I am a classical musician by training and express my art through music composition, music arranger, performance as a singer (bass), instrumentalist, and as a conductor.
Other arts that I am passionate about include cuisine (see photos), architecture, painting, opera, theater, sculpture, gardening to name a few. I also enjoy riding my bicycle, boating, sports cars and sports car racing (I have done that), ecology, home improvement and styling, acquiring new knowledge.
Politically I am very liberal and am involved with progressive politics. I have run for public office, and currently hold 2 appointed commissions with city government.
Also. I like dogs though I am presently dogless most of the time. Occasionally I care for a loaner dog, a Shnoodle named Clancy that loves to howl. When he first arrives at my house he likes to sit on my lap and we howl together. It is a bonding moment.
I am operations manager for a small company that is involved with natural habitat restoration.
Also, on call as a disaster inspector.
Active with party politics - helping progressive candidates with their campaigns and serving as an officer in the DFL, and sometimes candidate for office.
Developing new points of view
Movies; Shawshank Redemption, Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, Magnificent 7 (for the film score), West Side Story, Office Space, Idiocracy (so incredibly stupid that it is good.....in a stupid way), The Party (Peter Sellers), The Green Mile, Mars Attacks, Best in Show, Fargo, A Mighty Wind, The Big Lebowski
Shows; Iron Chef (I prefer the original Japanese version), Baking With Julia, This Old House, Hometime, Late Show, The 10 (fill in the blank) That Changed America series on PBS, Ultimate Restorations (look it up; it is fascinating!), Great Performances, everything by Ken Burns. The only game show I enjoy is Jeopardy!, which I watch once in a while and play along. *See above - "know-it-all"
The music I listen to, and make; ALL classical music, but especially modern classical. Jazz, especially free jazz. Rock music that is not too constrained by its own conservative nature. Any music that has real historical and/or cultural significance.
Food; French! Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Cuban, Italian, Indian! Mexican, Greek, Spanish! Fresh Ingredients. Spicy! Also, I hate ketchup and fake cheese. Food made with great ingredients. I do not care for foods made with fake ingredients.
*Quality culinary knives
Also.... six things I could certainly do without;
*Clownburger; aka McDonalds (It's a ketchup based cuisine)
*Obstructionist blowhard politicians
*Useless cooking gadgets like Salad Shooter, Fry Daddy, Fry Baby, (There is probably a Fry Toddler, Fry Teenager, Fry Geriatric out there and available for purchase - Pick up the phone!) Slap Chopper, and just about anything under the Ronco or Popiel brand names.
*Fake wood, fake stone, fake ceramic
*Catsup, which is just an uppity version of ketchup.
Please note that in the past I have had serious relationships with ketchup eaters, but that was not the deal killer. You could potentially enjoy ketchup and we could still be a match! Just do not expect me to share that passion with you.
I draw the line at smothering your pancakes with ketchup.