by pushy salespersons and door-to-door religious proselytizers. I won't allow my nose to be rubbed in someone else's agenda.

Passions: Learning; writing; reading or re-reading the classics and NYT Bestsellers; German and Italian sports cars and restored muscle cars from the 50's and 60's; intimate one-on-one conversations; regular physical exercise; making money in the stock market.

Peeves: indiscriminate development and the collateral destruction of farms and farm land; electronic intruders, e.g., telemarketers; clueless drivers, road-hogging minivans and titanic sized SUVs.

While I don't go to a job any more, I also don't use the word "retired." My life situation is not all-or-nothing. I choose when I want to work and when I want to play. I might venture off to an island this week, spending 40 hours the following week researching the stock market and day-trading names I've uncovered. Designing each day is a privilege and a pleasure.
What I’m doing with my life
Starting a Road Rage Twelve Step Confessional Camp for those who remember what driving/living in Atlanta was like before the Yankees arrived en masse.
I’m really good at
Explaining things; keeping a secret; biting my tongue; writing simply dreadful poetry; cutting my losses; making coffee; remembering your birthday; playing practical jokes; playing the stock market; playing with words; winning at strip poker; finding the funny in situations; making people laugh; making people feel comfortable and appreciated.
The first things people usually notice about me
That I'm super warm, friendly and entertaining.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Literature: What I enter here is gonna make you want to go out with me? Doubtful but I'll be game and give up the names of a few of the classics and bestsellers I've read which made a lasting impression on my psyche: Candide; Waiting For Godot; almost anything Shakespeare; Robinson Crusoe; the poems and short stories of Edgar Allen Poe; British Romantic poetry; the poetry of Tennyson, T. S. Eliot and William Butler Yeats; Darwin's On The Origin of Species; Moliere's plays; Bram Stoker's Dracula; Ralph Waldo Emerson's essays; Thoreau's Walden; anything from Eckhart Tolle; Virginia Woolf; The Importance of Being Earnest; Catch-22.

Movies: American Graffiti, The Blues Brothers, Animal House, Grease, Airplane!, A Beautiful Mind, Dr. Zhivago, Casablanca, Gone With The Wind. I don't like that many movies but I'm a patsy for the old black and white stuff from the 30's and 40's.

Music: Good old Rock 'n Roll, Beach Music, rhythm & blues. Country music makes me want to move to another country (Johnny Cash and Conway Twitty are exceptions.) Current, "alternative," or grunge feels like a swarm of gnats.

Shows: I watch almost no television (other than financial news and some C-Span) but Pawn Stars has become an entertaining and informative diversion and I love college (NOT pro) football.

Food: Whatever you cook except squash (I mean, what the hell is that for anyway?) beets or liver. I do make a fresh, hot, tasty, delicious pot of coffee every morning using just-ground beans and distilled water but that's about the extent of my culinary range of motion. Cooking has never much excited me.
Six things I could never do without
Quotations, a sense of humor, a really fast sports car, free shipping, Sirius satellite radio, a comfortable bed and clean, 100% cotton sheets.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Stupid jokes; turning base metals into gold; behavioral anomalies; wordplay; sports cars (sadly, all of these are true -- except one. Guess.)
On a typical Friday night I am
(are you still reading this?)

Working on the time machine in my basement.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Okay, like I've never told anyone this but here goes: I've always wondered whether marching bands are a parody of comedies or tragedies.
You should message me if
You know a fence for HP printer cartridges;
You never have and never will type "LOL;"
You feel right wearing a smile;
You believe the vast majority of current commercial television is basically swill;
You think my profile is Pulitzer Prize-worthy. HA!
The two of us