50 Zürich, Switzerland
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My self-summary
Why am I here? I'm so busy I wonder how I would fit someone into my life. That said, I've always been busy, and when 'that' person comes along...everything else fades in importance. My big problem is I'm interested in all kinds of stuff...I've not lost my sense of wonder. Some more stuff below...
What I’m doing with my life
Living in Switzerland and enjoying it very much. I'm an engineer working in a rather obscure & specialized area of high voltage engineering. It's varied and it takes me all over the world, which I like.
When I'm not doing that: TONS OF OTHER STUFF. My life is pretty full but I often miss sharing it with someone which is why I'm here..
I’m really good at
Singapore noodles, lamb saag, finding difficult Messier objects, listening, writing, talking, chopping kindling, helping friends, figuring things out, fixing stuff...and creating an atmosphere.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm tall, approachable, I engage people, I'm enthusiastic & observant. Sometimes I'm very outgoing, but from personality type I'm an introvert. Most people guess I'm much younger than I am. And I'm more of an aesthete and more of a romantic than most engineers (at least male engineers :-p ).
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
After having neglected reading *books* during recent years, now I'm making time for it. Recent faves: The Unwinding (shudder..), Tom Wolfe's I Am Charlotte Simmons, William Boyd's Restless & Any Human Heart, Jonathan Franzen's Freedom, February by Lisa Moore, Sabine Bode's Kriegsenkel (& -Kinder). I like History (e.g. Antony Beevor) and lots of other stuff. So many things to read, so little time...

Movies: I really love film but haven't been getting out enough. BUT...I just saw BROOKLYN....TWICE...because I think it is just an amazing jewel of a film, with layers and layers about life, choices, growing, making (hard) decisions, of course love...and one of the truest (in terms of impressions & feeling) portrayals of the 'immigrant experience'. I also enjoyed Spotlight (and I confess: Hateful 8). Further back I found Fury superb (despite parts which garnered poor reviews), Imitation Game, the new Star Wars (for being 'true')...I liked Django, Cloud Atlas, We Need to Talk About Kevin...Mommy (gives your French a run fer sure) An Education, The Reader, The Hours, Atonement, Snatch, Heist, The Departed, Mystic River*, Bienvenue Chez Les Ch'tis, Jason Bourne, Koyaanisqatsi/Powaqqatsi, 2001, Pale Rider (pretty much anything Clint did except the stupid comedies), La meglio gioventù, Lawrence, Passage to India, Merchant Ivory...etc oh dear I have gone on a bit. is wonderful, isn't it?

Music: oh that's a big one...U2 (all through the years, but Songs of Innocence gorgeous & intense), Peter Gabriel, Neil Young, June Tabor ('Ashore'), Altan, Mary Chapin Carpenter (a goddess..), Dylan, Joni, Emmylou, Santanna, Royksopp, The Knife, Talvin Singh, Eno, Michael Brecker, Joshua & Dewey Redman, Marcus Miller, Miles, Charles Lloyd, Coltrane, Monk...Melissa Etheridge, Sarah McLaughlin, Pumpkins, Roddy Womble, Patti Smith, Richard (and Linda) Thompson, Eddie Vedder, Bach, Brahms, Biber, Sibelius, Chopin, Vivaldi, Verdi, Youssou N'Dour, Tiken Jah Fakoly, Toure Kunda, Ismael much music, so little time...I like live concerts, but don't get out enough. Saw Elton in Dec 2014, laugh if you want but one of the best shows I ever saw, he rocks. So: 'eclectic'

Food: spicy Asian, pancakes, biscuits, fresh bread (= stuff I like to make), 'country' Italian & French, grilling fish on a wood fire, fondue & raclette, omelettes aux truffes, white chocolate (sic)...and for me good food includes good wine :-)

wow I wrote a lot...left out 'Art' & 'Cities' like Beyeler, Hamburger Bahnhof, d'Orsay, MFA/ICA Boston, MOMA & of course the Whitney...ok i stop
The six things I could never do without
My amazing great friends, mobile phone, Swiss army knife, music, The Economist, (sun) glasses
I spend a lot of time thinking about
a lot of stuff...sorry, that's the way it is :-)
On a typical Friday night I am
Hanging & cooking with/for friends, playing Scrabble, Uno, dominoes, or backgammon, discussing Gott & die Welt...if it's clear, going out with my telescope :-)
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
...even though most of my friends wouldn't believe it, that I'm actually pretty shy at times, that be the 'introvert' part :-)
You should message me if
you're real and down-to-earth and still haven't lost your sense of wonder. Affectionate helps :-) I'm extremely allergic to arrogance.
Alors: recently I've read some really great 'life statements' from y'all Ladies, so in response: I never set out to 'have a family'. Was close once, but I'm pretty sure I don't want to make babies now. But if we match, and you've already got a child...well....I believe in the transformative power of love. I have seen a lot..and I have many friends whose kids delight me.
Alors: I find some of the OKC questions stupid, obnoxious, useless, too precise/narrow, or two wide-open and not worth answering. Stupid like "How would you feel if your partner's sister showed up with a video camera and wants to film you doing it with her gay chimpanzee in the city fountain".
On peut parler français und mein Deutsch ist gar nicht per l'italiano devi un poco la pazienza ;-)