Duke505City
69 Albuquerque, United States
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My self-summary
I'm a retired academic librarian. My mind is curious, open--if skeptical--and active. I am interested in books, music, art, architecture, and travel. I have an eclectic taste in music: classical, jazz, blues, rock, folk, and old-time C&W as well as some electronic, "world", and experimental music. I also love tango and cante flamenco. I have no interest in sports either live or on TV.
What I’m doing with my life
Just finished a six-year volunteer stint on the board of a local house museum and promptly got on the board of another non-profit. I'm also on the board of a small national organization dealing with the roadside commercial landscape. In addition, I am doing some family history research to learn the various strands of my ancestor's past to discover their nationalities, occupations, and geography. I go to antique malls and shops to collect local history--books, maps, post cards, and other ephemera, especially NM and Albuquerque. I love traveling and have made a number of regional and national road trips over the years. I am getting keen for some foreign travel again as well--possibly Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, or Northern Spain-Southern France.
I’m really good at
remembering geographical and historical trivia as well as more useful spatial info such as maps and art.
The first things people usually notice about me
I've been told I have an enigmatic smile.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: NM/SW history, popular and roadside culture, poetry,
architecture, & music. Some faves: Borges, Bukowski, Robertson Davies, Donne, Fuentes, Jeffers, Kinnell, Larkin, Milosz, Mistral, Nabokov, Naipaul, Szymborska, Updike, and Whitman, for starters. I read several book reviews to keep up on worldwide intellectual life.

Art: I love having art in my house, so I'm a patron--I buy it.

Movies: Mostly off-beat, old classics, documentaries, animation, and contemporary indies with occasional forays into Hollywood-land. Victor Erice's film El Sur (1983) still haunts me. I can't watch horror-suspense or seriously violent stuff.

Shows: TV? Not very much. Some news and documentaries. Occasional PBS mystery. Also, some live theater.

Music: Pretty eclectic--Jazz, Classical, Blues, Folk, Rock, "World", and some old C&W-bluegrass-string band.

Food: Omnivorous--from diners to various ethnic eateries. When I travel I seek out local places.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The vastness of the universe.
The evolution of humanity.
A lover as best friend.
Travel possibilities.
My ancestors--who were they, where did they live, what did they do?
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