-- 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. Plainly stated, 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. In a perfect world such vehicles would be taxed as commercial and their hours of operation limited.
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.
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 programming) 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 for one has never much excited me.
Working on the time machine in my basement.
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!