58 Saint Paul, United States
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My self-summary
Some of my friends consider me to be a polymath. Others consider me a walking reference book. To others, a know-it-all. (now I am envisioning Bullwinkle as, "Mr. Know-it-all") I am just a curious guy.

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.
What I’m doing with my life
I am active in music performing and directing with several ensembles, and composing music. I am currently working on compositions for chorus, smaller ensembles, and a piece for symphony orchestra.

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.
I’m really good at
Home repair
Designing things
Developing new points of view
Being creative
Being funny
The first things people usually notice about me
"He is amazingly life-like!"
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books; The Art of Racing in the Rain, Outliers, Various books about Frank Lloyd Wright, Audi TT service manual.

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.
The six things I could never do without
*My creativity
*My friends
*Quality cookware
*Quality culinary knives
*My health

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.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Music to compose, past compositions and new ways to express my ideas, architecture to somehow express, design, politics and public policy.
On a typical Friday night I am
There are no typical Fridays.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I hate ketchup. And woodpeckers. And wasps. Wasps must hate me too as they have tried to kill me. Fake wood. Fake food. Fake cheese. I guess I am just a hateful man..... in a gracious and loving kind of way. I am glad to live in a free world where I can choose to have no ketchup.
You should message me if
...if you hate ketchup too!!.... or if anything else in my profile piques your interest.

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.