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My self-summary
Am I a lucky guy or what. :-D

I've got a pretty fun and full life, full of activity, exercise, friends. I've got it pretty good in a lot of ways. I'm fit and healthy which means I can run, bike, hike, work out at the gym, kayak. I can carry all of my 2-weeks' worth of full grocery bags from my car all the way along the long dock to home in one trip. Big deal! 🙄 I know - but I hope I can still do that when I'm 95 - that's my goal. And bring home marathon age-group awards again by then. Maybe! It could happen.

I own a good-sized houseboat on Lake Union in Seattle and live there full time at an end-dock slip location with pretty nice views. When I lived in Colorado, I kept a large freshwater aquarium, and now I sort of live in one. Two spoiled rotten gatos are the real owners - they deign to let me live with them as long as I continue to feed them fish - canned, flaked, and boned, please. A little while back I got a super great deal on a very old runabout with interior seats and trim the same gross 1970s avocado green we love to scorn nowadays. Lucky me. It's old but runs well and lets me toodle around the lakes when it's dry out. That and a big wide tv for movie-watching are my main "toys". I don't do much tv but I love movies.

About me: I started life at a pretty young age in Wisconsin, then moved my fam to the El Paso desert when I was about a year old, then Colorful Colorado (sans fam) a year after high school. After 30+ years in those high mountains, I've now washed up on Seattle’s shores and think I'll stick around for a while. Sometimes I wonder what it'd be like to traipse off and be an expat somewhere like, say, Ireland or Europe. I'm not yet saying this is my big dream, but the idea sounds intriguing. I telecommute from home and coffeeshops which helped make my move here a little easier. I've worked part-time by choice for quite a while.

For a long time I scorned cities and their soft dwellers... Ha. Well, irony of ironies, here I am in this beautiful watery city, feasting on crow. I still hike and run and blah blah blah, but I've seen my city-mouse side open up - I love wandering the city with all the different experiences it has to offer. So, a deep bow and heartfelt "I'm sorry" to all those city mice I dissed all that time; I clearly didn't know what I was missing. NYC and Vancouver have become favorite North American city destinations - I can't get enough of them.

I want to be pretty honest and clear about why I'm here. It's not really about trying to find The One Forever. My goal isn't to change your status or mine. I was married for a good spell but have been out of that since 2006. I've always been pretty independent, and have come to truly enjoy being on my own. I've come to like the person that I am and am ok with my warts and eclectic parts. I'm pretty genuine, thoughtful, very open-minded, and compassionate of others. So, mainly I'd say I'm here for friends, activity partners, discussion-about-real-things partners, travel partners ... even fwb sounds nice if it should work out that way and there's mutual interest. I'd not ever try and push anyone in that direction or even suggest it; you can trust me on that - if it happens then it'll come about organically. If not, then no problem; being friends is great! I've made some really great and close platonic friends from dating sites. I'm enjoying my life a lot as it is and don't have a desire to "settle down" or become anyone's exclusive boyfriend. If that's more what your main goal is, then super! No problem or judgment - you should have what you want. It's most likely not me, though. Someday out there I may think more about partnering up in some fashion again - who knows? Never say never, but I don't want to waste your time or lead anyone on. I want to cause no harm.

Even though I'm usually in strong disagreement with their beliefs, you won't find me slinging insults or mud bombs at the folks in the more conservative or libertarian side of the political spectrum or at those who believe in their various gods - it only widens the already-gaping divide that exists between us, and it "solved no problem ever". Altho gawd I'm tempted sometimes. :-/ Wake up, people! If you resonate with those beliefs then we won't be a match - just sayin. I despise Fox News and all it stands for and you should, too. I align with points of view and practices that I'd say Buddhist most closely describes.

An interesting tidbit - I have a lifelong love of the Gothic architecture style. That style is most amazingly expressed in the big Gothic cathedrals that dot the northern European countries and UK. I've visited lots of these and will be seeing more of them in the years ahead. Want to come?
What I’m doing with my life
Learning, experiencing, evolving. Running - fun marathons in interesting places like Dublin, Switzerland, NYC, Vancouver, Boston, Big Sur, Seattle, Colorado ... Bike riding. Hiking, travel - 43 of the US states, diff parts of Canada, & lots of places in western Europe (lots by solo bicycle tours). Dabbling a little in stained glass. Container gardening in the summer.
Figuring out what I'd like to be when I grow up. Figuring out if I want to grow up.
I’m really good at
What I've heard from others often enough that maybe it's not just a fluke - a good listener (Zzzzzz), thoughtful, fixing things, supportive, putting spiders outside, making omelets and heavy-duty pizza, illegal U-turns, figuring things out, paying attention, learning from mistakes, walking into things, being handy. Procrastinating, although I don't get complimented so often for that. Reminding you why you're awesome. Hugs. If you're gonna hug someone, do it like you mean it. Body scratch from head to foot. Life-altering massage like you've never had before. And it needs to be said: bodies are beautiful - including ones with curves.
The first things people usually notice about me
You mean after the laughter stops? Hm, I can't say - I might be too busy noticing things about them.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
"Insert [Library of Congress] here."

Authors: Clavell, Potok, Bryson, Follett, Uris, Shreve, C Moore, Wodehouse. Dickens.

Some faves: Madame Bovary, You Suck, Pillars of the Earth, The Sparrow, Sex at Dawn, Shantaram, Armageddon, Tai-Pan, Watership Down, Shogun, Fool, Ethical Slut, King Rat, Opening Up, Velveteen Rabbit, Winter's Tale, More Than Two, so many.

Music: Paul Winter, pipe organs, Sia, Fleetwood Mac, Beatles, Shakira, Steppenwolf, Pink Floyd, Durufle, Saint Saens, Afro Celt, Baka Beyond, Widor, Rachmaninoff, Jim Croce, I Ching Symphony, Connie Dover, Santana, Acoustic Alchemy, Simon Wynberg... not into much country, metal, or rap.

Movies/TV I like:
Not so much TV - occasionally online shows. Mr. Robot, Schindlers List, The Mask (Carrey), Finding Nemo, Downton Abbey, Toy Story, Casablanca, Red October, Star Trek, Annie Hall, LOTR, Star Wars, Midnight in Paris, Monty Python, British sitcoms & dramas, Are You Being Served?, Daily Show,...

Food: pretty omnivore. I can cook a few things, enough that I don't starve, but I'm not very gourmet. I tend to consider sushi to be catfood. You like it? Great! You're buyin' and can have mine too. :-)

George Carlin, Louis CK, James Gaffigan, Chris Rock, Bill Maher, Rachel Maddow, Lewis Black, Jon Stewart, Garfunkel & Oates.

Scottish Ales, Cask Ales, Guinness, Fuzzy Navels, Alabama Slammers, margs, ...
Six things I could never do without
open minds
unstructured time
lots of real books and kindle too
gratitude for all I have
full body touch
riding costco carts across the parking lot (it really works 😁)
dental floss
Maine lighthouses
runs/walks around green lake
farmers markets
rice and noodles
a run along Alki to Lincoln Park
dark chocolate
common sense
fucking up more than occasionally
personal space
10-minute-long hugs
la fée verte
my bike
carrot cake
the Swiss Alps
the color green
the ability to see color - amazing when you think about it
peanut butter
handheld showerheads
a good Riesling
the color purple (sure goes well with green, yes?)
very cushy running shoes
being able to live in a smaller space
the French Alps
the Norwegian Fjords
my treasured ability to count to 6
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Life! Probably way too much. I overthink sometimes. A lot of times, to be honest. Wine sometimes helps make this better, though. The word 'rigamarole' should by rights refer to a pasta dish. The idea of compersion - what an incredibly beautiful concept. Being GGG. Wondering when the perfect absinthe spoon will find me. The spoon chooses the drinker, after all. How fear is a bad habit. Whether tomorrow I will -finally- wake up clever (how much longer?) Being amazed at how clever some people are (I envy you.) Wondering who is actually going to read all this shit.
On a typical Friday night I am
Or Saturday night, too - Sometimes trying my hand in the kitchen - cooking up a big batch of meatballs. Working at tikka masala nowadays - watch out! Watching a movie at home. Hanging out with friends. blah, blah
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I use the Oxford comma, as should you.
I'm a Pen Thief. Better guard yours, jussayin.
You should message me if
... You're intrigued, or
... You feel like it, or
... You want to walk or run around Green Lake or Alki or ..
Just do it!
The two of us